La Casa de las Lapas (Río Cuarto and San Ramón de Sarapiquí)

Today was a clear and beautiful day to go in any direction.

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Honda XR 250 Tornado…Storm!
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Nuevo Cinchona, Route 126

I decided to take Route 126 to San Miguel (Relive video) in order to go to Río Cuarto to La Casa de las Lapas to see the macaws they have there.

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Back side of Río Cuarto Town

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The road to Casa de las Lapas is paved, except for the last 500 meters or so. You turn right at the little church of Los Angeles — which I missed.

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Coming back towards Los Angeles.

I am glad I went past the entrance because after a few kilometers, the road is paved again and connects to Route 4 (I did not go that far).

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Turn right at this little church for the entrance to Casa de las Lapas.

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Water buffalo

You can feed peanuts to the macaws and even get on a water buffalo if you would like to do that. I declined.

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They have two leopards there as well. Beautiful animals. Sad to see them in cages. The guide put the hose on the mother leopard to have her lung at him in anger so the tourists could see that. 😦

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The feel of all this is familiar…reminiscent of my Peace Corps days. I love sinking in to the serenity of it all.

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After that I went to La Virgen de Sarapiquí and up to San Ramón de Sarapiquí, which I have been wanting to do for a while.

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Bridge on road to San Ramon de Sarapiqui
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River

This road is also paved all the way to town.

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San Ramon football field

I went past town on a gravel road about three kilometers, along ornamental-plant farms. But, soon after a difficult and very rocky hill, I turned around instead of going further. I am learning that I am OK going both up and down difficult rocky hills. 🙂 (There were a few bad ones on the shortcut from Tierras Morenas to Route 927).

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I enjoyed seeing new parts of the country and riding on new roads. 🙂 Yay!

I then went home the long way, via Route 4 – Puerto Viejo de Sarapiqui, to Route 32.  These roads are straight, and one can ride them fast. I don’t find them interesting, so I don’t take this route too often. Route 32 was fun today, however.

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Whole trip 8 hours with breakfast & lunch.

RIDING IN COSTA RICA: FEEL THE BEAUTY. KNOW THE LOVE. LIVE THE POWER.

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Bundled up at the Mirador de Cinchona

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Below are more photos of Route 126, but I have already taken photos from these locations, so they may look familiar. 🙂

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Poas Volcano
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La Paz waterfall
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Route 126
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Vara Blanca. Nearing turnoff towards San Miguel.

April 17, 2019

 

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