23.04.2017 37 °C
We arrived in Uvita mid morning and found our very nice hostel (Tucan Hotel) pretty easily. The communal area was the best I think we have ever had since beginning our travels. Hammocks galore, huge kitchen, all set in a tropical garden with a mango tree overhead.
The first afternoon we strolled 15 minutes up the road passed sporadic bungalows with huge well maintained tropical gardens. Even walking for this small amount of time my t-shirt was wet through with sweat and I was ready to jump in a freezing cold natural spring pool. We paid 1000 colones each (£1.40) to enter and clambered down some wet slippery steps to the bottom. We both stripped off quick smart and dove in, well more of a belly flop actually but who cares. We were the only ones there so took our time in being wallys and jumping off rocks into the deep water.
In the evening, I cooked up my travelling speciality 'PEANUT VEGGY STIRFRY' yum washed down with a few Pilsen cervezas. Oh we also had air con here so afterwards we chilled out in the room and watched Out of time with Denzil Washington on the IPad. We thought this WAS AN ABSOLUTE TREAT.
The next day, we set off at 9am via the free shuttle service to the nearby Marine national park. Most months of the year you can see migrating hump back whales here. But not in Mid April to May you can't, just our luck. Oh well!!! The beaches here were absolutely deserted and the waves were awesome. We spent the first few hours sunbathing and mucking about in the water. The "doomsayers" that described the park as being hostile with criminals who would steal your belongings and hold you up with weapons were non-existent. we then walked up to the Peninsula and waited for the Whales tail to emerge from the ocean. Unfortunately, not a real whale but a sandbar in the shape of a whales tail created when the tide goes out. We waded out through the knee deep water and were trying not to get our backpacks soaked by the crashing waves hitting each other from either side of the sand bar. We mucked about on the sandbar and swam in the boiling hot water. Lush!!
The last day, we chilled out in the morning floating over to a nearby coffee shop offering Soya Latte's and the best artisan toast OMG!! Whilst sat chatting away an American guy donning hippy attire and long dreads introduced himself to us and started reeling off what he did and all his beliefs about the planet. We both could not get a word in edge ways and towards the end found him a little annoying.
In the afternoon, we both forgot to look at any directions to a view point, waterfall and swimming holes situated under 1 hour away. But we trekked off in the general direction on a little adventure. After 20 minutes or so we were both soak through with sweat but managed to get to a bamboo forest where it had grown over 100ft tall. Amazing!! We then continued on a steep path in the 38 degree heat to a supposed view point that never arrived. I decide that venturing on someone's private land would guise us to the river. It did indeed the owner came down and politely redirected me to some waterfalls. We went rogue by following the river into a small canyon balancing on boulders and wading in deep pools. Eventually we came to the top of a waterfall where you could abseil down using a dodgy looking rope and some foot rungs. I slipped my way down and jumped backwards into the pool at the bottom. It was brilliant our own secret jungle waterfall.
After this we tracked down further and found a part of the river with deep swimming holes and natural jacuzzi pools where we spent the remainder of the afternoon.