Second most amazing day!
Trip Start Jun 25, 2010
16Trip End Jul 10, 2010
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We headed up to the Sarapiqui Loop to see if we could find any whitewater rafting. We have discovered that when traveling in Costa Rica you need to add 3 hours to your estimated time of arrival. We have never arrived anywhere in the time frame we thought we would. I can't even imagine finding the places at all without a GPS. By the time we got close to the area it was late morning and by now all the tours would be gone.
We came through Zarcero, which I had read about and forgotten I had wanted to visit
We then left in search of the national park and took a wrong road. We passed over a very pretty stream and stopped to let the guys climb on the rocks. We then took off again only to go around a curve and come upon Catarata Del Toro. The parking lot was completely empty so we almost didn’t go in, but then saw all the gates open so decided to try it. I am so happy we did because this was the second best day after the dolphins. Robby went in to check and came back and told me I had to go in. We all went in and entered this open area that was a restaurant. I looked to the right and there were hummingbirds everywhere. There must have been 100 of them flying through the restaurant, out into the gardens and back to the feeders. I couldn’t take enough pictures and videos. They were in all colors, tiny and big and not afraid of us at all
We ordered lunch which was a choice of beef or chicken. Between the five of us we ordered both. It was excellent. It came with carrots, black beans and rice, coleslaw, plantains and avocado. All for $8 per person. It’s probably the first meal that was actually seasoned. Ticos don’t use salt and pepper, they don’t even offer it to you in a restaurant, you have to ask for it. Anyway, the meal was great.
We sat and watched the hummingbirds for an hour. Then a kudamundi came to get bananas they hang for him.
The other part of the attraction is an incredible waterfall. It costs $10 to walk down to the bottom of the waterfall and takes about 2 hours from top to bottom. Just as we are deciding to take the walk the rain starts. So we wait while talking to the staff. We have not met an unfriendly Tico yet. And of course Robby can talk to anyone like they’re his best friend.
The rain finally stops after 30 minutes and we decide to go down
Finally, everybody is soaked and ready to go up. There was a family who had come in when we were coming down and they have just arrived at my area. The father climbed down with a little boy on his shoulders while his wife came down holding the hand of another small boy. So we decide to leave before we get behind them as some areas are single file. The girls head up, Robby says see ya and takes off running up and Don comes over to go up with me. We start up and I’m doing okay on the incline but am dreading the concrete steps. We finally get to the bottom of the concrete and here comes the couple with the boys. Now they are both carrying a boy on their shoulders. I’m in awe as the mother passes us carrying the boy, a backpack and an umbrella. I tell Don to let them pass as they will definitely be faster than me. I make it up the steps, resting at every turn which turns out to be a good thing since there is something to see that I missed going down. We finally make it back to the top and I know my legs will be killing me tomorrow. We take some more pictures of the hummingbirds, change clothes and thank the staff for a great time. At that time, the staff informed us that there are 240 stairs that we climbed down, and then up again.
We start home and come up on an accident in the mountains right on a curve in the dark. Costa Rica's law states that you can't move your car until the policia gets there, so both lanes were blocked and a line was forming. Don decides he is going to go to the front of the line and try to get around the accident on the side of the road. He gets Robby to go scope out the ground since it's been raining. I start getting upset because there is a ditch on the side. We are prepared to get out of the car while he tries it knowing he is going to wreck the car. Robby comes back and says it doesn't look good but I can tell Don is still thinking about it. The policia arrive and it takes three officers to stand and look at the front panel torn back on the pickup. All of a sudden another truck comes up alongside of us and decides he's going to try it on the other side of the road. We're thinking the policia is going to stop him but they wave him on. Sara gets out to videotape it expecting him to fall in the ditch. He goes to the far side which is behind a tractor trailer and disappears. We hear him spinning his wheels and smoke coming from under the trailer. After about ten minutes he finally makes it past. Robby is talking to another driver so he tells us to follow him as he knows a shortcut back to Zarcero. We turn around and follow him and have bypassed an hour of waiting for the accident to clear.
We drive home and stop at a restaurant near our villa that we have been meaning to try since we got here. Had a nice dinner and came home and then we all passed out for the night.
What a great day!