Monteverde: A Continued Review
Trip Start Jun 26, 2006
50Trip End Aug 14, 2008
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Bar y Disco Amigos: Up to national standards as far as disco/bars go and a constant source of entertainment for the locals.
We went two nights. The first night, a band was playing so we had to pay the cover. Our 20 minute visit was punctuated by a drunk accosting us and asking for a dance. After he smashed his beer bottle on the dance floor, we left. We were wary of returning the second night, but my friend that lives in MV assured us that the occurrence was rare and that he, as a male, would keep the drunks at bay.
At first, there was a mix of cumbia, meringue, and other typical dance music
Rhetorical question: If the music is dirty, how are people going to dance? The foreigners, the majority looked like college students on summer vacation, infused the dance floor, and bumping and grinding was not the worst of it.
If I was a local and I was in search of nightly entertainment, I'd make a beeline for Amigos. Not to bash the tourists, since they were obviously enjoying making complete fools of themselves, but all I'm saying is that there's a reason I don't dance. IT'S BECAUSE I CAN'T. And I am properly ashamed of this fact and don't go galloping around in foreign countries making a show of myself. It's not surprising that many people think Americans (USA) are nutcases. There is something called responsible tourism and that was definitely NOT it.
And as a final note on this subject, reggae-tone is complete trash. The lyrics are demeaning to the development of society and I could feel my brain leaking out of my ears.
Free Hummingbird Gallery: A trick to get you to walk up to the gift shop
Bat Museum : Murciélagos is bat in Spanish, in case you were wondering. The building hosted a number of other museums and a chocolate shop which is MOST unfortunately closed on Sundays. We only saw the bat cave. The main room was quite small but held a wealth of fascinating information about bats. I learned a lot of things that are not impedimental to my survival. But I also learned that bats control the insect population and for that, I can see how the little things might be cute.
The "bat cave" was fun. Unlike hummingbirds, they don't bump into things due to their ultrasonic senses. All the same, I was glad for the glass partition.
Outside, we saw the world's smallest hummingbird
Getting there: We were in a car, but I can't imagine the insanity of going up the mountain by bus. It took forever due to potholes and puddles the size of Costa Rica itself. Thank goodness it wasn't raining. The entrance off the highway is paved, but it soon turns into a dirt road. I wondered aloud why the entire way wasn't paved, and my friends gleefully replied that it was part of the experience. You wouldn't feel like you were going into the backcountry if the roads were paved. Touché. It also wouldn't be Costa Rica if the international highway had four lanes (It has two, and at times three but people don't understand the concept of passing the left and returning to the right.)
Anyhow, Monteverde in three words: Barrel of fun. Come check it out.