Thursday, June 29, 2006

Pura Vida

Just a quick note to let everyone know we are back in Costa Rica. I haven't had much time to write, but check back soon as we have lots of pictures to share. We are currently in Tamarindo enjoying the beach and doing lots of surfing in our kayaks. I hope you are all enjoying summer wherever you are!!
mucho gusto....liz & mark

Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Isla del Coco, Costa Rica

On the way to Ecuador aboard the Leonore we stopped at Isla del Coco which is a Costa Rican island 300 miles offshore. A national park, Cocos is 4 miles long and it's only inhabitants are park rangers and volunteers. They recieve very few visitors every year and most of them are off dive boats. Cocos is know for it's verdant waterfalls and wonderful diving. Mark and I had the pleasure of seeing tons of wildlife, from cocos geckos to hammerhead sharks (swimming under us while snorkeling). Truly one of the coolest place either of us has ever been. We stayed three days and then we were back on our way for 4 more days to our destination Salinas, Ecuador.


Monday, June 12, 2006

Lago de Atitlan, Guatemala

The last segment of our trip to Guatemala was a two day stay a Lake Atitlan. Lake Atitlan covers 128 square kilometers is surrounded by 3 volcanos. There are about a dozen little villages peppered around the lake. After a busy couple of days we were ready to relax and that we did. Casa del Mundo was magical. Kind of like a huge stone treehouse, Casa del Mundo had adorable rooms and lush landscaping. The dinners were family style and that was perfect as we ran into other cruiser friends of ours who happen to be in the two rooms next door. It seems we were all on the same Lonely Planet trail.

Chichicastenango...easy for you to say

Chichi was our next stop after Antigua and is a beautiful little city in the Guatemalan Highlands. Best known for it's huge market of Mayan crafts, we spent the day here wandering the stalls and even got to view some of their ceremonial rituals. I did quite a bit of shopping, only curbed by the fact that I live on a boat and have no more room as it is. We spent the day with our friends from Rosebud and had a great lunch comparing all the fun stuff we had aquired.

Saturday, June 10, 2006

Antigua, Guatemala

Of our 5 days in Guatemala we spent 2 nights in Antigua, a lovely conlonial town that dates back to the 1500s. Surrounded by volcanos, Antigua is said to be one of the most beautiful cities in Central America. Here are the photos to support that claim.

Where are we?

This a question I have been asking a lot. The answer today is Puesta del Sol Marina. We just arrived home (Scholarship) after a two week trip to Ecuador and Isla del Coco in Costa Rica. In the past month we have been in five countries and each new experience amazes me.
Just as we arrived in Nicaragua (the first time) and I was getting ready to post a blog entry about our wonderful trip to Guatemala, our plans changed. In El Salvador we met a couple from NY who own a luxurious 80ft. sailing yacht by the name of Leonore. Little did we know that two weeks later we would be invited aboard to help sail Leonore down to Salinas, Ecuador. Just 3 days after arriving in Nicaragua we set sail again. This time as crew. But let me back up.... Here are a few pictures from Puesta del Sol. It is a little paradise with two pools one of which is a short hike for the marina and overlooks the ocean. The one on the right is Mark in the pool (with Leonore in the background). Puesta del Sol will be our last stop before we head into Costa Rica. But before all that tune in for the next entry... all about Guatemala. Because I have to do this thing in order.....L.