Soundscapes of Costa Rica

In between all exotic sounds encountered in Costa Rica, birds have a special place. Often invisible to the naked eye but no less talkative, we offer here two of their songs captured in the Arenal national park and on the heights of Turrialba. In the second part, a cloud of locusts occupies the whole sound universe, captured on the way to the Nayauca waterfall.

Birds songs of Costa Rica

As a human atmospheres, here is a glimpse of a day spent in the streets of San José (we hear a marimba, an instrument native to Central America), the Zapote feria then the nocturnal sounds of the Place du village of Tarcoles, last step of our backpacking journey with Betty, Cléa’s sister. Finally, you will recognize the atmosphere of training for women’s football, a sport very popular in Costa Rica!

A typical day from San José to Tarcoles

Finally we bring you not far from Limón on the Caribbean coast, where a large Creole population is concentrated. As you hear on a bus in the preamble, the Spanish accent is very different from the rest of the country or even mixed with other dialects and English. Another aspect of local life, the crowded evangelical church is a real musical show!

Caribbean atmospheres around Limon

Pura vida… of cyclist !

While strolling through the streets of the Costa Rican capital this weekend, we witnessed a great stroll by bike riders!

3 years after the tragedy, they paraded in memory of the 4 cyclists killed by a driver on a thoroughfare in San José. Due to the lack of a cycle path, the 4 men were on the main road and were cut down while they were driving properly, an ordinary Sunday outing. The alcoholic motorist then fled and has only been given 7 years of house arrest.

A good reminder for us French touring cyclists: we must continue to fight for cycling rights and motorists’ duties. A good proof is the barometer of cycling cities recently unveiled by the Federation of Bicycle Users, only a handful of cities reach a score above average …

Starting with our old city of heart, Lyon, where efforts remain to be made to improve infrastructures!

On the road of Costa Rica, with reflective jacket of Grand Lyon 🙂