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Costa Rica: CO ORD-EWR-SJO-IAH-ORD And Pictures  
User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3128 posts, RR: 4
Posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8582 times:

So now I have time to write this trip report. I planned this trip awhile ago, my girlfriend and i were going to meet my parents there, we flew down one day after they did. The obvious choice would be CO through IAH there and back, but i've already been to IAH, and having never seen EWR's CO terminal, as well as the fact it was about $200 cheaper per person to go through EWR, off we went. I made a long connection as both of those flights on-time rating was less than 50%, however in the end they both were ontime.

CO 1171 Dec 26.2005.
ORD-EWR 11:00am - 2:05pm
Boeing 737-500
i dont remember which seats

We got to the airport at maybe 8:45am or so, there was no line for checkin, so we quickly checked in, got our boarding passes, checked bags, brought them over to the xray. Terminal 2 out of which CO operates at ORD was being rebuilt, so it felt like we were checking in inside of a warehouse, but oh well, it got the job done. Security took maybe 4 minutes, neither one of us got searched, and we found ourselves with about an hour and a half to spend. That was done by sitting at the gate staring at planes. Nothing too interesting. the NW 747F "world on time" plane took off as we were waiting. Anyways time came to board and we got in line once our row was called, ironically i thought the back of the head of the person in front of me looked familiar, and it was, it turned out to be a kid we knew from high school, who was going to new jersey to visit his grandma. small world ay. Anyways we were towards the rear of the 735, right at the back side of the wings, so i got to watch the flaps. The flight was very fast and very uneventful. The captain said once we reached the runway we would have to wait 15 minutes as EWR has all those restrictions, but we ended up taking off about 3 minutes later. There was cloud cover all the way to Newark, so nothing too interesting. I saw a 747 pass above us going south-southwest probably somewhere over Indiana. Continental considered this a lunch flight so we got a turkey sandwich, ruffles and somekind of dessert and obviously a drink. The flight was short and we started descending into EWR about an hour and 15 minutes later, coming out of the clouds west of Manhattan and touchign down abotu 4 minutes later. New York was very dark and gloomy. Everything was either gray or brown, and despite it being 2PM, it seemed like the sun had just set. To my surprise I saw the Peter Max 777, which I have never seen in person, and i managed to get a bunch of pictures of it. We arrived at Concourse A, where all of CO's flights to/from ORD MDW DFW BOS DCA arrive. I didn't mind as we had a 3 - hour long connection, but it would suck if you were running late, as getting from A to C required going out of security, getting on a train, and then back through security. Terminal C was much nicer than A. We attempted to exchange our money but I guess nobody keeps very many Costa Rican Colones around EWR. A quick look at all the shops, with nothing worth buying except for some magazines. Our gate was C135 i think, way at the end, by a food court, where i got somekind of philly chicken burger thing, it was pretty good. It was interesting to see CO's EWR operation, most flights to Europe were scheduled to depart about the same time as our flight to San Jose. Anyways - here are the pictures from CO 1171.

landing in newark ewr
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo01.jpg
peter max 777
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo02.jpg
peter max 777 again
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo03.jpg
antonov at ewr, as i am russian, i figured i'd take a shot
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo04.jpg

