South America by Geezer

Discussion in 'Epic Rides' started by RexBuck, Oct 14, 2012.

  1. Redhed

    Redhed Lost on the Island

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    Glad to hear you had a positive experience at the Honduras border, and I hope it goes well at the other end. Watch out for potholes and "helpers". :puke1
  2. Catours

    Catours Guatemala Tourer

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    No worries, we understand. If you're still in Copan, you should find Gererdo at ViaVia Hotel/Restaurant. He's big into motorcycles and knows a lot about the area and routes. Tell him Chris from CATours sent you and you'll be dealing with a friend. In any case, keep enjoying the adventure!
  3. Ulyses

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    Rex, loks like you´re traveling pretty fast!

    Justin and Cory caught a bug yesterday, so we are staying in Semuc Champey for another day to let them get better. We are heading to Tikal next, but after that, we are unsure.

    Justin and I were thinking of hitting up Copan in Honduras after Tikal, do you think it´s worth it? Or should we just jet down to El Salvador?
  4. RexBuck

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    That's a good idea Pete, I'll try to keep that in mind - it's a good idea. I have benefited from details of others trips so I need to put that in when relevant.

    Have a great trip. You have a lot of fun ahead of you.
  5. RexBuck

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    Potholes are never good, helpers are usually not good.
  6. RexBuck

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    It is a smaller ruin site but somewhat unique - I enjoyed it.

    The border was muy tranquilo and going this way saves a couple of border crossings. However, I have not been to El Salvador so don't know what I missed out on and am unable to compare the experiences.

    Hope Justin and Cory get over their bug . . . did it have anything to do with a bottle or gravy?
  7. RexBuck

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    One of the first confusing things you figure out here is that the ruins are called Copan while the town is called Copan Ruinas – I think you can figure out the translation, go figger!

    The ruins was a major Mayan city from roughly 400 AD up until the 9<sup>th</sup> century when it was abandoned. Successive rulers would add temples and many times build over existing temples. These ruins are particularly known for their carvings.

    Entering the ruin site, you are greeted with lots of Macaws – turns out they raise them here then ship them way out to the more remote jungle.


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    Some Agoutis come in and help themselves to some easy food below the bird feeders


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    There is a whole field of these large, intricately carved statues.


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    This hieroglyphic stairway contains over 2000 hieroglyphics in 65 steps and recounts much of Mayan history. The canvas awning is permanent to protect the carvings from the weather.


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    The main temple has an intricate tunnel system that you can wander around in


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    The temple you can see from the surface was the last of 4 temples, built one on top of the other by successive rulers. At one place in the tunnels, you can actually see the side of the previous building. There is an amazingly large space between the two



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    Many of the temples retain their shape, probably with the help of the root systems of some pretty old trees.




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    I liked this guy – called “Cabeza del Anciano" (Old Man’s Head) – might have to make it my avatar for awhile.

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    The field with the sloped floor on the sides is what they played a game on. In the foreground is one of the dozens of alters. I’m guessing that these games probably resulted in some players losing their minds . . .




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    This is the remnants of the “Royal Residences” – there are actually family units scattered throughout




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    Back in town, putting a receptacle in the wall is just a waste of money, particularly if it is 220


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  8. RexBuck

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    Headed south from Copan. Saw some pretty organized agriculture

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    Stopped to check out a ditch and notice these interesting dirt piles all over the place. These were about a foot high and kind of flat on top in a Jetsons sort of way. Have no idea if bug or animal created these, just thought they were cool.

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    Coffee drying in the sun on a concrete slab. Coffee is a big crop in Central America and they make a good cup a joe.


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    Stopped at a roadside restaurant and the ladies were making these – deep fried, kind of like pockets filled with potatoes. Add a little of their local Chili Sauce - which is awesome and you have a pretty good lunch.


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    Stopped at D&D Brewry – who ever thought of putting a brewery in the jungles of Hondurus?
    The place was packed mostly with backpackers – must be about 25 of em here. Apparently people come here to do all sorts of things from looking at waterfalls, birds and other stuff to fishing and hiking. Nothing that struck my fancy at the time.

