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10 days of adventure in Costa Rica – part I

selina hostel, manuel antonio, costa rica

And when I say adventure you have to believe me. From lost airplanes, stolen luggage to falling out of the rafting boat. But let’s start with the beginning.

After a white night I embarked on the Bucharest – Amsterdam – Atlanta – San Jose route prepared to endure the 23 hours of flight and stopovers. Only that the 23 hours extended for another 14 hours, because Atlanta airport security is something like the walking of a snail, so we lost the flight to San Jose and had to wait until the next day to board the next flight.

Photos by Rares Pulbere

manuel antonio park, costa rica

When I felt the warmth of Costa Rica, I knew I was on vacation. We went to Alamo, the rental company, to take our car and headed for the first destination, Manuel Antonio, not before changing some money in the local currency, colons. I also bought a telephone card to have internet for social media. But surprise: my phone was locked in Orange, so I had to wait for another day to be unlocked and have access to Internet.

Distances in Costa Rica aren’t big, but the roads aren’t the best, and the relief does not help much. So the big surprise was that we must drive 160 km in 3 hours.

selina hostels, manuel antoni, costa rica

I arrived in Manuel Antonio in the evening, a small town near Quepos, but it felt like coming home when I recognised the specific features of Selina Hostel. I don’t know if you remember, but I discovered this chain of hostels on my first visit to Panama, and last year when I was in Panama, I stayed there. What these people did is that in less than 3 years, since I know them they have reached over 20 locations worldwide, and in the next two years they will reach 100. WOW !!!

selina hostel, manuel antonio, costa rica

In Costa Rica they already have 5 locations and I have stayed in 2 of them. If you want to visit them or stay with them in your journeys click here. It’s really worth it! It’s a great mix of conditions, budget, food, surf lessons, activities and super nightlife.

selina hostel, manuel antonio , costa rica

The location in Manuel Antonio has something different. The place is more elegant than the rest of the venues, but at the same time, the minivan serves as Dj station, the pool, and the restaurant with the middle bar, which in the evenings turns into a club with non-stop dance music, are all present.

selina hostel, manuel antonio, costa rica

selina hostel, manuel antonio, costa rica

The elegant room made me think of Cuba, the rocking balloon and the view toward the Manuel Antonio park made my mornings very dreamy.

selina hstel, manuel antonio, costa rica

selina hostel, manuel antonio, costa rica

selina hostel, manuel antonio, costa rica

After a quick dinner we organized the first morning tour in Manuel Antonio Park, the smallest park in Costa Rica, but the most important if you ask me, it’s in the top of the 12 most beautiful parks in the world. The park is great for walking every morning (if you want to pay $ 12), but if you want to see the animals you have to go , at least once, with a guide. I was amazed at how our guide managed to distinguish a silhouette at the top of a tree or in a bush. The lenses of the binoculars seemed simple, but I could see nothing. Nothing but monkeys, which I did not miss, because they are so brave that they’re walking down the street.

Manuel Antonio Park, costa rica

manuel antonio park, costa rica

Speaking of monkeys, I have to tell you that they are the biggest thieves and I’m talking very seriously, if you get here you really have to look out. After the tour I had left a few hours for to enjoy the beach and while I was fascinated by the sight of the infinite blue in front of me, I didn’t notice that on my left, a monkey rummaged with two hands in my beach bag. She probably was not happy with what she found on the surface, but that gave me time to see her in in time and to rush her away. A gentleman was left without his wallet and papers.

manuel antonio park, costa rica

Sleeping on these beaches or leaving unattended luggage is not the wisest thing to do. Monkeys, iguanas, raccoons, and all kinds of other wilderness walk around. Instead, it was fascinating to see so many free animals, including lazy ones.

manuel antonio park, costa rica

Manuel Antonio beach is considered the most beautiful beach in Costa Rica, but also the busiest so we avoided it at lunch time and we wondered on the neighboring beaches, then we returned to catch the last hours of the day here. Unfortunately, we only had a day dedicated to the park, but we did not get to do everything we wanted and have a whole day for tanning. I remember looking at all the yoga teachers I follow on instagram and how they were posing each morning & evening on the Manuel Antonio beach. They inspire my absolute relaxation and I hoped to get into that state as soon as I got there. Unfortunately, I blinked and the day was over. Yoga classes take place very early when there aren’t many people in the park. So if you want to get there I recommend you at least 2 days to have time to enjoy everything.

