We arrived in Puerto Jimenez, our first stop in Costa Rica, after taking: a school bus, a shuttle, crossing the border by foot, taking another bus and then a boat. Puerto Jimenez is a small town looking into the Golfo Dulce. It was our base while we discovered the Osa peninsula and the Corcovado Reserve.
Quepos and Manuel Antonio were just a short stop for us while on our way from Puerto Jimenez To Montezuma. It is located on the Pacific coast and is very popular with tourists for its natural park.
We absolutely wanted to visited the Nicoya Peninsula, but it is quite difficult to get from one place to another around there because most of the roads are dirt tracks. We therefore opted to visit Montezuma which was the easiest place to reach from Quepos.
It took us : a taxi ride, a ferry, a border crossing and two buses with a total of 12 hours to get from Ometepe, Nicaragua, to Monteverde, Costa Rica. We weren’t certain to manage to get to Monteverde in just 1 day, so we hadn’t booked any accommodation. We realised when arriving there that this was a mistake; everywhere was completely full (European holidays had just started). It was dark, windy, raining and cold, we were exhausted and eventually took a room at the only place available (that happened of course to be the most expensive). At least, while we were walking around the town, we got to see a sloth having its dinner up in a tree!