We left La Fortuna and traveled to Monteverde/Santa Elena high in the cloud forest. We booked an excellent service via Red Lava Tours billed as Taxi boat Taxi. It used to be called Jeep boat Jeep, possibly because it sounded more glamorous or the fact they used to use Jeeps as the roads around are pretty bad. We got picked up from our hotel by a shuttle bus and was taken to Arenal Lake, where we rather precariously boarded the boat down a muddy bank, not good for me carrying luggage, where we boarded quite a small boat, with maybe 20 or so seats. The journey across the lake was lovely with great views of the surrounding scenery and took about an hour. Once we got to the other side, and another trip up a muddy bank, we boarded another shuttle bus to our lodgings Casa Monarca our apartment for the next few days. Now you can drive “if you have a car,” journey time around four hours, or take the bus which involves many changes and many more hours. So we opted for above. The cost is $25 per person which in my opinion is very reasonable indeed.
Now the area we are in is called Monteverde, but the main town in the region is Santa Elena, which is where we are staying, well just a little way from the town about an 8 minute walk. There are plenty of restaurants/bars to choose from, also a few Soda’s serving traditional dishes. Also very many tour agencies to choose from. Whilst we are here we intend to visit a couple of national park’s and a canopy tour in the cloud/rain forest. More on that later.
Unfortunately I have no pictures of this part of the trip, just a short video. I was too busy trying to stay upright and hanging on to my luggage.