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The importance of a day three

And a heartfelt apology


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Unusually for me, I shall start this entry with an apology.

We all have our prejudices. some learned through others and some through experience, but they're more than often wrong. I'm sure there are one or two people from Dartford who aren't filth and maybe a score of people from the North can use cutlery, but my crime is greater than just generalisation against a group of people. I have been specist.

Not all monkeys are bastards.

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This monkey was nice

All of my monkey encounters in the wild so far have involved the little sods trying to steal food or attack me. This is our fault, I've always known this, we shouldn't be bringing food into their environments, but it wasn't until I went to a place where they completely ban food around them that I realised how nice they can be. Both the family we encountered in Manuel Antonio Park and the dozens I saw around Uvita were all excellent. So again, I wholeheartedly apologise to monkeys worldwide for besmirching their characters.

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Howler monkeys that howl for two hours at 3 am can sod right off though! I know that truck woke us all up, but you didn't see me shouting about it until 5 am! Shut the eff up!

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This is a sloth, but it's just like a lazy monkey with huge claws

On with the blog...

I'm sat in Drake Bay a day later than planned as I needed an extra day in Uvita to rest up. I know it sometimes sounds that I'm just on a months long holiday, but it's a lot harder than it sounds. (I know, booooo hoooo!)

For example, today I went for a hike and hit 110 miles walked so far, in just 24 days. These were not easy miles either, often up very steep hills, through jungles, forests, sand and rivers and always in 30 plus degree heat. Today's hike was unexpectedly long as I thought I could get a boat back here at the end and had to walk back when I couldn't. It ended up being a 20 km walk... (again, cue tiny violins)

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Having loads of beaches all to yourself was great though

My feet have certainly felt better and I was generally pretty tired. I stayed at Uvita to relax but then ended up walking nine km that day anyway as I explored the beach. So I needed another day to sit around, read, swim and plan where I was going next. It's also an attempt to dry my clothes, but nothing dries here! I guess it must be the humidity, but it blows my mind that my little sports socks still haven't dried completely after 3 days sat in 35 degree heat!

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More random pics from my camera rather than my usual phone

When I started travelling last year, I had booked hotels and hostels months in advance, this trip I'm being a lot looser with it, often only booking a few days ahead and booking last minute. The only reason I was able to stay a day longer in Uvita was that I hadn't booked anything for the next day at 7 pm when the owner of the place I was staying at asked me if I was leaving.

I have a few two night trips planned. with these I pretty much just turn up, see the area the next day and then leave the day after. One night trips are just stopovers to somewhere else. I need to make sure I have some three or more night trips here and there to just recharge and work out what to do next.

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Speaking of which, my plans so far take me forward about a week, at which point I'll be entering Panama. The hardest part about this is that to enter, you must have proof that you're leaving. There is a scam that a lot of people do where they book a fake bus and get the money back, but as I'll be flying out to Ecuador, this makes no sense, so I'll more than likely just take the cheapest flight out I can find in the middle of July. Panama looks nice, in places a lot like Costa Rica, but with maybe more in the way of culture? I don't know. There are some islands I can do, but I need to see how cost effective that is.

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On Sunday I plan to stay in a hostel dead in the middle of a jungle, that say's it's 'clothing optional' There's no way I'm stripping off! The reviews are all excellent, but it will be interesting staying in what sounds like a filthy hippy commune with little wifi and electricity but free hiking trails and a better than average chance to see some tapirs (I love me some tapirs!). Tomorrow I'll go halfway there but I have to get a bus at 4am for some ungodly reason!!

Posted by cblanc102 05:37 Archived in Costa Rica Tagged beaches animals monkeys hiking hostels costa_rica trails south_america central_america latin_america solo_travel

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