The Jerk Chicken´s revenge + eternal rain
Trip Start Aug 15, 2007
103Trip End Aug 31, 2008
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We had decided to skip San Jose and head straight to the Cloud Forest of Santa Elena/Monteverde in the north of CR.
The 3-hour wait at the San Jose bus stop confirmed our decision with lots of dodgy people around and the tourist police handing out leaflets on how to protect your property. Funny how Panama was so less touristy and so much safer.
The 2nd bus only had about 80km to go but somehow the trip lasted 5.5 hours in a bus filled at twice its capacity...and once we hit the old mountain dirt road the ride became even more interesting as this oversized bus had to hug the winding curves or slip off the edge. But we did get there safe and couldnīt wait to fall into our beds, until we were woken up by the jerk chicken....in a different form....travelerīs diarrhea finally came our way
Three days have passed and we are regaining strength slowly and might even get to do what we came here for: hike the Cloud Forest in search of the Quetzal and do the all-so-touristy canopy tour. We have high hopes as you see, if the rain would just subside.
Hurricane Felix has spared us, but has brought lots of rain. So far we didnīt care since all we do is watch TV.
At this point I canīt even believe that I used to eat chicken wings and a burger in just one meal....our stomach canīt even cope with 1 potato. More when we report next time.
$90 later, we did it. We fell into the ultimate Monteverde tourist trap and did the canopy ride, but it was worth it. 11 ziplines at 40miles/hour (60km/hour) and heights of up to 420ft (140m). And there was no rain so we actually had great views
Our last day in Santa Elena couldnīt have been spent at a better place. We spent a few hours walking around the Monteverde Cloud Forest, exploring the rich flora and fauna. Onward to the lowlands and Nicaragua!