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Old 07-01-2012   #1
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Mexico or Costa Rica.... november or january?

we are thinking about going to mexico or costa rica in november or january.
Where would you go?
and what time of the year is the best to go?
thanks in advance

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Old 07-01-2012   #2
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Old 07-01-2012   #3
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Hi I am from costa rica and I am doing a kayak trips. check this out and let me know,cheers [chino] Day 1 ~ Arrival
Arriving in Paradise
Your Costa Rica guide will greet you at the Juan Santamaria International
airport in San Jose, Costa Rica (SJO), upon your arrival. After leaving
the airport, we begin the journey to our headquarters in SARAPIQUI, about a
two hour drive through orchards, small towns and beautiful coffee fields.
Welcome to Your Home
Upon arrival in SARAPIQUI you will settle into your home: Here you can enjoy a real natural sauna or massaje as well as relax in our healthy THERMO-MINERAL HOT SPRINT WATER.
comfortable accommodations.This evening you will enjoy a delicious
and authentic Costa Rican meal.This will be a
great opportunity to practice your high school Spanish, as you enjoy Tico
company with dinner. The remainder of the evening is spent getting to
know your fellow paddlers………Day 2 ~ SARAPIQUI
Settling In
After breakfast, we outfit you with your Kayak paddling
gear. We start out at the Rio SARAPIQUI
a calm jungle river with clear water and spectacular
scenery. This river is an excellent introduction to Costa Rican
whitewater with two distinct sections. The Lower SARAPIQUI
is class II/III with fun surf waves and deep pools for
practice. The Upper Puerto Viejo ……Day 3 ~ PUERTO VIEJO
All Warmed Up
We will hit the road just after an early breakfast and travel to the Upper PUERTO VIEJO
River, located on the north side of the Caribbean slope. The Upper PUERTO VIEJO
is often referred to as the “Jewel of Costa Rica” with clear water,
deep pools and excellent whitewater. There are 3 distinct sections on
this river that we paddle, generally the more difficult whitewater is located
upstream while the lower sections provide fantastic opportunities
to practice and improve in the warm tropical water and sunshine. Paddlers
sometimes have a difficult time with this section of river because
they are so distracted by the beautiful scenery. Tonight we will lodge in
the town of Puerto Viejo Sarapiquí, close to the river, enjoying a jungle
setting and the use of a swimming pool…….Day 4 ~ Rio CHIRIPO
These sections have much to offer paddlers
of all ability levels. There are some exciting class III+ rapids and
class IV rapids on the CHIRIPO section, and some fun play waves
to practice your moves.
Make sure you have had your morning coffee before getting on the
river………Day 5 ~ RIO TORRO
Today we travel to the Recreo Verde Hotsprint absolutely beautiful
the TORRO River. This rarely paddled section of river starts
with class III rapids and progresses in difficulty as we continue
downstream. Not a problem for class III paddlers as there is a small
road following the river during the first several kilometers – a quick
shuttle gives plenty of opportunities for surfing the friendly waves
again and again. Experienced paddlers will love the steep rapids and
super-fun playspots of the Upper TORRO…….Day 6 and 7 ~ Lower Pacuare
This 24 kilometer (17 miles) class III/IV section is your paddling gem today. This is the most popular run on
the PACUARE, often said to be one of the top five river sections in the world. World Class about
kilometers of warm-up rapids before we enter Huacas canyon and the first of several class IV rapids. The
river then opens up as we play and paddle mostly class III whitewater until Cimarrones, a steep and technical
class IV drop. There are still 5 more kilometers of whitewater action before we arrive in the Caribbean
flatland town of Siquirres where we take out. Class II/III paddlers will experience all these thrilling class III
and IV rapids in a guided raft or shredder. at turrialba we will spent the night Hotel Turrialtico Turrialba, Costa Rica – Turrialba Tours – Turrialba Restaurant Day 8 ~ Departure
We enjoy a great breakfast sharing our experiences. We say our good-byes at the airport and we start making
** HOTELMITIERRA-CHINOKAYAK does its very best to adhere to the specific itinerary listed above, but activities and locations
may be subject to change due to a number of reasons beyond our control (i.e. weather, water levels,
road and safety conditions). CONTAC ME AT Hotel Mi Tierra Close to Airport in San Jos Costa Rica or Chino Kayak OR CALL TO COSTA RICA [ROBERTO] 506-2441-4022-USA 303-945-0040 [CHINO]…….
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Old 07-02-2012   #4
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If you want an actual answer, you have to provide a bit more information about what you want. Creeking? Waterfalls? Class III in the jungle? Playboating? November is a better time of year for both destinations because you are more likely to find water, but January will work.
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Old 07-02-2012   #5
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go to can get sick or killed...awesome cuntry
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Old 07-02-2012   #6
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I think sarapiquichino just made a good play for costa.
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Old 07-02-2012   #7
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Another vote for CR.

Good local food, general public likes having Gringos visit and great rivers!
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Old 07-02-2012   #8
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I have spent over a month in both places primarily kayaking, and I think Mexico is the better place for boating. In my opinion, and the opinion of the people I was with, Mexico has more variety of whitewater, better food, more interesting culture, and an all around more enjoyable experience.

That being said this was before they started finding mass unmarked graves all over Mexico. I think you will probably be ok in San Luis Potosi and Veracruz (the two Mexican states most known for boating), but Costa Rica is definitely going to be the safer option.

November is better than January for both places as far as water is concerned.
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Old 07-02-2012   #9
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Unless your into dodging cartels I'd say CR. I had a buddy do Mexico last winter, I wouldn't suggest it unless you like to have your balls squeezed to capacity in a vice.

Everyone that goes to Costa Rica seems to find exactly what they are looking for(actually a kayaking scene there), as well as places to get gear.

Just my .02
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Originally Posted by Cphilli View Post
I wouldn't suggest it unless you like to have your balls squeezed to capacity in a vice.
Yes that sounds nice...I'm in! Viva Mexico!

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