A quick change of plans

We are on our way to South America! Well for the most part. The most part being the van in a container waiting at the shipyard for the boat that leaves on Sunday. It was just a couple of days ago we were hanging out on a beach in Costa Rica and got an email saying that there was a fellow traveler in need of a container share. For this week! We either had to make a beeline to Panama City or risk not having a container to share for a couple of weeks. It was unanimous and we packed up and made it from the town of Puerto Jimenez, on the Osa Peninsula to Panama City in just 2 days.

This weeks travels

This weeks travels

The last 2 days were pretty much non existent. They were filled with police checks, customs lineups and of course making dozens of photocopies! It was not at all difficult or taxing on the brain but there was a ton of waiting and driving to different offices, and of course sweating in the sun and waiting.

Waiting for the police vehicle inspection

Waiting for the police vehicle inspection

We went with an agency that assisted us with the whole process along with 3 other foreign vehicles doing the same.

Ginger packed up and ready to head to the port in Colon

Ginger packed up and ready to head to the port in Colon

We locked it up this afternoon at the port of Colon and then headed back to Panama City.

A very tight squeeze into the container

A very tight squeeze into the container

Hopefully Ginger will travel safely

Hopefully Ginger will travel safely

The girls celebrating the end of two long days preparing for the shipping

The girls celebrating the end of two long days preparing for the shipping

The next time we will see Ginger will be in Colombia at the port in Cartagena. We will fly in the next couple of days but with Carnivale happening for the next 4 days flights are busy. And we don’t have to rush there because the shipment won’t be ready to unload until Wednesday at the earliest. So we are enjoying our time without the van and will check out Panama and Cartagena as traditional backpackers.

We did have a good week before all this shipping stuff got going. We got the van back from the mechanic on Monday afternoon and were really pleased at the work that was done. So confident in the brake work that we decided to head up to Arenal Volcano. Of course the next day when we went to the National Park and hiked as close to it as possible it was all fogged in. Second volcano where we never got to see anything!

We were told that the volcano is back there

We were told that the volcano is back there

Unfortunately the volcano stopped its eruptions and nightly shows in 2010

Unfortunately the volcano stopped its eruptions and nightly shows in 2010

Walking in the forests around the volcano

Walking in the forests around the volcano

After the little hike we found some hot springs to relax in. There are a ton of different swanky hot spring spas and resorts but we hit on the Termales Los Laureles hot springs. A bit more local and much more budget friendly. We stayed here all afternoon before boondocking in the town of Fortuna.

The thermal pools in Arenal

The thermal pools in Arenal

Unfortunately the rules didn't allow for much fun...

Unfortunately the rules didn’t allow for much fun…

As we headed south again we stopped in the mountains at a trout farm that also has a stocked pond for fishing with a little camping area. It was beautiful and cool up here and very serene.

Our great campsite in the mountains

Our great campsite in the mountains

They also have a 45 minute hike through the jungle to a number of waterfalls and look outs. The night was so cool and lovely that we had to get the duvet down!

Hiking in the cloud forests

Hiking in the cloud forests

Christine in the cloud forests

Christine in the cloud forests

Dave at the falls

Dave at the falls

Ginger in the cloud forests, and at a new high of 3300m

Ginger in the cloud forests, and at a new high of 3300m

We then headed back to the beach and a town called Dominical. Here we had some great free beachside camping. It’s a big surfing beach and every morning and evening the beach and parking lot would be filled with all the local expat surfers.

Our beachside campsite in Dominical

Our beachside campsite in Dominical

Amazing sunsets from our camp

Amazing sunsets from our camp

We didn’t want to move on but were anxious to get to Corcodova National Park which is supposed to be the real gem of Costa Rica.

An airplane in the middle of the forests. Not sure how it got here, but apparently its becoming a restaurant..... very bizzare!

An airplane in the middle of the forests. Not sure how it got here, but apparently its becoming a restaurant….. very bizzare!

From all our reading about it, never did we read that reservations were required. However, when we got to the Park Office there was no availability for camping in the park until Wednesday, which was still 4 days away.

The owner of our campsite feeding the local caymans and american crocodiles

The owner of our campsite in Puerto Jiminez feeding the local caymans and American crocodiles

We debated waiting it out and exploring around the Osa Peninsula but when we got the email regarding the shipping we forgot about the whole thing. The biggest pain in the butt about this trans America trip was shipping across the Darien Gap to Colombia and we figured we better jump at this opportunity. And now we’re on our way!

 

This weeks banner - containers stacked at the Colon Port

This weeks banner – containers stacked at the Colon Port

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5 responses to “A quick change of plans

  1. Peter Moore

    Lucky you could scramble over the bikes to get out the back otherwise you would have been on a slow boat to Columbia.

  2. heathermariematthews

    Hey guys, We are behind you (still in Mexico) and I’m curious about some details of your recent post. What shipping agent did you use? Also, I love all the places you described here. What was the name of the trout farm camping spot and where was it? Buen viaje! -Heather

  3. Madeleine

    Dave and Christine , we are so glad Ginger is snugly in her box ready to set out for Cartagena . Enjoy your old fashion back packing for the next few days. Loved your cool mountain camping.

    Love Mom and Dad

  4. Marg

    Ginger looks so peaceful and cozy. Love the sunsets! Enjoy the next continent! Love Marg

  5. Capt. Richard Barone

    awesome,,godspeed

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