02.05.2011 - 06.05.2011
We woke up at the crack of dawn on Monday, travelled aalllllll day long (sauna-bus, ferry, smelly-bus, dusty-bus) to get to Santa Teresa in the late afternoon, where we checked in at the aptly named Casa Zen, situated 200m from the beach. It's been a tough couple of days, lying around on the beach, bumming, reading and trying our feet at surfing, swinging on hammocks, eating delicious mangos and trying out local restaurants. I think we landed in heaven and finally captured the true meaning of Pura Vida. We talked to many travellers who stopped in for a few days and have been here for the last 3 or 6 months, sometimes even years. We had planned to stay only 3 nights but in the end have spent 5 nights here. With the rainy season settling in on the Pacific coast, it is technically low season for tourists, which makes the experience that much more enjoyable.
After a few days of pleasant idleness, we decided it was time for a little adventure and set off to see the Montezuma waterfalls on an ATV. The drive there (and back) was half the fun of the whole day, as we both felt like we had rented a kids toy and nobody was there to tell us we were not allowed to ride it on the street. It was a bumpy pot-hole filled and dusty ride, but so much fun! We hiked up to the waterfalls, at times wondering if we shouldn't have brought some rock climbing gear with us, and were delighted to hop into one of the basins, complete with tarzan rope, to cool off. We then decided that we were up for the challenge presented before us: jump down the 40 foot waterfall into another basin. The idea seemed delightful, until we had to stand upon the launch rock and stare down the waterfall. Ouf! Not as easy to summon up the courage to jump as it may seem. However, after some rumination, we both ordered our legs to propel us and just went for it. The jumping part was nice, but the contact with the water was absolutely brutal, worse than we expected. We got out of it somewhat bruised and battered, but with our egos intact.
After a more than enjoyable stay in Santa Teresa, it is now time to move along on our trip and head down south along the coast.