QuickPeek: Rainy Start. Short Walk. Hitch Hike. Bus Ride.
I was really smashed. This entire route didn’t offer me a choice of a rest day. I could have forced a rest day in the wilderness, but then again with the amount of rain pouring down, I’d not really be able to get my feet dry and relaxed. Option to stay at hostels was out of the window because they are just too expensive. It would be really nice if there were sheltered camping services at reasonable prices around the region, but honestly, with the state of tourism as it is, I doubt people would bother to support slow travellers like me.
So when I got up this morning, I had given up on my thoughts of heading further north to Rincon De La Vieja. The day was going to be a case of hobbling up to the nearest town and find a bus back to San Jose. The blister on the sole of my right foot was pretty painful and the wet boot and socks was not helping matters.
I made some coffee and granola for b’fast and waited out the morning downpour. Around 8 or so, the clouds seemed to let some sun thro and I decided to take that window and walk out. The road was well laid, but hobbling along for 20 km didn’t seem like a good option for me. I tried to just get my mind out of it and walked along.
This stretch had a bit more small farms and an occasional car would pass by and I started to look for an option to hitch. The first coupe wouldn’t take me and after 7 k’s or so, a truck stopped for me and picked me up. He was heading to the town of Tilaran where there was a bus station with direct service to San Jose. Awesome.
He was a nice feller and pointed me to some of the interesting bits along the way and dropped me in Center of Tilaran. I walked up to the bus station and got me a ticket for the 2PM to San Jose.
I had a few hours to kill and when I sat around, another back packer, Kristi, came by and we stuck up a conversation. She was travelling slowly herself and she had been working in farms all the way from Mexico to here and headed to S america too. It was nice chatting with her and the time passed in a breeze. We ended up eating some good food near the bus station and parted ways. It’s always nice to meet interesting people and listen to their travel stories.
I picked up my bus later and it was a windy mountainous ride up to San Jose. Once home, Myself and Vendhan decided to go and smash some solid grub at an Indian restaurant. I haven’t been in one in a while and though it was pricy, the food was stunning indeed. I stocked up on all the calories lost in a week of hiking. Would be lovely if I got more of these on my route out.
Overall, my time hiking was really enjoyable. Costa Rica has enough National parks to set up a Thro Hike I reckon, and being a small country, it could actually be a fantastic (in my opinion, the only way) to see some of the best of this country. But I suspect, that might not happen. The tourism industry seems to maintain the nature simply because they can setup expensive tours and if people wouldn’t do these ziplining and canyoning, the private reserves (which are a pleanty) might just go and destroy their forests and make farms. It would be really nice for me, personally, to be able to explore parks one after another. But honestly, with everything costing so much for entry and stay, I may not really bother. May be someday, an inspired local might do what Dave Chappele did in NZ and design a thro-hike with services for camping and walking. I might return then to check this place again, for sure.
Till then, Costa Rica, your thirst for tourism is a bitch.
Route: Rio Chiquito to +7 Km
Distance: 7.3 Km
Road: Well Laid Gravel.
Traffic: Occasional farm truck
Services: None till Tronadora.
Expenses: SG$ 94.97
Comments: Rest days are important in a tour. Without it, the body starts to show signs of wear.