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Dec 12, 2010 - Into Nicaragua

After two long bus journeys we arrived at Los Chiles border post – well more of a border dock really. After passing through immigration you are shepherded onto a boat for an hour long ride up the Rio Frio, crossing the border en route, and arriving in San Carlos to enter the country officially. San Carlos was rather different from what we were used to – it looked a real shanty town as we approached by river; tumbledown shacks, shabby wooden buildings on stilts over the river, a rickety looking pier which I was rather dubious about using to...

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Ruddles' Travels

Mar 10, 2010 - El Castillo

So here I get up. Now I go down stairs for breakfast, just toast. Then we went on a boat to the jungle. I saw monkeys, it was awesome!! Then we went swimming. Then we got in the boat and went back to the hotel then we went for lunch. We got a tiny carne empanada and a banana because we were out of money. It only cost $10 cordobas each. Then we went to the fort, that was interesting and then we went in the boat fishing for Tarpon. We didn't catch anything. Then we went to the hotel Victoria and ate a good supper. I had chicken, salad, fries...

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Mar 9, 2010 - El Castillo

Here I wake up on the ferry.Now we get off at San Carlos.We ate at a weird restaurant.It was rice and beans and salad and pina´(pineapple) juice.Then we got on a boat and went to El Castillo. Then we got off and found a hotel called hotel tropical. Is nice!! Then we went crocodile/alligator hunting at night. When we went I got to hold a baby Cayman. He caught two small ones and we saw an iguana, lizards things and a thing like a raccoon. It was awesome, cool, fun, amazing. Then we went out for supper. It was good. Then we went home to bed....

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Mar 8, 2010 - Ferry to San Carlos

OK, we made it to San Carlos. The Ferry ride was interesting. I would say pleasant but I would be lying. Our choices were sleeping on a bench or a floor in a hot and steamy room filled with mosquitoes as we sloshed around in Lago Cocibolca (lake Nicaragua) or on a very cold (really, I nearly froze to death) rented chair or wet floor on the open deck getting sprayed with water. To give you an idea, I was on a chair about ¾ of the way towards the back sitting in the most sheltered area protected by a two story cabin and I was still getting...

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Jan 8, 2009 - The Rio San Juan

From Ometepe Island it is a 9-hour overnight ferry to get to San Carlos on the far southeastern shore of Lake Nicaragua. In San Carlos the Rio San Juan starts north and goes all the way to the Carribean Ocean. San Carlos is not very interesting, mainly a jumping off point for the river, and it is also a border crossing with Costa Rica. El Castillo is about a third of the way up the river between San Carlos and the Carribean, and only accessible by boat. There are tiny villages and farms and houses all along the river and my commuter boat...

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Dec 18, 2008 - Overnight ferry to San Carlos, Nicaragua

December 18th, 2008 The ferry ride from Ometepe to San Carlos was OK. I wish I had a hammock, maybe then I would have gotten some shut eye. Sleeping on the floor of a ferry is not comfy. I didn´t get much sleep at all. It was a beautiful night though and I didn´t get seasick at all.

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Leslie's Trip South

Aug 5, 2008 - Tortuguero National Park

Got on a boat to got to Tortuguero today!! It poured rain like I have never seen before!!! And Manjit and I were at the front of the boat with NO PROTECTION save a little poncho screen that we tried to make. We got SOAKED! I have never been wetter outside of a swimming!! We saw some cool things on the water, but since it was raining sooo much, not a whole lot. Tortuguero is small but kinda neat. Our hotel here was pretty dodgy again, but now Manjit and I are pros! We then went out on a night hike to find turtles nesting and saw a turtle...

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Apr 25, 2008 - Second Day in La Fortuna

Hello Everyone, I woke up at 5am, looked out of the window and saw the volcano clear against the sky. The moon was not far away from it. It was starting to get light just a little. I had to take a picture and of course woke up Brian in the process! He also took some pictures. I hope nobody saw us with very little on taking pictures of a volcano! We repeated the process at 6am when it was daylight and the sun was shining on the volcano. Very often the top is in the clouds but this morning it was so clear! We took some nice pictures. I went...

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Apr 24, 2008 - La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano)

Hello Everyone, We were up by 6.45 this morning - a nice sunny morning! Breakfast is self serve here at the hotel. At 8am the four of us were picked up by a van and we went to do a community tour. We stopped at a fruit and vegetable stand and had some cold coconut water. (pipa fria) Brian did not drink it when he found out that it can be a laxative! He has trouble with diahrrea today. We also tried the guava seeds which have white flesh which tastes sweet and is full of fiber! We then went to Amudreci which is a cooperative that 5 women...

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Mar 25, 2008 - Tortuguero National Park

The village of Tortuguero adjoins the national park of the same name. It's really cozy because there are no cars or vehicles of any kind on the streets (aside from bikes, maybe). We stayed at a funky hotel called Miss Junie's, where we had a group dinner. Tom and John went off to look for the best local watering hole and Tom played some pool. My roommate Phil and I signed up for a tour to look for sea turtles, despite being told that we weren't likely to see turtles this time of year. I'm glad we did... We met our guide at 9:30 p.m., since...

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Feb 24, 2008 - Tortuguero National Park

hi everyone, not sure where all the keyboard characters are here. everything in spanish and it took me 40 min. to get to this site so hope this works. no photosa to add yet. Day 4 very long boat ride in the canal from limon to tortuegera which means turtle. it is not nesting season yet though. up since 6am for bus ride at 7 to boat at 930 and arrived at 4. poured rain part of the way - open boat so......not bad tho. Tomorrow is our big trip to Rara Avis. we will be going by boat again -4.5 hours along the river -shared with Nicaragua to the...

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Jan 28, 2008 - Horses, Boats, Hot Tubs and the Volcano

Hmmm Just lost my four paragraph entry. Lets try this! The last few days in Monteverde then across to Arenal have been full of beautiful and exotic birds and animals. All with the help of the guides we have hooked up with. In Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve we were lucky enough to see an exotic Quetzal 'the national bird of Guatemala (although very rare if ever there). Here, it is considered very lucky to see. She was high up in a tree that also harboured an avacado (one of a 100 varieties here) with fruit the size of olives. She swallows...

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