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This time we booked only one night at Gästehaus Gerti on our way back to Stuttgart, arrived to Nassereith in the afternoon and actually planned and did have some time to visit a few things around. But the place was so nice and welcoming (reminded me about my stays at grandma's when I was a little kid), the town was so quiet and gorgeous, that we decided not to see any more gorges today and simply have a little rest, walk around and have some fun.
My offline map in Pocket Earth showed that there is a restaurant nearby, right behind a small lake (Nassereithsee), and we decided to go there for an early dinner which we were going to polish later at the balcony with a couple of beers we had left in the trunk.
The walk from the gastehaus to Seebua restaurant takes about 20 minutes, goes through a small downtown with a church, and a short trail around the lake at the end. The lake is very nice, has a couple of artificial swans peacefully swimming in it and apparently lots of real fish; we've seen a family who actually just caught something looking like a trout, mom and little sister where holding the fish on the ground by fins and tail, and a 10-12 y.o. boy was trying to kill it hitting its head with a stick. Dad was standing right next to them with a fishing rod trying to catch more. Apparently the restaurant was still closed, maybe that's why.
that the lady at the restaurant pretended that she did not speak English at first, but after the drink when I asked
"so you are open at six, right?", she answered loud and clear "No-no. The
kitchen opens at half past five". So we had a nice Weissbier and a coffee outside, then walked around the lake a little bit, and returned back at 17:30, this time took a table inside because outside felt breezy. It's nice, quiet and cozy there, and the food is very good. We were lucky that it was not neither Monday nor Tuesday because apparently the restaurant is closed on those days, and we did not see a lot of other go out options around.
Well, it seems that winter season in Nassereith is much more active because of all nearby ski resorts,
but that works pretty much for everything in Alps. Anyway, Gästehaus Gerti I would recommend to everyone any time of year.
One week in Drake Bay - this was our plan for end of February 2020. A year before, in January 2019, we explored another side of Osa Peninsula (Puerto Jimenez), and we liked it. "Wild life everywhere" statement of our guide Carlos was a bit of an overstatement back then, but we did see plenty of monkeys, coatis, lots of scarlet macaws and other things. At the same time, it was a comfortable stay and we hoped that Drake Bay would be even more exciting.
Day 1: one night stay in JacoIt's a long drive from San Jose to Drake Bay, and the last leg of the road can be done only with 4x4, so we decided not to drive all way through at the 1st day because crossing rivers in darkness can be challenging, but to stay one night in Jaco which is 1.5 hour from San Jose. We stopped at Hotel DoceLunas in Jaco and liked it very much.
I suppose during weekend it may be busy, but we were lucky to be there on working day, and everything was just nice and quiet: reception, swimming pool, restauran…
It's a plane converted into a bar and restaurant built around it. Nice dinner at the gorgeous sunset is very relaxing and memorable end of a long day. We celebrated a couple of birthdays in El Avion and have been there once with friends, another time with a daughter and her husband, couple of times just the two of us, - never had to book. If you come around 4:30-5, you can get a good table, but don't eat too fast or you'll be done before the show! There are other restaurants in Manuel Antonio and Quepos with a sunset view, but El Avion probably has the best. Ceasar, steaks, fried calamari, seafood chowder, sangria, - all good.
Juan Castro Blanco National Park is also known as Parque de Aguas (the park of the waters) and protects mid-elevation rain forest and high altitude cloud forest on the slopes of three extinct volcano peaks, Porvenir (2,267 meters), Platanar (2,183 meters), and Viejo (2,060 meters). The government is trying to buy out the private properties that lie within the parks boundaries and has not yet started on any improvements such as parking or trails. It's kind of unusual, and we've decided to take a look how this wilderness look like. To find the entrance was not easy.
Once you leave 141 and start climbing to the mountains,
the road becomes more and more questionable. There are some good pieces 100-300m long, some places asphalt with potholes, some places gravel or just stones.
We took a wrong turn (North point on the map, very officially called "Agua Juan Castro Blanco, Sector El Quetzal National Park"), and the road turned into a scary narrow trail. When you drive such a…