Sunday, June 13, 2010

Stop 4 Monteverde Cloud Forest

Stop 4 was the Monteverde Cloud Forest. We had to drive up and down mountains for about 25 km on dirt roads. The roads were not as bad as the road to Barfoot Park in Arizona. If it had been raining we would not have had fun. It started raining just as we got there, so we were lucky. At the top of the mountain, the small town of Santa Elena does have paved streets. We passed Santa Elena and went to the Trapp Family Lodge. This is the closest hotel to the Monteverde State Park. We had 2 beautiful big rooms. The food at the lodge was expensive but good. One night we ate in town, it was also expensive but good.

Monteverde state park was fabulous. It's at the top of the mountain and was not bad hiking at all. We had a guide named Jose Manual. He was very good. We actually got to see the Bell bird. The Resplendant Quaetzals are in the park and we had good look at both the males and females. This cute bird was taking a bath in a bromleaid at the hummingbird gardens. The hummingbird gardens had so many hummingbirds it was hard to keep track of them.

Wonderful views from the top of the mountain.

At Santa Elena Park, there were more paths and it's a beautiful park. The best thing was the fabulous empanadas that were sold in the visitors center. They were the best of the trip!

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