Sunday, April 11, 2010

Los Chorros

Yesterday I went to 'los chorros' with my host family. 'Chorros', loosely translated, is a spot where water comes out of the rocks, like a water spring or water jets. There were also two 'cataratas,' or waterfalls.
This is a photo of the waterfall from far off. It was too tall to get the whole thing in there any closer than this. It had to have been at least 100 feet high. Very beautiful.

This is an example of the 'chorros.' You can see the water spring out of the rocks.

I waded through the water to get as close to the waterfall as possible. The water was cold coming off the mountain! Again, you can only see a part of the waterfall in this photo.

Next, we headed to Sarchí, a pueblo known for furniture and carts. An odd combination, I know. The carts in Sarchí are actually the national symbol of Costa Rica. They are beautiful pieces of art, and they are definately not cheap! More for show than actual work, they come in all sizes and colors. This is an example of the carts at the shop we stopped at. Unfortunately, the craftsmen were not working that day, so we didn't get to see how they were made.

This is the cart that was in the town square. By my expert estimation, it looked big enough to work for Paul Bunyon and his ox. Very amazing. You can spot me in the black t-shirt for a size reference.

Pura Vida,


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