CO 1796 Dec 26.2005.
EWR-SJO 5:05pm - 9:24pm
Boeing 737-800

Again, I am sorry i dont remember which seats we were in, they were towards the back again. We boarded on time and our flight was between two 764s going to somewhere in Europe, one of which was FCO i believe. Everything went well, the plane was packed with americans going to Costa Rica, and everyone looked ready for a vacation. All of the flight attendants looked like they were from somewhere in latin america, and all of them spoke fluent spanish and english, i thought this was nice, as i remembered AA's flight to SCL and from EZE i took, on which only some of the cabin crew spoke spanish.
Anyways the head purser came back to the lady across the aisle from us and asked her if the documents he had were hers, they had been delivered to the gate and were to be given to the person with her assigned seat. Except she was in her assigned seat. She did not take the possport/travel itenerary that the FA had, yet he came back abotu 10 minutes later, once everythign was ready for push back, announcing they did not find the person adn since shes technically the person who was supposed to take them (being in that seat), she has final say over the documents. The two of them decided to leave them at the gate, since the passnger had come earlier from SJU, and it was doubtful that a person would fly SJU-EWR-SJO in one day. So we pushed back, on time, in the evening, with low clouds, at EWR. To this point I was impressed with CO and EWR and the whole operation. It was dark by the time we took off, so I did not see much. I watched two movies, one with martin lawrence and something about basketball, and i dont remember which one the other one was. We saw Brighton Beach, and then went through the clouds, which were thin so they were glowing orange from the light below. There was nothing to be seen as we made our way over the atlantic. The next light i saw besides what i am guessing were freight ships in the ocean was Miami. We crossed the Florida coast line somewhere north of West Palm Beach. There were no clouds, and Miami's shoreline with Key Biscane and the Florida Keys and Homestead were clearly visible and identifiable. Soon after we made our way over Cuba, a bit east of Havana, and i was on the other side of the plane so I did not see it. After that darkness once again. The next thing I saw were the Cayman Islands. We flew right over Grand Cayman, which looked like a huge star in the middle of the empty black sea. After that it was cloud cover all the way until we descended into San Jose. We broke through the clouds in the central valley, west of Alajuela, and made just one turn to line up with the runway, facing east. An uneventful landing, and we parked next to a Copa 737-800 in a rainy and warm San Jose. Once they opened the doors you could feel a rush of warm moist air come through the plane, and it felt nice. SJO airport was unimpressive. The gate area was nothing special, and baggage claim / customs / immigration reminded me of any other airport. The one thing i did notice was that there are signs all over the place that say it is illegal to have sex with children under 18 in costa rica, i guess sex tourism is a problem there. Anyways the inside of the airport was quiet, but once we made our way through the doors, there were abotu 200 people offereing us taxis to the city, luckily we had prearranged someone to pick us up, who quickly weeded us out of the crowd, in which there were several people staring at my pocket looking for a wallet or such. Less than 40 minutes after we got off the plane we were in our hotel - Melia Cariari, and in our guest room. Anyways I wont go into detail about my stay in Costa Rica, we basically went to Arenal and Tambor, utilizing the ferry between Puntarenas and Paquera, but if you want to hear about that send me an email.

Here are photos off of CO 1796

Our 737-800s winglet still at EWR
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo041.jpg
Climbing out of New York
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo05.jpg

Sorry there werent more pictures of CO1796, it was dark, inside and outside, and all the pictures came out super blurry.

Returning

CO 1485 Jan 7.2006.
SJO-IAH 7:45am - 11:31am
Boeing 757-200

I was just getting over my food poisoning, and had eaten at Denny's the night before, which i wouldnt touch in America, but it was the only thing within walking distance of Hampton Inn at SJO Airport. We slept for a godo 4 or 5 hours, and took the shuttle to the airport. This time we were with my whole family. SJO airport was filled with people departing. There were flights leaving between 7 and 9am to PTY ATL EWR IAH MIA DFW and GUA. After taking the time to fill out the exit costa rica form and paying the $26 departure tax in cash, we checked in. My girlfriend and I had a seperate reservation, so we checked in seperately from my family, although we were on the same flight. Lesson learned this was a mistake. It took her awhile to figure out all of our flights and seats and everything, but eventually we checked our bags and got boarding passes. By this time my parents were waiting to enter security. We got to the front of the line and my dad was standing there and they werent letting him through, apparently the agent they checked in had printed a boarding pass in my name for my dad. tisk tisk. so my dad and i went back, with our two identical boarding passes, and in about 10 minutes it was all sorted out, the way i had booked it, so the 6 of us occupied all of row 20 on the Boeing 757. Our plane was between a CO 737-800 and CM 737-800, going to EWR and PTY. I watched an AA A300 depart to MIA and as we were boarding a Martinair Holland MD-11 took off, also for MIA and AMS. A Delta 757 to ATL pushed back as we were waiting. This flight seemed not as laid back as the one down to costa rica, the FA's didnt seem as fun, and the passengers were all bummed about their vacation being over, although there were also some very quiet ticos (costa rican people) scattered throughout the plane. We pushed back on time, and this CO 757, although older, and without winglets, was pretty nice on the inside, with the flip down TVs as opposed to some other CO 757s with aisle-mounted TVs. Climb-out of SJO was uneventful although very shaky, as there were strong winds and thermals in the valley this morning. We climbed out, did a full 180, followed by a turn to the north, and there were clouds almost immediately although it had been sunny at the airport. The sun was very bright and we made our way over Central America until all was covered by clouds. The clouds ended somewhere around Belize, and I saw some beautiful islands in the water. The again nothing until Cancun, which i recognized by Quintana Roo. After that there was just the gulf of Mexico until we approached the brown-looking costline of eastern Texas. The food was somekind of breakfast sandwhich thing, which i didnt care for much, although the muffins they had were awesome. We landed at abotu 11:10am, and were out of the plane by 11:30am. From the gate we were at, which i dont remember which one it was, it was a very long walk to customs and immigration, which is a huge hall. Bigger than anywhere else i've seen in America, through which we made our way very quickly. No one got questioned about anything, and we were our of there before noon.

