[12/03/29~04/08 (D+221) Costa Rica] My Ideal type, Costa Rica.

It was very easy to go out of Nicaragua because bus staff did for passengers’ visa. But I have to get Costa Rica visa by myself and I wait for one hour to get Costa Rica visa because of many people. Anyhow it is very easy to get Costa Rica Visa. I thank that I get visas very easily so far.


I took a bus in Capital of Nicaragua on 7 am but I arrive in Capital of Costa Rica on 6:30 pm. It is too long and I am tired. Costa Rica means Rich Coast because there are the Pacific Ocean to the west and the Caribbean Sea to the east. I have only one picture of San Jose, Capital. San Jose is well-developed city. I thought San Jose will be very cool because it’s located at an altitude of 1,170 meters(3,840 ft). But it’s still hot in daytime. Night is okay to sleep. That’s enough for me.


Costa Rica uses Colon which is their own currency but also many people use the US dollar. When I arrived in a bus terminal, it was dark. Some guy introduced me 12$ hostel near the bus terminal but he was liar. It was 15$. But it looked not bad and I was too tired to find another hostel. The next day, I find 12$ hostel and it is better for me. WiFi is faster and quieter than 15$ hostel and also it is included breakfast. (Pictures are 15$ hostel. I forgot to take picture of 12$ hostel.)

( 12$ hostel – http://backpacker.co.cr It is also near bus terminal.)


There is a big mission for me who has a right to vote. So, I go to Korean Embassy to vote Assembly election. (Assembly election is every 4 years in Korea.)


I see the park on my way. San Jose is really well-developed city.


It is a stadium which china built for Costa Rica.


It’s such a cute animal.


After I vote, one of Korean invites me to their restaurant so that I have really good Korean meals for two nights. It’s always so much fun to hang out with Korean in the abroad because I am Korean. haha


It’s Costa Rica beer. The left one and the right one are fruit beers. Later, I find that three beers’ deposit is over 600 Colones (USD 1.2$). I’ve heard that Costa Rica treats that nature is the most important and I think it’s true.


It just starts Eastern week after I arrive in Costa Rica.


I got a Central America of Lonely planet book from German couple in Guatemala. But I just exchange to other books. Because I am not familiar to read information in English and there is too many information in the book. Does it make sense? …
Okay. I need just books to read.


I heard Eastern which is called Semana Santa in Spanish is very important in Central America. So I contact Warmshower’s host and I stay for three nights in their home.


Host’s mom has a restaurant that I can eat delicious foods. I also help them a little bit. She says that I should stop to travel and work for them. haha. The first and the second picture are typical Costa Rica meals. The soil is fertile because of the volcanic action in Central America. That’s why most of the people eat rice. Also that’s why Costa Rica is famous for coffee.


She looks like my mom. She is always smiling and I love to be around her.


I also hang out with my host. Ceviche is a sea food and The Mexican people put spicy things in there. But Costa Rican put Mayonnaise and ketchup. It’s interesting to taste it with different sauce. My host job is very special thing that he is a nurse but works on the sky. If somebody who has injured in out of the town, then he picks them up by flight to Capital. He is really amazing that he has to be ready for 24 hours. It means if somebody calls their company in midnight, he wakes up and has to go to work. I love to talk with him and I hear very interesting thing that COSTA RICA DOES NOT HAVE ARMY.

Costa Rica is constitutionally abolished its army permanently in 1949.It is the only Latin American country included in the list of the world’s 22 older democracies. Costa Rica has consistently been among the top Latin American countries in the Human Development Index (HDI), ranked 69th in the world in 2011. Also was cited by the UNDP in 2010 as one of the countries that have attained much higher human development than other countries at the same income levels, and in 2011 was highlighted by UNDP for being a good performer on environmental sustainability, and better record on human development and inequality than the median of their region. (From Wikipedia)

They investment money for education, environment and welfare, not for army. How amazing country in the world???