    Were out of rooms and offered me a room in another hotel a few minutes down the road. Would have to walk back here for internet and food so, opted for the dormitory. It’ll be me and 3 other guys. 120 Lempiras - $6 . . . ka ching! Turned out one guy took his bed to another cabin, one guy didn’t show so, turned out to be me and one other young guy from the Netherlands . . . double ka ching! Quiet as a mouse – I think he was too scared of the grumpy old guy in the corner to make any noise. :eek1

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    This little guy decided my laptop case was being underutilized


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    Beer was ok, food was filing. Strange bunch of beers they made. Porter was ok, others were generally too fruity for my tastes, but the kids seemed to like them.

    Nice group of kids here – bunch of US Army folks who are training Honduran officers at a neighboring base. Had a good chat with one young couple, Eliza and Dustin who want to do some moto-travelling later on. Most of the other folks were from all over Europe.

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  9. VFR

    VFR Been here awhile

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    I just finished your Mexico by Geezer report. That was a very nice one as well. Oaxaca & the surrounding area seems like a great place to spend a few days.

    Thanks & I'm keeping up with ya....
  10. RexBuck

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    Hey, thanks for coming along on both trips. Yes, Oaxaca is a very neat city - it is a nice combination of upper end stuff with a lot of traditional and local culture. If you ever get a chance to be in the area, it is a worthwhile place to spend a few days. And if it isn't obvious, Zipolite remains one of my favorite Mexican beaches. :D
  11. GaryWild

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    Hey Rex
    I dug the temple shots, but mostly I enjoy your keen photographic eye as applied to various flagrant electrical and building code violations, such as the transformer in mexico and the honduran 220V "junction". You are looking happy and dirty, which is ideal. Keep on havin' fun and safe travels
    Gary
  12. RexBuck

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    Safety as we know it generally isn't as evident in these countries and doesn't seem to bother people that much. I think people take a bit more responsibility for their own safety than just assuming everything is ok. I still think some of the concoctions they come up with are hilarious.
  13. RexBuck

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    Rode over to the coast today and stopped in Choluteca so I will be fairly close to the Nicaraguan border to cross it first thing tomorrow.

    Beautiful country and really nice highway. Good condition with almost no potholes which surprised me after the warnings from both of the Aduana people I had talked to when I entered Honduras. Really rugged mountains interspersed with very productive valleys. They seem to have a number of larger farms that are fairly sophisticated.

    Still a lot of small mountainside farms. This gives a good idea of the steepness of many of these small farms. I have seen mountainsides like this farmed everywhere from Mexico on. This is all hand work and must be very tedious.


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    Lots of roadside markets many times with one or two types of fruit piled up



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    Amazing the number of people selling these ceramic vases and figurines.


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    The orange sellers were interesting. They would each have a number of these lines of bags of oranges and the effect was a never ending stream of oranges. I wonder how often a bunch of these got run over?


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    Was making pretty good time through Tegucigalpa, the main city in Honduras and all of a sudden the traffic stopped. It was a massive traffic jam in the afternoon when people were going home. Motos seem to have a bit of latitude in Latin American countries and just kind of make your way up. I figured this traffic jam added an hour to my travel time but it would have been at least two hours if I had waited with the other traffic

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    Arrived at the first hotel I had identified in Choluteca – they wanted 1400 Lempiras – after paying 120 last night, 1400 just sounded like a lot of money. Finally found the Paradise Hotel – 700 L ($28), good wifi, good parking and screaming hot water.
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  14. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,100
    Location:
    Interior BC, Canada
    Got an early start so I could hit the border while it was still cool and hopefully less busy.

    The highway turned from the nice pavement I had been on most of yesterday to the frickin face of the moon. Potholes and more potholes, potholes in potholes. Everybody dodging them - looked like a giant pinball machine sometimes with cars, trucks and buses all weaving back and forth. The folks in the other lane wanted to be in our lane and everybody in our lane wanted to be over there. Most buses and some trucks wanting to maintain speed snaking back and forth – looked like a choreographed ballet going on in front of me. Turned my camera on and got a little bit of this stretch.

