Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Ziplining and Cloud Forest Hike

The students awoke and we're ready by 7am. After breakfast at the hotel dining common, the driver Herman, drove the students, chaperones, and the guide Erica to the cloud forest where they would be ziplining. For an additional $10 the students had the option to do "the Superman" where they would zipline the final 1 Km long line face first. About 5 of the students choose to do it. Those that did loved it and said it was definitely worth the extra money.  Next, they drove to a cooking class back at the Monteverde cloud reserve. They made the traditional arroz con pollo (chicken with rice), corn tortillas, and a deep fried dessert dish.

Next, those that were up to it decided to go on a hike with Erica to the continental divide while the rest went back to the hotel. The view was breathtaking and they even saw one of the rarest birds in Costa Rica. Lastly, they went into town for ice cream and souvenirs. Then they went back to the hotel for dinner, thus concluding day 4.

-Kian Rice

Following our zip lining trip, we headed back to the same place we had gone for our night tour. There, a family was waiting for us. We washed out hands, got aprons, and put on hair nets before making tortillas and cooking a delicious meal of arroz con pollo with prestiños for dessert. After a filling meal, we were given the choice to either go to the continental divide and hike the cloud forest, or go back to the hotel to relax and go to the pool. 11 of us ended up going to the forest. Though we were all tired already, I think we would all agree that the hike was worth it. We saw the different trees and mosses that that inhabited the forest, and our guide, Erika, told us about the role that they played in the ecosystem. In addition, we spotted a quetzal - a rare bird that we heard, and we're lucky to see. When we reached the top, the views were amazing. On one side there was the  Pacific Ocean, and on the other there was Caribbean Sea. We could feel the temperature difference too. One side was hot and humid, while the other was cool and windy. We headed back down, and returned to our hotels to change and relax for a little less than an hour before heading out to town. We got to taste the best ice cream in Costa Rica (according to Erika) and pick up a few souvenirs. By the end of the night we were all tired and headed back to the hotel for a good nights sleep.  

-Claire Gabel 

Also, we will let the ziplining pictures speak for themselves :)

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