After all, isn't this in the rain forest? We had the good fortune to hire a guide for the day, Andres Alvarado. Not only did he make the hike more enjoyable by teaching us about the ecology of the area, but he took photos and helped my wife through some of the rough spots. Perhaps most importantly, he plucked me from the river after I slipped on a rock and fell in! Of the two days we spent on guided hikes, this morning was a high point. The incessant rain certainly added to the experience by increasing the natural beauty of the vegetation and making one feel a part of the environment.
One negative review complained about crossing the river several times over slippery planks and over rocks. As we have said in other reviews, some reviewers should give themselves a bad review. Prior to planning this hike, it should be expected that this is a minimally developed wild area, as is most of the Monteverde region. It is not a carnival ride, thank goodness. Rocks are slippery in streams around the world, so care must be taken when crossing. Of the several areas crossed by planks, none were slippery and most had some form of handhold. Most of the planks were covered with wire mesh to improve the footing. The trail is not for everyone in that it requires some skill and some stamina. This is not a reason to give a poor review. In fact, the family who maintains this trail deserves a commendation with regard to making a minimal impact on the environment.
A big surprise awaited us back at the trail head. We were served most wonderful Tico food and hot Tico coffee, all at a very reasonable price. (As I write this, my mouth waters!) In all, we had a very memorable experience.
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