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    Have to say the rumors I had heard about Honduras corruption, both at the borders and at police checkpoints proved to be unfounded in my case. The Honduras border folks were reasonably efficient, courteous, friendly, did all the paper work themselves and did their best to help. I came across 3 or 4 police checkpoints in Honduras and was waived through all of them. In fact, so far, the only checkpoint I have been stopped at since Mexico was one in Guatemala where the kid was more interested in talking about my trip and looking at my bike – didn’t ask for papers nor to look in luggage.

    Stopped to dig out some documents I realized I would need and didn’t have readily available and realized I was already at the border as money changers and helpers descended on me.

    The Honduras Aduana and Migracion were real straight forward . . . stamp, stamp, stamp, stamp and I’m on my way.

    Changed my loot over – got a half assed rate. After my exit stuff is completed, I get rid of all the currency I have left from the previous country and convert it to the next country’s currency. Money changers are good for that and are handy. I always check the rate before I leave so I’m not negotiating blind. This is a website I use to easily convert between any two currencies.

    Now across the bridge to Nicaragua. Trucks are backed up on the bridge and I notice a girl further down on the bridge waiving at me. Not much traffic the other way so sprint down to her and she wants to sell me insurance. Now I know I have to get insurance :dealso I stop. Here I am parked in the middle of the only lane where people/cars/trucks/busses can get from Nicaraugra to Honduras in this neck of the woods, digging out my documentation so she can issue my insurance certificate. Took a few minutes - good thing nobody was going to Honduras that morning.

    First stop is to get the bike fumigated. Cost $3. They spray some apparently nasty stuff on the bottom of the bike and the bottom of the wheels. What that is supposed to do is beyond me but you can’t get in if it ain’t done, so it gets done.

    Find Migración, lots of passing my passport around and laughing :lol3(I didn’t understand what they found so humorous but I think it was something like “Hey Raoul, look at this guy’s picture – must have been his prison picture”) Lots of filling out forms and typing on the computer. Finally pulls out a small booklet of press through forms and goes through a huge routine of finding the next unused page and sticking the cardboard in exactly right. Writes about two things on it, tears the top one off and then picks up an even smaller pad and does the same thing. Pay him something like $26 which pretty well cleans out my Cordobas (Like 650 Cordobas) I got from the money changer. He hands back my passport and the two pieces of paper he labored over. I ask him if he is going to stamp my passport and he says no, they will when I leave. OK then.

    Go next door to the Aduana to check in my bike. Stand in line for a bit, finally hand my documents to the lady, she fills in a couple of forms, stamps them, hands me one and that’s it. Don’t have to pay anything? Nope. OK, I’m outa here before they change their minds.

    And, I’m in Nicaragua.Total time, 1 ½ hours. Easy peazy.

    Nicaragua is noticeably different than Honduras. Firstly notice a few volcanoes – the first one must of just had sex because it looked relaxed and was having a smoke.



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    The biggest thing I noticed was the number of three-wheeler peddle taxis and the number of horse drawn carts. Certainly fewer cars around.


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    Was getting hungry so stopped at the edge of Leon to see if I could score some street food. Saw a bunch of ladies with tables set up but whatever it was they were selling didn’t get my drool reflex stimulated. Walking back to the bike and some guy from across the street hollers at me in English. I go over to say hi and ask him where I can find some chow and he says not here and invites me to sit down with his family and gets me a Coke. He could speak a little English which worked well with my little Spanish. Nice people – Daniel is on the left.


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    Was stopped on the side of the road and these three kids appear to check out the bike.

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    There always seem to be people staring at me and the bike as we travel down the road. Some wave, some smile, most stare, lots of cars, little motorcycles, trucks, buses will honk at me. Central Americans love to honk their horns – it can mean any one of the following: I’m coming through; I’m here where you can’t see me - don’t run into me; Get out of my way idiot and; Hey dude – cool bike :clap. So, when you hear a honk you have to quickly run through the list meanings to see if you might die shortly or just pissed someone off or, need to accept a compliment. Usually the latter.

    Got out of Leon and traveling to Managua on what is supposed to be the Pan American Highway and it just turns to crap. Worse potholes than that last stretch in Honduras and it eventually got to the point where it was just gravel road. I’m thinking I’m going to be screwed as I planned on a little dirt road to bypass Managua and if this is supposed to be the main highway, then that bypass will surely be no more than a goat trail. Maybe I missed a turn off and this is an old road. All the maps just show this is the only road but they have been wrong before. Very little traffic which is weird, just a few trucks. Then it got a bit better.