I tried to stop to take the rest in San Jose. But I had to write journals so that I couldn’t sleep well and I catch cold for three days before I leave. To write journals takes too long time. But I am really happy to share my traveling story with people.


Always it’s exciting to ride a bike again.


I thought there will be just downhill for 70 km (43 mi) because I can check the elevation with website (http://www.perfilderuta.es/perfil.php?lng=en#). But the real is that there are also a few hills.


It’s for lunch. Costa Rica is more expensive than other countries in Central America. But there are not many poor people like other countries in Central America. It’s 2400 colones (5$) for lunch but it is really big so I am very happy!! Even the owner receives just 2000 colones although I don’t say anything.


It’s so colorful.


The wood looks like animal. I plan to ride over 170 km (106 mi) today because I though there will be only down hill over 70 km ( 43 mi) from San Jose. But it is an impossible plan because there are also some hills. So I stop in Jaco where is over 96 km (60 mi) from San Jose. There is a big hill for a few kilometers before Jaco and it is so hard.


Every hotels are expensive because of Eastern.


I find some tents on a beach so I ask them that the place is safe. They say it’s okay and I think also it would be no problem. So I set up my tent on a beach.


It’s not easy to ride a bike on the vacation season because it’s hard to find a place to sleep.


There is cloudy.


Finally, it rains after 6 pm.


Something happens on the sky and it is the my first time to see it. All night, the lighting flashed in the sky and I can see every second the lighting flashed at the sea.

(Here is video…my computer is too old to make good video)


The next day, my tent and everything is so wet because of damp.
Costa Rica’s road is really clearer than other countries in Central America.


Costa Rica is home to a rich variety of plants and animals. While the country has only about 0.25% of the world’s landmass, it contains 5% of the world’s biodiversity. Around 25% of the country’s land area is in protected national parks and protected areas, the largest percentage of protected areas in the world (developing world average 13%, developed world average 8%). Costa Rica has successfully managed to diminish deforestation from some of the worst rates in the world from 1973 to 1989, to almost zero by 2005. (From Wikipedia)

That’s why I can see so much green on the road. Also, Costa Rica is ranked the second one for education in Central America and South America( The first one is Chile). Medical welfare is also the second one in Central America and South America. (The first is Cuba). It’s really interesting country to me.


I love this sign! Let’s keep our heart in inside by using belt.


There is river around the place I stay for a night. I take the picture of the river later but on the daytime there were many people.


There is a diving place on the left. I can’t touch the ground around diving place about one meter (3 feet) but it’s no problem because there’s a strong current in the river.
I don’t know how to swim but I practice by myself around there because of a strong current in the river and that is my big my mistake. I am almost going to die. It is too serious so I calm down and go to inside water and relax my body. Thanks to a strong current, I don’t die. I should not practice to swim by myself anymore.


It’s Eastern today but I am so lonely.


Couch surfing host lets me set up my tent at her private place. The bathroom is very wild so I have to take the shower in one minute. Because I saw men passing before I take the shower.


The next day, I also wake up early around 4:30 am and go to a road around 6 am. I see a turtle on the road so I move it to the side. I hope it’s okay for the turtle. I’ve seen thousands of dead animal every day. I am so sorry.


It’s flat today. I can see so many amateur cyclists today. I think because it’s holiday and flat road. When I am so hungry, I go to a restaurant. It’s so small but it costs 1800 colones (USD 3.5$).


I like this sign. I guess it means that it’s a family restaurant so we should not say bad words in here. Yeah, it’s true that some people say too much bad words in everywhere and I have to hear those against my will. I Do want to hear just good words!!


I just buy a few things for eating but it costs 5000 colones (USD 10$). Many things are more expensive than other countries in Central America but it’s no problem for me. Because I love their system so much and I am learning so many things from them.


When I was in San Jose, I saw rain every day. But it’s just for couple hours in afternoon. Today after 5 pm, it rains again. When I try to wear waterproof jacket, somebody invites me to their house on the road. Actually the house is for weekend. They live in San Jose and come to here every weekend. They say it’s over 4 hours driving from San Jose to weekend house.


