Are you really talking about pooh?
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We got the jeep-boat-jeep on a misty rainy morning from La Fortuna to Monteverde. The first jeep was a crap minibus, hardly the 4-wheel drive we were expecting. The boat ride took us across the beautiful lake at the base of Volcan Arenal , although the wildlife-enriched banks of the river, the stunning surroundings and the Volcano itself were not very helpfully hidden by a thick fog, so we spent the hour crossing earwigging to some loud yank running on to whoever would listen about how he used to be a super-cool drug dealer and going to prison turned his life around. Oh, and how he `found music` and his tattoos told his life story. His 4 kids were travelling with him, how proud they must be.
Once across the river our second jeep met us (yep another crap ancient minibus).
We arrived in Monteverde and checked in to a little hostel on the hill. We were slightly puzzled by the sight of a duvet on the bed but soon learned it gets cold in monteverde. We got a lift to the forest and took a trek through a part of the cloud forest. Late in the day, there was no-one around and we had the place to ourselves. Even so, we saw pretty much bugger all wildlife, except a coati (bushy tailed mammal thing) and a few birds. Whoohoo. As we walked back to town the skies turned very dark and threatening. Just as we got to a snake zoo the rain started to chuck down so we ducked into the snake place to check it out. Basically a load of poor buggers trapped in a crap glass fronted cage looking very bored. We did however get to see some of the dozen or so poisonous snakes that roam central america, a few of which are quite nasty. The general message from these guys was to kiss ones arse goodbye should one encouter such a snake.
On way back to hostel, found $40 on the road (yay!) and then spent the night in our wood panelled room with the gale force winds and lashing rain hammering against the sides.