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Need advice re Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala & Mexico

Post by John Towle » Tue, 02 Dec 1997 04:00:00


We can't seem to find any tour guides dealing with where we are heading.
Can anyone help with suggestions about places to see, things to do etc. for
ONE day stops in these locations:
Cartagena, Colombia
Puerta Caldera, Costa Rica
Puerto Quetzal, Guatamala
Santa Cruz Huatulco, Mexico
I'm almost embarrassed to ask, but the guide books we've seen have little
in them on these destinations. We will be going through the Panama C***on
a ship, with full day stops at these locations. The cruise line tours are
uninteresting, guided and mighty expensive. Any suggestions?

 
 
 

Need advice re Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala & Mexico

Post by Gene Kell » Wed, 03 Dec 1997 04:00:00


Puerta Caldera is right near Punta Arenas in Costa Rica. Ask about what to
do there.

IN Puerto Quetzal Guatemala there is great sailfishing about two miles from
where the boat docks.

Gene Kelly



Quote:> We can't seem to find any tour guides dealing with where we are heading.
> Can anyone help with suggestions about places to see, things to do etc.
for
> ONE day stops in these locations:
> Cartagena, Colombia
> Puerta Caldera, Costa Rica
> Puerto Quetzal, Guatamala
> Santa Cruz Huatulco, Mexico
> I'm almost embarrassed to ask, but the guide books we've seen have little
> in them on these destinations. We will be going through the Panama C***
on
> a ship, with full day stops at these locations. The cruise line tours are
> uninteresting, guided and mighty expensive. Any suggestions?

 
 
 

Need advice re Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala & Mexico

Post by roberto sae » Wed, 03 Dec 1997 04:00:00


If you have a day to spend in Caldera, Costa Rica I would suggest you
see Iguana Park in Orotina just 1/2 hour away. It is a nature reserve
specializing with the breeding of the Green Iguana. There are great
hikes including Canopy Tour.

 
 
 

Need advice re Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala & Mexico

Post by David M. Lohne » Wed, 03 Dec 1997 04:00:00


John Towler wrote in article

Quote:

> ONE day stops in these locations:

> Puerta Caldera, Costa Rica
>  the guide books we've seen have little
> in them on these destinations.  Any suggestions?

Its no surprise in the case of Caldera; it is a dreary industrial port.
There will no doubt be tours offered: Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Tempisque
River, Carara Biological Reserve. Monteverde is too far for a one-day trip;
MA is 3 1/2 hrs by bus over a bad road; Tempisque River is excellent for
bird & croc watching; Carara is good for macaws & monkeys.
 
 
 

Need advice re Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala & Mexico

Post by Dennis Newt » Wed, 03 Dec 1997 04:00:00


I don't know about any of the desinations except Puerta Caldera.  The
only large town near is as a previous writer said is Puntarenas.  I
don't know if they take you into San Jose or not.  If they do you'll
have plenty to see and do if they giveyou enough time.  I spent 3 days
in Puntarenas a couple of years ago and liked .  I think that its around
70,000 right now.  They have a market place and a few good restaurants.
Hotel Las Brisas is run by Pete the Greek and has great seafood.
Bar Marina Grill BBQ Near the ferry landing) and it opens early.
Have a good trip, Dennis

 
 
 

Need advice re Colombia, Costa Rica, Guatemala & Mexico

Post by tom.. » Thu, 04 Dec 1997 04:00:00



Quote:> We can't seem to find any tour guides dealing with where we are heading.
> Can anyone help with suggestions about places to see, things to do etc. for
> ONE day stops in these locations:
> Cartagena, Colombia
> Puerta Caldera, Costa Rica
> Puerto Quetzal, Guatamala
> Santa Cruz Huatulco, Mexico
> I'm almost embarrassed to ask, but the guide books we've seen have little
> in them on these destinations. We will be going through the Panama C***on
> a ship, with full day stops at these locations. The cruise line tours are
> uninteresting, guided and mighty expensive. Any suggestions?

You will find comprehensive information about Santa Cruz Huatulco
at http://www.travelOK.net/~tomzap/index.html   This area features
beautiful isolated beaches.  Recommended is the tour of the 7 bays.

Tom Penick
The Pacific Coast of Oaxaca
http://www.travelOK.net/~tomzap/index.html

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Post by bies.. » Thu, 04 Dec 1997 04:00:00


Quote:> Puerta Caldera, Costa Rica

Like Dennis says, Puerta Caldera isn't a town, it's just a
port for ships.  The nearest town is Puntarenas.  I don't
like Puntarenas so much, it's basically a port town, kinda
dirty.  I would go south to the Tarcoles river - stop on the
bridge and look for crocodiles in the water (binoculors help).
You can often see scarlet macaws there at sunset; we also saw
roseate spoonbills.

Then go to Carara National Park (right by the Tarcoles river).
They have a short trail near the park entrance through
rainforest.  You always see much more with a guide, and
early morning is best for wildlife.  But the trees and
vegetation is well worth seeing.  

Sarah Blanchet
Information on Manuel Antonio and Quepos at http://www.biesanz.com/quepos.htm
Come visit Biesanz Woodworks, Costa Rica - http://www.biesanz.com

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Post by Hilda Miche » Wed, 10 Dec 1997 04:00:00



> We can't seem to find any tour guides dealing with where we are heading.
> Can anyone help with suggestions about places to see, things to do etc. for
> ONE day stops in these locations:
> Cartagena, Colombia
> Puerta Caldera, Costa Rica
> Puerto Quetzal, Guatamala
> Santa Cruz Huatulco, Mexico
> I'm almost embarrassed to ask, but the guide books we've seen have little
> in them on these destinations. We will be going through the Panama C***on
> a ship, with full day stops at these locations. The cruise line tours are
> uninteresting, guided and mighty expensive. Any suggestions?

Puerto Quetzal is a modern port on the Pacific coast of Guatemala. It is
near the resort area called Likin which is a beach resort area used by
the wealthier Guatemalans. It is not particularly Guatemalan or
particularly interesting to most tourists. But there are beaches and
restaurants.

Santa Cruz Huatulco is the original small fishing village where the
beach and hammock crowd used to hang out on the many beautiful beaches
in the Bahias de Huatulco. Today however, the resort area of Huatulco
with its upscale hotels has been developed. It is an upscale resort area
but still in its early stages. Santa Cruz Huatulco may also refer to the
bay where this village and some hotels are situated, as well as a quite
nice beach.