As I have posted earlier this week, part of expat life involves adapting to the local culture. One of the ways to adapt to the local culture is to do as the locals. Well lucky for me, hiking is a big part of Monteverde life. I used to have this idea that hiking involved driving to a remote location and spending hours or even days out in the wild. That is not the case here. I have so many places to hike where the trailhead is a short walk from my front door. We try to go on a hike at least once per week as a family. One of my favorite places so far has been the Hidden Valley Trail, because it is free for locals and close to us. Tourists/Nationals pay a small fee of $5 for access to hike the trails during the day, making it one of the least expensive hikes in Monteverde. There is a beautiful waterfall about 45 minutes up the trail, which is a real treat. The kids and I have seen coatimundi and agouti here.
Hiking outdoors is the closest thing I do to going to church. If there is a Higher Power out there, She is in the cloud forest, not a brick and mortar building. You don’t have to leave the country to experience nature and the beauty of the world. Find trails to explore near your home. Take the kids along, leave the electronics at home, and listen as they start doing this strange thing called “talking”. It is worth it!