It’s a big dog. One of them brought their dog.


I sleep very well because of kind Costa Rican family. The next day it’s sunshine again.


It looks like the bomb.


I think he taking the picture is very emotional. Because there is nothing to take the picture. But.. I find that…


There is kind of crocodile! Oh my goodness. Why you are on the road?


Actually, I see some shocking thing. It’s not because of ravens eating dead animal. When I see it first, there is a dog eating dead animal. I read Blindness by Jose Saramago in Korean. Blindness is the story of an unexplained mass epidemic of blindness afflicting nearly everyone in an unnamed city, and the social breakdown that swiftly follows. I read that dogs are eating dead people in the novel. And today I see similar thing. But the different thing is that when I close to it, the dog runs away.


Again it rains. One of people in bus station is drunken so I am a little bit afraid. I wish rain stops as soon as possible or the people are with me before rain stops. I wait for thirty minutes to stop rain. Fortunately, it’s happy ending that bus comes after rain stops so I don’t need to be alone with drunken people.


But it starts to rain again soon. I think it won’t stop soon so I wear waterproof jacket and I ride a bike. But it is so heavy raining that I wet.


My bike is 750$ and bags are 290$. I heard this bags are strong and waterproof. ………….That’s why expensive.

Funny….. Every time water comes inside although they say waterproof.

And actually it’s more and more broken. I am worried about that how I can keep traveling with broken bags.


When I am riding a bike with heavy raining, I see a hotel and it is just 20 $. I think it’s cheap price in Costa Rica. Hotel has Air conditional and it is very clean. Costa rica’s money looks different. It looks like more friendly with the nature. I think I just love Costa Rica system so much.

Costa Rica is my ideal country.

Although they don’t have army, they have a police for citizen. Costa Rica has a long-term disagreement with Nicaragua over the San Juan River, which defines the border between the two countries. One time Costa Rica asked other country to protect their country from Nicaragua because of the San Juan River.
Some people say that anyway few times Costa Rica uses other country’s army so it’s hard to say “No army in Costa Rica”

But my opinion is different.

For example,

I am traveling by bike.
But sometimes I take the bus and I hitchhike.
Anyway I am trying to travel with a bike.

Costa Rica doesn’t have Army.
But they ask other country’s army for protecting their country few times.
Anyway Costa Rica is trying to make the earth peaceful without army.

The most important thing is that we are trying and trying is always good.

When I was in Canada, I joined activity because it was different culture and I loved to meet people. When I played badminton (2:2), I made mistakes every times because I was not good at playing. But my team and other team always said to me “Nice try! Good try!” and I learned something from that.

I think Praise is not just for a successful man, but also for endeavorer.

I am so impressed that Costa Rica is trying to make the world better.

Also, people are so generous like the Mexican people.

I hope I have a chance to come back this country and learn about Costa Rica.

See you later!(Hasta luego!)


Days in Costa Rica= 11 Days
Distance in Costa Rica = 405 km (253.12 mi)
Cities I stayed = San Jose, Heredia, Jaco, Londres, Puerto Cores, Neily
Costs in Costa Rica = USD 107 $
(1$ = 495 Colones)

  1. Hi, Paco from Mexico. I love how you explain things. The post explaining how trying is worth the effort in peacemaking is so cute (and so true)! Bests. Paco

  2. Hi, Paco from Mexico. I love how you explain things. The post explaining how trying is worth the effort in peacemaking is so cute (and so true)! Bests.

  3. 자전거 옆에서 식빵과 물, 잼으로 식사를 하는 모습을 보니. 십수년전 가난한 배낭여행을 했을때 슈퍼마켓과 벤치에서 매 식사를 해결했던 모습이 생각나서 음…. 짠해보였어요 ㅠㅠ . (그래도 그게 지금까지 큰 추억인건 사실. 맥주까지 곁들었으면 만찬)

  4. I have not yet seen Costa Rica but I also love this beautiful country like you. I wish to visit this blessed place soon.

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