This past June I visited Costa Rica for the first time. It was a totally random trip and we bought the tickets five days before departing… and the trip was only three days! It was a whirlwind to say the least! My father and I decided to make the trip because my dad’s friend invited him to spent the weekend with his friends who are celebrating Costa Rica making it to the Round of 16 in the World Cup. The game was scheduled for Sunday afternoon so we planned to spend Saturday visiting a volcano nearby San Jose and zip lining, or canopy, as Costa Ricans would say.
Besides watching the game and some siteseeing, I had some reaaaally amazing food! Costa Ricans really take the “Pura Vida” lifestyle to heart and don’t skimp when it comes to food!
I had these two dishes after zip lining at El Paraiso de Volcanes and luckily El Sapito was right across the street because I was starving! I don’t know if it was because I was starving or what, but this was the best yucca I had ever had! I believe it was fried in something other than regular oil because it was yellow. It was over some barbecued beef and chicken that were also prepared amazingly and we shared it with the tables. My personal dish was fish that was raised right at the restaurant along with black bean purée and tostones.
This is a picture of the zip lining company from the restaurant across the street and you can see more in this post from last month: El Sapito
A very Costa Rican dish that I had while in Costa Rica was chifrijo. This is basically a layered bowl with rice, black beans, fried beef chunks, and topped with a whole lot of pico de gallo and a spritz of lime. I have a feeling that the chips on the side are meant for eating with the pico de gallo but ain’t nobody got time for dat. I had this particular chifrijo at a low-key restaurant high in the mountains surrounding San Jose called El Pisote. On the ride up, the temperature dropped about 10 degrees we got the most beautiful nighttime view of valley and the stars.
The last day of the trip, I had a whole lot of Imperial, that you can see right behind the chifrijo in the picture above. (Luckily) Costa Rica won their match and advanced to the next round. I say luckily because the city exploded with life and I can only imagine the opposite would have happened had they lost. Costa Ricans love their soccer (like basically the whole world except the US) and they freaked after the last penalty of the match… (Check out the video)
Haha! Seriously, they LOVE the game! I love it too but maybe I’m not so emotionally invested, haha. So, I thought I’d seen people party after a sports victory having witnessed the Heat win championship after championship (and the Marlins in… ’03?
Does that matter?) but this was like nothing I’d ever seen before! (Check this out) The city was SHUT DOWN! People were waving flags in the streets, riding to capacity in the back of trucks, and filled public buses to the brim with cheering (and crying) fans! I felt the pride just being in that environment and I was so happy for them!
About 6 hours after the match ended we reached a insane group of people huddled around about 30 teenagers playing the drums and dancing and decided it was time to head home…. Our flight was leaving in 5 hours and we needed to pack up. By 3 am we were on our way to San Jose International and we had reached the end of a pretty memorable weekend. My father and I zip lined for the first time, had some awesome food, and got to celebrate with 4 million crazy soccer fans whose team was moving on to the quarter finals. That’s a good weekend in my book!
Check out the action in this video I put together:
I’ll spare you the story of how I almost lost my iPad, DSLR, makeup, wallet, etc but just know it happened… ’cause it would happen to me, haha. Have you guys ever been to Costa Rica (for longer that 72 hours, lol)? What did you do? Let me know!