DEET pisses off scorpions
Trip Start Dec 18, 2009
7Trip End Jan 02, 2010
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An hour later Curt and I together with Emma go on a jungle night trek. We saw massive orange-kneed tarantalas, 3 two-toed sloths, some coatis, a huge tree-dwelling porcupine, several interesting insects -- like some mimicking the thorns of trees, and a few small/ less-than-
interesting frogs/lizards. Definitely a highlight of Monteverde, as the morning trek we went on the next day to the less touristed Santa Elena cloud forest was sparse in comparison in terms of any wildlife; although it did have its own interesting aspects and also really cool hummingbirds. After a lunch of more "typical" Tico food -- rice, beans, steamed veges, fried plantain, and choice of beef, chicken or pork chop -- Curt and I went to a 20-yo butterfly garden that also started with an introduction to several other live insects native to the region. So our guide showed and told us more about the tarantulas and despite being venemous held it in his hand. Then came a scorpion, and I, along with others were shocked that he could pick it up and even pet it like some pet hamster. This encouraged me enough to ask whether I could hold it, and of course, get a photo with it on my hand to prove my braveness. So as he was transferring it and it just started crawling onto the back of my hand it suddenly raised its whip tail and fortunately the guide -- also surprised at the sign of aggression -- flipped it into the air and it landed somewhere on the ground behind his back
Before that bar, Emma, Curt and I went to a neat touristy restaurant called Tree House, and as you might imagine, it was surrounding a massive tree. We all had pizzas, which were quite huge, but also quite expensive. In general, the food and drinks in Costa Rica are quite pricy when compared to public transportation and lodging, which are inexpensive as one typically sees in Central/South America. Anyway, after the bar we wished Emma fair well, although we may meet up with her again for a day in Manuel Antonio.
We booked a 7am transfer from Monteverde to Montezuma on the Pacific Coast side of Costa Rica on a large peninsula. Wish us luck that neither of us will experience Montezuma's Revenge. ;)