More misty weather
02/15/2015 23 °C
Day 13, February 15, 2015
It rained again all day long. We got up and had a late breakfast then checked out of our room at 11:00am and walked around La Fortuna one more time in the drizzel. We got picked up and headed to Arenal lake where took a boat across in the fog and then a small bus ride for a little over an hour up into the hills to Monteverde. On the way we stopped in a little place for coffee and a duck walk in as if he owned the place but the owner didn't bat on eye.
Monteverde is a small town in Puntarenas in the Cordillera de Tilarán. Roughly a four hour drive from the Central Valley, Monteverde is considered a major ecotourism destination in Costa Rica. The area is host to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and numerous other reserves, which draw considerable numbers of tourists and naturalists. February is suppose to be the driest month but that has not been our experience so far.
National Geographic has called the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve "the jewel in the crown of cloud forest reserves". Newsweek has declared Monteverde the world's #14 Place to Remember Before it Disappears." By popular vote in Costa Rica, Monteverde was enshrined as one of the Seven Natural Wonders of Costa Rica, along with Isla del Coco, Volcán Arenal, Cerro Chirripó, Río Celeste, Tortuguero, and Volcán Poás. The town itself is more full of backpackers, hostels and restaurants that La Fortuna.
Speaking of which we are staying in a hostel which is nothing like the ones Fred use to run back in the early 70s. This one is pretty nice with private rooms, a bar and dinning area plus a kitchen. We went out to eat as a group and this is a happening little town.