After an amazing 4 nights in Arenal we took a boat on Arenal lake as it was time to head to Monteverde Cloud Forest. The way that most tourists do go to Monteverde from Arenal is by crossing Arenal Lake by boat and then taking a transfer to Monteverde. We got a taxi to the lake and then took our luggage down a steep and rocky slope down to the boat. (NB wear trainers or hiking shoes.) The boat ride takes about half an hour and gives you some lovely last views of Arenal Volcano.
I have to say that I never thought I would have become attached to a volcano. However, after waking up to it’s beauty each morning and bathing it it’s hot springs, I was actually sad to say goodbye. The boat trip was relaxing, and the boys enjoyed going to the front of the boat to have their picture taken.
After about half an hour we landed on dry land and piled into a rather old and full minibus. I have to say that this part of the journey was much more of the “real” Costa Rica. We crawled up the steep hills with the gearbox screeching. Passing small shacks where locals lived. The journey took about 3 hours in total with a relaxation break. Even in the middle of nowhere in Costa Rica, you were able to log onto wifi. Something which puts the UK to shame if you ask me as I struggled to log on at Gatwick!
If you or anyone you travel with is susceptible to car sickness then I would suggest that you take travel sickness tablets for this journey. As you are winding your way around unmade roads and mountain paths, it might just be the safest option. The minibus was full of backpackers on their way to Monteverde. Our next stop was very different to anything I was expecting. But Monteverde is certainly worth fitting into a tour of Costa Rica if you can. We ate in a tree house, walked though clouds, went on a hanging bridge and had a fantastic horse ride. I will update you all on our travels to Monteverde Cloud forest soon!
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