Montezuma, Quepos & Manuel Antonio
21.02.2011 - 26.02.2011 30 °C
After our hiking and ziplining adventures in the mountains of Monteverde, we headed for the Nicoya Peninsula for some beachtime in the tiny town of Montezuma. We embarked on what would be another long journey that included a ferry ride across the gulf.
We arrived in Montezuma and quickly discovered that this was a very touristy place as well - it seemed as if all of Costa Rica is! We must admit though we were a bit disapppointed with the beach there, which was our prime reason to head there in the first place. Somehow camping on the beach is allowed there and people leave all their trash behind which is just really sad. If you are looking for pristine beaches, you have to walk far out of town along the coast through the sizzling heat to get there, and the surf is so strong that swimming is not really an option. We spent one day baking away on the beach (it is just amazing how hot it was there!), just hanging out and relaxing, when we almost got mugged by a gang of white faced capuchin monkeys who really really REALLY wanted to check out our stuff! Monkey thief alarm!
We ran into our friends Mel and Jenny again and had dinner with them and their German friend Jana at a cute little restaurant to the sounds of an amazing, locally famous band. And we fell asleep with the waves crashing just beneath our window...
Our second day in Montezuma we decided to go on a hike at the nearby Parque Nacional Cabo Blanco, to practice for a long hike we plan to do down south. So we set off for a 4 hour hike through the baking hot jungle where we encountered lots of different wildlife, like howler and capuchin monkeys and coatis, it was very beautiful and all the animals came very close to us. The trail leads to a wilderness beach where we had a picnic and watched hundreds of pelicans hunting for fish.
After three nights in Montezuma we were off to head south, so we took a boat to Jaco the next day...what a hell of a bumpy ride! But we forgot all about that when we saw a few huge mantarays jumping high out of the water to shake off the fish on their backs, it looked so cool! From Jaco we took a bus to Quepos, where we checked in a surprisingly nice hostel called Wide Mouth Frog - they had the cutest courtyard and even a swimming pool, yeah! Best way to beat the heat!
The rest of the day we spent planning our trip to the Peninsula de Osa and the famous jungle of Corcovado in the far south of Costa Rica. And that was not an easy thing to organize, as you need a guide, reservations for the park entrance, for sleeping there, and the list goes on...they only allow very few visitors...all costs have to be paid at a Costa Rican bank in advance, etc., etc. We were very lucky to find an agency called Surcostours who could help us so we had the time to enjoy one free, lazy beach day in the nearby town of Manuel Antonio. This is actually an incredibly touristy spot but the beach was much nicer than on the Nicoya Peninsula, and we spent the day beach chillin' with Mel and Jenny, getting sunburnt, playing frisbee, drinking rum with Fresca, getting free coconuts and - even better and quite hilarious - free hair decorations from the coconut man!
After this we had to say goodbye to Mel and Jenny who are off to Rio de Janeiro for Carneval, we could not be more jealous! Enjoy every bit of it, girls!
After this short and we think well deserved beachtime :-) we embarked on a strenuous 11 hour bus journey (and a difficult one to figure out as every single person we asked gave us different instructions on where to go and how and when) to get to one of the last remote and truly wild parts of Costa Rica - the Peninsula de Osa...