Greg and I are planning a trip to Costa Rica. The country welcomes millions of tourists each year, people trying to escape the city and hang out with toucans, sloths, and howler monkeys. Many of the hotels look very nice and offer amenities such as hot water and beds.
The one difficulty we’ve had in planning our trip is finding transportation from one place to the next. The government doesn’t pave the roads because that would damage the ecology. And the rain constantly washes out the roads, so pavement wouldn’t last long anyway. On the fourth day of our trip, we need to journey from Arenal National Park to Monteverde National Park. Here are the options:
- Horse: 4 hour trip, $65 per person
- Bus: 3.5 hour trip that induces motion sickness, about $3 per person
- Boat: 2.5 hour trip, $25 per person
Please note that the horses move nearly as fast as the buses. Greg informs me that a horse cannot be expected to carry a suitcase, especially my suitcase. Perhaps we can find a donkey to bring up the rear and haul our luggage. The travel guides tell us we definitely need hiking boots, rain ponchos, binoculars, extra socks, insect repellant, and a flashlight. That’s about all I can fit in my backpack, which means I’m going to have to wear the same clothes the entire trip. Unless I find a donkey.
Initially, we planned to vacation in Paris or Vienna or some other romantic European city. And then I hatched this brilliant plan to go to Costa Rica instead. And bought non-refundable plane tickets. Ummm, is anyone else up for a trip to Costa Rica? I hear it’s lovely this time of year! And all of a sudden I have a hankering for a croissant and a glass of wine.