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Marvin is Monteverde's resident cowboy. He says he's been riding horses since he was still in his mom's belly. When he's not giving tours, he's training his prize horse Gladiator. I got to spend the day with Marvin, riding through dusty back streets of Monteverde and watching Gladiator perform tricks back at Marvin's ranch.
Roxana has loved animals since she was a girl growing up on one of Santa Elena's original farms. I sat with her sipping coffee in the hotel where her father's farm once stood as she pulled an orange scarf from a black shoulder bag. A tiny opossum awoke and yawned as she unfurled the scarf. Roxana explained how the 'baby' had been left behind by its mother near the doorstep of her house and she took it in. After spoon feeding it some banana, we got in her jeep and headed toward Heliconia Ranch.
As the sun set over the Nicoya Gulf, a white-nosed coati inspected a small puddle probing the water with its tongue. The coati, a cousin of the raccoon with a long nose and bushy tail, wandered past with the curiosity of a puppy searching for scraps.
I spotted a green-and-red shadow swooping through the forest canopy: my first resplendent quetzal sighting!
Today, Vincent and I would visit Selvatura, one of Monteverde's most popular tourist spots. An all-in-one adventure, the large facilities include a canopy tour, hanging bridges, serpentarium, insect museum, butterfly garden, hummingbird garden and many nature walks. We had tickets to see it all.
I woke eager to begin the day: today we would fly through the sky on the Extremos canopy tour. I had heard good things about the adventure, namely that it was, indeed, as extreme as its name implied, and that its Tarzan swing was terrifyingly exciting.
After a generous helping of a typical rice-and-beans breakfast, Vincent and I decided to walk to the Ecological Sanctuary, just a mile from our hotel. It was a beautiful day, if a bit chilly, and the walk promised to be pleasant.
A few hours after breakfast, Vincent arrived. Just returned from the Galapagos Islands, he was ready and excited to start taking photos of Monteverde's scenic panoramas and great, green mountains. Today, we would visit the renowned Frog Pond, or ranario, a tour I eagerly anticipated.
The first sound I heard was the wind. Whistling through the Tree House's central trunk and branches, it heralded the beginning of a chilly day and an exhilarating canopy tour. Bundling up in the only sweatshirt I had brought to Monteverde, I went down to breakfast with Mallory.
It was 6:15 a.m., and I had to be ready before the Monteverde Coffee Tour van arrived at 7:20. Our morning meal of French toast, eggs, ham, and a delicious Tree House cafe con leche, a tantalizing mix of two espresso shots and foamed milk, helped get us started.
The sun streamed in through my shades, warming my senses and encouraging me to wake up. It was a beautiful morning, and I knew it would provide ideal conditions for our day walk in the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve.
My previous, two-day visit to Montevede had been far too short to properly experience the area's amazing views and varied activities. I was ready for round two.
We took our time packing up the car this morning. I had had such a wonderful stay at the Monteverde Lodge and Gardens that it was difficult to motivate myself. We had some eggs and coffee before checking out and saying goodbye to the wait staff which had been so hospitable.
I slept in this morning for the first time since getting to Monteverde -- it was really nice! When it was time to get up, I did so, willingly, because I was excited to get to the Ranario (The Frog Pond).
We had a wonderful breakfast this morning at Vista Verde Lodge. The big warm meal was just what I needed to sustain me through the next two hours of walking around in the rain!
When we woke up the sun was out so we were excited to get to Costa Rica Sky Adventures to go on their sky walk and sky trek (canopy tour) in the nice weather.
The warm sun woke us up early and without an early tour we had a little time to enjoy the patio. We headed into town around nine, got a light breakfast at a little soda and then we were off to a tour close to my heart and taste buds.
We woke up to a clear morning and were able appreciate the view from Hotel Don Taco's restaurant while we had breakfast. It was an early morning today because the van from Selvatura Park was scheduled to pick us up around 8.
The drive from Heredia to Monteverde took about three and a half hours this morning. The last hour was over a road as dangerous as it is beautiful. Driving right along the edge of the mountain allowed Rayna and I to appreciate phenomenal views, however the lack of guardrails is nerve-wracking.