Thursday February 9, 2012, 30 km (19 miles) – Total so far: 1,463 km (909 miles)
Today it was only a short stretch towards our final destination “Alajuela” from where we fly home at last. We first wanted to do the way from Taracoles to Alajuela in just one day, but as the hostel in Alajuela only has a room for us from friday on, we decided instead of staying one day more in Taracoles to add a stop in the town of Orotina, which lies on the way. Orotina is known as the fruit and vegetable town of Costa Rica.
We passed again the bridge over the Tarcoles river and said a last good-bye to all the crocodiles. After we had passed the bridge, the road started to climb, because to Alajuela which lies at an altitude of 925m we need to go up. Close to Orotina at Coyolar begins the new highway to Alajuela. (It`s a toll road).Bikes are forbidden, but nobody cares if you go.
We passed some traffic controlling policemen, that always stand with their motorbikes on the shoulder of the highways, and they just gave us a friendly smile with a nice “Buenos dias”. Arriving in Orotina, we first went to the “Cabinas Kalin” in the center of the town, but it seemed to be a place where you rent a room for just some nice hours with your lover and besides it seemed to be a little run down. (A whole night would have cost us 25 USD).
Afterwards we found a nice spot beside the entering road. A little bit hidden behind a small restaurant called “The cactus” lie the “Cabinas Las Palmas”. A nice place with pool and what was funny they got a point in their house rules that bar people from having sexual scenes in any way inside the pool area.
Well, this small town got the extrem rage what refers the types of hostels!!
After a bath in the pool (no complaints about our behaviour…) we went to the center of town, with a plaza where you can sit in the shadow beneath the huge palm trees and watch the streetlife of Orotina. What a nice little town!