Family Tours in Costa Rica

It was the day before the day before Christmas and our camp was set for up for our first visitor, but due to canceled flights it was not until two days later that my dad finally arrived. None the less we had a few local visitors from the ranch who came by to hang out after dinner.

All set up and waiting excitedly
Our visitors thoroughly cleaned up our table

The next day my brother was on his way and having three connecting flights with United, we closely followed his progress towards Costa Rica.  The plan was in place, get food, car stuff, dog stuff and go to airport.  However, Astrid did not cooperate.  Two hours before we were to pick up Jan the car pulled the old no idle trick.  Brett tinkered and tinkered until disaster was averted.  Within two days we have gathered the family members.  We settled in a cabin above Cartago, the old capital.  Hovering at 2000 m the temperature was much more chilly than we were used to (13-18 Degrees Celsius).

Some sparkling views of the city below from the cabin

We stayed at the cabin for five days, eating exciting meals that came with the presence of fridge and oven.  In the next few days we ventured around the area of Cartago including Volcano Irazu and Orosi valley.  The temperatures were perfect for hiking.

The hike turned into potato picking event during heavy fogs when we stumbled onto a potato patch.
Once back, we enjoyed a well deserved rest after a plentiful harvest


Volcano Irazu
Shortly after we got hungry and had a picnic. Also a good time to pose for a nice picture.


Store front, Cartago
Hunting for hot springs in Orosi Valley, we found them but there was no space for us
So we settled for another picnic this time by a river

With the new year just around the corner it was time to shed the long sleeves and hit the beach.



  • Dad

    January 7, 2016 at 1:59 pm Reply

    No Christmas tree??? Missed you guys for Christmas!!


  • Paul Carlino

    January 12, 2016 at 2:28 am Reply

    Great keeping up with you guys! Let us know where you settle in CR. We should be there by middle of March when our 90 day visa to Guate and Nicaragua expire.


    • bpainter

      January 21, 2016 at 12:25 am Reply

      Hi Paul, we are traveling onwards so hopefully we can meet elsewhere but we did spend 2 months in CR, so if you have any questions let us know.

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