Kevin's Visit Part 1
Trip Start Jul 31, 2012
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Kevin arrived in Costa Rica and was pretty much thrown to the wolves in terms of culture shock and being overwhelmed. He arrived in the afternoon, right after my students were dismissed for the day so it was prefect for me because I was able to go to the airport and pick him up. It was so surreal to actually see him! It was really exciting. From there we went to my apartment to drop bags and then we headed back to San Jose to pick up bus tickets for the next morning for us. We had to go to the bus station
The following morning we headed back into San Jose to catch our bus to La Fortuna/Arenal. It was a couple hours on a packed bus through the twisty, turny roads. Once we arrived it was pouring down rain so the first mission was to find a place for lunch to wait out the rain. We found a small restaurant for lunch then headed to our hotel/lodge that was a little bit outside of town. We had a cute little lodge looking right at the volcano. It was amazing
The next morning we awoke refreshed for our next adventure....zip linning! I have been waiting for this since I arrived in Costa Rica. It is a must-do when in Costa Rica. We went through a company called EcoGlide. They were great. We went from platform to platform through the rainforest and then also had great views over the city of La Fortuna. They also have a Tarzan Swing where you step off of a platform and drop and then swing like Tarzan. Kevin was a little more hesitant than me, but he did it and it was awesome! In true rainforest form we had rain for the last bit of our tour. We had a great time! We then headed into town for lunch and some shopping. We finished off day 2 back at The Springs relaxing at the swim up bar enjoying views of Arenal Volcano.
The next morning we set out on our own adventure to the La Fortuna Waterfall. This is a waterfall you can take a taxi to just outside of town. You can hike down to the base and even swim in some of the side pools. There was no swimming in the main pool under the waterfall unless you were crazy! We took a little dip in the water but it was freezing water. Not sure why it was so cold. After the refreshing dip we had the hike back up all the stairs we had come down. We headed into town for some lunch and then headed back to our hotel to get ready for our hike around Arenal.
We lucked out for our hike because we were the only ones on the tour. So we ended up with a private tour! We started off our tour by seeing something like a tapir, I don't remember the name. Our tour guide said it was pretty rare to see it. We continued on the hike seeing a few small things as we went along. Then we heard this loud screeching noise and it was a group of spider monkeys fighting up in the trees. We hurried to catch a better look. We were able to get an alright look at them. We then continued on to see some different types of birds. As we were nearing the end of the hike we saw another group of spider monkeys. This group had 2 babies that were swinging and playing from the adults tail
I will continue later. I just wanted to give you a little update!