Costa Rica: the facts and figures!

The following facts should be accurate: Total distance trekked:ย 92.71 km (57.60 miles) Total of ascents: 4627 metres (15,180 feet) Total of descents: 4627 metres (15,180 feet) -obviously! Total time trekked: 35 hours and 4 minutes!

Costa Rica: the end!

Alarm for 6am. Hot shower- unexpectedly! We all edged wearily to the coach, and boarded. After 3 hours, we stopped for a nice buffet, I had bananas with cheese! A wifi huddle ensued at the airport, and I have never been so excited by a plug socket before, I never reacted the same when I’m…

Costa Rica day 10: cantering

I slept heavy. Maybe it was the mojito, bailey’s and beef combo? We waited longer than usual for an unusually soggy breakfast. I’m not sure how beans, rice and egg can be soggy, but they were! Today, a select few of us (Hannah, Sam and I) would be horse-riding! We walked into town, and were…

Costa Rica day 9: sand in our shoes

I slept hard, with my usual facial covering to stop the sound of Sam’s snoring. I work in the night and pee’d outside the tent, and then spend an hour worrying I had pee’d into Sam’s boots. Alas, I had not. I was slightly late for breakfast as I was having a jungle shave! We…

Costa Rica day 8: we do a Myleene (and a Gino)

I woke, on my own, in my raised tent. I had not been attacked by a snake, so this was positive. Bleary-eyed, I joined the others for a morning swim, which was at a waterfall just down the road. Well, almost an hour away. Ironically, we passed back through the same rainforest as yesterday, but…

Costa Rica day 7: puking on the bus

Woke extremely stiff, probably due to sleeping on the floor. Today seemed dull, we would be back on the bus, yuk! After many days of trekking, our next part of the route needed to be navigated by vehicle! I also noticed I had a blister twice the size of my small toe, so this gave…

Costa Rica day 6: the day we found tarmac

We awoke, as ever, before the alarm! The bleary sight of bodies emerging from sleeping bags in a cow shed will stick with me forever. After a false start where only fruit arrived, we had rice, beans, egg and wet toast. I gave the shower a miss today, first time! But, after a cold night’s…

Costa Rica day 5: trekking in the dark

Amazingly, I woke before the 3am alarm, as Sam snored on. It was dark when we went to bed, then dark as we woke up- it’s like a world where you can’t see! I edge to the shower and proceed to shower in the dark! With freezing cold water! I was also able to put…

Costa Rica day 4: swimming in our boots

We awoke to much excitement from the late card game playing boys, a frog had entered the card game, and proceeded to be photographed. It is indeed was pretty, and it made me happy that it had made otherwise-macho Chris scream.

Costa Rica day 3: testing heat, high climbs

So, we could think of yesterday as a test run. We got some things right, some things wrong. I wouldn’t wear the rain mac that encouraged water to run into my socks, and shoes, that’s for sure. Anyway, I opened the car door and got out of bed. Early starts were as easy as anything…

Costa Rica day 1 and 2: weary and moist

I won’t bore you all with details about how I travelled to the airport, and how long and dull the flights were. First, a 10 hour flight, then a cardio-rich dash to catch the 4 hour flight onward to San Jose! So far, the group is really cool, but I haven’t leaked much of my…