Puerto Viejo and Irazu

February 25, 2008

Greetings from the land of biodiversity! Our time in Costa Rica has been packed full of memorable adventures. Last weekend six of us traveled to Puerto Viejo on the Pacific coast. We quite possibly may have come across the hostel mas tuanis del mundo (the coolest in the world). Located right on the beach, Rocking J’s is a hammock hostel which reminded us of summer camp – except for college-aged kids. For a mere $5, we were given a hammock, a cubby for our belongings, and an environment fit for artistic expression. You can leave a piece of yourself by painting, creating permanent mosaics on the walls/floors, or by giving them a personal item to be incorporated into pieces of furniture. There we met backpackers and travelers from all parts of the globe including Sweden, Germany, Canada, and the U.S.

This past Saturday our whole group traveled to the Volcano Irazu, at 3,440 meters. While some took amazing pictures of the beautiful volcano, others “erosion surfed” down parts of it. Afterwards, we traveled to Orosi where the oldest Church in Costa Rica is located. When we arrived we were able to observe an actual Catholic wedding.  We also went to the Catholic Church located in Cartago where a mass was taking place. We deduced that Saturday masses are very important here since both churches were completely packed. People come from all parts of the country to drink from the holy water that flows from a special stone found at the Cartago Church. I even saw a woman put her baby into the water! I drank some of it and I did indeed feel holier.

¡Hasta luego amigos!

Posted by Kathryn Peraza

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