The hunt for love
11.02.2013 - 14.02.2013 25 °C
We only just made it over the border into Costa Rica due to a bad bout of food poisoning and us being rejected a visa because we had no proof we would leave- something we'd been warned about but presumed a flight home to Australia would count for something- WRONG!
Anyway the country is pretty, clean and a far cry from the places we've visited so far, except maybe Mexico. Liberia was a non event and we stayed in Casa de Papel (House of Paper) with an awesome pool, as a place for well needed R&R and befriended Ilene a retired American woman travelling solo for a year! Hats off!
The Dust.... The way into Monteverde saw our faces covered in it- the roads are unpaved and windy and take AGES. It's so dusty the leaves are even coated in it. 2 nights overlooking the cloud forest and traipsing our way around the national parks on the hunt for wildlife, crook necks now from looking up all day. I expected monkeys swinging from branch to branch dodging sloths and squirrels... No! All we saw was a skunk (highlight) he smacked his hands on the ground at us a few times to scare us away but he was half the size of a house cat. I'm glad he opted for the hand slap rather than the butt spray treatment. Later that night we went with a guide to help us fish out the animals we so desperately could no find on our own. We saw a Kinkachu (raccoon like monkey), taranchala, crab spider, stick spider and insect, head torch click beatle (named after his tricks of course), micro frogs (that hatch from an egg- no pole!), sleeping birds namely a Toucan (yes they sleep too- rolled up in a ball!) and heard a large wild cat growl/purr- not sure!
To get the blood pumping we went on the Extremo Canopy Tour which is a set of 16 wires connecting the mountain tops. They just hook you up and push you off and away you go. It's all fun and games until you hit the Tarzan swing and Superman km long cable across a canyon at the end! Ahhhhhhhhhh I am sure you heard it!
Luck would have it we had a sloth which made its home in the tree just outside our hostel! Slooooothy slooooothy sloooothy sloooooothy slooothy..... no it never woke up, but we tried!