Zarcero - off the tourist track in Costa Rica
Trip Start Feb 07, 2012
19Trip End Apr 24, 2012
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Like most Central American cities, we found the Parque Central to be the heart of the town where kids and grownups enjoyed laughter and picnics on the numerous park tables. Teenagers sat for hours talking, and kissing. We found a fabulous hotel, also the only hotel in town, right on the park....we got two rooms, each was $24 a night. Ours opened up to a huge balcony overlooking the park.
There was no English on the menus here, which always makes me very happy....in fact, there were no menus at all in one of the restaurants
Paul took the boys to get new buzzcuts. they had a blast at the barber's! I was a little concerned at how they'd come back, as none of us had the word for buzz cut, or anything to do with haircuts. As fate would have it, one of the gals in the shop had lived in New Jersey for a shortwhile. The world has gotten very small indeed.....
We explored this very off the beaten path rainforest from here. Hunter spotted a bunch of howler monkeys up in the trees, we saw a huge morpho butterfly, lots of birds, especially hummingbirds and parrots. Sawyer and Paul climbed way down the canyon to the bottom of the waterfall, which poured into an extinct volcano. Sawyer claims there were a thousand concrete stairs. I'm not sure if that's an accurate number, but it does explain why I didn't go down. :)
We saw one car during an hour ride. Farms (fincas) lined the hillsides for as far as we could see. I couldn't help but dig my fingernails into the steering wheel around the hairpin corners on the road with a 30 degree angle and wide enough for one car, but made for two way traffic.
We all loved Zarcero and look forward to returning to this sleepy, safe town some day again