Published: November 10th 2005November 3rd 2005
With another hangover hanging over us, we decided it was time to hit the beach; Monterrico. We decided not to take the chicken buses (due to the hangover..) and let the kind Doña Mercdes of Hotel Cafetin organize a shuttle for us.
In Monterrico life is simple; tranquilo. The main "street" is a muddy/sandy PATH with all kinds of animals; pígs (of all sizes and colours), chicken, dog-pig mixes, snakes, cats, normal dogs. Apart from the animals the place seemed deserted. We did however, find a very nice place to stay, right at the beach! It is a small place (only one dorm for 5 and two doubles) with a bar run by a very nice young guatemalan couple. It is next to Johnny's, the backpacker-nest. It is called El Caracol and we recommend it highly.
There was not much to do; have breakfast, sunbathe, swim a little, have lunch, have a liquado, lie some more on the beach, have a nap and dinner. Maybe a drink. That's it.
In Monterrico there is this turtle hatchery and every Saturday they liberate one-day-old baby turtles to the sea. They organize a race and you can "adopt" one (or more) turtles for a
certain amount. The owner of the fastest winner-turtle gets a free meal or something. We didn't participate, but there was this Greenpeace-actvist-lady who had like five turtles...She didn't win.
Maybe it was one of her turtles that was a bit reluctant of going in the sea; it turned half-way and started going back. This happening seemed to gather all of Monterricos population and backpackers. That was the only time we saw that many people.
There are more photos below