Day 76: Orosi - Cartago - San Gerardo de Rivas
San Gerardo de Rivas Travel Blog› entry 103 of 120 › view all entries
In order to get to our next destination, San Gerardo de Rivas, the gateway to Parque Nacional Chirripó, we had to go back to Cartago first. Today turned out to be the day where we did the most travelling, but covered the least distance of our trip. Using several modes of transport (two buses, two taxis and even a bit of hitch-hiking) we finally arrived at San Gerardo Rivas, a tiny village situated at the foot of the largest mountain in Costa Roca. For the next two days we were planning on climbing that mountain, so we spent the rest of the afternoon arranging our climbing permit, doing grocery shopping and shifting our luggage so that we didn't carry more than necessary to the 3820m top.
The hotel we stayed in, Roca Dura, was most likely the nicest looking place of our whole trip, yet with the worst service imaginable. The room was like a little cabin, partially hewn out of the rock face, and looked absolutely fantastic both inside and out (from my bed I had a wonderful view across the valley).
Unfortunately the owners were very much aware they had the nicest place in town, so they compensated that with the worst service imaginable. The hotel had a bar and restaurant, in fact they had the only bar and restaurant in town, but because there weren't enough customers they refused to open it, not even to hotel residents. So we ended our day eating pot noodles in our hotel room. Ah well, at least it was pot noodles with a view.