Here are my pictures from CO 1485

AA 757 parked at a remote stand
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo06.jpg
COPA Panama 737-800 with winglets, taking off on its way to PTY
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo07.jpg
America West A320, which will later depart to Phoenix PHX
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo08.jpg
Aeropostal DC-9 which doesnt look like it flies very often
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo09.jpg
Besides the MD-11 i saw takeoff, this Martinair A320 was parked at SJO, a bit of a surprise to see it here.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo10.jpg
Climb out of SJO
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo11.jpg
Still climbing, with a view of SJO airport
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo12.jpg
Some islands off the cost of Belize
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo13.jpg
Landing in Houston
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo14.jpg

CO 1585 Jan 7.2006.
SJO-IAH 1:30pm - 4:06pm
Boeing 737-500

This flight was rather empty, although it seemed full when i booked it. A lot of passengers connecting from caribbean and central american countries. The 737 departed from a gate far far away from everything else, in an old part of IAH, nothing like the E terminal i had been to in August. We didnt have much time to waste once we got through security after customs, my girlfriend got a smoothie, and the girl working there made too much, actualy twice as much as she needed, so i got a free smoothie. what a deal. we boarded the flight which was maybe 75% full, and my family was scattered about the plane. This was a very uneventful flight, and past CO's lunch-time. So no meal sorry. I ended up drifting off a couple times as i was tired from waking up at 5am, going to sleep at 1:30 or so that night after spending some time at a casino after denny's. But anyways there was cloud cover the whole way although it was sunny in Houston. The sun started to set as we made our descent into Chicago O'Hare, and we flew right over downtown, heading east, made a turn over the lake and landed on runway 27L, the clouds were low, and the gray and brown colors reminded me that the trip was definately over. We got our bags, no one lost anything, and took a limo home, which was cheaper than 2 cabs for my whole family.

Photos from CO 1585.

Waiting to board, the captain enjoyed a diet coke
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo15.jpg
A whole field of ERJ's adjacent to our 737
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo16.jpg
A Lufthansa A340 that had just landed
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo17.jpg
IAH airport from the air as we head north
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo18.jpg
About to dive into the clouds with a setting sun, approaching ORD
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo19.jpg
United explus CR7 at ORD
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo20.jpg

Anyways thats it for the flights on my trip, i got bored writing this towards the end, so i hope i didnt leave anything out, at least i was motivated enough to finish in hope that my writing efforts will be praised by airliners.net members (yeah right)

And to finish... heres some pictures from Costa Rica

This is me attempting to live while enjoying my food poisoning experiance, it lasted about 2 days. yay.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo90.jpg
My girlfriend and i swimming in a waterfall, along with fish that were biting us, after riding on a horse for an hour. it was a good experiance.
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo91.jpg
Volcan Arenal letting out a puff of smoke, yes i took this picture
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo92.jpg
Zip-lining at Arenal
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo93.jpg
New years seen from a cliff at Tango Mar
http://i34.photobucket.com/albums/d149/acheapairline/sjo94.jpg

Anyways happy 2006, and hope you guys enjoyed it. Questions comments and suggestions are ofcourse welcome, just be nice.

