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Puerto Viejo de Talamanca

Last time I was in Puerto Viejo was 8 years ago in 2010 while I was studying Spanish in the capital San José. And if there is one place I am most certain that I will go back to (e.g if I get a work from “home” kindof job) it would be Puerto Viejo.

My “hammock hostel”; “Rocking J’s”

The place is not too big or too busy, but it has everything you need for a good and comfortable life. It’s famous for being a surfer village, but it is also quite a “hippie” place with lots of vegan cafés, alternative people who have settled there and hostels offering camping, like my hostel “Rocking J’s” where I could sleep in my hammock.

Another great place close to Puerto Viejo is a national park called “Cahuita”, just twenty minutes from Puerto Viejo. It has a 8km walking trail, and if you enter it from the Puerto Viejo side you have to pay 10 dollars to get in, but if you start at the other side, from Cahuita Town it is free (just a small optional donation).

The sandy trails went through jungle like landscape, but always with a beach close by. We saw raccoons, capuchin monkeys and sloths in the tree, went swimming- and, when I climbed a palm tree to catch a coconut I managed to fall down and break my toe, which resulted in spending the rest of the day in the hospital at Hone Creek and Limón. Luckily I was in a place where I could relax in my hammock and wait for the toe to heal a bit before continuing my journey.

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Arenal and the Hot Volcano Springs

Arenal is known as one of the biggest and most active volcanoes in the world, and attracts visitors from all over the world. A great way of seeing it in action is to go to Hot Springs Arenal, which is a water park with freshwater that is naturally heated from the volcano. The water park consists of around 25 different pools, with slides and even bars and restaurants that you can go to while sitting in the hot pools. Almost all of the visitors are Americans and Europeans and it is clear that the water park is made as a tourist attraction. In the water park you will not hear when the volcano is having an eruption, but you will see a lot of people stopping what they are doing and flocking around the towers where the view is best. An eruption can last for around twenty minutes where you can see flames, lava and a lot of smoke coming out of the volcano. About two years ago, there was a case where some this smoke had killed some tourists in the water park, but when entering I was assured that this was a place that was almost a hundred percent safe to visit.

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Monte Verde and La Fortuna

For our last weekend in Costa Rica me and a group of people rented minibus and drove to Monte Verde, which is a 34248_433952177593_5106295_nsmall town up in the mountain jungles of Costa Rica. My main expectations for the trip was to go ziplining and to see a lot of different animals. The ziplining part was really fun with more than 20 lines going through the jungle, over the jungle, straight down with free falling and at the end there was a Tarzan swing that gave you a last adrenaline rush. The whole thing was safe, with a lot of people watching out for you and helping you if you did not brake fast enough or if you stopped without reaching the platforms. There were enough of animals as well, including monkeys, iguanas and sloths.La Fortuna is a place in the jungle, where you walk through hanging bridges and down steep stairs in order to get to a beautiful waterfall and a good river to swim in. Some decided to go by horseback, but I would say that the 30 to 40 minute walk through the jungle is really worth it.


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Costa Rica Bungee

When I arrived at the bungeejump office in Costa Rica ready to do my first bungeejump I asked the question of what ways it was allowed to jump from the bridge. The answer “any way you want man” came as a surprise and made me think quite hard on what was possible. I knew that I probably would not be given this chance again some other place so I decided to do my jump backwards, doing as many backflips as possible before the bungee jump cord pulled me up again, which the video shows:

The bungeejump center comes reccommended and a jump can be booked at