Our mission was to get to Bahia Drake this day, so we could take a ferry to the ranger station Sirena in Corcovado National Park the next morning.
The option we chose was to take a bus from Puerto Jimenez to Bahia Drake.
The information we were given regarding bus times was different from every person we asked. It seemed like no one had any idea what was going on outside of their little box.
The information that did agree was that we had to catch a bus to La Palma, then connect to a bus to Bahia Drake. Given that we were on a strict time frame in order to get this all done before we had to be in San Jose, there wasn’t room for error and there was only one bus in the morning to La Palma. We wanted to be there early to make plans for Corcovado the following day.
Omar, the guy that ran our hostel, told us the bus to La Palma came at 9am. So we waited outside the bus station in town only to find out the bus there didn’t leave until 1030. Then we saw a bus schedule stating this.
The bus arrived; it was a school bus as Omar told us so we knew what to look for. It was 1 mil to get to La Palma.
The first bus ride was short; only about half an hour on paved roads.
We got off the bus in La Palma. Locals told us where the bus to Bahia Drake would be and that it would be there at 1130. We had roughly an hour wait.
When the bus did come, we would have just let it go without us. We saw the shuttle van, but it said school bus on it so we assumed it was to move kids around. We were expecting a bus, too, not a van. This bus cost us 2 mil.
This ride was on dirt roads through rivers it was a beautiful ride.
On the bus we met a guy from Texas that was living down here for two years for the Peace Core. Sounded like a very interesting experience, he was in a small community helping them create tourism to create better lives for the people. He said that as of now, most of them worked in the fields for $15 a day getting heart of palm in the fields.
They couldn’t afford to do anything else but eat and have the occasional beer let alone catch a bus out of their town or take English classes to get tourism jobs.
Bahia Drake was no disappointment relative to the rest of Osa. It was high in the hills overlooking a beautiful ocean. Somehow I forgot to take pictures of this.
We stayed at a hostel called Martina’s place. It was very nice for a hostel and we got a private room for $20.
As soon as we got there, an iguana ran in under a dresser.
We spent the next hour plus trying to get it out.
It got out and ran into our room under the bed. We thought our best bet was to wait it out so we created a path so it had to go straight out the front door and couldn’t go anywhere else.
After a while he was still there so some kid managed to chase him out with a broom.
Vwalla.. Iguana back at home 🙂
Made for an interesting afternoon.
We made arrangements to get picked up at 7 in the morning for our ferry to Sirena station in Corcovado National Park.