After the hot, humid yet wonderful stay at Manuel Antonio, we headed on a long drive to the next popular town of Costa Rica – MonteVerde.
We checked in at the Hotel Poco a Poco, a very eco-friendly place, so environmental friendly that you are not allowed to flush your toilet paper but toss it in the trash can. They supposedly ensure its proper disposal without messing up the environment. Well, you have to make some sacrifice to protect the home of the cloud forests, right?
A mysterious, romantic, mist envelopes the whole green surrounding around this area. You would be reminded of the hill stations of India, if you have ever been to one. The weather here was cool, with short spells of unpredictable rain.
All we could think of, after getting here was the much awaited zip lining through the cloud forest. We arrived with uncontainable excitement at the Selvatura Park which offers a lot for adventurous folks. Our package included zipline, bridges, butterfly garden, hummingbird garden, insect museum, lunch and transfers and mind you, we did all of these in a single day.
Butterfly gardens are not new to me, but this one had a whole lot of amazing looking variety of butterflies and a knowledgable guide who was willing to answer any questions. The plants grown here specially for the butterflies of course, were interesting. Notice this red banana tree! We were told that some butterflies like to eat the pulp of these bananas. The white stuff with big black seeds on the leaf in the picture below is not bird droppings but the half eaten pulp of these bananas.
There were quite a bit of different species of butterflies housed in this lovely garden. They gently floated past us for the most part, but a couple of them perched on some honored tourists and I was one of lucky few. The butterflies seen below are some of the species we came across in this garden. The most common were the Blue Morpho Butterflies in Costa Rica.And then there were stunning Grecian (the black with orange spots) and the Owl Butterfly with spots that make them look like owl’s eyes etc. Aren’t they beautiful?
And then, there were areas with live butterfly cocoons neatly pinned onto boards. It was amazing to see how these nature made forms looked like jade earrings. For some of these delicate creatures, the metamorphic process was almost over and a new life was awaiting them.
The Selvatura Park butterflies were definitely pampered. Every few yards, there were feeding stations which were fondly referred to as restaurants.
Hmm, didn’t think the butterfly talk will take up so much of this post!! When I started to write,I thought of covering all of the activities here but just realized that there is way too much to put in a single post, without making it lengthy. So will continue our tour in the next post or two.