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Trip Start Jan 03, 2010
Trip End Jan 28, 2010

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Saturday, January 16, 2010

Last night before falling asleep, all I could think about was missing out on the bat cave. I convinced Andy to go with me before we headed to our next destination. As we got there, we realized we were the only ones there and so we got a private tour.

It seems like this museum was started by this doctor guy who did all these studies on the different kind of bats around the world. We managed to learn quite a bit about our little friends and the best part was at the end we got to see and hear a bunch of them behind a large covered dark room.

They had a device that slowed down the sound of their echo-location for the human ear to hear. We got to observe several species of nectar bats, which are the ones with the long tongue and fruit eating ones. They were sooo cute munching on bananas and watermelons with their tiny mouths.

It was interesting to learn that the wings of the bats are just like ours…it's like flying around with oversized web hands. We would have never been able to see any of the bats this close up if it were not for this tour. They have this crazy flight pattern and they are so quick. Supposedly, they take over the humming bird gardens at night drinking all the nectar in the feeders.

We decided to head towards a little beach town called Montezuma to a hotel called Ylang Ylang like the flower.  We had heard about this hotel back in October when we went to a violin concert and we ended up chatting with the couple next to us. They told us that they had honeymooned several years ago at this amazing place and that if we ever found ourselves in Costa Rica, we should check it out. So here we are and just like they said, we fell in love with the place.  We had a hard time finding it, being that there were no roads out to the hotel. Only way to get to it was to walk along the beach.

For those of you who might find yourself one day at Montezuma, Costa Rica, just remember that the northern side of the beach is the one not polluted.  Apparently they have a problem with sewage overspills here are well as the public beach in Quepos.

The beach was beautiful and we played in the water a bit before heading back to our clean safe pool! Yea, we’re at the beach, but we still prefer the pool…Hee hee. After lazing around in the water, Andy came out of the men’s banos shouting " Quick Sheena, you’ve got to come check this out!"

Really??? In the men’s bathroom?  What did he want me to see?

The pool had this Inca/Lost world design/ décor to it. So for the bathrooms, they designed it kinda like a dark rock cave with a net draped over the entrance. Andy stepped in to the men’s room and held the net open for me…was there something he left in the toilet?

“Look up silly!” He then pointed at the ceiling…

There before us, in the “cave” banos, was a family of bats hanging out on the ceiling! While nature was calling, Andy had heard the same noises as he heard in the museum.  He kept looking around until he spotted one of them hanging out in the corner.  He got closer and spooked it a little and all of a sudden there were several bat voices! Looks like the bat education was taking effect. 

Our room had a second story loft, which gave us a beautiful view of the sunset. We were able to spot the same bats at our window flying out to catch dinner. I don’t think anyone else noticed them since they flew by so erratically. 

For the first night, in what seems like forever, we were warm and dry and the only sound we could hear was the waves crashing in.

We wanted to head out relatively early from Monteverde heading toward Montezuma.  There was one last thing Sheena wanted to see before we left and that was the Bat exhibit.  Again, it was so weird, Sheena loved bats commenting on how cute they were.  If they were birds she would have run out of the place 

They swapped day for night in the place so the nocturnal little guys were flying around during our daytime.  They also hooked up a microphone to the bat habitat and slowed down the echolocation so you could hear the sounds they were making. 

All in all the place was pretty neat, a surprising hit for the little Fu.  We grabbed our bags from the hotel and found the weather to finally be perfect.

Driving to Montezuma is difficult.  The easiest way to get there was to drive to Puntarenas, drive the car onto a ferry, cross the bay, and drive the rest of the way from there.  The town of Puntarenas is pretty gross.  It’s a port town and there were lots of unsavory characters hanging around.  The ferry service was unorganized and slow going but we finally got it handled. 

They only allowed one person from the car to drive on so we had to split up and meet back up on the boat.  It was about an hour ride on the boat.  Sheena passed out and I snapped some photos.

We got to the other side of the harbor and headed into Montezuma.  It was about an hour drive or so.  Montezuma is a small beach town with lots of dread-locked hippie types selling jewelry and crafts.

In October, Sheena and I met a couple at a violin concert that had honeymooned in Costa Rica about 17 years ago.  They told us that their favorite thing in the entire country was this strange hotel called Ylang Ylang.  As we arrived to Montezuma we saw small wooden signs advertising the Ylang Ylang hotel so we figured we would check it out.

We drove till the road ended and then walked about a ˝ mile down the beach and found the hotel.  It was a fancy little place with weird dome huts they rented as rooms.  They were almost at capacity but we were able to secure a suite at the end of the long walkway.

The driver, Mario, drove me across the beach in a hopped-up Land Rover to our car so I could get our bags and park the car.  It turned out Mario lived in Chicago for several years for a trucking company.  We both missed the city but were glad to not be there in the winter….

Our room had two floors with a king sized bed on the second floor overlooking the beach.  We decided to drop out entirely for a couple of days and enjoy the freedom and relaxation of hotel. 

The hotel includes breakfast and dinner so we were able to have a nice dinner without having to go anywhere.   We were prepared to lay low and well, honeymoon for a couple of nights…
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