December 26, 2012
Jungle Beach Lodge
After having a great nights sleep we got up early to hike through the Monteverde Cloud Forest. We opted for the 2 – 3 hour hiking route and it was perfectly picturesque. The air was clean and the forest itself was just lovely. We didn’t see any animals (no sloths), but we did see lots of birds.
After our hike we visited a local cheese factory (delicious) and a women’s art co-op where we picked up a beautiful print and met the artist.
Our stay in Monteverde was short so when we got back from our day trip we packed our bags once again and waited for the bus to take us to Manuel Antonio, our last destination in Costa Rica. The bus ride was only a few hours and we stopped halfway to stretch our legs. We noticed a lot of people gathered on the bridge looking down into the water. Curious, we followed the group and saw a group of crocodiles floating in the river and sunning themselves on the shores. There were no fences or anything so I guess if they wanted they could have come up the road to say hello. Some were pretty massive so I was happy they decided to stay in the water.
Our hotel in Manuel Antonio was the Jungle Beach Lodge and it was so beautiful. The surrounding trees dripped down so it had a very jungle feel and the room itself was large and clean. It was definitely the nicest place we stayed in while away and I wish we could have stayed longer. Jeff wasn’t feeling well tonight so after we checked in he fell asleep quite early and I spent the evening checking emails and listening to the sounds of the jungle.
Breakfast: eggs, tortilla, gallo pinto, fruit, juice, coffee
Lunch: fruit smoothies
Dinner: no dinner (Jeff wasn’t feeling well)