Monday, July 16, 2007

Day 7: Driving to Monteverde

What can I say about our drive to the lovely town of Monteverde? Let's start off with SLOW.  It took FOREVER to get there. We drove on our favorite dirt road, the ones with all those bumps and no pavement. The car was rattling more than a cheap motel vibrating bed.

When we got to the Ferry, we ended up waiting in a line of cars for about 40 minutes. The locals were getting restless, with people trying to cut in front of others. After a little jockeying, we were able to secure our place in line.

The ferry ride back was a pretty one. It was bright and sunny. Once we docked and got our car back on the road, we decided that we'd drive non-stop until we got to our hotel. That was probably a bad idea in hindsight. It took us 5 hours to get to Monteverde. Not because it was far – which it was, but not that bad. The roads up to the mountain town weren't paved. As if the roads to Montezuma weren't bad enough, the road to Monteverde an exercise in offroading. 

We made it to our hotel at about 4:30PM. We quickly checked in, dropped off our bags, and made our way to the hotel restaurant. We sat down, ordered a couple of beers and burgers. It's strange that so many places serve American cuisine. At that exact moment, we didn't really mind it. We just needed ... something.

As we started to make our way back to our rooms, we saw something that we had never seen before... You know how moths are attracted to light, right? Well, that's true in Costa Rica too, except the moths there are the size of birds. I had never seen anything quite like it. It was humungous. Almost frightening in fact.

When we finally got back to our room, the only thing we wanted to do was lay in bed and watch TV, and so we did.


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