Trip Start Mar 01, 2007
23Trip End Jul 24, 2007
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Took the bus to La Fortuna, which was about 6 hours and not so bad. As we got off the bus we were bombarded by hotel hawkers and only got away by claiming we had reservations elsewhere. Tried the Arenal backpackers first but full up so we went to a chinese run hotel which was perfectly nice called Pura Vida. Seema was worshiping the air con anyway. Booked a tour for the next day to go on a hike through the cloud forest, see volcano Arenal and go to some hot springs. The weather here wasn't great, really hot and humid but lots of rain. We got pretty wet on the tour and our guide was quite hilarious telling us all about the forest and its different plants. We did catch a glimpse of Arenal and its lava flares through the cloud but after seeing Pakaya it wasn't anything special. The hot springs were a bit of a surprise, we thought we were going to some natural hot water springs but it turned out to be a resort type thing like centre parcs! Was still nice though!
So Friday we took a jeep-boat-jeep across the lake in between La Fortuna and Monteverde to Monteverde and stayed in a really cool hostel called casa de tranquillo and it was pretty chilled, stayed there 3 nights and didn't even get asked for our names or any money or passport numbers. So Monteverde was pretty cool just chilled out and wandered around the town a bit the first day, 2nd day there we walked to this reserve place and hiked these trails and down a very long way to a waterfall and then back up again. saw more wildlife on the way to the park than we actually did inside. Was still a good trip though even though we were dying for some water and food as we hadn't taken anything with us!
3rd day there I convinced Seema that a canopy tour would be well fun so we took a bus to the park and did one. The place was called Selvatura and the canopy tour consisted of loads of platforms and ziplines through the forest canopy! Was pretty sweet! Really hurt my stomach musles for about 4 days after though because in the harness you had to lean right back and push our knees up which was hard work! Was really fun though, some of the zips were hundreds of metres long! After that we went on these hanging bridges, which were suspension bridges through the canopy. This was really cool, saw 2 racoons in a tree and just wandering slowly through the forest looking at all the humming birds and flowers was excellent! Had some really nice meals in Monteverde, there was also a resteraunt with a tree growing through the middle which was crazy!
So Monday we made our way accross to the pacific coast on a few buses, a ferry (because we were going to the Nicoya Peninsula) and then a couple more buses.Took the best part of a day and we finished up in a place called Mal Pais which is a beach, pretty good for surfing.
First night we stayed in Mal Pais surf camp in a cabin type thing which was ok. Luckily they only had room for us to stay one night so we ended up moving to another hostel called tranquilo which was a sweet place to chill out, loadsa decking and hamocks. Full of Aussie and Israeli surfers, our neighbour were from Belgium though and let us know thatthey were most displeased with teh UK that we are blocking all their waves! They were well funny though and we played many a game of Chapeau they caled it, u have a hat with 5 dice under it, and basically call poer hands with the dice and have to get higher than the person before or bluff. Very addictive game especially when you're playing for who will get ice cream or make dinner, gets quite exciting! So we were only planning to spend like 2 nights in Mal Pais but ended up staying 3 in Tranquilo cus we couldn't bring ourselves to muster the energy to leave.Did a bit of surfing and swimming, got sunburnt like a bitch on my shoulders which once again sucks for carrying the backpack!!
So we left Mal Pais Friday and travelled accross the Peninsula not very far to Montezuma, which is like Mal Pais but a bit more touristy and you can't surf really. Had money issues after being told there were 2 ATM's there and there were infact none! And only realising after we'd spent most of our money on jewelry fro the market stalls after a lot of haggling! Very good price though, the guy was like man i should have sold all that more much more.
Well on the way there we met with a guy from Manchester called Matt who was pretty cool, travelled with him in a pick up on the last leg of the journey there and stayed in teh same hotel, Luna Llena, really nice cabins in the jungle surrounded by loads of wildlife, squirrels, monkeys, hummingbirds. Was really wickid run by a nice german woman.
So the 2nd day in Montezuma we trekked to this waterfall, up a river which was quite tricky and then climbed up and swam in the pools which was really refreshing after the hot sticky climb. Left about 2 after having money issues once again, travelers cheques saving the day, very rapido lunch and almost missing the bus. Took the ferry after that then a bus to San Jose and stayed in the same hostel as last time, Pangea. Was talking to this guy called Alex on the boat was ok slightly weird from costa rica. By the time we got to the hostel he'd already emailed us saying he hoped he was one of our best friends even though we live on opposite sides of the world :s we were slightly scared1 anyway that brings me up to today which I will put on my next entry! adios!