Monteverde - Frogs, canopy tour and butterflies

Trip Start Jan 22, 2011
Trip End Apr 27, 2011

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Friday, March 11, 2011

While Alison, Abbie and I had gone to the frog park/pond the night before we were more than a little disappointed with the frog guide.  We had been told that early evening was the best time to see the frogs so we arrived there about 6pm.  What we weren't ready for was the whole park to be in darkness!!  The guide had a torch, but we didn't.  The frogs are most active in the early night time and while we spotted a few in their tanks, it was nearly impossible to take any photos of them.  We vowed to go back in the daylight and look for ourselves.

The next day we were at the frog pond at 9am.  They gave us torches this time, even though it was daylight (??) and we did a quick run around to see what we could find.  After finding maybe half of them, we headed off in different directions to see what our days entailed.

I'd heard raves about the canopy tours and so going to one had been on my list of things to do in Costa Rica.  Monteverde has a fair collection of groups willing to take your money in return for a few hours of flying through the trees, so off I went with Adventura.  The first few zip lines were pretty standard.  Then came their longest one, somewhere around 800m long.  There was one rappel, where they almost drop you off the side of a platform and that scared me a bit!  After 10 or so zip lines, we got to the superman one.  So instead of zipping along being harnessed from the front, they turn all of your gear around and you get to fly!  One of the guides videoed me for this, I will try and post the video as well!  After the superman zip line came the one I had been dubious about from the start - the tarzan swing.  Now I've been on tarzan swings before and this was nothing like it.  I watched Jeff from the hostel go before me and was definitely not encouraged by his response!  After walking out onto the bridge and looking down (some 40m), I was feeling more and more unsure.  Too late, I was connected up and they had opened the gate.  I did scream right through the free-fall but was ok once the tension had caught.  The giant swinging part was then fun! Once the rope had caught, it ripped my camera bag from me and it went flying.  Good thing I invested in a decent one, my camera sustained no injuries!

After recovering from the canopy tour adventure, I missed the bus to Monteverde by about 30 seconds so decided to go to the butterfly house instead.  The butterfly house/education centre was pretty good.  Got to see some pretty species and tried to take photos of some of them!  Every day they have chrysalides hatching and so they keep them in containers so that everyone coming through the gardens can release some.
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