La Fortuna: Arenal and Hot Springs
Trip Start May 10, 2010
13Trip End Jun 16, 2010
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Where I stayed
Villas Eco Arenal
So we arrived at our second hostel, Villas Eco Arenal, which is a bit more pricey than a normal hostel in Costa Rica. We had our own cabina and the grounds were beautiful! Surrounded by wild flowers and plants and bright green grass, was an inviting outdoor pool. Birds filled the outskirts of the hostel and there was a nearby stream where mom and I found blue jeans dart frogs
I was glad for a hot shower after two full days of travel and being on that cramped bus in the heat for hours.
The next day, we were picked up at our hostel to go on our Arenal Volcano tour. They brought us along with 2 other couples to the Arenal Observatory Lodge. We had the most Awesome guide! I wish I remembered his name but I'll include a picture, if you go through this company ask for him! We had our first view of the volcano though a bit cloudy so we went on a hike to La Fortuna Falls. We saw two howler monkeys on the way there along with a chestnut toucan! We swam in the falls and a few people jumped from the top. We met up with another group and our guides put mud all over our faces to dry and then wash off (Yay mud!) and then we hiked back to the observatory lodge where we watched a beautiful sunset over Arenal Lake and the volcano. We even got to see some red lava, which took me by complete surprise since our guides Screamed "RED LAVA!!!!!!!" everytime they saw a burst from the volcano.
We then drove down the road and pulled our vans over and it was announced that we would be discovering some hot springs right there on the side of the road
Our guide invited us all out to dinner at a local restaraunt with him. Best fried plantains!
The following day, we got a ride to another tourists house where they needed to be picked up for a ride to a boat with us. While waiting, we had our luggage stored in someones bathtub in their bathroom since our other ride would be a few hours late and we decided to walk around the town in search of some helado (ice cream!).