Costa Rica (part II)

This is the second part of Costa Rica. Although it’s already months ago, looking at the pictures, the memories are so fresh.

Finca Pura Vida

We heard about this Finca owned by a Swiss through my parents. He is known in Switzerland as Diesel-Sepp because of his work with trucks. He is accepting travel groups from Switzerland for tours on his finca, so we spontaneously decided to visit. There was already another swiss couple there but he invited us to stay. His Nicaraguan wife cooked a wonderful dinner and we socialized until late at night with wine, rum, swiss tunes and “schnupf”.

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He built this huge garage to store all his imported trucks and vehicles from Switzerland

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Josef imported this army vehicle (called Haflinger) from Switzerland

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Josef’s Finca Pura Vida

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Swiss tunes

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we took the dogs for a walk

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Josef’s Finca Pura Vida from above

Pineapple Farm – Swisstropical

We joined them to visit a pineapple farm ran by a (guess what….) swiss family. It was very interesting. Back home in Canada we would always read the label where they were from….

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pineapple plant

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pineapple plant

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interesting tour

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Poás Volcano National Park

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Poás Volcano National Park

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cloud forest Poás Volcano National Park

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Orosi Valley

We were told to head to the Swiss bakery “Panaderia Suiza” in Orosi. Franziska is running the bakery in town and Fredy is offering motorcycle tours. They also own a beautiful little campground on their property. They were very helpful with tips on what to do in the Orosi Valley. The highlight was the visit of Nano’s Finca. The coffee farmer lives in a house he has built himself, high up one of the side valleys that wind steeply up from the centre of Orosi.

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Franziska and Fredy

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Nano entertained us the whole afternoon with his stories about coffee, bananas etc.

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Nano’s place. he served coffee and a dessert (fried platano with brown sugar)

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Nano’s watefall

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trail to the waterfall

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coffee blossom

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coffee blossom

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Nano explaining about bamboo

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bamboo

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Parade Semana Santa

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Parade Semana Santa

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Parade Semana Santa

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Parade Semana Santa

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Parade Semana Santa

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Parade Semana Santa

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Parade Semana Santa

Cerro de la Muerte

Cerro de la Muerte is the highest point in the Costa Rican section of the Inter-American Highway. Its name means “Mountain of Death”. We parked at the Hotel Mirador de Quetzales, finca Eddy Serrano and enjoyed the cool temperatures at this altitude. We hiked the trails and observed these stunning birds. There is a great restaurant with a beautiful view.

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