Yesterday we jammed as much rainforest into one day as we possibly could. In the morning we went to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and had a 3-hour hike with our awesome guide / biologist, Eduardo. He knew everything about the plants, birds, and animals of the reserve, and we learned A LOT.
In the afternoon I went to a butterfly garden that is staffed by Canadian students who know all about the bugs, spiders, and butterflies of Costa Rica. I learned more than I ever wanted to know about the various habits of bugs, and got to release a Blue Morpho that had just come out of its chrysalis – so gorgeous!
After that we went for a hike on the Selvatura Hanging Bridges, where we could see the rainforest from a different perspective. No matter how you look at it, it’s amazing and so interesting and beautiful. I highly recommend Costa Rica as a travel destination. Well, as long as handicap accessibility isn’t a requirement for the traveler. The areas we visited were not at all accessible, including the “ramp” at our hotel in Monteverde. Although there was a sign indicating an accessible ramp, the ramp had at least a 30% grade and no handrails. Not to mention the sudden stop at the bottom.