Costa Rica: Last Day

Costa Rica: Last Day

Funny – I ended the last post with our drive, but now we’re still driving! Despite the paved roads, it was slow going for a bit because Yen was taking photos every five minutes. At last we came down the…

Costa Rica: Monteverde

Costa Rica: Monteverde

When you saw us last, we were leaving La Fortuna and heading up to the cloud forest. But it was a long journey and we really needed sustenance. There weren’t a lot of choices, but we found a nice little…

Costa Rica: La Paz and La Fortuna

Costa Rica: La Paz and La Fortuna

I was pretty nervous when we got on the plane headed to Panama. No, not a secret fear of flying (although I do have that). This was terror because it was an older plane and didn’t have TVs in each…

Peru: If you go…

I wanted to share a few thoughts for others who might be tackling this trip soon. Things I wish I had known, or things we figured out that I thought might be good to pass on. I’ll probably add to…

Peru: Ollantaytambo

Peru: Ollantaytambo

When we arrived back to the train station, we found that the tour company had sent a taxi instead of a minibus. We ended up having a great chat with our driver (turns out he’s half Quechua, and ended up…

Peru: Machu Picchu

Peru: Machu Picchu

So this is the post you’ve been waiting for. And of course it was the main highlight of our trip. Everyone will tell you this, and it’s true: you know going in that Machu Picchu is going to knock your…

Peru: Sacsayhuamán

Peru: Sacsayhuamán

You can’t tell it from the ground, but there are actually a lot of ruins right by Cusco. The closest is just a 20-minute walk from the main plaza. It’s got a great name, Sacsayhuamán, which is pronounced rather like,…

Peru: Pisac

Peru: Pisac

We expected to be so sick from altitude or accidentally drinking water or jet lag or something, and so it was a surprise when we covered a lot of Cusco during our first day there. We’d figured we’d spend the…

Peru: Cusco

Peru: Cusco

We got a lot of advice about arriving in Cusco. Most of it revolved around avoiding – or actually dealing with – altitude sickness. There seems to be a lot of evidence that altitude sickness is actually just dehydration, and…

Peru: Lima

Peru: Lima

We didn’t arrive in Lima under ideal circumstances. We should have arrived at 9pm, taken a cab, maybe had some dinner, and settled in for a nice sleep, fresh in the morning. Instead, we missed our connection, transferred to another…

Costa Rica: May 23, San Jose

We got into San Jose in the evening and followed the guidebook’s recommendation of a little Argentinean place for dinner. Terrific steak and a nice house wine. I wasn’t very comfortable walking around, I have to admit. Typical city, I…

Costa Rica: Saturday & Sunday: Monteverde

More good hotel luck: Hotel Montaña. Here’s the view from the little patio off our room (yes, we threw bits of granola bar onto it trying to attract birds). We got up bright and early to get to the Cloud…

Costa Rica: Friday, May 20: Caño Negro and a Long Drive to Monteverde

Next morning after coffee and iguanas, we hit the road for Caño Negro, a wildlife refuge near the Nicaragua border. The drive there took us through plantations of pineapple, papaya, bananas. All of which Yen had seen before in Hawaii,…

Costa Rica: Thursday, May 19 (Arenal)

We had what seemed like a fairly long drive from Poaz to our next stop, the Arenal area. The road wound through hills and towns of varying sizes, but the roads were all paved. This didn’t seem important at the…

Costa Rica: Wednesday, May 18 (Poaz, La Paz Waterfall Gardens)

We got up Wednesday morning, ate unenhanced oatmeal at Denny’s (reminding ourselves that everyone told us we weren’t going to CR for the food), and headed north-by-northwest toward Poaz, a volcano. Yen has been to Hawaii and all this was…