We finally reached the tiny town of La Cruz on our fourth bus of the day after leaving our B&B in Monteverde at 6am. Our first bus, travelling over 50km of rough dirt roads, was a retired school bus without any discernible suspension that had five child-sized seats in a row. The last time I was actually able to fit into a seat that size was when I was seven years old. The bus was packed.
We had thought to press on to the border and cross into Nicaragua the same day, but the prospect of another bus and another Central American border crossing after a day of uncomfortable and hot, sticky travel was too much. So we put an end to the madness and spent the night in La Cruz.
In the end we were really glad we stopped in La Cruz. We stayed in a small hotel, Hotel Amelia, with the most extraordinary panoramic views down to the Pacific Ocean. With a cold beer in hand, we had ring-side seats to a wonderful sunset. If that wasn’t enough, the trees and foliage just outside the hotel are home to an incredible amount of wildlife, including Spider Monkeys.
It is amazing how much wildlife you could see from the balcony of the hotel. I was watching some birds early in the morning when a Coati suddenly appeared in a tree branch looking for food. A couple of Great-tailed Grackles didn’t like the Coati one bit and started flying around it, squawking and generally being very unhappy about its presence.
Other than that, there isn’t a huge amount to say about La Cruz. It is a friendly but work-a-day town that seems a long way off the gringo trail; it does have a very good seafood restaurant where I was able to indulge my love of ceviche.
After watching a lovely sunrise the next morning, we headed to the bus station for the short drive to the Costa Rican – Nicaraguan border crossing expecting a long queue under a hot sun…