A weekend admiring nature's wonders
Trip Start Aug 21, 2006
16Trip End Aug 18, 2007
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What a great weekend (seems that I've had a few entries that have started that way)! This weekend my roommate, a friend and I went to Arenal volcano (the active volcano) on the outskirts of La Fortuna. We left Saturday morning bright and early and took a bus to La Fortuna. The bus was TERRIBLE! It was tiny and smelly and it became incredibly obvious why our four plus hour bus ride cost less than 3$. The bus next to us was called Titanic and we were joking that our bus must have been called Tsunami. The ride was eventful, lots of bumps in the road and what seemed like a few near collisions, though all of the Ticos in the bus were perfectly calm, so I guess that was normal. We got to La Fortuna in the afternoon and went to the hostel we reserved, but we had some problems with the reservations and after fighting with the hostel we decided to leave and pay a bit more for a nice hotel with a beautiful view of the volcano. Saturday night we went out for dinner in town and went to bed early, and woke up sporadically to watch bright red lava rock being shot out of the top of the volcano and tumbling down the side. On a clear night it looks like a snowfall of bright red lava rocks, and we were lucky to get a clear view for part of both nights we were there.
Sunday morning we went to the national park and hiked down to the bottom of the waterfall that runs off of the side of the volcano. It was quite a hike - I'm writing the blog Tuesday morning and my legs are still killing me. The hike was gorgeous and we were able to swim at the base of the waterfall. It couldn't have been more perfect. We spent about two hours at the waterfalls and after we were good and sore we went to the spa - hot springs from the volcano - and spent all day soaking our muscles. The hot tubs are organized in different pools, the spa had it all, from tiled swimming pools filled with hot-spring water and a bar in the pool to secluded areas closer to the source of the hot spring were you could sit in a completely natural bubbling brook nestled in volcanic rocks. All in all it was an incredible day, wondering at nature's greatness, and seeing something that I can't imagine finding anywhere else than here. Volcanoes, waterfalls and hot springs all in a day, it was great! And then we came back to Ciudad Colon early Monday morning to rest, sort through pictures, finish schoolwork, do some work on our theses and get ready for class starting Wednesday.
It's a lot warmer here than in Montreal that's for sure, am I making anyone jealous?!?!?! The invite is open, Costa Rica awaits... come one come all...