16.04.2017 30 °C
We were glad to leave San Jose and the singing Prostitutes behind and lept into a comfortable bus from a plush terminal not far from our hostel. The scenery was amazing lush green jungle and views of open countryside. The bus did not stop for a reasonable toilet break leaving me in crippling pain trying to hold my bladder. After asking the bus driver twice in my best Spanish, "Cuando alto para bano por favor?" (When stop for toilet please?) the driver kept replying pequino pequino (in a bit in a bit) a bit a huge bit later. (1 hour) we arrived at a small town and I rushed out for a quick release.
Eventually, after heavy traffic we arrived in La Fortuna and made our way to Allemanda rooms run by a cute little family. The town was amazing set in a valley with a volcano touring over it, a river running down the side and lush green jungle all around.
We explored the town in the afternoon and made some dinner in the family kitchen.
The next day, we woke to full grey sky and pouring rain but we decided to grin and bear it and donned our rain coats and headed out into the wet. We hiked for about 5km's mostly up hill up a winding road with sparse houses around. Near to the waterfall entrance we noticed a horse parking area where 5 horses were tired to a wooden shelter and were eating hay. We arrived at the waterfall and walked down 500 steps to the viewing point. The 70m high fall was absolutely amazing, gushing out of the rocks between dense jungle deep into a clear pool.
We rushed down to the rocky area just before the pool and trudged over to a more secluded spot where we dumped our gear, stripped down and slipped about on the green rocks in order to enter the pool. The water was gaspingly cold but extremely refreshing. We tried to swim in the water but the current from the 70m waterfall was pretty extreme causing what only can be described as a mini storm. You could not get very close to the gigantic down pour of water and we were told it would crush you if you got under it . We both laughed at some American guys, all muscles and completely wussy as they couldn't get in the cold water.
We then sat on the rocks and woofed down our standard travelling home lunch of peanut butter and banana sandwiches, yum!!.
On the walk home, it had stopped raining and we saw 2 little puppies who kept running into the road and two Wild Toucans just flying from tree to tree.
In the evening we chilled out at the room and made pasta.
The next day, we booked on to the Cana Negro tour, which although was extremely expensive in our budget it simply was a 'can't miss this' sort of situation.
We were picked up from our Family home and carted off in a micro bus, air conditioned I might add, to the starting point some 1hr 30 m away. The guide was very informative and gave us a running commentary about farming and wild life in Costa Rica the whole way. About half way on our journey the bus stopped suddenly at the side of the road and the guide said, "SO GUYS WHO WOULD LIKE TO SEE A SLOTH?" UMM let me think now urgh everyone. "Ok GOOD BECAUSE THERE IS ONE IN THAT TREE OVER THE ROAD." We all exited the bus quick smart and not caring about the traffic on the road we carelessly crossed and hoarded around a roadside tree. There we gorped at this furry creature for sometime admiring its beauty and the fact it was completely unaware we were in its company. Complete with an army of marching ants in their hundreds journeying from their nest up the tree trunk along the branches to the leaves where they chopped them up and carried them back to their queen. Amazing!!!
A short while later we arrived at the river and got onto a boat meant for 40 people but there were only 14 of us so plenty of room. No sooner had we left, we saw a couple of howler monkeys just swinging in the trees. As the boat chugged slowly down the beautiful river lined with huge trees and green vegetation we stopped every couple of minutes as the eagle eyed skipper kept locating wildlife. We saw Kaymen, baby Kaymen, white faced Capuchin monkeys, Jesus Christ Lizards (who can walk on water), tiny bats, Kingfishers, Iguanas, Turtles, Spider monkeys. We couldn't believe how much wildlife we had seen amazing. After the 2.5 hour tour we stopped at a restaurant and had a typical Costa Rican lunch or rice and beans and veggies followed by the most amazing pineapple.
In the afternoon, we skipped off to an Organico coffee shop, seats made of pallets and colourful chairs. Nice chill out spot.
later that afternoon it was raining and very humid.
The next day, we had a complete chill out day and spent the morning having a late breakfast. It was raining again in the morning so we went back to the same coffee shop again. There's a pattern emerging here. Haha!! This day was particularly humid so much so that we were like sloths ourselves most of the day. In the afternoon, I went off to get my hair cut at a local barbers. The barber didn't speak any ENGLISH so it was difficult trying to get the right hair cut. After much body language, hand signals, broken Spanish and grunting. I had myself a grade 1 back and sides and a Mohican style centre. Nice. Cost me £4.
That evening we packed our bags up and went to bed early ready for our 8am bus in the morning. We decided instead of catching the Jeep-boat-jeep at $25 a piece we would go for the local bus. Firstly it took us 1.5 hours to get to a small town called Tilaran where we then had to wait for 2 hours. We made lunch and ate it sat in the nearby park. We watched a group of kids from the local school nearby all shouting and going. Two girls got into a fight and everyone was egging them on. Quite amusing. We then got back on to another bus which then took another 3 hours on very bumpy roads upto Monteverde. The air was much cooler here and very windy. We found our hostel with ease Called Sleepers Sleep cheaper.