Trip Start May 07, 2010
Trip End May 16, 2010

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Before we set off to our next destination, Rowena and I wanted to check out the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve like we originally intended to do the day before.  We planned this particular destination to specifically see the reserve and not necessarily zipline.

Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve (or Reserva Biologica Bosque Nuboso Monteverde) draws ecotourists from all over the world due to its wide range of biodiversity of flora and fauna.  There are 161 species of amphibians and reptiles, 91 bird species, and an enormous amount of orchids in this area alone.  It is one of the top 3 destination in Costa Rica, consisting of 10,500 hectares of tropical rainforest and is visited by 70,000 visitors a year.

How can we leave this area without checking out this reserve?  So the next morning at 6AM (despite another physically challenging day the day before) we woke ourselves up and caught a taxi to the reserve.  Visitation is limited to 200 persons at any given time so we wanted to be one of the early ones.  Animal activity is best in the morning as well according to my guidebook.  At 7AM, we got ourselves checked in and were on the trails.  Consulting with the guys at the gate briefly, they helped map us a trail that would take about 2.5-3 hours to do.  We intentionally limited our time, because after this hike, we planned on driving to Playa Montezuma (Montezuma Beach) 7 hours away. *ugh*

Our itinerary would take us to Mirador La Ventana, a point on the Continental Divide which extends from Canada to Argentina through Costa Rica, then loop us back to through the park and eventually back to the gate.  Though we didn't really see any animals like I hoped we would, we were able to soak ourselves in the energy of the rainforest.  It helped that there were hardly anybody on the trails at this time, bringing about an intimacy with the place.  I loved it.  God, or whatever/whoever, created all of this must've been either high on some really really good stuff, a genius of sorts, or just plain insanely creative I thought.  Or maybe He/She/It was all of the above.

We eventually made it to Mirador La Ventana.  It was very windy and beautiful despite the low laying clouds enveloping the area.  Then on our way back, there was a tall figure rounding one of the corners of the trail...  it was Greg!  Of all the places, of all the times, of all the people...  it was Greg.  We shared some stories about the day before and our plans.  He was to set off to La Fortuna to check out Volcan Arenal, while Rowena and I were to head off to Playa Montezuma.  Greg did want to check out Montezuma and I was hoping he would make it there.  We parted ways and set off for Puntarenas, our launching point for Montezuma.
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