Travel to Costa Rica
Day 2 San José - Puerto Viejo (221 Km.)
We started the trip from San Jose and going towards the Caribbean Coast. The chosen route is through the highway leading to Puerto Limon, crossing the Braulio Carrillo National Park and the Caribbean plain, in which you can see plantations of bananas and pineapples. In the margins of the highway we encounter many sodas, a kind of restaurants prepared to generally eat very cheap.
Braulio Carrillo N.P. - Rio Sucio (dirty river)
(in 45 Km.) Braulio Carrillo N.P.: This park is dedicated to Braulio Carrillo, former president of Costa Rica (1835-1837 and 1838-1842), who opened the road connecting the Central Valley with Matina on the Atlantic coast. The views allows to see high mountains covered by dense forests and countless rivers. The topography and high rainfall, with an average of 4500 mm per year, resulting in countless waterfalls. From the forestry station of Quebrada González we can do three hiking trails in the park, each about two kilometers long through lush vegetation. Most of the forest is covered by primary forest, where there are about a 6,000 species of plants representing half of the total species in the country. Manu, mahogany, oak, caobilla and the hawk are very common. In the park there are also some volcanoes among which is El Barba, which is accessed from San José de la Montaña.
Braulio Carrillo N.P. - Flora
(in 115 Km.) Puerto Limón: In this port city you can feel all the force of Caribbean. A colorful mix of blacks, descendants of Spanish, and Chinese that in the nineteenth century builded the railroad to transport bananas, are a feature of this city. Limon is the most important export Atlantic port of bananas and coffee. Vargas Park, located in the center of the city, is full of wild fig trees, where you can see very often sloth bears. Another attraction of this town is to stroll along its wide avenues.
(in 61 Km.) Puerto Viejo de Talamanca: We will sleep at this town located on the Caribbean coast noted for its tourist infrastructure. There are many restaurants, among which are those of Caribbean cuisine, and especially hippie stores. The beaches often are frequented by surfers, since it has one of the best beaches for practicing this sport. It is a good place to make excursions to the nearby parks of Cahuita and Manzanillo.