We took a day trip to the beautiful jungle area called Curicancha, Monteverde. It's just a large reserve area of land where you can see wildlife, birds, and beautiful plants. We didn't get a guide, so we didn't see much wildlife (guides know how to look for them). BUT we did see a wild tarantula! AUGH!!! That really freaked me and Peter out. The hike was beautiful and looped around a large area, so we could choose which paths to take. Here are the pics:
After our hike, we stopped at the local Cheese factory for some lunch and ICECREAM! yummy! Elora toddled all around the restaurant smiling about being on flat ground. She's getting really good at walking, and she's so adorable!
Next, we went to the "Butterfly House" and learned all about ants, butterflies, beetles, and bugs. Our guide was very knowledgable and the boys loved seeing all those kinds of bugs. They had a big leaf cutter ant colony in a box and we could watch through the glass to see what the ants did with the leaves once they were in the "nest". Ants are so fascinating!
We had another great day in Monteverde! We felt ready to head back to the beach and relax by the end of the third day. We were thinking of touring around the whole country of Costa Rica for the month of October, but after one town, we were just too tuckered out. We've just been spoiled I guess! Living on the beach is blissful :)