    I had heard that Managua is a big city (1.4 million) that is kind of seedy and had some real crooked traffic cops. So I found a shortcut that bypassed the city. It was only about 15km of dirt road – started out rough and got rougher. Glad it wasn’t raining or it would have been mud. This is a better part


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    Came around one corner and here is about 5 roads coming together with a nasty stretch up a little hill and some guy walking down right where I had to go. Thought I would ask him to make sure this is still going to take me to the highway. I don’t think he had any teeth cause all I heard was muh muh muh muh – ask again and the same. Finally asked him some yes/no questions and figured out I was on the right track.

    Got up to the top of this little crappy piece and here is a guy with an ice cream cart selling ice cream. It was frickin surreal - one instant I'm concerned the road will peter out and the next here is a street vendor. Thought I was in some Rod Serling movie. Got to the highway fine.


    Entering this one town and come across what had to be the ugliest piece of art decorating a town's entrance. Must have been a gift from the Russians when they were hanging around this country a lot.


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    Rest of the ride was pretty uneventful. Arrived at Hotel California in Rivas on Lake Nicaragra – decent place. I’m the only one here. My bike in front of the room



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    Went down to the beach at about 7:30 and grabbed dinner. As I’m finishing up the people running the restaurant come over to ask me where I’m staying. The Hotel California is a couple of blocks away and they kind of freak out and tell me that is a dangerous walk at night. I try to tell them no stinking thief is going to want to mess with this – don’t you know I am RexBuck? They shake their heads, close their restaurant for the night and walk me to my hotel. Pansies! (Umm, thanks folks)

    There is kind of a hostel hotel a couple of doors down from Hotel California with the backpacker crowd. There always seems to be someone with bongo drums, the sound of which travels for miles. I wonder to myself, why do people with bongos (or the bigger drums they also beat on with their hands) think that is somehow music and anybody else in the world wants to listen? Many times you hear some pretty good musicians jamming and some idiot with bongos is screwing the whole thing up. Talentless idiots! Just sayin.
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  15. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,100
    Location:
    Interior BC, Canada
    Hotel California was a great place but it was not the relaxing time I was looking for. The somewhat erratic internet coupled with the fact I’d have to eat my dinner by 6 or so to get back before the witching hour encouraged me to seek alternatives. I’d heard that San Juan del Sur was a pretty neat if not touristy beach town and was nearby.


    So, I did what will probably be my shortest day of the trip – 30km to wander over to the beach. This is a nice little touristy beach town with a surfing element although I understand the surfers have to go to a nearby beach to find great waves. A lot of language schools around to complement the nice beach.


    Stayed at the Hotel Gran Oceana, a pretty decent place a half block off the beach. Well maintained with nice pool. $50 a night.


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    Mostly veged here, trying to catch up on a few things, not the least of which is goofing off. The beach


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    The obligatory sunset


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    The obligatory "good beer" overlooking the beach


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    Had this decent sized suspension footbridge connecting the nicer houses in the north end to the town


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    Good selection of restaraunts with lots of seafood, if you like that sort of thing. This was really tasty (except this beer)


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    Ceviche . . .hmmmmm


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    Had a bit of an impromptu parade calling attention to child sex abuse


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    Talked to some ex-Pats living in Costa Rica who come up here every 3 months to stay overnight and then get their 90 day visas renewed. Some of these folks have been doing this routine for years.

    Stuck my head out of the hotel on the third day I was here and I find another 800GS and a V-Strom parked across the street. Couple of young guys from Massachusetts, Stefano and Leo are doing a fast trip to Brazil


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  16. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,100
    Location:
    Interior BC, Canada
    Headed for the dreaded border with Costa Rica. Stories of mass confusion and complete disorganization reign and, for the most part are true. Sorry, no pics of the border - I'm actually trying to think (not always successfully) as I'm going through this process and completely forget about the camera.

