Costa Rica Bound

As our time in Boquete came to an end, we grabbed a school bus to David

Our "decked out" school bus...
Our “decked out” school bus…

and then, with a little help, found the Tracopa ticket office

Walked right by it...
Walked right by it…

and purchased two tickets to San Jose, Costa Rica. One note here, Tracopa buses are not air conditioned but they DO have internet,

Our big bus...
Our big bus…

but since we were heading to Costa Rica, we didn’t think it would be a big problem and it wasn’t. We hit the crowded border check point and got stamped out of Panama and then walked, with our suitcase and backpacks, to the entry check point of Costa Rica. We got our entry stamps and then were herded into a cage with our luggage and told to wait.

Yes, really a cage...
Yes, really a cage…
Cage entertainment...
Cage entertainment…

About 45 minutes later, 2 guys from immigration came into the cage and did a search of our bags. Then, we were back on the bus and headed to San Jose.

Just because the timing was right and the price was good, we signed up for an 8 day tour by Gate 1 around part of Costa Rica. We got to San Jose a few days before the start of the tour to give us a chance to look around. San Jose has many museums and we were able to visit two of them, The Gold Museum which contains a lot of pre Columbian era gold and was a fascinating place.

Exhibits at the Gold Museum...
Exhibits at the Gold Museum…
Yes there was gold too...
Yes there was gold too…
Lots of it...
Lots of it…
Very pretty...
Very pretty…

We also went to The National Museum

The National Museum...
The National Museum…

and had a wonderful time visiting the exhibits

Ancient Artifacts...
Ancient Artifacts…
The Spheres...
The Spheres…
Lots of Spheres...
Lots of Spheres…

and learning more about the fascinating history of Costa Rica.

We visited the market in downtown San Jose one day

The Central Market...
The Central Market…

where one can buy anything from chicken feet

mmmm Chicken feet...
mmmm Chicken feet…

to hand crafted items

Wooden ox and carts...
Wooden ox and carts…

in rows and rows of vendors

Tight aisle's...
Tight aisles…

selling food,

Fish for sale...
Fish for sale…

clothing and miscellaneous.

There is one avenue that is opened to

Lots of foot traffic...
Lots of foot traffic…

pedestrian traffic only

Someone dropping of products...
Someone dropping of products…

and is lined with stores of every kind and many restaurants.

Surf Shop...
Surf Shop…

Great place for people watching too.

 

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4 thoughts on “Costa Rica Bound”

  1. So fun to read about your experiences in Boquete, David and San Jose. We missed the immigration cage and entertainment but loved the Gold museum. Considering that the Spanish shipped so much gold and other precious metal and stones back to Spain it was amazing to see the wealth of artifacts that were left behind and displayed- gorgeous! Anita

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