23.07.2009 - 24.07.2009
We woke up the morning after the hot springs and booked the Jeep-Boat-Jeep (transport) to Monte Verde. We then went to get a taxi to the La Fortuna waterfall ($10 pp entry!), however whilst waiting for the taxi we got talking to a shop assistant that recommended a local waterfall with plunge pool etc that was a lot less touristic and free! we were assured it was within walking distance so we set off.
About 1 km out of town (towards the popular waterfall) we came to a bridge across a river, there was a path leading down to the river itself and an amazing little waterfall that had created a deep plunge pool, we could also swim behind the waterfall and sit in a small alcove. There was also a rope swing off one of the higher sides of the plunge pool where some of the locals were doing back flip/dives into the pool below, we didn't manage anything as fancy.
After the waterfall we manage to hitch a free ride in a taxi back to town and packed our bags and left for the Jeep-Boat-Jeep to Monte Verde. The Jeep-Boat-Jeep ride was exactly as it sounds, we took a jeep to a large lake which was apparently home to crocodiles!
- Beware of crocodiles!
After the boat ride there was another jeep waiting for us that took us to Monte Verde. Monte Verde was nice, although the most touristy place we visited in Costa Rica, it reminded me of a ski resort at summer.