manuel antonio park, costa rica

manuel antonio park, costa rica

The next day I dedicated was dedicated to rafting. I really wanted to try and finally I succeeded. The team from Tico Loco Adventures came in the morning to take us from Selina, because the river was an hour away. Though I was nervous, I did not feel insecure for a moment. The boys are part of the national rafting team and know what they are doing. We started with a boat training, when to row and when not, what should we do if we fall out of the boat. And I really used this information, because at a sudden turn I was the first to fall into the water. And the legs are mine, the photographer managed to capture the exact moment of the fall, but my favorite picture is the one with my Converse sneakers. It looks like an ad. I saved the Converse first :))

tico loco adventures, rafting, costa rica

tico loco adventures, rafting costa rica

But the experience was unforgettable and I want to repeat it. Maybe next time I get to Costa Rica.

And after so much adrenaline we spent the afternoon tanning at the pool of the hostel, admiredthe sunset and charged our energy for the road to Tamarindo.

But the rest of the story in the next post. And it’s worth reading, because I’ll tell you how I survived without clothes for another week.

Kiss kiss

More photos from Costa Rica here

manuel antonio park, costa rica

10 zile de aventura in Costa Rica

Si cand spun aventura trebuie sa ma credeti pe cuvant. De la avioane pierdute, la bagaje furate si cazut din barca de rafting . Dar sa incepem cu inceputul .

Dupa o noapte alba m-am imbarcat pe ruta Bucuresti – Amsterdam – Atlanata – San Jose pregatita sa indur cele 23 de ore de zbor si escale. Numai ca cele 23 de ore s-au prelungit cu inca 14 ore, pentru ca securitatea aeroportului din Atlanta este ceva asemanator cu mersul melcului, prin urmare am pierdut zborul catre San Jose si a trebuit sa asteptam pana a doua zi, ca sa ne imbarcam la urmatorul zbor.

Insa cand am dat de caldura din Costa Rica am stiut ca am ajuns in vacanta. Am mers la Alamo, firma de inchirieri, ca sa ne luam masina si am plecat catre prima destinatie, Manuel Antonio, nu inainte de a schimba niste bani in moneda locala, coloni. De asemenea am cumparat si o cartela de telefon ca sa am net pentru social media. Dar surpriza: telefonul meu era blocat in Orange, asa ca atrebuit sa astept inca o zi sa fie deblocat si sa pot beneficia de internet.

manuel antonio park, costa rica

Distantele in Costa Rica nu sunt mari, dar drumurile nu sunt cele mai fericite, iar relieful nu ajuta foarte mult. Asa ca surpriza mare a fost ca trebuie sa parcurgem 160 km in 3 ore minim.

Am ajuns in Manuel Antonio seara, o mica localitate langa orasul Quepos, dar am avut senzatia ca am ajuns acasa, cand am recunoscut elementele specifice Selina Hostels. Nu stiu daca va mai amintiti, dar am descoperit acest lant de hosteluri la prima mea vizita in Panama, iar anul trecut cand am fost in vizita in Panama am stat tot la ei. Ceea ce au facut oamenii astia este faptul ca in mai putin de 3 ani, de cand ii stiu au ajuns la peste 20 de locatii in toata lumea, iar in urmatorii 2 ani vor sa ajunga la 100. WOW!!!

selina hostel, manuel antonio, costa rica

selina hostel, manuel antonio, costa rica

In Costa Rica au 5 locatii deja si eu am stat in 2 dintre ele. Daca vreti sa ii vizitati sau sa stati la ei in calatoriile vostre intrati aici. Chiar merita! Este un mix extraordinar intre conditii, buget , mancare, lectii de surf, activitati si super viata de noapte.

selina hostel, manuel antonio, costa rica

selina, manuel antonio, costa rica

Locatia din Manuel Antonio are insa ceva diferit. Locul este mult mai elegant decat restul locatiilor, dar in acelasi timp este prezent minivanul pe post de Dj station, piscina, si restaurantul cu barul pe mijloc, care seara se transforma in club cu muzica de dans non stop.

