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Stubachtal is a valley and consists mainly of grasslands. It's rather spacely populated, with 34 inhabitants per square kilometer.
We did not have any specific location in mind, but we wanted to see those grasslands and simply put "Stubachtal" into Google Map, imported
location into GPS and it drove to wherever it was going to guide us to.
It brought us to a place where the road goes to the top of a hill with something looking like farm there. We did not want to invade the privacy of people leaving there and did not go to the very top of the road.
The view from the place where we parked gives a good impression about those grasslands and it also seems to be a complete true about population density.
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.