Tropical Rainforest of Monteverde
Trip Start Dec 17, 2007
11Trip End Dec 27, 2007
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This is my 8th day here in Costa Rica. This morning after my dad and I had our typical Costa Rican breakfast (consists of rice and black beans, eggs and fried plantin), we took a jeep-boat-jeep transfer to Monteverde. This area Monteverde is located in north central Costa Rica where 11 Quaker families moved here back in 1945. The Quakers believed in peace, the same ideal as Costa Ricans. During WWII, the American government had to imprison several Quakers for their refusal to be drafted into the miliary. The Quaker family became upset and decided to moved down here to start their peaceful farming lives. Things are going very well because the area of Monteverde is very isolated with very limited roads linking it to major cities. Getting in and out of this place has always been difficult due to the roads full of giant pothole. Their roads can easily flood over during the rainy season
We made it to Santa Elena without much problem. The place we are staying is acutally the house/office of the men who operates the jeep-boat-jeep ride, how interesting. After dropping off our bags, we headed over to the town of Santa Elena for our rainforest tour. The company we used is callled Skytrek, nthey are known for their Zip line tour using these strong wires hanging from tree to tree where the tourist holds on to their spook-wheel and roll down these lines from tree to tree. Its pretty intimidating hanging from a wire thousand of feet from the ground, so our acrophobic mind pushed us into doing something a little more mellow, namely the Skywalk. This is just walking on the nicely paved trails as well as these hang-bridges
That evening, I visited the the Ranario, which is a frog pond where 26 out of 126 species of Costa Rican frogs are house here. The place is pitch black since frogs are nocternal. Our guide used the flashlights to show us these beautiful frogs and toads hidding inside the glass enclosed ponds. There are poison dart frogs, green frogs, toads, bull frogs and green frogs with black strips, very pretty. I walked back from the Ranario back to the pension when the wind and rain started to pick up. The wind was really howling so I gave up the night walk tour and tour in the morning. We are heading to the beach tomorrow.