From Snow to Sand 2010/2011 travel blog

Killing time in the Dallas airport with Margaritas

We're ready for the jungle! Cod liver oil, a thermometer and a...

Travelling by collectivo to the Osa Peninsula

Pit stop on the 3 hour collectivo ride

Casa Grande - Where we eat all our meals and hang out

Watching the sunset from Casa Grande

Beautiful Osa sunset

Scarlet macaw


I’ve decided I really like visiting the same place twice, especially when it’s as special as the Osa Peninsula! I have such great memories from last year here and can’t wait to make new ones! It’s also fun to share these places with friends! Our adventure really started yesterday as we flew with “Nature Air” into the wild and remote Osa Peninsula on the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica. What’s so special about the Osa? Well it’s been dubbed one of the most biologically intense places on earth by National Geographic! Our flight has spectacular scenery and we never get too high that we can’t see the jungles, winding rivers and blue coastline below.

After an hour flight, we land in the small town of Puerto Jiminez where we stock up on rum and wine and catch the collectivo or local transportation. The collectivo is simply a large truck with a canopy over its box and two long wooden benches in the back. The ride to our jungle lodge is about 3 hours on a dirt road full of pot holes, mud and river crossings. It’s very slow going and takes 1.5 hours to travel the first 16km. I love this type of travel, but its always hard to gauge if friends will love it or hate it. Steph seems to love it as much as I do though and has a big grin on her face for most of the trip. I’m thrilled that she’s enjoying herself on her very first backpack trip. I had to wonder how she would fare after seeing her bag full of bottles of vitamins including activated charcoal, cod liver oil and even a shoe horn!

After being thoroughly jostled to the point of having sore necks and headaches, we arrive at Finca Exotica and are greeted warmly by the owners, Gabby and Markus, with hugs and kisses. Its so good to be back! I’m so in love with this place. I love the constant buzzing of tropical insects, the howls of the monkeys, the squawking of the bright red scarlet macaws, the sticky heat and humidity, the constant crashing of waves, the delicious and local food, the friendly staff and guests and the never ending beach. We will spend a week here and things will be a little more laid back than last year where I did 50 km of gruelling hiking. We intend to do lots of day hikes, many lazy days on the beach, celebrate New Years under the thatched roof of Casa Grande, have a massage, lie in a hammock, eat and drink.

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