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Saturday 3/13 - Shuttle picked us up at for the boat/van transfer across Arenal lake to Monteverde. $25 per person . Cloudy today with just occasion rain showers. Quick 15 minute ride to the lake where there was a 25 passenger ferry with cover waiting. With 20 people and luggage on board it seemed overloaded. As we headed out more toward the middle of the lake the water became rougher with white caps, I had my eye on the life vests. Very picturesque terrain, green mountains and an occasional house tucked into the trees. Not a pleasant 40 minute ride, however if it were better weather it would have been very enjoyable.
On the other side 2 vans were waiting. All luggage was put on top and we piled in like sardines for the rough, pot holed, up and down ride to Monteverde. As we went along seeing grassy hill sides and grazing cattle our driver moved over to let the other van pass and we slid into a ditch. They had to force the door open and we all had to get out so they could push the van out of the ditch. We laughed about it, it was so fitting for the ride. With the roads being muddy I think a 4X4 would have been safer. 2 hours 15 minutes later we were dropped off at our hotel The Belmar.
The Belmar was located up a hill from the main road.
tropical garden with a large pond and an enclosed hot tub house. Our room had 2 queen beds, vaulted ceilings, and hardwood floors and walls. Very nice reception area and restaurant & bar with balcony.
We headed for Johnny’s pizza for lunch. Johnny’s was not like our typical Straw Hat it was more than a pizza place it was very nice with a nice Italian menu and great prices. Ken and I ordered a med pizza $11 and chicken fettuccini $5, Jim and Jan ordered steak sandwich $4 and pork ribs $5. We all raved about the meal. We would be eating left over pizza for dinner. Taxi to Monteverde Cloud Forest just up the pot holed dirt road. $12 for a 2 hour self guided easy trail hike through the forest.
We had cocktails and pizza for dinner in Jim’s room. Very rainy and windy this evening. Being on the top floor the winds were really loud all night. I still got good nights sleep.
This town is very small and spread out in the hills with more trees than La Fortuna. Very hippy,
Sunday 3/14 - Rainy/Windy this morning. We had Selventura Zip lines scheduled for and we canceled because of wind and rain. Come to find out they canceled all the tours that morning because of wind also.
Decided to go to the Frog Pond and took a guided tour of different types of frogs and toads. Very interesting that some toads eat mice. Saw very colorful poisonous frogs and the famous frog (the colorful frog you see in all the pictures & paintings.) Not a real frog pond they are all in glass enclosures. Took taxi to local co-op market and had great cup of local Monteverde coffee. Walked down the street to a very simple local open air place that is owned by a local Quaker. He was one of the original Quakers who came here 53 years ago to avoid the draft.
After lunch the sun came out and we decided to try and get the last Canopy tour at Selventura. We grabbed an ice cream at the cheese factory and caught a taxi to Selventura about 25 minutes. Got on the last Zip line tour for $35 which included the ride back to the hotel.
Got strapped up, had helmet and gloves too.
On the drive back the driver stopped after spotting a 2 toed sloth in a tree near the road. Soon all the cars were stopping and looking. It was a blond colored sloth about 20 feet up a tree.
Had dinner at the Belmar, buffet style $12 pp. They let us bring our own wine to dinner without a corkage fee. What a great dinner, Chicken stroganoff, beef casserole, sea bass with garlic sauce, mashed potatoes, pasta plantains, green salad, bean salad and the best dessert I’ve ever had coconut tres les cake. What a great day we had.