Day 1 - Arrival in San Jose
After an 11 hour flight direct with BA (running Wednesday's and Saturdays) I am greeted by Eduardo, a knowledgeable driver and guide who tells me everything he can during the 20 minute transfer. He willingly takes me around San Jose. Home to 50% of the countries population - 1.6 million - it feels small and contained, with low rise buildings surrounded by volcanoes and mountains of The Central Valley.
The town is buzzing. Music, market stalls, shoppers, and sunshine! Sunshine!
I mean, I didn't expect this in the rainy season, especially after a recent storm has brought much of the country to a standstill. Relatively undeveloped, there is an immediate feeling of safety. Being a solo female traveller this is important of course, but what captivates me more is how friendly everyone is. I am greeted with smiles and great service everywhere I turn. This place has soul. The Grano de Oro hotel, a 10 minute walk from the centre, is a haven of calm. Think flowing waterfalls and immaculate gardens. And absolute tranquility, which is a complete contrast to the hustle and bustle I have just witnessed. An incredible dinner to top the day off and I cannot wait for what is in store tomorrow.