In the top 5 of Lonely Planet’s recommended places in CR, we wanted to make sure we visited. We missed the opportunity last time in 1994.
Our journey from Samara, started by catching the 9oc bus. Unfortunately, due to driver error, we ended missing our connecting stop. Despite promises of imminent buses by various drivers, we ended up waiting at a truck stop on the Pan America Highway for 5 hours. Finally 11 hours later, we arrived in Monteverde.
The road up to the town, 4662ft high up in the mountains is difficult. I remember asking “how can it take 2hrs to cover 18km?”
This soon becomes obvious as the road becomes a rubble dirt track, single lane for the most part. The bus carefully manouvers its way on the tight bends, with shear drops. On several occassions the wheels spin & leave the road on the tight corners. It’s best not to look out of the window at the drop 100s feet below.
It is only when you find out that locals have petitioned that the road is not tarmac’d to reduce tourism, that you realise it is one part of Costa Rica’s Eco system that they are truly trying to protect.
The town however has succumbed to tourism, with tours advertised everywhere. From rainforest walks, canopy walkways, aerial teams to adrenaline sports such as zip wires, bungee jumps & Superman rides.
See: http://www.monteverdeinfo.com for more info on tours available.
Blog by Dawn