Montezuma and beyond

Trip Start Jan 01, 2007
Trip End Ongoing

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Saturday, March 17, 2007

Still feeling the aftereffects of the climb on Ometepe, we arrived in Suan Juan del Sur with some trepidation.  We had heard that is was going the way of Costa Rica which is definitely true but fortunately  it was not there yet.  Great little beach town that was the first real place where we got a taste of the Pacific.  Also the Chinook aka my truck got a wash for the first time in awhile.  Looks good.  Ironic considering there is someone willing to clean my truck in many of the towns we go through but they only have a bucket with a miniscual amount of water in it.  Last stop before Costa Rica so we stock up on a few supplies and roll on.  Nicaragua was one of my favorite countries and I cannot wait to go back.  After a reasonably easy border stop we continued on to Tamarindo, a famed beach town that seems to be the epitome of American influence in Costa Rica.  After a delicious lunch and a quick look around with highlights such as minimalls and plastic surgeons, we quickly hit the road in search of Montezuma.  Which is another town further down the Nicoyo Coast that is rumored to have more to offer.  On the ride there you would not believe the steepness of the roads and bad roads at that.  Beautiful waterfalls were in close proximity to the town.  Even ran into someone we had seen in Copan Ruinas.  It was hard to leave after only 4 days especially because we had to go through the horrendous roads again.  However, we saw a band of howler monkeys cross over head with the littleless baby clinging tenaciously to its mother. There is a school there that I would like to work at if I am ever able to return.  Great atmosphere there and a definite highlight on the trip.  Fortunately the mountains beckoned.  Once getting back onto decent roads for awhile we made it to Lake Arenal in which Robyn drove the circumference of the lake to arrive in Fortuna right next to Volcano Arenal.  First place we have seen actual lush jungle.  Many different animals here, but unfortunately hard to see because of dense canopy.  So many American tourists here, but still a great experience.  First place along the way that we cooked a meal for ourselves.  This has increased since and has added a nice dimension to our trip.  The rest of Costa Rica sounds fascinating and it has been a great start so far. 
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