A cool mountain getaway from the heat
Trip Start Sep 23, 2010
366Trip End Jul 13, 2012
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Sleepers Sleep Cheaper Hostel
As the driver wasn't hanging around, we got there sooner than we thought we would at 9.45am and would you believe it there was a bus sat waiting. We quickly got across the road and loaded our bags (with much appreciated help from the driver) and then had to squeeze onto the bus as it was standing room only. A kind gentleman in the front seat got up to let Cat sit down while I had to breathe in to let people pass, but it was only for 20 minutes or so as the majority of the bus got off at the next village that was having a fiesta. Shame we'd made reservations. So I got to sit for the next hour or so until we reached Santa Elena. We then had to walk round the corner and half way up a hill to the hostel we'd booked and checked in. Once checked in, we had a rest and then later we bought some groceries for the next few days and cooked dinner. After dinner we had a hot shower and then settled in for the night
Sun 29th Apr.
Had a lie in until 8.30am (as breakfast finishes at 9), had fruit, cereal and scrambled eggs for breakfast and then headed up the road to Cerro Amigos. To get there we had to walk half an hour through the village up and down hills until we reached the petrol station. Then we turned up a gravel lane which then turned into some steep muddy hill climbs. It was actually the service road for the TV towers at the top. On the way up, we saw some lovely bright blue butterflys, some strange looking bees and some massive flying ants. After two long hours we reached the top and had a nice view of the Monteverde cloud forest below. As expected, it was a bit cloudy on the ridges so we couldnīt see Volcan Arenal that you can normally see on a clear day, but it was nice. We then headed back down which took about an hour and a half zigg zagging as we went. On the way down we saw a trail bike coming up and the guy riding it did a pretty impessive wheelie, also at the bottom there was a group of quads getting ready to tackle the climb. Where were they 3hrs ago! Once we got back into town we bought some ice cream and then had a well earned rest. After cooking chili for dinner, we settled in for the night, watched an episode of Ice Road Truckers and then got an early night around 10pm
Mon 30th Apr.
Got woken at midnight by some mumbled screaming, a loud crash, running water and a knock on our door. It turns out that the family of 3 Japanise deaf and dumb neighbours across the hall from us had broken the sink in the shared bathroom at the end of the hall doing their laundry and water was pouring into our rooms. We managed to pick everything up off the floor and with the owner we swept out the water while his wife mopped up behind us. We then went back to bed while Ronnie (the owner) took the Japanise family to the emergency clinic to get a cut leg stitched up. Our alarm went off at 6.15am and we got up for breakfast, then we walked down to the corner to catch the 7.30am bus to Monteverde Cloud Forest. We arrived at Monteverde at 8am, paid our entrance fee and started on one of the trails. A big group ahead had paid for a guide and he had spotted a hard to see bird called the Quetzel, so we went over to have a look and there it was way up in the tree. After a few photos we carried on along our trail through the forest looking at all the flora and fauna catching the odd glimpse of a bird or two and listening to their amazing noises. We carried on until we reached Mirador La Ventana where we saw an amazing view of the surrounding forest and the continental divide
Tues 1st May.
Got up at 7am after a much quieter night, had breakfast, checked out and then caught the Jeep Boat Jeep (Bus Boat Bus) transfer from the hostel to La Fortuna with Ronnie the owner. He has to work at the La Fortuna hostel for a few days and is tagging along.