We took a short but sweet little trip to Cachi and the Orosi Valley, which are both just outside of Cartago. Cachi is a small town, where our friends Mike and Michael are moving (from Dallas, TX) over the next couple of months. It is a tiny town, population of only about 3,000, and set in the beautiful Orosi Valley. Elevation of about 3,500 feet, and the temp’s seemed actually cooler than what we’re used to in El Cajon de Grecia. We loved it! There’s virtually no loud motorcycles there, and the cars are few and far between. The people are nice and wave to you, and they have LOTS of cute little soda’s and fabulous restaurants – even more so than Grecia, which was surprising!
The trip happened at the last minute, as our friends found out that only one of them (Mike) would be able to be here in Costa Rica the day that their container arrived, and they needed some extra hands to help. We had wanted to visit them at some point anyway, and we happened to be free for a couple of days – so of course we said YES! We are always up for an adventure! Here’s some highlights of our trip.
Upon arriving at their house, we discovered two new little German Shepherd type puppies who were the sweetest little puppies ever! Gerardo, the caretaker, is a real animal lover and takes care of these pups as well as Daisy, an adult German Shepherd. Here we all are, totally in love with them all:
A little glimpse inside their super cool house, which was built with the intent of being a B&B and restaurant (huge, open, and eclectic!). Our friends have plans for massive construction improvements (Mike is super talented with construction; as well as playing piano, cooking & baking, knowing plants and flowers, oh and he’s also a doctor!). Actually, I think their house is super cool as-is, but that’s just me:
And the outside, with it’s own river running along one whole side of the house?? TO DIE FOR!!
So, here’s the container after it’s arrival (right on time, I might add):
Me at my checkpoint doing my job, checking items off the inventory list as they came quickly by (Gerardo set me up with this table and chair so I wouldn’t have to stand, so sweet):
After the container work was done, Mike took us to this magnificent place called El Cafetal for lunch – look at this view! (Note: there is normally a lake in this picture, but it was drained because they were working on the dam. Still beautiful!)
That evening we had pizza at “Pizzero” in Orosi– SOO good! We had one meat lover’s pizza and one “tuanis” pizza (which means “cool”) with tomatoes, oregano and peperoni on it. The pizza came out with a thicker crust, in these cool pizza pie type pans – was muy rico (very delicious)! We also got to meet Milo, who works there and Mike knew well. Milo chatted with us in English and was really nice.
The place we stayed at – Orosi Lodge – was charming and adorable! Cute, comfortable, clean and nice.
The next morning Mike took us to one of their favorite places for breakfast – Cafe de Chumi, where we met Mirta – the owner and chef. She was super sweet and her breakfast and coffee were yummy! And she had some parrots who live right outside her window!
Next we drove to the Mirador Orosi, a place to stop and walk around and enjoy a really cool view of the valley:
Look at this view behind us!
Here you can see the little city of Orosi:
And here’s a video capturing the WHOLE view:
We drove briefly through Cartago. Cartago USED to be Costa Rica’s capital until 1823, when the then Republican leader moved the capital to San Jose, as San Jose and Alajuela better supported the Republican system at that time. Also, Cartago was harshly damaged by a major earthquake in 1822, so I’m sure that didn’t help…
This church in Cartago, Basílica de Nuestra Señora de los Ángeles, is famous because every year pilgrims walk to it (from EVERYWHERE in Costa Rica) on August 2nd – the feast day of the Virgin of the Angels. This church has a statue of a Black Madonna (known as “La Negrita”), who many believe has great healing powers. People walk here from Grecia, and Greg and I are thinking about doing it next year, just for the experience!
On the outskirts of Cartago we stopped at the Terramall, a very nice and large mall, where we walked around for a while and then decided on a restaurant for a late lunch. Mike convinced Greg & I (who are both very picky and non-adventurous eaters) to try this Peruvian Restaurant. Mike had been to Peru, explained the whole menu to us, and it looked fine to us. I’m so glad we tried it! This drink – the pisco sour – is a Peruvian specialty, made with pisco liquor (a type of brandy originated in Peru), lemon or lime juice, simple syrup, bitters, ice and egg whites – all blended up and served with a bit of cinnamon on top. It was delicious (tasted similar to a margarita). All of our food was excellent!
And that’s it! Short little sweet trip. Mike & Michael – we had SO much fun (and Michael we’re so sorry we missed you!!). We love your house and property and city. Thanks for sharing it all with us. Can’t wait to see the progression of your house!I’ll leave you with one more sweet pic of the puppy twins (that I’m seriously thinking about stealing!)… Ciao! — Jen