Sunday, January 10, 2016

Hit the road (La Fortuna to Monteverde), Fangliang Ding

After enjoying the very relaxing Tabacon hot springs, we were ready to hit the road and move on to the next destination – Monteverde. The trip consisted of two ways of transportation – bus and boat.
The highlight of the bus ride was the sloth. This medium-sized mammal is not too easily seen in Costa Rica. The fact that we were able to see several sloths in this trip was quite amazing.

Our trip continued to the riverbank. We all got down from the bus and put our luggage on the boat. The boat ride was very peaceful, and the scenery was absolutely stunning. We were able to enjoy our ride and the beautiful weather for 30 to 40 minutes, which was much needed after the bus ride.

One thing I am a bit unsatisfied about the boat ride was the lack of interaction. Our good friend Zender gave us a very brief introduction about the lake and the mountains at the very beginning, but the rest of the trip was complete silence. We were definitely hoping our driver to have more interaction with us. The boat ride should not just be a form of transportation.

After we got to the other side of the lake, we were picked up by another shuttle. The shuttle was a bit cramped, but the road was not bumpy. We had the luck to stop at a small restaurant/souvenir shop. The local food tasted delicious, and the cute little cat melted my heart and made my day.

Monteverde, here we come! Zip line, we are ready!

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