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From waterfalls to mountain views

Rincon de la Vieja & Monteverde

sunny 20 °C

The end of this journey is closing in on us and we felt it especially upon arrival in Costa Rica about a week ago, the country from where we will fly back to Amsterdam...

We crossed the border by foot with our friend Stephane and after weaving off a lot of ‘good meant advice by locals’ we actually made it through this border without paying one cent too much! Next stop, Liberia, a reasonably sized town from where it is easy to travel but also the center for tours into the national park of Rincon de la Vieja. We were picked up the next morning by 4x4bus and drove into the park while Malka was checked out by a weird ‘French’ guy. Since Stephane (himself Swiss) totally hates the french people this was actually quite funny to watch, especially because we found out afterwards that he was a French speaking Belgian!

In the park we decided to make our way to one of the two waterfalls, at first the one furthest away, and after a decent hike we stumbled upon this wonderful spot. See for yourself!

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We actually had the whole place for ourselves and really enjoyed the view for quite some time, made a nice little swim, ate our packed lunch, and once more the view before setting off again.

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On the way back we decided to also visit the other waterfall in the park, adding some 6kilometers extra to our itinerary. The first kilometers were already tiring because we only kept walking up, and then it became even steeper. Malka took a little rest while Stephane and Pim rushed up to take some wonderfull pictures of the surrounding at the highest point and oh yeah they also found the totally disappointing small waterfall after such a hike...

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The way back we had to rush a bit so we quickly ran past some bad smelling mud pools and geisers before getting into our ride back to the hostel where we found... our friends Melanie and Jennifer sitting across our room!
We went to McDonalds for a comfortable Western meal and said goodbye to Stephane the next morning when we went to Monteverde with the four of us.

Monte Verde = Green Mountain (yes the Spanish course was money well spent!), but we all definitely noticed the fantastic landscapes passing us by during the busrides. Monteverde is way more developed touristically than anything we have got used to the last months, so it was a bit weird to see all the American families sitting in the same hotels/restaurants and booking the same tours as we do...
But then again the surroundings at Monteverde are stunning and we decided to go for a rainforest hike the first day. We took the long scenic route all the way through the park while we saw the ‘oldies’ doing just bits and pieces. We found a little centipeed, and a hummingbird sitting real close to us.

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We felt so blessed with our viewing of a ‘wild’ hummingbird but then found out this amazing hummingbird sanctuary just outside the park. There were so many different ones and it was so cool seeing these beautiful birds up close!

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Sunday we spent as a regular Sunday should be spent, getting up late in the morning, move ourselves to the kitchen where pancakes and scrambled eggs were prepared for us, drinking some coffee... Then Pim had a Skype phonecall with his family and heard that one brother found himself a job and the other has asked his girl to marry him. Congrats again, so apparently things are moving on back home...
We were hushed off the phone by a tourguy waiting for us because we had signed up (read: Malka signed us up) for zip lining over, through and in the rainforest. In the city the weather had been supernice so when we arrived in shorts and tees to find that is was raining like crazy in the forest we got cold right away. The nerves were kicking in now as well, because the ‘suit’ was put on to us and before we knew it we were standing on top of the first platform in the middle of some huge tree ready to be flung away on our first zip line.

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This turned out to be much fun, gliding over the rainforest on different lines while enjoying either the views or the speed of the zipline. Especially the last line was interesting because a) it was the longest one, b) You couldnt see anything through the thick clouds and c) We had to go together which meant that Pim was the only one able to break at the end of the zipline (if he could see that at all...). Well, that was sure another activity neither of us did before this trip!

Finally we had heard that there was one more interesting thing to do before we left, to do a nighthike throught the rainforest. Around nightfall we arrived at our trail and soon after we set off into the forest with our guide. He didnt have to point out the many fireflies all over, but a bit later he did show us many sleeping birds on branches, small frogs, some sort of grasshopper and a tarantula!

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It was a nice little trip and afterwards we went home and Pim kept discussing whether the tarantula was real because the guide acted a bit weird before and after we visited the tarantula spot...

After these two action filled days we left beautiful Monteverde and were on our way to the Nicoya Peninsula...
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Posted by pimenmalka 25.02.2011 19:53 Archived in Costa Rica Tagged monteverde rincon_de_la_vieja

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