The first part of the journey was a 2.5 hour bus ride to Puntarenas. This was cool because I hadn't seen a lot of the countryside yet, having flown into San Jose directly from Orlando. I met a French guy, David, at the bus station and chatted to him in French for most of the journey - great practice for me!
From Puntarenas I caught a ferry over to Paquera which took about an hour. It wasn't as scenic as the trip through the Malborough Sounds but was still pretty and I got some photos!
|Our ferry - the Tambor II|
|This is David who is traveling from South America to Canada for 2+ months.|
|Not clear but that's a gull chilling on a floating board. Guess he got sick of flying.|
|This is the arrivals terminal!|
After docking we jumped into another bus and got a hair-raising ride to Montezuma! The road was about one and a half lanes wide with drops on one side for the majority and we went careening around corners.We did arrive safely in Montezuma, if rather abruptly - you're driving through scrub/jungle and then you turn a corner and you're in the centre of town!
|The ocean from the bus|
|A shaded area outside on the way.|
|These plants were used as fences a lot, simply by attaching barbed wire at intervals. Most of them seem like a kind of stunted tree and are still alive.|
|The beach, metres from where the bus dropped us.|
The coconuts were just lying around as well!
These are the main two streets - it's reasonably touristy with a small supermarket, a few tour operators, some street stalls selling trinkets and cafes.
|Most of us got casado which is a traditional Costa Rican dish with rice, beans, salad and a meat of your choice. It's delicious, filling and generally pretty cheap.|
|The first we saw of the open mic night!|
|She sang a couple included a Disney one from the Little Mermaid|
|He had to have the Little Mermaid explained to him!|
|Our group - we kept getting additions though|
|The dessert I shared with Sarah - gelato and fruit! Delicious!|
|Guess which two got up and performed? [hint: not me!]|
Tomorrow I'm getting up early yet again! But of course it's worth it - I'm going on a tour of the waterfalls, national parks and ecological reserves around the area. Oh yeah, and it's on horseback!