Escazu, Costa Rica
May 19, 2001
The beautifully modern mountain hostel of wooden structure is designed to offer lots of fresh air and space having a two story construction with the bedrooms above and the large dining room and well stocked bar below. There is a long front balcony which overlooks the river and offers a good vantage point to watch the rolling tarpon in the water below or the fleeting birdlife among the surrounding gardens of fruit trees and flowering shrubs. The Albergue is reached via a set of wide concrete steps leading from the pier and not far from the entrance to the dominant fortress. The friendly staff speak no English, but there is usually someone to assist in translation if necessary. Electric power in the village is available on an erratic time schedule so be always prepared to have a flashlight handy.
The meals are served from a limited local menu and the best choice is fish or river shrimp with fried cassava or plantains. The mosquito population is very aggressive at dusk so long pants and shirts in light colors are best worn with a liberal use of insect repellant.
From journal El Castillo, Rio San Juan, Nicaragua