A Journal, with Pictures

Central America Golfito and Zancuda Lodge

by on Mar.26, 2015, under Flying

We wake up and look out at the lake and can’t see across it due to fog, ouch, looks like more adven­ture today.


We get to the air­port and and our take off is delayed until after ten, but if all goes well we can make it. We fly to Belize City, refu­el, clear cus­toms and are in the air for Liberia, Cos­ta Rica. We fly over the moun­tains above clouds and land in a twen­ty knot wind with thir­ty knot gusts right down the nine thou­sand foot run­way. Cus­toms and refu­el­ing seems to take for­ev­er since our win­dow to get into Golfi­to is get­ting tight. As we land Car­ol and Stan Jensen are tak­ing off so they will get there. Final­ly we are in the air and we now face thun­der­storm build ups along the coast so we pick our way over land on the coast vers­es going out over the water into the build ups. Golfi­to air­port is hard to find in a val­ley off the water and its get­ting dark and now rain­ing. We are the last plane in, and as expect­ed we have more adven­ture. The fol­low­ing video is Stan Jensen’s approach ear­li­er in the day. I know my ter­rain warn­ing sys­tem works since it was scream­ing “pull up, pull up” on base and final.


We unload the air­plane and tie down, of course we get soaked but we are just hap­py to be safe and sound after six and a half hours of fly­ing with a very sporty land­ing at the end. We are tak­en by cab to the boats and then are whisked in the dark to our new home for the next few day, Zan­cu­do Lodge. Zan­cu­do turns out to be a won­der­ful resort, and the drinks tast­ed awful­ly good as did the din­ner wait­ing us. No trou­ble sleep­ing tonight.

The next morn­ing some went deep sea fish­ing, some relaxed and some explored the lodge and sur­round­ing “vil­lage”. Mike and I checked out the vil­lage, quaint and quite.

In the after­noon we took a tour by boat of the man­groves bor­der­ing the rivers that flow into the gulf. Lots of birds and mil­lions of man­grove trees. We returned just as the fish­er­men arrived at the dock.


It was time for cock­tails and din­ner after a very inter­est­ing first day in Zan­cu­do. On our last day we decid­ed to take a tour of Mat­a­pa­lo which is locat­ed on the penin­su­la across the gulf from the lodge. A boat ride to meet our guide then by car to the jump­ing off point for our long walk that took us into the for­est, onto one of Cos­ta Rica’s famous surf­ing spots, up to a water fall and we fin­ished with a cold local beer at a road side restau­rant. We saw lots of birds and ani­mals and dodged a rain storm by run­ning into one of the lodges along the road, just a lit­tle more adven­ture. It was inter­est­ing our guide pre­dict­ed the rain because the howler mon­keys start­ed scream­ing. While seek­ing refuge we met some peo­ple from the US, one of whom was from Mikes town, small world.

We all gath­ered for a group pic­ture, then had our final din­ner togeth­er. John and Peter were giv­en a big round of applause and thank you from the group for the great job they did orga­niz­ing and lead­ing the trip. We have amaz­ing vol­un­teers in COPA who give of their time and tal­ent with a, make things hap­pen, can do atti­tude. It is rec­og­nized and appre­ci­at­ed. This was a great group of peo­ple who became friends by shar­ing a tru­ly unique adven­ture. Tomor­row we start our trip home.

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