November 24, 2014
Sierpe, Costa Rica
Aaron and I are VERY proud of ourselves. The week we got here to CR, our hostel manager told us that if we wanted to see critters and do world-class snorkeling, we had come to the wrong beach. Better to get ourselves to the southern-most part of Costa Rica — Bahia Drake or Drake Bay. Pretty off the beaten path, typically tourists fly little planes into this area, or rent a car. Too rich for the likes of us!
What we did: Starting at 6:00am yesterday (not our happy time) we took two public buses and got ourselves to Quepos over 8 hours. Searching for a good, CHEAP place to stay, Aaron used his awesome Spanish skills and an older man signaled we should follow him. We were thrilled he took us a few doors down to meet Edith, a classic matronly Latina, who happily rented us a room (thank you air conditioning!) and made us a yummy breakfast in the morning. She was very sweet and we met several members of her family while there. (It is Hotel Ceciliano, if you are curious.)
Today we took three – count ’em THREE buses, including a retired blue bird school bus that dropped us a block from our budget-ish hotel here in Sierpe after almost 7 hours on the road. With each bus, and as we moved further away from the capitol, fewer and fewer gringos were on the bus. Tonight, on the school bus, in the dark, we were the only tourists at all! Locals told us when to get off of the bus and helped us find our hotel. It was awesome! If we would have taken a flight, we would have never met Edith or seen all these little towns and the change in terrain as we left the mountains and headed to the sea.
Tomorrow we hope to solidify plans for Drake including taking a boat to get us there! Hopefully in the next day or two we will be snorkeling.