Last week I spent 7 days in Costa Rica. Half of my trip was business and Friday through Mondy was pleasure. I'll start at the beginning and let you know that I stayed at the Bavaro San Jose Gran Palacio. It was located in a nice area, 10 minutes away from all the hustle and bustle of Central San Jose. Taxi rides there were $6.00. The hotel had nice rooms, clean, pleasent atmosphere and it really was a business type of hotel. Convention type if you know what I mean. The breakfast buffet were great and they even included champange if you were in the mood for a mimosa. Dinner buffets were, so so. 3 star...
On my first day off I set a tour with the hotel to La Carpintera Canopy Tour. Price of the tour through the hotel was $69.00. That included pick up from the hotel and lunch and my return trip back to the hotel. I booked it the night before and I was excited for morning to come and head on out. Well, I was told to be at the lobby of the hotel at 12:45 and that I would be getting picked up by 1:00. I'm an early bird and showed up in the lobby at 12:30. I was told to hang out and wait, which I expected. Five minutes later, a person from the hotel staff told me that some how the tour company's bus forgot about me but not to worry that some one will come pick me up and they will be on time. So, no panic, I waited. At 12:45 and gentelmen from La Carpintera Tour approached me and asked me my name and told me he was there to pick me up. Great. I got in his car and off we went. The ride was about 45 minutes away near the nearest volcano just outside of San Jose. The person who was driving me there was actually the owner of La Carpintera Canaopy. He was extremely pleasant and I was suprised that he was the one to pick me up. We had a pleasent convesation about the country, business and life in general. As we got to the place which is at the bottom of a mountain valley there was a nice steak house, which was the beginning of the tour. The owner owns this steak house as well. While your hear you have to have the fruit punch. Its all natuaral and I've traveled many caribiean islands and locals and I will tell you, I never tasted such a great juice, it was like a nectar of the gods. No kidding, it was that good!
I'll continue about the canopy. I met 4 guys who were going to take me up. Now understand, I was the only person there. The other people who the bus had picked up had already gone up and I was about an hour behind them. Well the four guys were in there early 20's I'd say and two of them went with me through the canopy zip lines, One was a camera man who was there to take pictures of me with no obligations and the other was the guy who I was going to go up the mountain with on horseback. Yes, I chose to go up the mountain horseback and it gave me oppurtunitys to see more of nature and some cool spots to look down at the City of San Jose. For those of you who don't like riding horses, don't worry, you can get a car ride up.
To let you know, the zip lines were awesome. They ranges in lenghts of 40 to 300 meters. Meters, yes, every thing there is metric but to give you an idea. Try the lenght of two football fields, flying about the trees. It was awesome. To my suprise while going from one zip line to the other I noticed that I was on top of a fence on a tree. What's the big deal here. Well, all the the platforms that the zip lines went to and from were on land. They were basicly wooden decks which they had made on the mountain. Well this specific one, wasn't like that. It was basicly a chain link fence on and between a tree 150' ft up in the air. When I got there the first thing I noticed is the fence and the holes I obviously was looking down of. I felt safe, I wasn't worried, it was extremely well built and supported. What really suprised me was that there was NO ZIP LINE there and I was wondering, HOW AM I GETTING DOWN FROM HERE? Well I asked my guides and well, they said, don't worry, were REPELLING DOWN! Oh boy, The zip line didn't give me a scare but I didn't sign up for no repelling so it kind of caught me by suprise. As they taught me how to do it they said don't worry, we can put the breaks on for you on the bottom and your totally safe.
I trusted these guys and as I hung there, off the platform, I willl tell you that it was definetly a bonus that no other Canopy Tour in Costa Rica offers. It was excellent. Over all there were two of these Repelling platforms but the other was only about 40 to 60 feet.
One of the last zip lines was the longest and let me tell you, the speed of it was amazing and you zip down the fathest part going straight down the mountain to the end of your tour. While I was
walking back to the restaurant they showed me another zip line that they were working on that would make it the largest when in Costa Rica which would be 450 Meters.
When I got down to the restaurant I got another one of those delicious fruit punches and said goodbye to the two guys who took me and showed me the ropes. I tipped them each $10.00 and they were extremely suprised. They deserved every penny of it. The photograher as well, showed me the pictures he took of
me and I bought a 5 x 7 for $15.00. It was a great shot. He was a nice guy as well and actually took a few pictures of me with my own camera and never once asked me for money or even seemed to be upset by doing so. As a matter of fact, he was the one that had offered to take them for me.
Ok, now its lunch time and they asked me what I wanted to eat and I had the best steak I've honestly had in a long time. They call it Lomito and I spent the next few days trying to find out what cut of meat it was. I later learned later on that week at a nother
hotel that I definetly would not recommend that the cut of meat was a Filet of Beef. The only thing is that they cut it differant than us Americans are used too. It came along with some nachos at first with some home made salsa and other local dippings. The steak came with rice, some beans and some salad. All included
in my $69.00. While I set on the outside deck, with the mountain breeze and the sound of the natural little creek that flowed by the restaurant I can tell you that it was the nicest part of my trip.
After I ate, the owner came back to pick me up and gave me a ride back to the hotel and I complemented him on his staff, the restaurant and his ability to take care of just one person as he
did for me.
I don't write reviews and I'm mostly a negative person but this was truely an awesome experience. I want to thank Aventuras la Carpintera for such a nice time.
I will finish off by saying if your going white water rafting and staying at Zueno Azul Resort, DONT. The owner of the place will nickle and dime you for every penny. Imagine yourself in an all you can eat buffet and the owner is the guy giving out the meat and would be stingy and when you'd ask for me more, he'd tell you no. Come back after you finish that.... He also nickeled and dimed me and 20 friends who met up that weekend to go white water rafting to take us on a little trip into town on the resorts
shuttle. Stay away from Zueno Azul Resort.
Ok heres Aventuras la Carpintera's Address and info.
506 278-3355. Cell 369-8529\ 389-1037
email info: email@example.com
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