I have been in Montezuma for 3 days now and it is definitely my favourite spot in Costa Rica, and the place that will stay in my memory the longest. My Happy Place on planet Earth, without a doubt! It was a bit weird the first afternoon/evening I got here, as it was so different from the first time I stayed here. I had met some great people first time around and it was sunny, hot and almost cloudless. This time it was grey, rainy and quiet, and on the first day I went to the waterfall and found it was so swollen with rainwater, it had turned a muddy brown and was far too dangerous to swim in.
But things brightened up in the afternoon, more people came and its been nice ever since. Went back to the waterfall today as the water levels had drastically subsided after a couple of days without rain, and spent the afternoon there with some Quebecians and a German which made a pleasant change from the loud fat English mingers who had been in the hostel the day before. I was going to return to San Jose tomorrow afternoon, but now I`m thinking I might stay and go back very early on Tuesday morning instead! I did my good deed for the day today as well by the way, and rescued a young lass who had collapsed from the heat on the beach. This means I can do something bad tonight and my karma will be just fine…..I have a few ideas in mind, but seeing as alsorts read this…..
Yeah, Montezuma is going to be one of those places that’s hard to leave! I just handed over another 20 dollars for 2 nights more here, and that might not be the last time they see my cash coming their way! It has been a great weekend, with a good mix of company for entertainment. A trio of Canadians (one of whom came here 3 or 4 months ago and just hasn’t gotten around to leaving) were here when I arrived Thursday, and then 3 girls from the USA arrived with a cute Tica in tow, whose name should be easy to pronounce (Alejandra), but man I just can’t get it into my head to use an ‘H’ for the ‘J’s!
Anyways, Friday was spent swimming, going for a couple of walks, and a long stroll to one of the waterfalls. Its a great trek, basically involving a walk up river stepping on the numerous rocks sticking out of the water, sometimes along the steep banks at the foot of the surronding canyon, and more often than not using both hands to grab onto tree roots to climb across sections of the bank. The waterfall itself was pretty impressive, set amidst all consuming forest, a good 60 or 70 foot high, with a large, cool and very deep pool to swim in. On Saturday, pretty much everyone at the hostel went to the waterfall in the morning, but this time we went straight past the first waterfall and took a seriously hard trail up the face of the canyon using rocks and tree roots to help climb what was at times a vertical wall.
All worth it though, as at the top we found another huge cool pool high up in the canyon overlooking another waterfall, with another huge pool at the bottom. Stayed there all day in the end, to have the pool to ourselves as one by one everyone took off back to town, and got to see the sunsetting on the water, and watch the lizards and birds come back to life before I walked back with Ale. Who, along with all but two of the guests, went onto new places on Sunday morning. And I have since been dedicating myself to some serious hammock time! The view off the gazebo at the hostel really is fantastic and being so high up we get cooling sea breezes to turn down the temperature after a hard day’s lazing.
Have now left La Fortuna hotel and San Jose well and truly behind me. Having checked out of the hotel I took a cab journey to the bus station. I was going to walk it, but the woman at the front desk of the hotel looked a bit horrified and kept repeating “go taxi – mucho dangeruss” so I parted with a dollar for the fare to be on the safe side! Good thing too. The map I had suggested it was only only a 10 minute walk, but it turned out to be about that long by car.
Anyway, I was pretty pleased to find that Costa Rica�s coaches are pretty efficient as well as cheap (the most you can pay is about $9 for a cross country trip) and I even found myself a guide to help me find my ferry from Puntarenas to Pacquera, and to share a beer with while waiting for it, and who also happened to be pretty damn good looking! Shame she had to catch a different ferry.
Anyway, here I am in Montezuma, and it is as spectacular as I had hoped. The forest is green and filled with wildlife, the sun is warm, the sea shimmering and to top it off I have found a great hostel. It is on top of a hill over the town with fantastic views and is clean, with a few other backpackers for company. And all for $10 dollars, which includes breakfast! When I first arrived I was greeted by this deafening gutteral grunting which sounded very much like it was coming from some monstrous great gibbon, but turned out to be a troupe of howler monkeys warning off a bird of prey of some sort that was circling overhead.
There are also white faced monkeys which I am told make their way through the hostel once every day or so. Add in a few iguanas, plenty of geckos, pelicans, birds of all types, sloths and god knows what else. Plenty to look at and go hunting for. There are some great waterfalls around here too that I shall be off to find sooner or later, which have some great pools for swimming in, and can be jumped off. Although I might wait and see someone else do it first…. And best thing of all….no poxy dumb assed British Uni students here!