Jungle

rice & beans

Costa Rica has equalled slothing, gorgeous birds, frogs, beaches, outdoorsing and the ubiquitous rice & beans. 

La Fortuna: super sweaty MTB

La Fortuna: super sweaty MTB

perfect sunday afternoon: swimming hole rope swinging @ El Salto rio  

perfect sunday afternoon: swimming hole rope swinging @ El Salto rio  

iconic wildlife - toucans, sloths, quetzals - abundant in the national parks, no doubt assisted by stringent anti-hunting policies and enforcement

Arenal National Park - too busy admiring for any decent wildlife photos

Arenal National Park - too busy admiring for any decent wildlife photos

Cahuita National Park - incredibly brazen capuchin monkeys  

Cahuita National Park - incredibly brazen capuchin monkeys  

Jaguar Rescue Centre Puerto Viejo

Jaguar Rescue Centre Puerto Viejo

Pacific vs Caribbean : tough choice, being dumped by waves and invigorated or warmer not so dumping and turquoise.

Pacific Coast afternoon change : Quepos  

Pacific Coast afternoon change : Quepos  

Caribbean : Cahuita

Caribbean : Cahuita

My three favourite learnings from Costa Rica, first up for yourtown to be considered a town it needs just 5 things:

  • Primary School - gotta learn, literacy >85%
  • A fútbol pitch - gotta stay fit
  • A supermercado - gotta eat
  • A bar - gotta socialise
  • A church - gotta believe, right?

Secondly, you can easily eat rice and beans as the base for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  That is beyond me: 1 meal great, 2 meals doable, 3 meals getting repetitive

 

Lunch version

Lunch version

And where else as an adult do you get to climb such awesome trees this high

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multiple countries in one (and a lot of 70s/80s)

astonished by how diverse Colombia is: the climate, geography, flora/fauna and cities

it's been like spending time in four different countries

heydey? contemporary cars are plated by city  

heydey? contemporary cars are plated by city  

Bogotá: far, far colder than I care for, kickarse street art, Museo de Oro which is going to pale every future gold museum I go to into insignificance, corner stores doubling as bars

bling to covet - articulated joints & around 40mm2

bling to covet - articulated joints & around 40mm2

Totally in a time warp, made all the more amusing by what appeared to be a 1970's gangsta movie being shot in the main plaza

main plaza Villa de Lleyva

main plaza Villa de Lleyva

Medellín: suddenly warmer, super agreeable spring weather, pockets of green loads of neighborhood parks, one way loop streets and the cleanest metro I have been on worldwide.  Fell in love with the tea salons and the la memoria museum photos and video montages

 

La Memoria : Medellín  

La Memoria : Medellín  

Guatape in the background of what was obviously a drug money summer house

Guatape in the background of what was obviously a drug money summer house

Cartagena: indescribable light, gorgeous colonial buildings, boganvillia, pretending to be a pirate and an inquisition museum with real gallows and guillotine.  Who does that?

 

the cliche sunset Cartagena shot

the cliche sunset Cartagena shot

Pretending to get lost in the jungle, 4 days lost city hiking.  I didn't know there was so much green.

 

tiny portion of all the greens

tiny portion of all the greens

And just off the coast, Caribbean islas with national parks and views to melt for

 

Isla Grande - sunset

Isla Grande - sunset

Isla Grande all the blues

Isla Grande all the blues

jungle to altiplano

The Peruvian jungle was filled with deliciousness, mostly in the form of new to me fruits.

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My favourites all the colours of the Karambola (star fruits).  As always there's one huge exception, Noni looks and tastes like blue cheese.If it had been served to me on a cheese plate I would have loved it, but the incongruity of picking and peeling it, meant to my mind it was supposed to be sweet.

Cacao - Madre De Dios

Cacao - Madre De Dios

Gorgeous birds, flowers and plants.  Ghastly insects, spiders and a gazillion butterflies. And a kick arse lightening storm.  So worth being there in the wet season.

 

Bit too picturesque for piranha fishing  

Bit too picturesque for piranha fishing  

Back up to 3800m and the blueness of Lake Titicaca.  Pretty special, and all the more so for spending time on it in both Peru and Bolivia (lassiez-faire if very slow overland border crossing : can't possibly see why they might have contraband issues).

Perú side of Lake Titicaca

Perú side of Lake Titicaca

  • Floating reed islands - yep
  • Slowest motor powered commissioned boats in the world - yep
  • Bolivia hiked smelling like home, eucalyptus everywhere- yep
  • More blue than imaginable - yep
  • Sunsets not hyped - yep
Uros Islands - floating made from reeds, 3m deep last 35 years

Uros Islands - floating made from reeds, 3m deep last 35 years

Bolivia side of Lake Titicaca

Bolivia side of Lake Titicaca

And back in the land of good graffiti.

Copacabana  

Copacabana