'902


life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
28 replies: All unread, showing first 25:
 
User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 31
Reply 1, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 5 days 1 hour ago) and read 8556 times:

Let me be maybe the first to say great trip report!!I wonder what a Russian plane was doing in EWR? I couldn't quite read the writing on it,but it probably wouldn't have mattered since I dont know Russian anyway,except for maybe comrade and vodka.  Yeah sure P.S. glad you didn't put your picture first, it might have killed the rest of the report.  box  Also nice pics of Costa Rica


too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 2, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 23 hours ago) and read 8474 times:

The AN-124 is from "Volga-Dnepr", a russian cargo carrier.

P.S. How did i know you would be the first one to reply to my trip report?

'902



life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
User currently offlineMaury From United States of America, joined May 2005, 532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 3, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8378 times:

Let me be the second to...

Nice report and great pix -- man I *hope* you feel better, now, than you looked, then!

I'm in the middle of a CO trip (SJC-JAX-SJC) and they run a nice show, huh -- so far, so good anyway, and tomorrow (1/28) is the return; after that, I'll post. I hope I do as good a job as yours.


User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 4, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 22 hours ago) and read 8366 times:

Oh i feel much better, thanks for asking. Yeah CO has been upgraded to my favorite airline after flying them for the first time this year, or last year i guess ORD-IAH-ANC. Even though my 7 1/2 hour long IAH-ANC was a 737. I liked them a lot, and i think they have a lot of potential for worldwide coverage, i think all thats missing is a west-coast hub, and 787s to Asia... but thats just my idea lol.

'902



life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
User currently offlineMaury From United States of America, joined May 2005, 532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 5, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 21 hours ago) and read 8313 times:

IAH-ANC in a 737? Gah...nowhere to run, nowhere to hide! But 787's are coming (hmm, probably not to Asia on CO though) -- they're listed as "in the fleet" in the inflight magazine, coming not-soon-enough.

Costa Rica rocks, as your waterfall picture hints. Come visit the other San Jose (CA) on CO soon--smaller waterfalls, but big trees.

I'm booked EWR-SJC next month--a couple of days after the route begins, I guess, and now thanks to '902 I'm dreading my likely cross-terminal connection. A.net both calms and causes fears!


User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 6, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 19 hours ago) and read 8241 times:

I've been to the other San Jose, except not on CO, but on UA, as well as OAK and SFO. I liked SJC airport because they dont have jetways, or didnt have them, when i was there.

'902



life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
User currently offlineJBLUA320 From United States of America, joined May 2002, 3179 posts, RR: 19
Reply 7, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 18 hours ago) and read 8213 times:
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Nice report-- glad you enjoyed CO. They certainly understand quality service in my experiences as a silver elite!

Just thought I'd share, though, that no CO 757s in the fleet have aisle-mounted television monitors-- from the oldest to the newest, all have flip-down monitors.

I think the only plane to have aisle-mounted televisions are the TV equipped 737-300s.

JBLU


User currently offlineJAGflyer From Canada, joined Aug 2004, 3527 posts, RR: 4
Reply 8, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 17 hours ago) and read 8181 times:

Haha at your pic. You look ultra stoned! Sorry to hear about the food poisoning man. It sucked, I know.


Support the beer and soda can industry, recycle old airplanes!
User currently offlineOldman55 From United States of America, joined Jan 2004, 1525 posts, RR: 31
Reply 9, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8158 times:

P.P.S Could it be because you sent me a message about it???Sorry i waited so long to answer your question,but I just got off work. Some of us have to do that.Of course you are taking care of the buffalo, RIGHT??  crackup 


too bad most of us get too soon old and too late smart
User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 10, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 16 hours ago) and read 8150 times:

Quoting Oldman55 (Reply 9):
Of course you are taking care of the buffalo, RIGHT??

Yeah right i've only flown twice since ive been here. the weather has sucked. Its been anywhere from 15 below to 40 degrees today, and yet theres been like two sunny days, hence two days ive gotten to fly. north dakota is no costa rica lol.

Quoting JBLUA320 (Reply 7):
Just thought I'd share, though, that no CO 757s in the fleet have aisle-mounted television monitors-- from the oldest to the newest, all have flip-down monitors.

