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Day 14 - Savegre Valley to San Jose

San Jose & Cartago Provinces
 

 

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Sadly it was time to leave San Gerado de Dota in the Savegre Valley and head back to San Jose for our last night. 

We travelled via a school; a traditional Tico farmstead and the Basilica at Cartago.

Miche by our cabin...





One last chance to take some Hummingbird photo's in the clear morning light, which really helped to show their lustrous colours.

They flare their cheek feathers out when a rival comes near...


Coming into land...




Different species...


More landing exchanges...



Green Violetear in flight...


 

View down the valley as we left...


 

We visited a school at La Trinidad-Dota. The tour company had an agreed donation towards school supplies and the children put on some traditional dances. We thought this might feel a bit awkward, but it was all pretty jolly...


The bullfight dance, this was pretty much the only dance that the boys took part in (they played the bulls), the rest of the time, they mucked about at the edge...



The younger ones practiced on their own while the older ones were dancing...





Miche joins in...


Graham dancing with a broom (traditional apparently)...


A spot of milking going on down the lane...


We stopped at a typical farmstead for some Agrotourism.

A traditional Tico meal...


Emma kindly took this photo of the group with the lady who owned the farmstead. A smart cookie, she'd used the money from these visits (1 a month) to expand her house and business.

Back row - Cathrin, Steve, me, Peter, Graham, Tony, Wendell & Henry our driver

Front row - Miche, Kara, the owner, Anita, Dianne & Heather...




We took a diversion to see the Basílica de Nuestra Señora de Los Ángeles in Cartago. It's a major place of pilgrimage for the Catholic Church.

We were there only a few days after the annual August pilgrimage by about 1.5 million believers, many of whom walk 22-kilometer to the basilica during the Romería. Some choose to crawl the 22 kilometers on their hands and knees.

Thankfully, it was less busy on the day we visited; Miche on the steps...




Altar...



Inside of the dome, I didn't have a wide enough angle lens with me to fit it all in...




A cloudy day in Cartago... well it was the tropics in rainy season...




A typical Costa Rican evening meal including Tico staples such as  Gallo Pinto (rice & beans) and fried Plantain served on a board & banana leaf at a restaurant in San Jose on our last night...

 

Next Stop - Day 15 - San Jose & Home


Day 1 - Travel to San Jose Day 6 - To Monteverde Day 11 - Golfito
Day 2 - To Tortuguero Day 7 - Monteverde Day 12 - To Savegre Valley
Day 3 - Tortuguero Day 8 - To Manuel Antonio Day 13 - Savegre Valley
Day 4 - To La Fortuna Day 9 - Manuel Antonio Day 14 - To San Jose
Day 5 - La Fortuna Day 10 - To Golfito Day 15 - San Jose & Home
  
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