Guns & Butter: Liberia Travel Guide

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This is the debut of my Travel Guide section where I answer the first question muttered once you are forced out of the Lounge, get spoiled on the Flight, and make it to your 5-Star Hotel. Now what?

To answer this question, I had to dig up my old economics textbooks from my days at the University of Michigan for some inspiration. After an hour of hard work, I crafted the Guns And Butter: A Better Way to Travel methodology, the handbook for what you should do, skip, and attempt to do if you have the time and resources when traveling to new locales.

A more detailed primer is in the link above but for the sake of simplicity here is a quick overview:

  • A trip is composed of two factors: Labor And Lazy
  • Anything on the line (Production Possibilities Frontier for my fellow economists) is an efficient use of your time depending on your tastes and preferences.
  • Anything inside the line is inefficient as should be avoided.
  • Anything outside is aspirational but may be impossible to do given the constraints of time and resources.
  • The opportunity cost (what is given up) for relaxing and being Lazy is gained by being adventurous in the form of Labor and vice versa.

And with that, let’s head to Liberia, Costa Rica!

CaptureScrolling through the Country Count List and clicking on Costa Rica will reveal to you everything you need to know about this country from the stupid fees of the airport to the fees of Frontier. Aside from those annoyances, Costa Rica is a must for anyone searching for adventure and an adrenaline rush. Luckily, getting there is as Easy as Steps 1, 2, 3.

I stayed at the Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort which is adjacent to the Four Seasons. While the resort is nice enough, (a full review will be done later in the Hotel Reviews section) the location is inconvenient. The cost to get to and from the airport is $40-50 depending on your bargaining skills and level of patience with your taxi driver and tour guide. Furthermore, there are not many dining options outside of what’s in the hotel, the 4 Seasons, or the marina leaving you to miss out on delicious local food.

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Look for the Red Taxi and do not pay more than $40. I don’t care what the cost of petrol is!
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Andaz Peninsula Papagayo Resort

The real fun comes when you find a way out of the fortress of the hotel and plot your ziplining adventure. A note of caution: Don’t book through the hotel, it is over the top expensive. Contact a local ahead of time for a more reasonable rate. I ended up paying $140/person for the following:

  • Ziplining, Tarzan, and Rappel
  • Hot Springs, Water slide, and Volcano
  • Waterfall
  • Local Dining
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Upside down
Can you spot me?
Can you spot me?
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The hot mud baths.
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The showers. Insert your own joke.
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More mud.
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Sitting in the natural hot springs was great after ziplining.
By far the highlight of the trip and even more fun than the ziplines, the water slide luge.
By far the highlight of the trip and even more fun than the ziplines, the water slide luge.
Some TLC for all of you
Some TLC for all of you
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Chased it.

Getting out to the ziplines and mustering the courage to do one of the most enjoyable activities required the most Labor though it was well worth it. Eating delicious Costa Rican foods requires some work but is more appropriately aligned with Lazy. Everything else fell within that spectrum.

Lunch is served
Lunch is served
Better than pizza at the hotel
Better than pizza at the hotel
Seriously, why would Hyatt think I would go to Costa Rica for pizza?
Seriously, why would Hyatt think I would go to Costa Rica for pizza?

Day 2 the choice was Tamarindo and the airport for $150 for two or head to the Four Seasons. I think we made the right choice:

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Four Seasons Pool
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Four Seasons: When you have made it in life.
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Four Seasons private beach
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Imperial. Damn right.

But next time, Tamarindo is definitely on the list.

Where will Guns & Butter head next?
Where will Guns & Butter head next?

Pura Vida!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

5 COMMENTS

  1. Great post, just one observation, beaches in CR are public in the first 200 mts (~250 yards). The Four seasons is “naturally private” because of the elements, but you could get there as well. Cheers!

  2. This trip looks awesome. Which company did you tour with? Wife and I looking to book.

    Tnx

    Ps if you know any rainforest tour around would be great too

  3. We stayed at the Papagayo as well, but had a different experience. For one, we paid about $50 for the entire weekend (plus gas) to rent at National car rental and drive ourselves. The Andaz offered free, valet parking so this was kind of a no-brainer and would have saved you some big money. This also allowed us to get off the resort and have some local food (I think it was called Tico) and drove off property for some shopping.

    I think this might have been a case of simply wrong ordering. I agree, I don’t come to Costa Rica to eat pizza, but why didn’t you order their Chifrijo? It’s essentially carnitas, over rice, beans, guacamole and pico de gallo with a bit of local salsa available. It was available in at least two restaurants as well as at breakfast.

    While I agree that the choice of a wood-burning pizza oven for a featured restaurant was odd, there were tons of Latin American, and specifically Costa Rican choices.

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