Walking on a cloud

Trip Start Jun 20, 2010
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Trip End Jul 30, 2010


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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Puntarenas,
Sunday, July 11, 2010

What a great day we had today! We arrived in the cloud forest town of Monteverde, Costa Rica last night around 7pm after a grueling 10 hour travel day from Ometepe, Nicaragua (including a sweltering 2 hour wait in line at the Border). The last leg of the trip driving in an SUV (the only mode of transport here, we can see why!) at dusk through a winding mountain road surrounded on both sides by lush green valleys with the clouds bellow us was crazy.
The weather here is much milder and truly deep in the rain forest because everything is always dripping with dew and hazy with clouds, a refreshing change from the heat we have experienced so far. So we happily pulled out our wrinkly sweatshirts and pants.
Today we decided (through our Aussie friends' recommendation) to take a canopy zip line tour in the afternoon. I have zip-lined before in Costa Rica when I was in High school so I was even more excited because I sort of knew what to expect. I must say though, the view on this trip was INSANE! And NOTHING like either of us has ever seen before. Nick was the first one to take the plunge on the Tarzan swing, with me close behind (we have a video! lol), it was wicked fun! At one point the longest line took us across a completely open valley 2000ft (seriously!!!) bellow and both of us just wanted to backtrack and do it again! Unfortunately we don't have any pics of the view because we needed both hands for that one! Nick also (lucky duck!) got to do the "superman" line where you fly head first parallel to the ground across that same valley opening. I however didn't weight enough for that one, but I'm just glad one of us got to do it, and he said it was one of the craziest things he has ever experienced. By the time it was all said and done, being in a RAIN forest, we were soaked and COVERED in black oil from the wet lines so we made sure to include a photo of the final product :)

This week in Monteverde there is the annual ECO mountain bike race, which was kind of neat to watch from our hostel balcony, it seems like the culture here is all about extreme sports and the true green experience (much much richer area then anywhere so far). We almost had a culture shock just being here, compared to the wooden shacks and dirty dogs roaming the streets we have been used to. This is the first place that we have actually encountered the wealthy Central American traveler, lots of decked out Spanish speaking families here.
We could easily stay here and have enough to do to fill two weeks (and empty our bank accounts), but sadly (not exactly) tomorrow we are off to La Fortuna on a Jeep Boat Jeep tour (they actually call it that) to the volcano and hot springs of Arenal (one of the top three most active volcanoes in the world).
Hope to spot some more wildlife there, and actually see some lava! Then we are off to the Sea Turtle sanctuary of Tortugero.

Lots of Love,

Heather and Nick

p.s. The pic with Nick and a random dude in a hockey jersey is a hilarious story. Nick spotted him working on the Ometepe ferry and noticed right away his Oakville (MOHA) Hockey jersey, that he has stylishly cut the sleeves off...crazy small world! We had a good laugh about that one.
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Lynne on

Great to hear from the two of you, and the phone call last night was such a nice surprise!! This is turning out to be a trip of a lifetime. I check the blog a couple of times a day, looking at the pics and re-reading the entries.
Be safe ...have fun

Vanessa on

Hey,

I can't wait to see all of your pictures- soggy wet and otherwise:) Look out for bush babies and lorises- I have no idea if they have those, but look out for them anyways!

Nigeria is busy but great- will tell you all about it on skype when yo get back:)

Love,
V
xoxox

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