Tuesday, February 4, 2014

Journey to Montezuma, Costa Rica

I can't believe its almost been 2 months and we have made it through Belize, Guatemala and Nicaragua.  We are onto our 4th country of the trip: Costa Rica!  I had been here once with my brother and we did the tried and true route, so this time I wanted to see a part of Costa Rica that hadn't been visited by so many people and maybe was a little harder to get to so the traveler footprint wasn't as massive.  The last part wasn't hard to achieve; it is ridiculously difficult to get anywhere in Costa Rica if it isnt mapped out in Lonely Planet. 
We decided to go to Montezuma, which we heard was a place travelers would venture to and then stay for months because it was so beautiful and remote.  So here we go:
A truck from the beach in Nicaragua ---> a taxi to the border ---> the first bus ---> the second bus ---> a mile walk ---> a ferry ---> a third bus and then pass out upon arrival.

A ferry view and a lotta hair

At the border we had another quintessential Central American experience.  We got out of Nicaragua with no issue, but when we came to the border to get into Costa Rica we were informed that in order to get in we had to show proof that we had a flight home.  We of course had no such thing.  We made our saddest face and tried in spanish to plead with the guy with no sense of humor but he stuck to his story: show me a plane ticket or you're not getting in.  With no internet and no Virgin America ticket counter to be found at the Costa Rican border we didn't even know where to start with our options.  Michael decided to give it one more shot with the guy, so after dancing around in line for a few minutes we walked back up to the counter ready for another pleading/crying session.  Instead the guy rolled his eyes, stamped our passports and waved us on.  What just happened?  I was ready to spend the night in our tent at the border, but I guess suddenly the law changed in the few minutes we were standing there and I wasn't about to argue it.  

Montezuma was a little bit of a let down once we got there.  The beach was beautiful yes, but we were  taken back by the American style prices of the hotels and food and the little town left us disappointed for all the travel we had endured to get there.  We still had a great time discovering the local waterfall and some street entertainment consisting of circus tricks from an all-female group.  

Some friends from the hotel 

We are going to try one more long trek to get to the Osa Peninsula down in the southern part of Costa Rica.  We have heard it's untouched and unlike anything else in the country.  That's enough to get me to take a 12 person plane to an unknown area I know nothing about!  

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