Costa Rica in Pictures

 

Having crossed the border from Nicaragua at Los Chiles on January 2nd we bussed it to the town of La Fortuna which lies beneath Volcan Arenal.  The plan had been to hike, but the weather was against us – rain and low cloud which obliterated any view of the imposing volcano.  So, to the beach we went!  All the way across to the Pacific coast and the Nicoya Peninsula.  Here we hired a 4×4 and explored beach upon beach …..

Rocky ones, long wild ones, perfect white sand ones …. Continue reading

Secrets at Dawn

I am used to the piercing crow of haughty, splendidly plumed cockerels waking me from my sleep, but this morning, deep in the jungle of the Reserva Biológica Indio-Maiz, it was the the throaty bark of howler monkeys that cut through the thick silence of the early dawn. Continue reading

Riverside Rest

We were in need of a break.  A few days to pause and rest, ideally in a place with some space, greenery and please … a bit of quiet.  Ideals don’t always exist in India and the images that I create in my mind from reading travel guides do not always match the reality.  But on this occasion the description of Orchha fulfilled the hopes I had harboured.  A mediaeval city, with a magical tiered palace, soaring temple spires and grand sandstone cenotaphs.  A wide boulder strewn river, green fields and refeshingly clean air.  An India I had yearned for but feared did not exist. Continue reading

Mostly Sweet With a Dash of Sour

It can’t be said that traveling in India is easy, but there are grades of hardship. In the last week or so we have been following the well trodden, hence pretty easy, tourist trail through Rajasthan. It’s been fantastic and places like Jaisalmer, Udaipur and Jodhpur deserve to be well visited. However, we were ready to get off the beaten track again away from menus with Nutella and noodles and Continue reading