All bruised and banged up
Trip Start Apr 05, 2009
13Trip End Jun 07, 2010
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Pretty much everything in La Fortuna is catering for tourists, so it all costs a whole bunch of money. Fortunatly there is a nice little swimming hole with some waterfalls to jump into and a big rope swing just out of town.
There was some American guys I met at the hostel and one of them had his parents visiting for a little while, they hired a car and we all pilled in to head to the swimming hole.
The water there was absolutly freezing but it was fun watching the locals there, they are like a bunch of little monkeys hanging upside down on the rope swing and doing triple front flips of it like its nothing.
The major attraction in La Fortuna is Arenal Volcano, there is a bunch of different companies that run tours to view the lava for about $20 or so. It just so happened that Erics parents where staying at the best spot to view the lava from though so they drove us all up there and we checked out some molten rock tumbling down a hill, I didnt think it was all that exciting but other people seemed to be pretty stoked on it so maybe I am just hard to please.
On the way back down into town things turned to shit when Erics dad lost control around a bend (he was going way too fast and maybe a little tipsy) and the car went straight into the ditch.
We had 8 people in the car so me and mike were actually sitting in the boot and couldnt see what was going on, but it sure as hell felt like the car was going to roll which would have definatly meant lights out for the both of us.
Luckily nobody was hurt besides a few cuts and bruises, the car however didnt exactly look so good, its only the third car I have been in in Costa Rica and I have not had much luck in two of them so I think it might be safer to steer clear of the rental cars from now on.
The next day I woke up with an aching body but I actually ended up doing one of those tours, mainly because I wanted to go to the hot springs.
On our hike it absolutly poured rain and noone had a chance of seeing the volcano (something I wasnt too worried about), they did however supply rum and coke at the viewing area and before leaving for the hot springs we where all feeling very merry.
The hot springs turned out to be a resort but the water in the pools supposedly came from the river and plus they had water slides so I wasnt complaining.
From La Fortuna I was bound for Puerto Viejo and I had the good fortune to find a rafting company that would pick me up at one and drop me off at the other so at 5:50 in the morning I was on my way to the river, and still drunk from the night before (lucky it was a long drive).
Upon arrival we spent about 4 hours rafting down the river with a short break for lunch, they advertise it as class 3/4 but I thought it was pretty tame and would have liked some bigger rapids (something to nock me out of the boat atleast).
It was really nice though and a fun day so I would definatly reccommend it to someone else.
Now I am in Puerto Viejo and just relaxing waiting for some swell so that Salsa Brava starts breaking.