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My second trip to Costa Rica was short so I didn't take many pictures. Most of these were taken from a moving cab so the quality isn't the greatest.

One thing you will see a lot of in Costa Rica is busses. The bus system is incredible. Bus rides around town cost 110 Colones (20 cents) while rides to various parts of the country that take several hours are less than $5 US. I enjoy riding the bus and practicing my Spanish with the Ticas. They seem to genuinely enjoy chatting with gringos.

The train system is another story. The main train line was destroyed in an earthquake and is slowly being rebuilt. The Tico Train only runs a couple of days a week but it's supposed to be a great way to see the country. I'm going to have to try it one day.



Ride The Bus

Tico Train

Tico Train


I liked the mural in the picture below.

In the barrios outside of town the thing that always amazes me is that the power actually works. If you look at the wiring it looks it was done by someone that had downed a bottle of rum before work. As bad as it looks it seems to work as I've yet to have the power go out while I was there.

If you are considering driving in Costa Rica I would seriously reconsider that plan. Red lights and ALTO (stop) signs are considered suggestions only. The best way I can describe it is that a stop sign means slow down a little and honk your horn a LOT. The proper way to drive a car in Costa Rica is with one hand on the wheel and the other on the horn. While Costa Rica only has a total population of 4 million people they lead the world in traffic fatalities per capita. Food for thought if you're thinking about driving there...


Mural In El Centro

Barrio Outside San Jose

Barrio Outside San Jose


Costa Rica prides itself on having one of the highest literacy rates in the world. The picture in the middle is a local school where the kids get learned up.

The areas around San Jose have spectacular views. When the clouds roll in you feel like you can reach up and touch them. San Jose is about 2500 feet above sea level which accounts for it's near perfect year round climate.


Church Domes

Local School

The Countryside


Costa Rica has parks everywhere. I think half the country is either a park or a nature preserve. I'm not really the "outdoorsy" type so I take pictures of them while flying by in a cab.

Why did I take a picture of 3 garbage men riding on the back of a truck? Well, while it doesn't seem like it from the photo, that garbage truck was going nearly 100 KPH (60 MPH) down the highway. Obviously, this seemed more than a little dangerous to me.

Another reason for all of the traffic fatalities in Costa Rica is guys like the one in the picture on the right. He just decided to park his truck in one of the lanes of a major highway. If there isn't an exit where you want to get off the highway, no problem, just park the truck in the highway.


Local Park

Crazy Garbage Men

I'll Just Park On The Highway

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