A Costa Rican Massage
Trip Start Mar 29, 2013
44Trip End Jun 20, 2013
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The road really is something to experience – a trip on this type of road is known locally as a "Costa Rican massage", personally I think it’s more akin to a chiropractic adjustment. We did have great views of the Arenal volcano without cloud coverage and the further away you get from it the more you realise just how much it dominates the landscape.
Santa Elena is the main 'town’ in the Monte Verde area – we are staying at the Pension Santa Elena smack in the middle – part hotel, part backpackers full of American, German and French travellers. It’s a great little place – our room sleeps 5 so after having 2 shocking nights of sleep in La Fortuna – we’ve spread out.
We opted to take a night tour nearby at 5:30pm. At 6pm the bus finally turned up – quaintly known as “Tico-time” – to take us and others from the hostel to the reserve. The night-walk was great - we’ve done plenty of these in our time and experience tells you to keep expectations low – this one was something else. A team of guides armed with walkie-talkies took small groups out separately but keeping in constant contact with each other so when one guide saw something everyone got to see it. On our part it meant hot-tailing it through forest pathways with torches from one place to the next, trying not to knock yourself out on low branches or break your legs on roots. This trip reads like a shopping list, we saw: an olingo, a kinkajou, a coati, several sleeping toucanets and other birds (no idea what), a couple of two-toed sloths (they really do look like green-furred Ewoks), a big tarantula, a tree-dwelling hairy porcupine, a green viper, a scorpion and other insects.
So, happy as pigs in muck we came home and made a delicious dinner of cheese and tomato sandwiches without rice or beans in sight.