Day 9 (2/21):
We left San Pedrillo today, which was sad because it is truly was paradise being there, except for my plethora of bug bites that itch so badly.In Corcovado, you can feel secluded and really in tune with nature and the wonders of the ocean.It also has a lot of scenic beautiful, palms, rainforest, howler monkeys waking us at 4 am, scarlet macaws and pelicans always flying overhead, blue sky, sunshine, rainforest walks, waterfalls, etc.It is truly paradise and I would highly recommend going there if you ever go to Costa Rica.I think the weather felt our sadness because it was overcast as we left on the boats to head north.
We boated back to Sierpe where we got back on the charter bus to head to Playa Hermosa.We passed lots of banana plantations (all of which have these blue plastic bags to cover their bananas which naturally end up in the ocean or a dump, not cool).We stopped for lunch in a very touristy town called Dominical.It was weird because they had all this American food and the portions were so big.It made me feel fat.Yeah.It was nice though because there we had internet access and a phone so I checked my email, which I totally didn't think was going to be possible.It was short-lived though because soon we were back on the bus on bumpy roads passing African Palm Oil plantations of which we stopped at.
We finally got to Playa Hermosa only to find that we were staying at this really fancy hotel with A/C, hot showers, TV (i.e. democratic presidential debates, yay!), and it was right on the beach.They gave us virgin pina coladas when we got off the bus and beforeI knew it I was in my swimsuit swimming in the warm Pacific.Did I mention the Pacific can be warm? I learned this in San Pedrillo.This never happens in Oregon, naturally.Anyway, so we are swimming in the ocean totally ducking into these huge waves that would roll you over if you tried to stay up.Then it started raining and we moved to the pool to swim in the rain.This was followed by a spectacular sunset and a warm shower.
That evening we went out to eat at a seafood place.I really wanted to know where the seafood was from, but they didn't know.
Day 10 (2/22):
We went to Carara National Park this morning to see some really large, tangly fig trees.As we were walking back to eat lunch I was craving pizza only to find out that they got pizza for us.Pizza Hut none the less, but whatever.When you want pizza anything will do.There were these iguanas that literally took the pizza out of my hand.Kind of scary.
After lunch we got back on the bus for our long, bumpy ride to Palo Verde.It was interesting to see how the landscape changed to being much flatter and drier and it gradually became more dominated by cattle farms.By the way, on our bus ride we stopped near Quepos at this bridge where about 20 crocodiles hang out.They looked like
Statues, not real at all.