I was unaware, as that is the only CO 757 i've been on and i assumed older exmples would have the old-style TVs. That is nice to hear, although it doesnt really matter, still isn't a PTV, i just prefer the flip down ones, unless youre sitting right under one, then you cant see the one right above you, and the one in front of you is still too far away, better than aisle-mounted TVs though. Anyways i really liked CO, maybe i'll give them a try to europe or on something longer?

'902



life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
User currently offlineMaury From United States of America, joined May 2005, 532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 11, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 12 hours ago) and read 8042 times:

SJC does "feature" outdoor boarding/enplaning...fun most of the time, less-fun when it's storming. We have a pre-security observation deck too, which can be a good place to hang out (when it's not storming.)

The 737 (300 series) that operated CO 1868 last Tuesday was an updated, older one--nice new slimline seats and overheads, but ooooold yellowed aisle-mount monitors and a galley that was an interesting mix of generations, equipment-wise. Larry Kellner tells you all about how young CO's fleet is before every flight...in this case he could've said "...or parts of it, anyway."  Smile


User currently offlineCheco77 From Peru, joined Oct 2004, 1345 posts, RR: 8
Reply 12, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 4 hours ago) and read 7942 times:

Glad you enjoyed Costa Rica. With what food did you get poisoned? Gallo Pinto? Or a fish? Sincerely, I hate Gallo Pinto.
Anyways, great TR and pics.
Adam



Czech Boeing lover living in Lima
User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 13, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 4 days 2 hours ago) and read 7885 times:

I have no idea what i got food poisoning from, like i said my girlfriend, mom and brother got it as well, and we never figured it out, i was the last to get it though, came with a sleepless night and a 101 degree fever.

'902



life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 14, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 22 hours ago) and read 7821 times:

Nice report great pictures. Sorry to hear that you get poisoned. I get poisoned during my last trip to Europe eating the most awful thing in this world called "DRSTKOVA POLEVKA" (Tripe soup) [I wrote such name to remember not to eat it again in my whole life.]

Once again thanks for sharing your trip memories.


User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 15, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 21 hours ago) and read 7791 times:

TACAA320 - Glad you liked it, I enjoyed Costa Rica very much. I had never been to Central America, and other than that the latin american countries i have been to are dominican republic, chile and argentina. I want to tell you I was very impressed over all, having read about costa rica, americans sure make it seem like a complete 3rd world country, which it did not seem to be. And we weren't being secluded tourists, we actually rented a car and did the travel ourselves. Despite some cultural differances obviously, Costa Rica seemed like a very well-kept country, not i understand this is not the situation in its neighbors. Ofcourse it was no UK or America, but there was not the poverty that i was prepared to see. All you need to get by in Costa Rica is some common sense (which, granted a bunch of americans done have), but nothing like other places i have been to. I wish this was outlined better to tourists, as i think americans tend to view costa rica as part of the central american turmoil, which is a generally wrong assumption i have learned. What was different between there and the closest thing i've been to (Dominican Republic), was that there were no beggars, no people standing around doing nothing. As a whole people arent rich, but it seems everything is working and moving, no one seemed to be unemployed,theres no abandoned buildings or stores as i'd expect in a 'poor' country, although someone did try to pickpocket me in Puntarenas, but that can happen anywhere. I also liked Costa Rica because it seems that tourism there blends better with local culture. Except for some hotels, tourists arent too secluded from how people really live in Costa Rica, which is another thing i hated about the Dominican Republic, all-inclusive resorts which you dont leave for a week. Stay at one of those and it doesnt really matter if youre in Hilton Head or Punta Cana. Yeah thats my rant about how much i liked Costa Rica.

'902



life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 16, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 19 hours ago) and read 7745 times:

Quoting TWA902fly (Reply 15):
Glad you liked it,

How can I don't?
By the way, may I know which camera did U used?
The pics are very clear and good ones.


User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 17, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 18 hours ago) and read 7737 times:

It is a Fujifilm S5100, I think they stopped producing it, but the new version is called the S5200, and is about the same thing. I love the camera.

