I heard it, but I figured that if I lay still enough and didn’t make any noise, it would just go away…
My alarm clock went off 6 AM on Saturday and Teisi and I were just able to catch our bus to the Sky Adventures location. We had some really funny guides who led us onto a cable car where we were able to see the entire city in all of its glory. Since this wasn’t the “primary tourist season” (and because we were the only ones crazy enough to pick the 7 AM zip lining session), there were hardly any other people there and we had the entire forest all to ourselves. Whoever invented the phrase “the more the merrier” obviously never experienced the beauty of avoiding long lines.
We got to zip line a total of 10 times, each time being longer than the last and ended up spending about an hour gliding through the sky. Unfortunately, there aren’t really enough words in my Spanish vocabulary word bank for me to explain the incredible view of the mountain tops and trees so I’m going to let you just dream it up yourself. While we were waiting for our bus to take us back to the hotel, we began walking through the woods and stumbled upon the canopy walk. It costs an extra $15 to do the canopy walk but since we had found it all on our own and by accident, we decided that we deserved to walk on it as well (If someone from the sky adventures facility is reading this…..just kidding).
Since zip lining just wasn’t intense enough, we decided to go bungee jumping next. We had it all planned out: Teisi would go bungee jumping and I would stand in the corner, terrified, and take lots of pictures. She had booked her bungee jump with Extremo, which happens to have the highest jump in Latin America. I was extremely scared and I was only there to take pictures but after seeing the unbelievable view of all the hills and trees and creeks, I decided that I want to do it as well. So, dad, I’m telling you this now so that you have a whole year to get used to the idea that I want to go bungee jumping on my birthday….love you!
As each person jumped out of the cable car, they each had a quote that they screamed out as they were falling. Some of my top picks included, “Kids, don’t try this at home”, “What was I thinkingggg?” and my all time favorite, “YOLO swag!”. We hurried off to another forest for our night walk where a group of us was led through the obsure world of nature by a tour guide. On our way, we spotted lions and tigers and bears. Or more like toucans, sloths and tarantulas. And snakes. I felt like I was filming scenes for the movie Jungle Book 3.
So, after a whole day of hikes and tourism (it’s a lot more exhausting than it sounds), what could be better than crawling into bed and falling asleep? Going out to get food, of course! The Tree House Restaurant was right across the street from our hotel and is considered one of Monteverde’s finest gems. A huge oak tree (I genuinely have no idea what kind of tree it is) was located in the center of the restaurant and was covered in twinkling lights and we got a table right under it. Turns out that mariachi music and spaghetti con mejillones is the perfect combination and we drifted away to the aroma of ceviche and the grass stains on our sandals.