Camera eleganta m-a dus cu gandul la Cuba iar balansoarul din balcon si privelistea spre parcul Manuel Antonio mi-au facut diminetile de vis.

selina hostel, manuel antonio, costa rica

selina hostel, manuel antonio, costa rica

selina hostel, manuel antonio, costa rica

Dupa o cina rapida am organizat primul tur pentru dimineata in parcul Manuel Antonio, cel mai mic parc din Costa Rica, dar cel mai imporant din puntctul meu de vedere, prezent in topul celor 12 cele mai frumoase parcuri, la nivel mondial. Parcul este minunat pentru plimbarile din fiecare dimineata (daca vreti sa platiti taxa de 12$), dar daca vreti sa si vedeti animalele trebuie sa mergeti macar o data cu un ghid. Am ramas uimita de cum reusea ghidul nostru sa distinga o silueta in varful unui copac sau intr-un desis. Prin lentilele binoclului parea simplu, dar in rest nu vedeam nimic. Nimic in afara de maimute, pe care nu aveam cum le ratez, pentru ca sunt asa de curajoase incat merg pe strada.

manuel antonio park, costa rica

manuel antonio park, costa rica

Apropo de maimute trebuie sa va povestesc ca sunt cele mai mari hoate, la propriu, nu la figurat(daca ajungeti aici chiar trebuie sa aveti grija cu ele) Dupa terminarea turului mi-au ramas cateva ore pentru plaja si in timp ce eram fascinata de privelistea de un albastru infinit din fata mea, nu am observant ca in stanga mea o maimuta scotocea cu 2 maini in geanta de plaja. Probabil ca nu era multumita de ce a gasit la suprafata, dar asta mi-a data timp sa o observ la timp si sa o gonesc inainte sa plece cu ceva. Un domn a ramas fara portofel si acte.

Dormitul pe aceaste plaje sau lasatul bagajelor nesupravegheate nu este cel mai intelept lucru. Maimute, iguane, ratoni si tot felul de alte vietati umbla nestingherite pe acolo. In schimb a fost fascinant sa vad atatea animale libere, inclusiv lenesi.

manuel antonio park, costa rica

manuel antonio park, costa rica

Plaja Manuel Antonio este considerata cea mai frumoasa plaja din Costa Rica, dar si cea mai aglomerata asa ca am evitat-o la ora pranzului si am ratatcit pe plajele invecinate, dupa care ne-am intors sa prindem ultimele ore din zi aici. Din pacate nu am avut decat o zi dedicata pentru parc, dar nu am apucat sa facem tot ce ne-am dorit si sa avem timp o zi intreaga pentru bronz. Imi aduc aminte cum ma uitam la toate profesoarele de yoga, pe care le urmaresc pe instagram, si care se pozau in fiecare dimineata si seara pe plaja Manuel Antonio. Imi inspira relaxarea absoluta si am sperat sa intru in starea aia imediat ce am ajuns acolo. Din pacate nici nu am apucat sa ma dezmeticesc si s-a terminat ziua. Iar clasele de yoga se fac, dar foarte devreme cand nu este tot poporul in parc. Asa ca daca vreti sa ajungeti pe acolo va recomand cel putin 2 zile, ca sa aveti timp sa savurati totul.

manuel antonio park, costa rica

Urmatoarea zi am dedicat-o pentru rafting. Imi doream de mult sa incerc si in sfarsit am reusit. Echipa de la Tico Loco Adventures a venit dis de dimineata sa ne ia de la Selina, pentru ca aveam o ora de mers pana la rau. Desi aveam putine emotii, nu m-am simtit in nesiguranta nici o clipa. Baietii fac parte din echipa nationala de rafting si chiar stiu ce fac. Am inceput cu un training despre barca, cand vaslim si cand nu, ce trebuie sa facem in cazul in care cadem din barca. Si chiar mi-a folosit informatia asta, pentru ca la o curba mai brusca am fost prima care a cazut in apa. Si da picioarele din poza sunt ale mele, fotograful a reusit sa surprinda exact momentul caderii, dar poza mea preferata este cea cu incaltarile Converse. Pare o reclama. Primii pe care i-am salvat sunt Conversii.😂

tico loco adventures, rafting, costa rica

tico loco adventures, rafting, costa rica

Dar experienta a fost de neuitat si imi doresc sa o repet. Poate data viitoare cand ajung in Costa Rica😜

Si dupa atata adrenalina am pastrat dupa amiaza sa ne bronzam la piscina hostelului sa admiram apusul si sa ne incarcam cu energie pentru drumul spre Tamarindo.

Dar restul povestii in urmatorul post. Si chiar merita sa cititi, pentru ca o sa va povestesc cum am supravietuit fara haine inca o saptamana.

Kiss kiss

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