    Knew I was getting close to the border when I hit the inevitable line of parked trucks on the highway. About 5 KM worth, just sitting there. A number of the truckers have obviously run low on fuel as you see some of them dumping barrel fuel into their trucks and refer units. I think some of these guys must wait days to get through some of these borders. Motos just go around. :ricky

    Arrive at the border reasonably early (I think this really helps the process go better) and immediately hit a barrage of money changers and helpers. They are handing me pieces of paper and I’m not sure who is legit – turns out none of them are.

    Get to the barrier and the Nica Guard takes the import document (for the bike) I received when I came into the country and signs it. Then ride over to the madhouse of Nica Migracion and Aduana - on your left just before the toll booth looking things.


    I was going to try to figure out this morass myself but a huge bunch of Harleys from Costa Rica pull in and I’m thinking I do not want to get caught in line behind this bunch. There was a helper bugging me, seemed like a decent guy so I decided to get this thing expedited.

    First step is to find the exit Migración window which is on the opposite side of the building from where you park. Look for “Salida” or just ask someone.

    Pay a buck, get a little piece of paper. Helper fills out a form for me. Hustle up to a window, get passport stamped and pay a couple more bucks.

    So, I’m out, now have to get my bike out.

    Back to the other side of the building. Take the paper you had when you entered and the guy at the gate signed and go find a guy . . . when I was there he had a blue shirt on and is just wandering around. He will sign the paper. Then go find the cop (transito) – was hanging around the same area. Hard to miss him, he was a fat guy pigging out on deep fried plantains and wasn’t about to be interrupted. I just stood there and stared at him and eventually in kind of a huff he takes me inside and stamps my paper.

    Great. Now stand in line inside for a lady to make sure you have all your stamps and she stamps more and tells you to go. Done!

    Now go over to the Costa Rica side. They will let you through the barrier or, just drive around it. Find a parking place in front of the big Migración building on the left.

    Now there are two places you need to find. The first is right inside the barrier and is the Migracion office on the left and a little Aduana office on the right. The second place you will need to find is a group of offices at the end of the truck warehouse. From the Migración office continue along the road following the high fence and then coming to a large opening, go in and follow the large warehouse building with tons of trucks backed in around to the far end. It will be about 250 or 300 yards from the Migración office to these offices.

    First step – go in the Migración office and get your passport stamped.

    Second step – walk/ride over to the other area and find the insurance office which will say “Seguro . . . something” and is up the big ramp. Buy your insurance. Then go to the copy shop in the same area and get a copy of your insurance and the Costa Rica stamp in your passport. (If you don’t already have copies of your passport/drivers license and bike registration, get those also.)

    Third step – Go back to the little Aduana building across from the migración office, the guy will give you an application form of sorts to fill out. Give that back to him with all your originals and the copies. He will type stuff, stamp stuff, staple it all together and hand it back to you.

    Fourth step – Hop on your bike and ride back over to the other offices, go up the big ramp and the other Aduana is at the end of the building. Hand the bundle of papers to them, they will type on the computer, stamp stuff and hand you a little tiny slip of paper. No costo! :DYou are done.

    Fifth step – Ride away. You will then come to booth on the highway – this guy is like the Maytag Repairman – he’s so bored he’s sitting on the step. His job is to take your little piece of paper and say have a good trip.

    Took me a total of 2 hours which I’m sure having the helper on the Nica side sped things up and kept me from having to stand in line behind all those nasty bikers. I've of some people getting stuck in this process for over 4 hours.

    I’m in. Had a nice ride down Hwy 1 (Pan American Hwy) and there was a certain familiarity I couldn’t put my finger on. Finally figured it out. Nice roads, pretty nice houses and shops –seemed like I was riding through rural America. Quite a contrast having just traveled in the three poorest countries in Central America to one of the wealthier ones.

    Heading towards either Playa Avellanas or Tamiando. Get off on one road that I thought the sign said Playa Avellanas and after my first water crossing then having to ride up a creek for a hundred feet or so, I figured this wasn’t right way to a surf beach so, turned around.
    Found Playa Avellanas – few places could have been ok but kept going. Finally got to Playa Negro, found the Playa Negro Café –said they had rooms and wifi. Good enough. Not locked parking but looks fine. Got food right there in the Cafe

    Wanted $45 for a room with AC and $35 without. It isn’t particularly hot (low 20s to high 20s) so took the without. Gave it to me for $30 which included breakfast.


