So there I was on the way to my next destiantion where a new Workaway would await for me.
If I would’ve just known how drastically my plan was going to change…
So there I sat in the bus on the way to Jaco, a short stop before my longer stay in Quepos.
I arrived in Quepos pretty late in the evening and was just hoping for a relaxed and quiet night where I could sleep early. As soon as I walked in the direction of my hostel the noises grew louder and I was confronted by a party street/mile.
Not what I expected but OK.
The hostel was in general nice but the room I stayed in was tiny without any space to move. Still I was calm and got to bed at around 10pm. Then the bass started to shake the walls and my bed.
Lets just say I’ve had more pleasant nights…
In the next morning I explored the town and the beach. It was awful and had nothing in common with the other places in Cosat RIca I’ve been to. It was loud, dirty, there were no small delicious Sodas but only chains and the beach was dirty and way too crowded as well. In summary I left after the first night although I had paid for three nights.
And so the journey continued and I sat in the next bus to Quepos, very excited and full of hopes and expectations. I arrived safely because two nice Americans helped me find the way and took care of me.
I arrived at the hostel and was a bit shocked. I was aware of the fact that it would not be five stars but it looked dirty and not comfortable at all. Then I met my new chef and she was a nice woman but not very organized or with a plan. The other volunteers didn’t seem as if they enjoyed their work a lot. That left me that night laying in bed and thinking what I should do.
I knew that I didn’t want to stay so I searched through Workaway again but this time in Guatemala.
Now that I’m thinking about it I have no idea how I decided to go to Guatemala. I applied for 10 different places and went to sleep.
The next morning Fabiola, my mexican friend from La Fortuna arrived and I discussed the problem with her.
Luckily I received a response pretty quickly and next thing I knew I had booked a flight to Guatemala and had a place to work, sleep and eat. I told the woman that I would not be working at her Hostel for several reasons and so I had to pay for the Hostel.
So I had three more days in Quepos/Manuel Antonio.
On the first day Fabiola and I decided to check out Quepos and a rocky beach that should be somewhere. So we started walking and luckily found a very intimate place where you could go into the water. When I look back I think we where the only non-Ticos there. We had an amazing time there with an amazing view.
And of course we were blessed with an amazing sunset.
We even came across an ‘industrial ruin’
We came back and I met two guys from the States. Rafael from Texas and Brandon from LA. They were both super chilled and easy to talk to. That night Brandon and I went out for two reasons. I wanted food and he wanted to see a live music show. Well I got my food and he had to be satisfied with kids from school playing instruments (which was very good by the way). The next day we decided to visit a waterfall that should not be too far away with a guy that worked at the hostel and had been there before. The path to the waterfall was not really a path but it was rather us walking through a stream. I am being honest I did get a bit pissed about the way there because I just wanted to get into the water as quickly as possible. Fortunately we reached the waterfall after 45 mins of walking and were rewarded with staying at the edge of a small waterfall. I jumped down and climped up several times and everyone was brave enough to jump except for Rafael. I dared to push him and tried to motivate him. Nothing worked out. I hope he still regrets that decision 😉 .
We came back in the afternoon and went to Quepos because we needed to pick up our laundry. Again the sky presented itself to us in beautiful colours.
On our last day Fabiola and I finally went to “Manuel Antonio Park” which is by far the biggest touristic attraction in that area. So we took the bus which only cost 50 cents and arrived in Manuel Antonio around 25 minutes later. We were told that it would take quite a while to walk through the whole park so we were a little worried when we entered 3 hours before it would be closing because we had spent some time at the beach in Manuel Antonio.
The beautiful beach of Manuel Antonio (no comparison to the one in Jaco)
In the end we spent a total of 2.5 hours in there including 1 hour at the secluded beach in there. The park itself was nice though for my taste the paths were a bit too ‘made up’. But I have to admit that I have never seen so much wildlife in one place.
LIZARDS (I think)
Seems like my hand smells or something like that
more CAPUCHIN MONKEYS because they’re great!
But our highlight was the beach there. It looked as if it was straight out of a picture! We spent a relaxed hour there with lots of photoshootings!
The next day it was time to leave for my next destination. Unfortunately Fabiola and me would have to seperate there because she was heading to Bocas del Torro in Panama and I was going in a different direction…
(all credits for the animal pictures are given to Fabiola and her amazing camera)