has anyone gone "off the map" in costa rica jungles???
Replies: 27 - Last Post: Nov 28, 2012 1:52 PM Last Post By: vtrioreau90
Nov 23, 2012 11:06 PM
15Avoid Arenal, Monteverde and Manual Antonio. Hike Corcovado the loop, and Chirppo, and Rincon. If you manage those, and visit Tortuguero and Cano Negro, you will see the real Costa Rica. It's not safe to hike jungle and desolate trails solo or without a guide. If your serious, and not a novice, get the Moon guidebook for CR when it comes to adventure and getting off beaten path....
Nov 24, 2012 4:21 AM
16Ahhhh.....vastenka.......and there are lots of dogs that don't like the way I smell.
Nov 24, 2012 8:39 PM
17Probably the one thing that keeps me on the "beaten path" is stray dogs... These dogs are little talked about but are always a problem...
Outside of the US and Western Europe...there are lots of stray dogs... I have plenty of theories why... Vermin catchers...for one... Or people living in dismal apartment blocs...keep dogs as pups...but they let them loose when they get too large...
In Istanbul...I saw "stray dogs" that seemed to have ear tags...as if they were part of some city program...? Perhaps to clean up garbage....sort of like the trash pile cows do in India...?
Of course there are no "dog catchers"...there aren't even any police to control traffic...which is why traffic is always chaos on wheels...
Usually...98% of the time street dogs are mellow...and tolerate people and are even shy of people...
But sometimes one will just go nuts for no apparent reason... and single out a person that spooks them...
When one stray starts barking...the others will run to that location to check it out... And basically people just freeze in their tracks to see whats going to happen next...
The Community or Stray Dog problem always creates some risk... I don't want to be dealing with a dog bite...even if its harmless...
Nov 24, 2012 11:06 PM
18Lot of stray cats here in Istanbul....and dogs, but all rather lazy compared to the beach dogs in Central America...BTW, if you do go off the map or grid, most likely will need Malariia meds and be aware of Dengue too....and buy a good machete too for the vipers...
Nov 25, 2012 5:21 AM
19more ridiculous advice. a good machete for the vipers? you know the old joke "the two most dangerous things in costa rica are a tico with a car and a gringo with a machete." who are you that you have the privilege of killing snakes? really. mostly, the gringos i have seen who have used machetes are wearing bandages on their legs.
and malaria meds? as has been written here about 1,000 times (including you, solohobo) -- it totally depends on where you are. right now, the only instances of malaria are in a remote are of limon. and it's not "jungle" but banana plantations. dengue also depends on where you are and the time of year. being "out of the jungle" is no protection against dengue.
more coffee, solohobo?
Nov 25, 2012 5:30 AM
Nov 25, 2012 6:36 AM
21Wiremu, you are such a kill joy. I know there is little risk of Malaria in CR, but the main areas of the country with most reported cases are in Limn province, and two areas off the grid in that zone, are Tortuguero canals up to the RSJ Nicaragua border, and also La Amistad, on the Panama border, also off the grid and remote and vast area to traverse....so, I would warm someone going to either area, in remote sections off the grid, be aware of Malaria andPossibly Dengue...
Nov 25, 2012 7:45 AM
22I think it is interesting to be in Turkey on Thanksgiving. I wonder if Hobo was in the opening scene of the new Bond movie?
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