Monteverde: I'm Superman!

Trip Start May 10, 2010
Trip End Jun 16, 2010

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Traveled from La Fortuna by jeep boat jeep to Monteverde. We met three fun college guys from the midwest, celebrating one's graduation. They arrived in Monteverde with us and were unsure of which backpackers hostel they had booked so they stayed at the same hostel we were staying at, Cabinas El Pueblo. Turns out they were a part of the volcano tour we were on the previous day! Costa Rica touristy areas seem to collect the same people on the same days. You're bound to run into someone you went on a tour with or saw on a bus. Anyway, our second jeep driver was wicked fun and hilarious. We drove past someones house that had this huuuge pig in their backyard and one of the college guys was amazed at its size, he kept going on about "Did you SEE that pig!?!? It was like...state fair worthy! Did you see it!?!" Our jeep driver was like "You want to see it again?" There was a pause and we all said "YES!!!!" So he reversed and the pig was gone, which was really funny since his friends who hadn't seen it started teasing him about lying and the heat getting to him. The jeep driver, who apparently knew the family asked one of the children from the house to go get the pig and she brought it out! This of course created more oohs and aahhs which my mom and I found quite funny since we live in an agricultural valley and have seen pigs double this ones size, but it was quite amusing.

Arriving at our hostel, we found it was known for a sloth that comes around to a tree out front though we didnt get the chance to see him while staying here. The hostel is run by a woman Yorle who is a fiesty and spunky young woman. She knows a lot about the area and gave great tour advice and also claimed to have the best deals on tours which proved to be true.

The next day, we shopped for groceries in town, a minutes walk away from the hostel, and checked out some souvenoir shops. We were then transported to the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve and saw beautiful and vibrant hummingbirds up close at different feeders. Our guide was a research scientist and our tour, being the rainy season, consisted of soley he my mom and I. He walked us on a trail through the forest and we saw millipedes and puma tracks. We also got to see spider monkeys which he was stoked about since he has only seen them twice in this forest after being there for about 14 years! We were less stoked since it was this point we discovered monkeys ACTUALLY fling their poo! And they tried peeing on us too! We also had the amazing opportunity to view the famous Quetzel birds flying above us! We got back to Monteverde and walked through the Serpentarium to see the cool snakes!
One of the first nights here at Cabinas El Pueblo, I was upstairs online and saw a flash of a small animal run by my feet! Being a wildlife major, I checked it out and saw that it was a small four eyed oppossum!!! I was thrilled at this discovery, though Yorle was not as excited to have a oppossum near her computers. The college boys came upstairs to check out the ruckus and helped to lure it back outside.

The following day we went to Aventura and did a hanging bridges tour (Again, just he my mom and I). We saw armadillo holes and got to hold a baby stunned tarantula, probably stung and still stunned by wasps that come around preying on spiders. Our guide spotted two sloths though they were hard to see. Morpho butterflies flew around us and the bridges were surrounded by Ficus trees. We got to climb up the inside of a huge ficus tree that had rope handles and footholes! It was a little clausterphobic near the top of the tree but still really fun to be IN the tree itself!

ZIPLINING TIME!!!!!!! From our hanging bridges tour we went to a canopy tour by Aventura (Also just our guides my mom and I haha love rainy season). Two young guys strapped us into safety harnesses and put helmets on us and then showed us what we would be doing on the ziplines. That first zipline was such a rush! We were informed it was only going to get better and I had to agree once I found out they got longer higher and faster! We also went on a rope bridge and then onward to a Tarzan Swing. SO INTENSE! We then went onward to the last zipline where we could choose to go down horizontally as if we were Superman! Such a fun tour!
We went back to our hostel and at night, went back out to Monteverde to discover the Ranario to check out some frogs.
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