Fire on the mountain and agua caliente
Trip Start Aug 01, 2007
20Trip End Oct 04, 2007
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In Fortuna, another small town at the foot of a volcano (sounds familiar somehow. . . ) we took off in the afternoon for a tour of Arenal National Park, including a walk through the rainforest, a stop at the the volcano lookout and a couple of hours in the Baldi Hot Springs complex. The tour was awesome. Our guide, Noe was from the Carribean side of Costa Rica and was really connected to nature
After the walk we drove up to the volcano observation point where we waited for the clouds to lift and got to see the glowing red rocks being spewed out of the volcano and rolling down its slopes. It was too dark for a picture though . .
Next was the hot springs. The place is huge, with something like 25 pools and lots of waterfalls. We got there later in the evening so it wasnīt too crowded and we could find our own corners to hang out in. We also both did the waterslide, which has a really steep part where you catch about 3 feet of air. The landing is a bit rough, but it was fun.
Today, the 17th, we moved from the hotel included with our tour to one with a better atmosphere and for half the price ($4 per person for a private room at Gringo Peteīs). It also has a kitchen so we can cook our own dinner.
We set off to do some free horseback riding with Felipe, who has horses and needs them to exercise so he offers trips for tips to tourists. He was busy working on the barn, but we said we would come back tomorrow morning.
Instead, we walked a few kilometers (until we caught a ride) to the La Fortuna waterfall. It comes down about 70 feet into a big pool. We tried to swim towards the falls, but the current is so strong that it just pushed us back. It was quite refreshing after the walk in the sun.
We hitchhiked back and ended up catching a ride with an Israeli couple.
This afternoon we might head back to the hot springs, and tonight we might go try to see the volcanic activity again. Itīs not visible from town, you have to go to the other side of the volcano to see it. So hopefully we will get some fireworks later on!
Donīt forget to check out the pictures from Monteverde, finally online (including sloth pics!)
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