Wednesday, November 9, 2022

Costa Rica | Part 4

Puntarenas Province, Monteverde, Costa Rica
July 13 was our 4th day in Costa Rica. We traveled to Monteverde which was my favorite part of Costa Rica. I'm not really sure why it was my favorite because there was nothing in particular amazing about it. I think the area we stay reminded me of a Russia village, so I was just attached to it that way. Our hotel was run by a family, and it was so cute. We spent the day at a local farm. If I remember correctly, this was one of the add-on excursions like the chocolate factory. We learned about local produce and they made us some food and coffee. I was also attacked by red ants because I wasn't paying attention to where my foot was. It hurt!
At night we participated in a night walk in a local jungle. This was probably the coolest but scariest parts of the trip. We got broken up into smaller groups and our guides showed us animals that come out at night. One of the first wildlife species we saw was one of the most poisonous snakes in the world. It was just chilling on a branch, and you can easily run into one if you don't pay attention. I was terrified I'd run into one. Our guide also had a special light which allowed us to see scorpions on the ground. That was also terrifying. During our walk it was raining, so we had to be very careful not to trip or slip down the mountain. All the guides had walkie talkies so if they saw something worth seeing they would alert the other groups. We got alerted about a sloth climbing down a tree. Sloths really only move about once a week, so it's not very common to see. We ran through the jungle, and this was the first time I realized that I could run, and since that trip I have ran almost 300 miles. It doesn't seem like a lot, but, for someone who would avoid running at all costs, it's quite an accomplishment. We made it in time to see the sloth, and it was just so cool to see. It was much closer than the first sloth we saw. I didn't have my camera with me on this excursion, though, because it was dark and wet, and I knew none of my photos would come out if I even attempted it.
Would you participate in a night walk?

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