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This time we booked only one night at Gästehaus Gerti on our way back to Stuttgart, arrived to Nassereith in the afternoon and actually planned and did have some time to visit a few things around. But the place was so nice and welcoming (reminded me about my stays at grandma's when I was a little kid), the town was so quiet and gorgeous, that we decided not to see any more gorges today and simply have a little rest, walk around and have some fun.
My offline map in Pocket Earth showed that there is a restaurant nearby, right behind a small lake (Nassereithsee), and we decided to go there for an early dinner which we were going to polish later at the balcony with a couple of beers we had left in the trunk.
The walk from the gastehaus to Seebua restaurant takes about 20 minutes, goes through a small downtown with a church, and a short trail around the lake at the end. The lake is very nice, has a couple of artificial swans peacefully swimming in it and apparently lots of real fish; we've seen a family who actually just caught something looking like a trout, mom and little sister where holding the fish on the ground by fins and tail, and a 10-12 y.o. boy was trying to kill it hitting its head with a stick. Dad was standing right next to them with a fishing rod trying to catch more. Apparently the restaurant was still closed, maybe that's why.
that the lady at the restaurant pretended that she did not speak English at first, but after the drink when I asked
"so you are open at six, right?", she answered loud and clear "No-no. The
kitchen opens at half past five". So we had a nice Weissbier and a coffee outside, then walked around the lake a little bit, and returned back at 17:30, this time took a table inside because outside felt breezy. It's nice, quiet and cozy there, and the food is very good. We were lucky that it was not neither Monday nor Tuesday because apparently the restaurant is closed on those days, and we did not see a lot of other go out options around.
Well, it seems that winter season in Nassereith is much more active because of all nearby ski resorts,
but that works pretty much for everything in Alps. Anyway, Gästehaus Gerti I would recommend to everyone any time of year.
You cannot miss it, - it's about 1 hour drive from the airport. You drive on Costanera Sur watching for "Tarcoles" sign, and once you see the bridge with people walking on both sides and looking down at the river, that is it. Park the car before the bridge, or right after it. Before the bridge there are restaurants and souvenir shops, and you can park for free, but don't waste too much daylight - it's still a long drive.
time in Monteverde we've been in 2007. We did not have a GPS and used a
printed PDF map to find the road. It was our first time in Costa Rica
and we bought all inclusive stay in Fiesta hotel in Puntarenas, which
was not that expensive back then. We rented a car in the hotel, and the
trip to Monteverde, with all stops, looking in the map and taking
pictures took a few hours.
in the cloud forest took most of the day, then Butterfly Garden, sky
walk bridges and some other places, and finally on the way back we
caught a gorgeous sunset in the mountains. 5 minutes later - lights off.
Trip back to the hotel in complete darkness, on a very questionable
road paved with boulders, through mountain villages one after another
with almost no road signs, was a real adventure, but the memories we
made back then still worth it. Nowadays it's much easier, and the roads are better, there are even signs on those roads, and pretty much every tiny trail which half foot wi…
If you are interested, this is a good blog about Doka Estate Coffee Tour, describing all the steps and stations: https://mytanfeet.com/activities/doka-estate-coffee-tour-costa-rica/. I don't remember much about steps, but from myself may add: wear long pants because there are a lot of fleas on the plantation, those of us who wore shorts were bitten all below the knees. Not a big deal, just itchy.
We took this tour on our way from the South (Quepos and Marino Ballena) to the Arenal area. If you plan to do the same, start as early as possible (6AM or so) because the scenic drive is long and you need extra couple of hours for the coffee tour.