We took a boat trip across the Lago Arenal to avoid taking a 2-hour around the lake. Jason drove the bus on up to Monteverde in the meantime. When we got to Rio Chiquito on the opposite shore, we were met by 2 drivers with SUVs. This was a shot of the dirt road that we took up to Monteverde, fortunately it had been recently graded to level out the potholes! The locals don't want the roads paved to help cut down on the numbers of people going up to that area. In my severely broken Spanish, I asked our driver, Eduardo, if there were a lot of accidents on this road. He smiled and said, "Not locals, only American tourists!" We were amazed to see trucks barreling down this narrow dirt road.