How did we get to Dos Rios? We left San José to travel the new superhighway west to the Pacific, go southeast down the coast road to Dominical, back inland on a smaller road, and, after a half hour or so more, we took a gravel side road into a valley.
Here’s a tiny fraction of what we saw along the way.
We’ll skip the superhighway part, because I took no photos there, and start with when we crossed the Rio Tarcoles.
This bridge is a popular stopping point.
It’s a good place to see crocodiles.
Slowdowns and delays can be expected on Costa Rican road trips.
Road side improvements were underway. Machines were busy.
A surveying crew was working, too.
Passing Jaco, we headed south. There were glimpses of the ocean.
After our turn south, coastal plain began.
Here the road is straight.
On either side are miles and miles of palm (oil) plantations.
Periodically along the edges of the road are rectangular spaces not planted to palm. In these places are places for people. Settlements, soccer fields, and towns. Almost every town has a soccer field.
And a cemetery.
From time to time you pass a palm oil factory.
Traffic passes by.
While life goes on.
Then, near Dominical, we leave the coast road, head inland, and after a while we turn off onto a gravel road.
The Valley is ahead of us.
Familiar contours and colors appear.
We’re getting near!
And at last…
We are there.