I truly am satisfied at the hotels that the travel company put us in throughout our stay in Costa Rica. In Monteverde, Fonda Vela is especially wonderful. The atmosphere lends itself to total relaxation..... that is after a day of hiking and ziplining.
While I would have loved to roam around the grounds of this 35-acre farm, the weather wasn't cooperative. If it's not raining, it's very misty. No chance to see the "spectacular views" of the Gulf of Nicoya from the hotel's 1,400 meter (4,200 foot) elevation.
However, the hotel rooms' design of having floor-to-ceiling windows was the perfect spot for nature watching. Fonda Vela is home to some 60 species of migratory birds and over 200 species of nonmigratory birds. While this is very impressive to know, what made us gasp in amazement was watching owls hunt at night. Just in front of our room is the garden with a lights. Moths were crowding around the light and the owl swoops in over and over again. That was a OMG moment, that was not captured by camera. Well that's not true, we tried to capture the act of hunting, but it was far too dark outside, we were inside thru a glass window, and our shutter wasn't as fast as the owl. Believe me, I've had a time of my life nature watching here in Costa Rica.
Throughout our stay in Fonda Vela, whenever we are in the room, we look out at the garden.
I watched these birds frolicking outside.
Anyone in the know and can identify this handsome bird?
The same bird flew into the guava tree that was on the left side of the garden.
And flew out with a guava. Can you believe it, I captured it, though not really a pretty capture.
Also in Fonda Vela I got acquainted with another native, the agouti. It's a rodent. Read more about it here. Every morning we see them running about in the garden, going about their business.
It's a cutie.
It too eats guava. He's a fussy eater. He spits out the seeds.
All these images are captured from our room, through the glass windows.
On our last day, as we were walking back to our room from breakfast - the restaurant is a few yards away - we passed by an agouti. Perfect timing to videotape.
Let me remind you again how the hotel looks like.
And here's the only plate of breakfast food that I was able to photograph. It's my last breakfast at Fonda Vela.
Soon after breakfast we were picked up by Interbus. My heart was heavy leaving this mountain paradise, verdant and full of life. Sad that not only was I leaving Monteverde, but this would be my penultimate day here in this wonderful country.
The drive was long and bumpy and very slow. There was even a road closure in town where the detour delayed us more.
However, despite the travel conditions, the views were spectacular.