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On our 2nd whole day there, we drove the bumpy 3 hour trip to the rainforest mountains of Monteverde. The trip there was quite beautiful, if slow. It meandered through dirt, rock and mud cliff roads that gave us a great view of the coffee fields and rain forests of central Costa Rica.
We woke up that morning to a wonderful rainbow over Lake Arenal. This is a picture from the porch at Por Dicha, our rental house. Britt & Gloria had the best tropical garden that we saw the whole trip.
Then we headed downtown to the German Bakery for breakfast. I had read about it on the web before going to Costa Rica. It was pretty good, although they didn't have much in the way of vegan food for Colin. His breakfast consisted of a plate of fruit. Later that day we would eat dinner in Nuevo Arenal at a local soda and Jessica ordered fish. Costa Rica is pretty vegan friendly in general because the 'typical' or 'tipical' menu they have in Costa Rica is basically beans, rice and salad, although often the salad has meat.
On the way to Monteverde we passed by several people riding horses and at least one ox-cart. There were Brahma bulls everywhere.
A word about the people of Costa Rica. The locals are referred to as Ticos and we found them to be a very friendly and warm people. We never felt any bad feelings towards us the whole time that we were there. The men will often pat each other on the arm or butt. In fact, at one police stop where they were pulling people over checking for illegal stuff and people, the cop patted me on the back as he waved us on after checking out my ID.
Pretty close to Monteverde there was a boy standing by the side of the road with what looked like a teddy bear. My curiosity got the better of me and I stopped the car and backed up. As it turns out, he had a baby sloth that was blind and he was therefore allowed to keep it. We got to hold the sloth and we gave the kid some money for milk.
When we made it to Monteverde, we had to decide which canopy tour (zip lines) we would do. There are at least four of them there. I think we made a wise choice and went with Selvatura.