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Coca cola Station
We were more than warn about the danger of this bus stop. And dreading it. But it's an outdoor kind, with bus parking on each side of boarding sidewalk under a roof. Although we never let any of our belongings out of our side and were careful not to do anything stupid, we never felt in danger of anykind.
The man that got closer to me was trying for the third time to sell me cheap watches. But I think he knew I wasn't interested and even tho I didn't spoke spanish, he engage in a nice little chat. I understood about 4 words of what he said, but it didn't bother either of us. He left after 2 minutes, smilling and waving.
The other one, and he was in fact the first one we encountered coming in for the first time from our taxi that drop us off at the wrong station (500 meters from the correct one). Although I was sure at first he was going to trap us in an alley to sell our eyes and kidneys, he kindly took us to the correct station, pointing where to buy tickets and where the bus was. Quite friendly after all and I think we didn't made a good impression... being very afraid to loose our precious organs!
Be careful, but don't be alarmed.
See the website below for more information on ways of preventing crime from happening to you.
We knew about it and still got caught. You read about this kind of scam and you are sure you would never got caught, that this plan is so stupid it would never work.
Well, it does. You're in vacation, you're elax, you're happy to meet friendly local peoples... And then a little man comes around with tissue paper and warn you you are dirty in the back. Some kind of bird poop or melted ice cream. You take the tissue papers, so happy to have found a gentleman to help you. This is when the gentleman opend your bag and run away with your passport, money, camera or other precious belongings. Fortunately for us, our gentleman wasn't very good and his pickpocketing was obvious enough to stop it. He ran away before getting anything.
We though back on the event and realise that we missed every warning signs. And didn't do the obvious.
So just be warned. It is going to happen, in the more obvious place (we were in the Rostipollos parking lot, a familial restaurant, at noon). Don't let anyone approach you (you approach people), even the sweeter gentleman (if he's a gentleman, he'll understand you have to be careful). Ask to anyone who get too close to stand back. Any kind of gesture in any language will do.
Patrick on the tortuguero beach
The Caribbean sea around Tortuguero isn't suited for swiming. Chaotic waves and strong currents render the water dangerous. only dip a toe or two...
Route to Monteverde
The roads can be tricky to down right dangerous. It is said everywhere, the roads aren't in the best conditions. Be careful when riding.
But see also from the perspective of a pedestrian. Don't walk on dark roads at night, and not just in San Jose. These dirt roads usually don't have sidewalk and most car drivers aren't demure. Could be speeding, trying to avoid a pothole or just not putting on their headlights. And in Monteverde, the wind picking up the dirt of the road might be blinding you...
Guided tour of the Arenal volcano
It seemed obvious: a volcano is dangerous. But we didn't imagined how much. While on our Arenal volcano trip, our guide told us the history of the volcano. From one of the first eruption, when they didn't even know this big mountain was a volcano, the destruction of many villages, the death of citizens, the avalanche of rocks just as destructive and deadly (the volcano grows 1 meter evey month since it's so active... it creates unstable walls of rocks that can collapse anytime) and so on. Even the horrific story of a guided tour on another path (now close) where a guide and tourists lost their lives, lungs burned from volcanic ashes. Or that at the hot spring resorts, the cars will park with their back to the wall, so they can flee easier in case of emergency.
Maybe this is just a touristic speach so we'll get a huge feeling back from our trip, kind of horror stories at a children campfire, but some must be at least a little true...
In fact, it wont affect your trip. Don't do anything stupid (I wonder what it is like to climb up a volcano and look inside) and follow the instructions IF something happens. But still...! Pretty impressive!!
Patrick in the waves of Jaco
You know you're in the right spot for your vacation when the most danger you expose yourself to is the sun... but still! We spent 2 or 3 hours under the sun at the beach, one time late afternoon and one time early in the morning. We had sunscreen on. And still, we caught beautiful little sunburn. Please protect yourself!!
Bus in Fortuna
We were carefully warn about the risk of getting our handback stollen or being robbed by pickpocketers during the public bus ride around Fortuna, Santa Elena and Monteverde. Although we never felt as targets, we didn't took any chance.
We kept our fanny bag under our shirt and our handbag (small backpack) with us at all time. Also tried to keep an eye on our luggage under the bus each time it stopped, avoiding as much as possible to make these big touristic backpacks appealing...
But the bus company and local authority really seem to care about this problem. The driver was the one to tell us to keep our bags on hand (and not on the overhead compartment). He also gave us tags for our luggage, as he was the only one allowed to open the compartment under the bus.
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