A LOST GO PRO IN THE WATERFALL IN COSTA RICA
… and suddenly it was gone
Our car ride to Montezuma in Costa Rica was very exciting and we thought that, after this “special” start we will be lucky, at least for the next days. . . but we were wrong ;).
After we left the crazy muddy roads, we took the nice paved road 🙂 We arrived in Montezuma, which is a small town at the Pacific Ocean, with a long beach. We checked in at Hotel La Aurora (which is more a hostel than a hotel) and got a really big room with three single beds and an own bathroom and a balcony. After a night in the car we loved this place 🙂 We were very hungry so that we spoilt ourselfes with a great breakfast at a restaurant closed by. We walked through the few streets of Montezuma and to the beach. For BoB and Lars it was the first time that they saw the Pacific Ocean 🙂 We all took our shoes off and enjoyed the water on our feet.
Later on we drove to the next bigger town called Cóbano. Here you find different supermarkets and other shops. We bought some food for dinner. On this night we went to bed quite early cause we all were very exhausted.
On the next day we decided to visit the popular waterfalls of Montezuma in Costa Rica. From the centre of the town we walked 20 minutes to the entrance of the waterfall. All in all there are three of them. In the beginning we weren’t sure where the right path is but then we found a good way that guided us to the first waterfall, which is also the highest one. Sometimes it’s unbelievable that there are no signs at all, although so many people go there. Guido, Lars and BoB put on their swimming shorts and jumped into the pool of the waterfall. It was a great feeling to swim so close to such a high waterfall. Lars was very excited because Guido brought him a brand new GoPro Hero 3 Black Edition Action Cam from Germany and now it was the first time that he used it.
While the three were enjoying the water, Liane talked to a tourist who had been to this place for several times. He gave her some advice, which path the best is to the second waterfall, as one way is quite steep and dangerous.
So, when the three were ready, we hiked to the next waterfall. It was much smaller but the pools were even nicer. And here was even a rope swing to jump into the water. Of course Lars and Guido had to try it and it was great fun seeing them falling into the water. Lars wanted to film everything and put the action cam on his head. After his first jump Liane and Lars were impressed that the box of the camera is waterproof and much better than the box of our first action cam. We were so excited to see all the films. The cam also had a lot of special filming settings which we wanted to test. So Lars jumped into the water for a few more times and maybe you can imagine what happend . . . after the last jump Lars head came out of the water and Liane just shouted at him “Where’s the action cam?”. Lars couldn’t believe what he heard and just now he realised that the camera was gone. He tried to find it in the water but it was too milky. We then knew that it was gone.
We all were very disappointed that we lost it on the first day, after a few hours.
Guido suggested to go down to the river where the water of the waterfall runs to. He hoped that it’s lying between some rocks. But, as expected, it wasn’t there.
Lars and Guido went back to the car, where BoB and Liane were waiting for them, and we all went on with our travel. The next destination was already waiting for us.
You can imagine how angry and disappointed Lars was . . . 🙁 And we hope, that our GoPro gets a new owner who found it somewhere between the rocks. 🙂
BoB’s travel tip for Montezuma in Costa Rica:
Montezuma is a nice little beach town, but to be honest, it was not our favorite. (not just because of the lost GoPro :). Our hostel was okay (check out TripAdvisor) but we think the highlight is the waterfall. If you want to go there, we recommend to walk up the paved street which is located on the left side of the river, until you reach the butterfly farm. Next to farm entrance you find a small gate and a path you should enter. You can also park your car here for a small fee.
From here you have a 15 min walk down a sleepy path but it’s definitey doable. As soon as you reach the river, you can go left to the beautiful first waterfall. If you take the same path back, but turn right just before you reach the top again, and you will get to the second and third waterfall. It’s definitely worth it and it’s for free!