We flew into San Jose airport on Wednesday morning and got our rental car. The first night we were staying at the Residence Inn in Escazu, which seemed to be a nice town. Didn't really do much the first day, just walked around to the mall next door, and had dinner at the hotel.
The next day, we drove to the Monteverde Cloud Forest, which was a long drive. And about half of it was up the mountain on a dirt road.
Ox cart: the national symbol of Costa Rica
We hiked around in the rainforest for a couple kilometers, and there was a bridge way up in the canopy that was cool.
Even though we could hear tons of birds, this thing was the only wildlife we saw (besides some birds that were pointed out to us on the bridge).
This is at the Hummingbird Gallery, right outside the Cloud Forest.
After the rainforest, we wanted to see some more animals. So we went to the Monteverde Frog Pond, which was a great exhibit because there are tons of different types of frogs, and they have a guide pointing them all out and telling about them. Before that tour though, we did a zip line canopy tour at the same place.
I didn't get any pictures of the frogs to turn out, but we saw them all and they were cool! That night we wanted to get a jump on the long drive the next night, so we drove back down the mountain on the dirt road in the dark and drove all the way to Liberia and stayed at the airport Hilton. The next day, we were off to the beach!