Dear A.M. Costa Rica:
Last week I traveled along Paraiso Road by car. It was a very poorly maintained road with several dangerous places. This road connects two popular tourist destinations of Puerto Viejo and Manzanillo-Gandoca and deserves attention and resources to maintain safety.
The road climbs rapidly from sea level up to 200 feet. Sometimes, the slopes are steep and the substrate is loose or slippery. The rock and dirt road is bumpy and narrow at some points. Drops are sharp and a mistake can be fatal.
There are places on the road where tall cane plants on both sides touched the car and went to the top of the roof. In some places there was a shoulder to pass on and in other places the grass hid a deep drop off.
There are several bridges over small streams. Some of them show very long falls overboard. Some are falling apart. In a place where there is no bridge, the water crossing requires a high body truck when it is not raining. One can only imagine the challenge of crossing dangerously in heavy rain.
I found some old documents online that seemed to say that there was an objective of funding and improvement of these roads and the roads ministry was training and helping local municipal governments do this. Can’t prove it by this road . . . .
Puerto Viejo de Talamanca