Shortly after five o'clock I get up from my "camping" in the courtyard of a Pizzeria in Las Juntas, and actually have to sit 6:22 Clock on the wheel. There are only about 30 Santa Elena bus km, However, I must of 140 Meters on 1400 hm and work your way up the road has no asphalt.
In order to gain as much altitude before it gets hot, it makes sense to drive off as soon as possible. In my bicycle tour guide, they have advised against travel to the road, But I wanted to try it. To my surprise, the road from Las Juntas aspaltiert, But it goes after a short grace period mercilessly steep uphill.
After three kilometers, I'm drenched in sweat and to 6:50 Clock watching the sun already over the hill. On a piece of it is so outrageously steep, I must push, although I have very small passages and am now come up almost everywhere. I get my little mountain bike hochzuwuchten. But at least it's paved, But after eight kilometers of asphalt stops and the road turns into a nasty dirt road, whereby gravel almost sounds too good. It's more of a gravel path.
The stones are very different in size, partially the sandy subsoil, partly rocky. In large parts of the track with my 35 kg of baggage not accessible and I shove determined 10 km. The many mini-buses with the other tourists Turismo sticker carts easily to Santa Elena. When they see me me, drops them down either the jaw, There is also often a thumbs up as a token of appreciation. All wimps, I think- I would not trade places with them. I can take a break, when I want and the more I gain in height, the more magnificent is the view. I can even see the Gulf of Nicoya.
At the roadside is a small wall, ideal for a break and a few carbohydrates nachzulegen. A girl looks out of the adjoining property, and I greet and say, I'm hungry and want to take a break. Then comes Marlon and asked me in.. Spontaneously I am invited to dinner (bestes Gallo Pinto) and even get a cup of coffee. Then it goes back to the house yet 50 Meters high and from here you have a spectacular view of the Gulf and the breathtaking scenery. What a nice break, somehow the torture always worth.
By late afternoon I reach Santa Elena / Monteverde. At one corner is a shop Macrobiotika, So here are called the natural food stores. I asked Ana, the owner for a campsite and get the garden spontaneously offered to camp. Super, I can now only a couple of days make me pause and the famous Cloud Forest Reserve view.
On the trail of the quetzal
I'm booking a tour and hope to see the endangered quetzal, the emblem of Guatemala, be seen on all bills and is considered among the Maya gods as bird. Unfortunately, there are only very rarely it there, because its habitat is destroyed for the most part.
Right in the morning to 7 Clock there at the park entrance 2 to see young Quetzal, which still lacks the long tail feather. What a stroke of luck, later, I can even see two grown Quetzal in the trees. The tour is fantastic and our guide just super. The best guide, I have ever had. Later, when I go back alone in the park, I feel nothing at all to see.
I get to Santa Elena coffee or a private tour of the estate where Guillermo - Ana's husband is working. The farm is a cooperative, inter alia,, Training center and establishes high-quality coffee. I still verbrate 45 $ for several hours zip line.
This allows you to scroll through a pulley on a steel cable to a kilometer long part of the trees down and hopefully will end attentive stopped by Type, if you arrive too quickly.
Saying goodbye is hard, but after a few days I'm going in the direction of Laguna de Arenal. 38 km bus Tilarán, 30 worst of it again slopes. I was hoping, that it is better to go, but it is constantly up and down and you have to concentrate like hell.
The slopes are almost as slow as the increases, But after an exhausting day, I'm pretty worn out in Tilarán, but at least there is here again asphalt.