'902



life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
User currently offlineMaury From United States of America, joined May 2005, 532 posts, RR: 2
Reply 18, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 17 hours ago) and read 7715 times:

Fuji S5100 rocks! 10x optical zoom...light and tough. Too bad I'm a puss for not taking pics during my trip...my report will lack photos *and* reg #s. Man, should I even bother posting? '902, throw me some pics of CO 737s (300, 500, 700 and 900 should cover me.)  Smile A couple of IAH, and I'm covered.

User currently offlineCltguy From United States of America, joined Sep 2004, 598 posts, RR: 0
Reply 19, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 14 hours ago) and read 7681 times:

I flew CO down to SJO a few years back. My experience wasn't as good as yours. I flew RDU-IAH-SJO-CUN-IAH-RDU.

The flight from RDU-IAH had to divert to Laffeyette, LA due to thunderstorms in IAH...so we missed out connection to SJO. There was a later flight they put us on and I ended up in first class on CO...and this was pre 9/11 so it was a grrrrrrreat experience with great food. So much food that I could not possibly eat it all. Not all of my group could make that evening flight so they had to catch the next mornings flight to SJO.


On my return trip from SJO we flew on a 727 and due to headwinds could not make it back all the way to IAH so we stopped in CUN to get some gas...and again due to this missed our connection in IAH. So we were forced to spend the night in Houston at Continental's expense and flew out to RDU the very next morning.

Glad you enjoyed Costa Rica, it is a beautiful land filled with beautiful people. I have been there 4 times and can't wait to get back down again sometime.


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 20, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 7 hours ago) and read 7634 times:

If you're really interested in Central America, also try Guatemala next time. It was the former "Virreinato" for Central America, where the old Spanish authorities has their headquarters. The nature [volcanoes, lakes, landscape...] It's so beautiful. And you can drive from Guatemala City to San Salvador in only 4 hours [no customs to clear, no immigration].

There are a lot of thing to see, and do,and enjoy in this area...
http://www.quetzalnet.com/tourism.html


User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 21, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 3 days 1 hour ago) and read 7535 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 20):
And you can drive from Guatemala City to San Salvador in only 4 hours [no customs to clear, no immigration].

no customs and immigration between guatemala and el salvador?

anyways i sort of wanted to see peru next, and maybe after i save up enough money ill do an ecuador / galapagos trip.

'902



life wasn't worth the balance, or the crumpled paper it was written on
User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 22, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 22 hours ago) and read 7457 times:

Quoting TWA902fly (Reply 21):
no customs and immigration between guatemala and el salvador?

That's right.
Regarding Peru check http://www.peru.info/peru.asp


User currently offlineTACAA320 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 23, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 18 hours ago) and read 7390 times:

Quoting TWA902fly (Thread starter):
The one thing i did notice was that there are signs all over the place that say it is illegal to have sex with children under 18 in costa rica, i guess sex tourism is a problem there.

It is. It's a serious crime [felony] prosecuted to the full extent of the law.
Unfortunately very few foreigners must be advised of that [the vast majority of our visitors like yourself, are honest people ].


User currently offlineTWA902fly From United States of America, joined Dec 1999, 3128 posts, RR: 4
Reply 24, posted (8 years 7 months 3 weeks 2 days 17 hours ago) and read 7365 times:

Quoting TACAA320 (Reply 23):
It is. It's a serious crime [felony] prosecuted to the full extent of the law.

I am imagining that exploiting children for sexual purposes is illegal in most if not all countries, i just found it interesting that Costa Rica warns foreigners strictly about the punishments, which leads me to conclude that sex tourism is a problem within costa rica.

'902



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25 Post contains images TACAA320 : You'll bet that it doesn't fly very often. As you said is a world problem, and Costa Rica doesn't scape from it.
26 RootsAir : How ebautiful it is to see pictures from my homeland ! Great report !
27 Kappel : IIRC that is a TACA a320, with whom MP has an agreement to fly between Florida and SJO for them. They used to have this agreement with Miami Air, but
28 Post contains images LTU932 : Excellent trip report, glad you liked Costa Rica! I hope you'll come back soon sometime. Sounds like you flight flew the FIORA arrival. Not very spect
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