Saturday, September 25, 2010

Monteverde to Quepos


Monday  June 14, 2010

The alarm was set for 3:30 am in order for us to catch the 3 hr local bus to Puntarenas and then switch to another local bus for 3 hrs to Quepos after a 30 minute layover. I woke up at 2:30 and could not get to sleep again and Scott had set his clock incorrectly and had everyone up at 3. Even with all the mass confusion of getting everything together and being unsure exactly what time it was, we made it to the bus in time. It was early, everyone was tired, the roads were rough and the bus stopped every 15 minutes for 3 hrs to pick up more people. It was GREAT.  Around 5am daylight was just beginning and you could finally see that this bus was traveling along a dirt and gravel road mere feet from very high drop offs in the mountains. While we were traveling downhill you couldn't help but wonder when the last time this bus had its brakes checked. lol

The bus was running late and we made the bus transfer with only moments to spare. If we had missed that bus we would have had to wait for 3 more hrs until the next bus to Quepos. But we made it. Leave at 4:30 am, get to Quepos at 11 am, grab lunch at a soda, kids swim in the Hostel pool, and then a quick siesta.

6 hour bus ride $6 per person, life experience.. Priceless

Friday, September 24, 2010

Good Pictures and Videos

Scott and Amber's blog at  http://passmantrip2010.blogspot.com has some great pictures of whitewater rafting and videos of zip line and others that I am still trying to figure out how to post. Check it out if you have a chance.

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Manuel Antonio National Park (monkeys, monkeys, monkeys)
























Wednesday June 16, 2010

We left early for the park to hopefully see the monkeys in action. We were not disappointed. We saw lots of monkeys, many within 1-2 feet. We also saw sloths, iguanas and a long non-poisonous snake slithering down our path. Unfortunately no one other than me brought a bathing suit, mostly due to the sunburn that we all encountered yesterday. The private beaches at the park were beautiful, uncrowded and very clean. The park provides several bathroom facilities, showers and drinking water throughout the park for only $10 per person with children under 12 free. If you come here pack a lunch, ice chest and plenty of sunscreen and make a complete day of it. The only injury of the day was when a monkey dislodged a 1.5 ft. long rotten tree branch and it fell on Madison's head. She is okay but let everyone know she was in discomfort. lol