I think I have delayed writing this post because I really don’t know what to say. I’m not sure Monteverde was for me. First things first, it is the windiest place I have ever been, maybe even the strongest winds I have ever experienced in my life. It is crouch down and put all your might into walking type wind. I had little cuts on my legs from stones (friggin stones people) lifting up off the roadway and smashing into my legs. I honestly don’t know how they deal with that wind all the time. Click here for a video of the crazy wind.
Secondly, with Costa Rica already being pretty expensive I find the attraction many would have to this town would run you quite a bit of money. There is canopy tours, white water rafting, bungee jumping, rappelling, zip lining (boasts the longest zip line in Central America). With all of this stuff you’ll be close to 100$. If you are an adrenaline junkie and have money to spend then this is for sure your place.
Another main attraction is the Monteverde Cloud Forest, just from what I read and then speaking to people; I felt like it would just be way too overcrowded for me. Walking through the rainforest loses its tranquility pretty quickly when you’re surrounded by people. Dad had met a young man from Holland named Ernest that works in this small outdoors store in Monteverde by he bus station. He is a biologist by trade but to make extra money he works at this store as well. He told us about some surrounding smaller forests that we could go to, one being Santa Elena. Santa Elena is a smaller forest (765 acres)that is privately run by the high school, although small is it connected to other preserves and together they’re thousands of hectares. He agreed to be our guide, so when he finished work we all headed there in a taxi together (7000 Costa Rican by taxi). He was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about the forest and we walked around for about 3 hours learning cool facts about various flora and fauna and trying our best to find birds. Although we didnt see much (I dont’ think you ever really do with thousands of acres surrounding you) we only ran into one other person and the experience was lovely. Cost to get into Santa Elena was….I think around 7000 Costa Rican too, so also cheaper than the Cloud Forest Reserve would have been. I also feel much better about my money going to a smaller organization.
We also went to an amazing cafe that had unreal smoothies…Here is a pic, its close to the Orchid Garden.
The last day we went to a little bakery called Stellas Bakery that puts bananas out for the birds and we sat and watched as tons of various birds came to feed. That was pretty nice too.
Off to Manuel Antonio!