December 25, 2009
The flight from Houston to San José was okay. It took forever to get our luggage; it took a while to find our Adobe rental car representative and took longer to wait for the other customers riding with us. However, this had nothing on the wait to actually get the rental car. It was HOT! We were tired and hungry and it was taking FOREVER!
Finally we get on the road to Monteverde in our BeGo, which seems to be the older, more ghetto version of the Terios, which we had last time. The drive is not bad.
We stop for a late lunch along the way. It was called Cocina de someone, beginning with a T. We had the "usual" casado con pescado. It was good. The restaurant had a beautiful view and also a guard with a threatening rifle next to two guys playing the marimba. I wish I had the courage to take a picture of that, but I only took a picture of the view.
We continue on our way. The only thing is that Hidden Canopy Treehouses is not showing up on the GPS. It's well after dark when we arrive in Monteverde, and we're not seeing any signs for our hotel. We stopped at a tourist info center, and the girl showed us where it was on a map, only it was the wrong treehouse hotel. We then drove back to this center and used the payphone to call Jenn, the owner of the hotel. She said she would come meet us at a certain spot where the pavement ends. The only thing is that we didn't consider that the pavement ended in a few different places, so it took a while before she found the end of the pavement we were waiting at. Phew!
We finally arrived, just in time for a Christmas dinner. Jenn and the staff were extremely accomodating! Our treehouse was gorgeous! (But cold, even with the portable radiator going.)
In the morning I woke up not feeling well. We didn't experience the monkey morning wake-up, and there weren't that many birds either. But that wasn't why I felt unwell - I had an upset stomach. This was no way to start our vacation! Nick fetched me some breakfast. I ate it, then went to back to sleep for a while, woke up, and felt refreshed. Anyway, we didn't leave the room until noon.
Here are pictures of the two story treehouse, Eden. It's such a neat place, very cozy and nicely done. I just wish it was warmer inside.
kitchenette area - the pringles hit the spot!
outdoor covered deck
the downstairs bedroom and bath
The bathroom's jacuzzi was amazing, but unfortunately it was just too cold to use it.
the view from the main house deck/eating area
interesting plant - note the "vessels" that catch the water
I would highly recommend Hidden Canopy Treehouses. It's such a unique place, and Jenn and the staff are more than happy to help you plan your days. It's like a big family. The B&B is a bit of out of the way, a few minutes from the main Monteverde attractions and restaurant. However, this can be a good thing because it's quiet. Also, it's quite close to the Santa Elena Cloud Forest Reserve.
We had lunch at Donde Henry's, which I also highly recommend. I had read about it on Trip Advisor. It was tasty, lots of food. $18 for two buffet lunches and drinks. I learned how to say "to go box". Dasas para llevar. I think the cashier thought it was cute that I wanted to know how to say this in Spanish.
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see where we stayed in Monteverde during the first trip: El Sapo Dorado
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