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    Walk down a side road about a km to the Playa Negro Resort. Nice beach – surfing and stuff but not much in the way of waves.


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    These guys were chasing each other from tree to tree. Kinda interesting colors.


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    Good dinner at the café.



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    Woke up to the distinctive sound of Howler Monkeys in the distance. That brought back memories of Palanque.
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  17. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

    Joined:
    May 5, 2010
    Oddometer:
    1,100
    Location:
    Interior BC, Canada
    Hoping to make it to DiAndrew further down the coast, supposed to be a cool place in the jungle to hang out for a few days.

    Decided to go via the ferry to Puntarenas since I won’t be able to ride a boat to Colombia. :norton Nice quiet ride to the ferry.

    Since BC has the largest ferry fleet in the world (It’s even bigger than the Canadian Navy – well I guess a lot of things are), I’m used to traveling on ferries. As usual, the process down here was a bit “different”.

    We are all parked in a nice line and eventually an official looking guy, lets call him Card Guy comes around and gives you a card indicating whether you are car, moto or truck. I knew what I was to begin with, but I humor him and take the card clearly marked MOTO. Thanks for the heads up Card Guy. You then walk down to the terminal and give Cashier Guy the card and he sells you the correct ticket. Then Gate Guy appears and opens the gates to let us slowly move in. Gate Guy takes one part of the ticket that allows you to move 25 feet. Then Ramp Guy at the top of the ramp punches the remaining ticket and tells you to hold up. Ramp Guy tells you when you can board. Boat Guy is on the boat and telling people where to park. He radios up to the Ramp Guy and tells him to let another car down – completely parks that car which can take a few minutes before asking for another. They eventually ponderously get everyone on and we are underway. Whew!


    Here we are loading.

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    Not to be outdone by Card Guy, Cashier Guy, Gate Guy, Ramp Guy and Boat Guy, Captain Guy drives the boat. Now, this is not a cruise ship or a container ship but, swear to God, he took 15 minutes to park the frickin boat in it’s slip

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    All loaded

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    People are expected to have enough sense not to walk off the front of the boat . . . so we don't need no stinkin chain across there.

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    Needless to say, I had miscalculated how long the ferry process would be and there was no way I would make it to DiAndrew by nightfall so, decided to stop in Jacó which was a continuation of the very resorty Costa Rica coast.

    First road I went down had some spectacular looking resorts – I’m sure the gates alone were worth more than my house so I moved on. Finally went down another street and stopped at the Hotel Jardin, she had a pretty decent room for $40.

    The manager recommended a nice seafood restaurant about a kilometer away but it was raining pretty good and I didn't feel like getting soaked so I just went around the corner to the beach bar and ate there. Two things about this bar. When the DJ started singing Karaoke in Spanish . . . badly, I started to eat faster. Then when the drunk Costa Rican girls started singing Karaoke in Spanish . . . even worse, I was inhaling my dinner.

    Ya know, I don’t get karaoke – you have to be exceptionally drunk to try to sing it (rarely can anybody actually sing) and the people who aren’t that drunk yet just want to run away. You would think Karaoke people and Bongo people would hang out together and make . . . sounds. I must admit I sang Karaoke once . . . but I was really good!
    :D
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  18. Jick Magger

    Jick Magger Exile on Main Street

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    861
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    Okanagan Valley BC, Canada/Scottsdale, Arizona
    Rexbuck

    I know what you mean about those Bongo people... How about this on your way to work....
    <iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/fYPG445QdKs" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  19. Jick Magger

    Jick Magger Exile on Main Street

    Joined:
    Feb 20, 2011
    Oddometer:
    861
    Location:
    Okanagan Valley BC, Canada/Scottsdale, Arizona
    Rexbuck

    Sounds like you might like this idea ....this is "shocking" karaoke..

    <iframe width="560" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/we3V7-ErtAU" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>
  20. RexBuck

    RexBuck Long timer

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    Interior BC, Canada
    Hey Jick

    LOL - That's the way some Karaoke people look by the time they get up to the microphone without the shock therapy

    The other people in that subway car don't seem to be enjoying the performance as much as Rasta Guys are. Wonder why?