We walked the half a mile with backpacks, feeling very stiff and sore from the triathlon the previous day. This enabled us to catch the 6.00 am ferry, to get a taxi, to then sit by the road in Rivas, waiting for the Tica bus to come at 9.00, and it was only twenty minutes late !! It then took over 2 hours to get across the border into Costa Rica. We then caught an Interbus minibus to Monteverde , where during a bus change we managed to avoid being hit by mangoes thrown by the Howler monkeys from the trees above, which could have given one more than a headache.
The last 30 kms took just over 80 minutes on the unmade roads upto Montverde at 1600 metres. It was immediately much cooler, and the scenery and forest were stunning. They receive over 2700 mm of rain per year and this is one of real bits of cloud forest left.
We stayed in a very friendly hostel for three nights, with Me sleeping on the top bunk. We then did a night wildlife tour - saw a sloth, a snake and a tarantula - so were slightly underwhelmed. We also did an amazing coffee tour, where the grower was so knowledgeable about fair trade , coffee and cooperatives, it was a privilege to take the tour - an outstanding highlight. The next day we did 13 zip rides,one over 1000 metres, in the canopy of the forest with a Tarzan swing which was exhilarating and amazing. In addition we did a couple of hikes around the reserves and cloud forest, which was beautiful especially seeing Humming Birds and the other wildlife. The other great moment was when Rebecca met up with half the group from the previous trip, and nobody paused for breath.
We are now in San Jose, which is not a cultural highlight, and Jon has arrived, so it is time for me to leave on a jet plane tomorrow. I have just managed to master whether I put loo paper in the bin or down the loo, take my debit card out of the cash machine before or after i get my cash - but only occasionally get dollars instead of the local correspondent, and worked out how many it is to the dollar,it has gone from 20 to 30 to 49 to 500!!!
I have had a great time, seeing and experiencing many fantastic things, but most of all spending real time with my daughter , Rebecca , of whom I am very proud.