Today, after packing up and getting ready for our 4-hour bus ride, we had breakfast at the Arenal Manoa Hotel, buffet style, then left for Monteverde. Along the way, we made a stop to see the howler monkeys in a tree nearby, and later on another to get a look at the volcano.
Later, we made another stop at a local gift shop in the tropical dry forest. Here we ran into another student group from Sturbridge, MA! Small world! We continued on a dirt road for about 2 hours until arriving at the town of Santa Elena. There we ate good food including pastel de tres leches at Bri’s aunt's place, spent some time with her family and discussed the plans for the evening. We were able to see some wildlife and eat fruit picked from their yard!
Later, we will be taking a night tour in the jungle and enjoying another full buffet.