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Sky Adventures : Monteverde, Costa Rica

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Sky Adventures : Monteverde, Costa Rica

When we were planning our trip to Costa Rica, and after reading about the Monteverde area, one thing that caught our attention was the cloud bridges through the rainforest. Whilst in Monteverde we looked into it further and it appears that a company has bought a huge area of the rainforest and erected zip lines throughout, a bungee jumping platform a sky tram and a tree climbing experience. Which goes against all that we believe in. How on earth can a huge area of rainforest be allowed to be purchased, by some big conglomerate whose only intention is to make lots of money, allowing thousands of people a year shouting and screaming along zip wires upsetting nature. So our dilemma was do we go or not.

Unfortunately as this was our only option to see the rainforest from above so we booked a ticket which was just walking the bridges. Priced at $41 each. With reluctance I have to say we throughly enjoyed. It was so good to see the forest from above. We were able to see many hummingbird’s collecting the pollen from the flowers. We also saw a group of howler monkeys sitting in the middle of one of the bridges. We stood with a group of people who were all respectful towards them. We all proceeded very slowly as to not disturb them too much, and with some trepidation. They all then climbed into the adjacent trees and gave us a fantastic view. The camera shutters were furiously clicking away.

I have to say the experience was really good and thankfully we did not hear too many screaming people flying along the zip lines. As a bonus and whilst we were waiting for the bus back to town, sitting in the ticket hall when a Coati wandered in, tipped over the bin, prised the lid off and run off with some contents. They are so naughty they are our second favourites of naughtiness next to monkeys.

Monteverde National Park: Costa Rica

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Monteverde National Park: Costa Rica

Today we visited the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve The Cloud Forest Reserve is located on the Tilarán mountain range in northern Costa Rica at an elevation of 1500 meters (5000 feet) above sea level and is situated on the continental divide “Which means that when the rains fall on the mountain, and into the rivers it either flows out into the Atlantic Ocean on one side or the Pacific Ocean on the other. There are various trails to take throughout the park, which are all fairly easy. Just as we had started our walk we came across a friendly Coati foraging about for food, taking no notice of us at all. On the return leg a couple of American guys told us that further along the path was a crab. Now considering we were in a rain forest and miles from the sea, it was the last thing we expected to see. I took some photos and he was getting rather feisty with both claws out wide, and snapping away with his claws. Quite funny really. The entrance cost for the park is $25 pp which is more expensive than some parks but worth it nonetheless

While sitting down to a cold drink waiting for the return bus we were serenaded by the amazing sound of the extremely loud howler monkeys. Another great day in Costa Rica.

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