Here's a little tidbit i learned yesterday. when traveling in a strange country, though a GPS unit can be very helpful, don't necessarily trust it entirely. Saturday we had some sort of glitch that made us drive about an hour and a half out of the way, which isn't fun on windy mountain roads.
yesterday, the directions were fine. however, the GPS doesn't really take road conditions into account. the roads in Monteverde suck, and i was completely warned about this a head of time. of course, this was after i rented a car, and not anything bigger. anyway, it would have been nice to know, either by GPS or guide books, which roads can be completely impossible to drive on under certain conditions (rain). being stuck in the middle of nowhere in mud with on one that speaks english for over an hour can be a little stressful. especially when you can't turn around for fear that you will fall to your death.
so kids, buy maps. and ask locals.
if i don't make it home by sunday, something went horribly wrong.