Traveling through Costa Rica

We are on a new adventure in Ometepe Island, Nicaragua which will involve numerous photos and blog posts because not only is this a very interesting new experience, itis a really beautiful area. We came here on the bus.

On our first day (Tuesday) we travelled to San Jose, Costa Rica. It rained most of the time and then got dark so we couldn’t see much on the ride up. We were only in San Jose for a night but loved what we saw in our limited time. Unfortunately I poked the wrong thing on my new camera and lost those photos, but hopefully we can spend more time there and get to know the city a bit better.

My first impressions of San Jose were of a more established city with older buildings and more history going back decades (unlike Panama who’s considerable growth has been quite recent). There were many people on foot in the street, a large variety of people of many colors and some with piercings, tattoos, interesting hair colors, and other modes of self expression not usually seen in Panama. There also seemed to be every sort of familiar fast food, more so than in Panama. It felt good there, relaxed, interesting, happy, and a place where I would like to spend more time.

Wednesday we got back n the bus and traveled to Liberia, Costa Rica. It was a beautiful sunny day and this time I did not lose the photos.

The bus stopped so we could have a break and a bit to eat. I was very impressed with the woodwork we saw there.


After driving through mountains and stopping for a break, we started getting into more flat land that reminded me of our area in Panama.


We landed in Liberia, easily found the hotel recommended by our friends (Hotel  Bramadero) and the gal there sent us off for bus tickets for the next day. This took us to the Central Park and main part of town which I was happy to see.


We spent the night in Libera, and the next day we crossed the border into Nicaragua. Of course there are more photos!

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About Kris Cunningham

We live in David, Chiriqui Provence, Republic of Panama! This blog is about some of our experiences in our new country.
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19 Responses to Traveling through Costa Rica

  1. Sunni Morris says:

    The wood work is impressive. Did you end up getting rained on? The sky in some of those photos looks very dark. It does that a lot where I live too, but usually we only get a thunder and lightning show out of it. Too bad you lost the other pics.

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    • It was a downpour going into San Jose Tuesday, but we only got a few sprinkles on Wednesday in northern Costa Rica. Thankfully it was a new camera so there weren’t that many pics. I should have downloaded them that night like I usually do! I’m sure we will be back in San Jose so maybe I’ll get even better ones next time.

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  2. Yippee! And the adventure begins!!!

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  3. John & Susan says:

    Great photos Kris. Enjoy Nicaragua! We really loved it. A close second to Panama if it were not for the infrastructure. (The capital Managua can be bypassed for sure.) The beaches are so unspoiled and undeveloped.
    A definite step back in time overall. This was all back in 2004. We look forward to revisiting when we are settled in Panama next year.
    Highlights for us were Granada, Masaya, Volcan Mombacho (our first zip line experience in the jungle). We have not been, but heard great things about San Juan Del Sur.
    Have a great time!
    Look forward to seeing your pictures!
    Cheers,
    John & Susan

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    • I know what you mean. It feels really good to us too. We don’t plan to leave Panama but I’m glad to know about other places and options.

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      • indacampo says:

        I agree with John and Susan’s comment only we were there in 2011. In the seven years between our trip and theirs it doesn’t sound like much changed. We did go to San Juan del Sur for the day (an easy side trip from Rivas) and while we were there a cruise ship came in. It kind of ruined the experience for us because the town got crowded very quickly. I did enjoy the Black Cat cafe and book store. The town kind of reminded me of small town California, with a twist. If you get a chance go, you’ll find second hand English books if you’ve been missing them and the view from the hill is spectakoolar.

        Looking forward to seeing some more adventures amiga! 🙂

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  4. As I am writing this comment, Kris is making us dinner..a yummy chicken dinner. Joel is trying to fix an old speaker of ours, and the sun is sitting over Lake Cocibolca. They are going to love it here. I am so glad they wanted to come to Ometepe Island. They are sure to have many more adventures in the time that we are gone. Already, Kris has arranged with our neighbor to teach her how to make gallo pinto. I am so glad they are here!

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  5. John & Susan says:

    Lucky.. friends are family!
    Enjoy.

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  6. Suzi says:

    Great pictures Kris. I really enjoy your blog and look forward to Costa Rica and Nicaragua in our future travels. Keep the photos and good information coming.Thanks for sharing.
    Suzi

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  7. Sweet blog! I found it while surfing around on Yahoo News.
    Do you have any suggestions on how to get listed in Yahoo News?
    I’ve been trying for a while but I never seem to get there!
    Thank you

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