|The Hotel Establo had over 900 rooms!|
|Zip-lining in Monteverde!|
We were denied entrance to the Cheese Factory but I got my picture with the sign anyway!
That afternoon, my friends and I went on a hike through the jungle on the hotel’s property. It turned into a much longer hike when we got lost looking for the lookout point to see the Volcano Arenal. In the end, I made my own trail to the edge of the mountain ridge, and we could see the volcano even though most of it was shrouded in clouds. Then we decided to hike to the Monteverde Cheese Factory. The waiter at the hotel said it was less than a kilometer but it was definitely more than a mile. The main road through Monteverde was a gravel road with a dirt sidewalk. It felt very rural. Most of the area is protected park land. We arrived at the factory at 5:15 just as the tasting area was closing. So, we hiked back to a restaurant/chocolate factory which served ice cream from the factory. Monteverde was settled by Quakers from the United States. At first, the Quakers wanted to sell fresh milk in Costa Rica. However, they were unable to transport the milk before it spoiled. Instead, the Quakers decided to make cheese and ice cream. Monteverde cheese and ice cream is the best in Costa Rica. I had a chocolate shake. It was the richest, creamiest shake I have ever had!
Monteverde Cloud Forest