Frogs, Coffee, Chocolate, Zippity-do-dah-day
Trip Start Dec 29, 2012
88Trip End Aug 15, 2013
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Sky Trek, The Frog Pond, Don Juan's Coffee Farm
Rica, in what is called a cloud forest. The temperatures here were quite a bit lower than on the Pacific Coast and a whole lot windier. This place makes Lethbridge and the Crows Nest Pass look like a nice calm place with gentle breezes. Often I found myself looking around for Dorothy and Toto.
So…where to start? I guess the drive there was a bit of an adventure, so lets start with that. We hired a private driver to take us up into the mountains. It was about a 4-hour drive and I sure am glad it was a professional driving us there. The last 45 km of the trip was ridiculous. Many years ago I travelled to Maui with Pops (my dad) and we rented a car to make the drive to Hanna. The “Road to Hanna” is hyped up as this crazy windy road going up to the mountain village of Hanna complete with t-shirts captioned “I survived the road to Hanna”. Well, the goat track we had to go up to get to Monteverde put Hanna to shame. There were some truly amazing vistas and view points but there were also some anxious moments and several nervous looks back to Michelle as we came perilously close to the cliffs and immanent drops to our certain death.
Alas, we survived and arrived to our lodging for the next two nights, “Rustic Lodge”. This place
and Jose, completely built the whole place from scratch and did some amazing woodwork
creating a very warm and inviting atmosphere. These two brothers were extremely gracious hosts welcoming us with fresh lemon drinks upon arrival and even sat down with us to go over some information about the town and some of the better sights, service providers, tours and
restaurants. We relied on Caleb to translate as Marcello only spoke Spanish.
He did a great job! They also made us some great breakfasts to start our
Shortly after getting unpacked and putting on some warmer clothes we made the 10 minute walk into town for some snacks (Caleb and Aiden were starving) and to get Michelle her Chai Latte (she was a bit frazzled after the drive) and then went to a very cool place called “The Frog Pond”. Here a guide (David – what kind of a Spanish name is that?) took us into an insect room where we got to see some amazing displays of all these different bugs and butterflies from around the world. Many of the big ugly ones were from countries we are visiting. Yikes!! Then we went into the “Frog Pond”. This was like heaven for Caleb.
dart frogs. It was amazing to see all these different frogs in one place. Oh, and of course they had Caleb’s favorite, the Red Eyed Tree Frog.
The next morning we went to Sky Trek for our Zip Line adventure. This is probably one of my
highlights so far. Michelle booked all this from home and signed us up for the canopy walk, the gondola ride, and the zip line rides. We started with Laura and the canopy walk. It was a very nice walk with some very long suspension bridges through the canopy. Unfortunately, after our experiences in Manuel Antonio and the amazing guide we had there, Dago, this just didn’t do
much for me. It was a nice walk and the bridges were very high, so that was cool, but no wildlife.
After the canopy walk we got suited up in our helmets and harnesses (not the most comfortable things) for the zip lines.
mountain and then 9 separate zip lines brought us back down. The highest being 320 meters up, the longest being over 750 meters long and they say you can reach up to 75km / hour. It was a blast. There was LOTS OF YELLING AND SCREAMING as we came down. About half the seniors from the Israel tour bus turned around after the 1st one. Not us!!!
For our last day in Monteverde we went to Don Juan’s Coffee plantation for a tour.
So there you have it our last installment from Costa
Rica. Caleb said today on the plane, I
think I’m going to miss Costa Rica. I
think I will too. The people and scenery
were amazing. It is with sadness we say good-bye
to Costa Rica, but with anticipation we say "Hola" to Ecuador.