Biking is really the way to go down here. Last year we rented bikes for our stay and this year, we purchased a couple of used rentals with the intention of donating them to two indigenous kids when we leave. Puerto Viejo is the perfect town for biking. Bruce and I ride daily and have even been venturing out to other towns. We often ride to Cocles, sometimes for a massage and acupuncture but often just to swim, watch the surfers and lay on the beach. A couple of times we’ve managed to ride all the way to Manzanillo (17 km from Puerto Viejo).
Our most recent bike ride to Manzanillo, included an unexpected sighting of a troop (do you know you can also refer to them as a “barrel?”) of monkeys.
I love sloths but I have to say, monkeys are much more fun to watch! Amazing how fast they can scramble and how far they can leap, chasing each other. They seemed to know they were being watched and put on quite the show!
Eventually we left to continue our ride, only to be enticed by the sound of the water and one of the many public access trails to the beach.
We should know by now to ALWAYS be prepared for swimming because even on the most overcast day, the water is warm and inviting. What can I say, other than we’re slow learners.
When all the playing has been done, it’s back on the bikes to head for home. Thank goodness there are plenty of funky little cafes that serve delightful tropical drinks.
After a refreshing drink and a bit of people watching, we were back on our way. This daily bike riding is going to be greatly missed by both of us. The roads are potholed and dusty, the drivers are wild and crazy, but somehow none of that matters — you learn to dodge the worst parts of the road and trust the drivers to slip by without an incident. You warmly greet those you pass (strangers and friends, alike), enjoy a diversion as you turn off onto one of the many beach paths or stop at a small cafe, stay observant for signs of tropical wildlife, and delight in being alive on such a glorious day!