Save the best for last
Trip Start Feb 14, 2005
28Trip End Jun 14, 2005
Monteverde, also quite popular, is where the famous cloud forests exist. The land is lush and green and the weather is wet
That night we went to a restaurant just up the dirt road from us and had delicious latino cuisine with tasty latinopolitans. The food and atmosphere were so inviting that we traveled back there the next night too. Apparently our food budget has gone out the window. :)
The next day we woke up even earlier to take a tour of the Monteverde cloud forest, there are actually two cloud forests in the region. We chose the Monteverde forest because it was directly on the Continental Divide and was going to be less humid than the Santa Elena cloud forest. At 7:30 our tour started and for the next three hours we took about 5 courses in 1 in Ecology and Biology, our guide was fantastic. Maybe the most amazing part was that we were fortunate enough to see the Quetzal bird, not once, but twice in our adventure. This is the bird that we looked for in Panama and the same bird that many bird watchers come to this part of the world to see, but often go home without so much as a look.
We had planned on going to the nature preserve later in the day, but as soon as our tour ended the rain started to pour and our only option was to head back to the hotel, where we stayed for the rest of the day as the rain never stopped.
The next day we took our final bus ride and after 9 hours we arrived in Manuel Antonio, the second most visited place in Costa Rica, mainly because it has a rain forest and great beaches all in one
Day one we spent in the pool and then went to eat in a local soda restaurant (where the locals mostly eat) and had some great food - rice with shrimp and fish soup.
Day two we walked down the main beach where one lays on the sand as waiters bring us Piņa Coladas and of course we swam. That night we all hung out at the pool and had fun.
Day three we went walking through the rainforest as well as swimming in the gorgeous beaches with perfect waves. That night we all hung out at the pool again.
Day four we did nothing but play yatzee, play beach ball games in the pool, and have fun. However, we should note that after four months of roughing it, we decided to pamper ourselves with a local spa treatment. We had our bodies wrapped with aloe, lavender and cucumber while also receiving facials and food scrubs. It was quite Heavenly. And far to expensive to treat ourselves to more often, but we thought we deserved it.
The next day was pretty much spent traveling back to San Jose and shopping. There isnīt enough to be said about how much fun we had with Elgin, David and Alfredo over these past few days, it was really a great way to leave.
Today is the last day on the trip, tomorrow we head off to LA for a few days.