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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal February 1st 2020

The day started with breakfast at the hotel where they provided great bird photo ops by feeding the birds just outside the dining room. Guans, tanagers, woodpeckers and honeycreepers came to eat. We were hoping that the day would be clear and the volcano fully visible, but clouds quickly covered the top allowing only a brief glimpse at the top. The day was scheduled to be a free day with an optional boat tour in the Cano Negro National Park near the border with Nicaragua. We chose to do the optional tour for the chance at more wildlife photography. We first had about an hour and a half bus ride to reach the park. After arriving we boarded a nice catamaran with plenty of room to walk about and get photos of the wildlife along the ... read more
Arenal Volcano
Wren
Seedeater

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal January 31st 2020

We were now traveling from San Jose to the area of the Arenal Volcano that erupted suddenly in 1968 after being dormant for hundreds of years. Its last activity was in 2010. On our way we stopped at Sarchi, an artisan shop, where we had a chance to see the art work created and buy some locally made crafts. From there we continued on to Zarceri where we stopped at the San Rafael Church and its Topiary Garden. The church was simple inside and the topiaries were interesting. Around noon we stopped at Cuidad Quesada for lunch at Pizza Hut. After eating we walked into the Cathedral while we were here. Again the church was very simple compared to other cathedrals we have visited. Our final stop was in La Fortuna, a village that was spared ... read more
Grasshopper from the bus window
Largest Ox Cart
Inside the San Rafael Church

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal February 16th 2019

We have had a few adventure packed days in the La Fortuna/Arenal area. We arrived late in La Fortuna (just after dark). We did survive the 2 nights in our un-air conditioned lodging although I’m not gonna lie - it wasn’t comfortable. It is very hot in La Fortuna. Sadly, we did not see any sloths in the gardens. We did however see a few frogs, lizards and plenty of leaf cutter ants. We started our first day in La Fortuna with a hike out to the La Fortuna waterfall (Catarata Rio Fortuna). We trekked down the many flights of stairs to water below. It was quite cool in the morning and with the wind and spray of the falls. We swam in the pool below which was more like a Canadian lake in summer than ... read more
Rio Chollin
Rio Chollin
Wish you were beer

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal October 14th 2018

14 octobre 2018 : Après le petit déjeuner promenade dans le "Spring Resort" et visite de leur mini zoo. Vers 10H30, nous partons visiter la petite Suisse dans les montagnes costariciennes, installée par un suisse parlant français et qui a tout construit lui-même en quelques années. On se croirait vraiment en Suisse une journée d'été.... read more
SPRING RESORT
SPRING RESORT
SPRING RESORT

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal October 13th 2018

11 octobre 2018 : Visite de la clinique de Jorge comme tous les jours. 12 octobre 2018 : Nous retournons aux "Thermales del Bosquet" sur le flan d'un volcan. L'eau sort très chaude et se refroidit de basin en bassin. Le bassin où elle est la plus froide est à 35 degrés et la plus chaude à 41 degrés, mais on y va progressivement. 13 octobre 2018 : Après le repas du midi, nous partons pour La Fortuna et de là, nous allons à "Spring Resort" où nous nous baignons dans les piscines de ce resort haut de gamme.... read more
SAN CARLOS
SAN CARLOS
LA FORTUNA

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal February 6th 2018

For today’s adventure we did the quintessential Costa Rica thing and took a 2 hour walk in the cloud forest on a series of suspended bridges. Yes, it was as awesome as it sounds. We had an extremely knowledgeable guide, Jorge, and the walk through the cloud forest was spectacular. We encountered a bunch of army ants on our trail that Jorge told us to run past quickly (you know, for safety). We saw a few birds, a tree that creaks and many a beautiful view. There were ferns the size of elephant ears - it was like something out of Jurassic Park (I’m pretty sure I saw a velociraptor lurking in there somewhere). We learned a lot - tons of info about the local flora (like which plants we could eat), that the things Tarzan ... read more
Jorge
wowza
millepede

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal November 16th 2016

Our brave day! At 8:00 we piled into the vehicle and drove to into the park to go zip lining. None of us had ever done it before, and we suffered from varying degrees of fear. The family-owned business and facilities were obviously very professional. Everything we had except our shirts, long pants, and shoes went into the lockers, including (sob!) my camera. The guides put on our helmets and tightened them appropriately. We stepped into the waist and legs harness, and they tightened the straps. We were given thick leather gloves and a contraption that would join us to the zip line. Everything was numbered, and the helmets had a bar code to identify us. We waited a short while for more customers to come, then we received operating instructions, demonstrated on a short cable ... read more
Stop!
Overlooking the rainforest
Hanging bridge


It was my zip-lining day in Arenal. “Another zip-lining blog? Haven’t you already written three?” My wife was visibly fed up. But she was so right! “Well, I promise, this will be the last one,” - I told her. The only reason I am writing this because I want to share the spectacular view of the mountain and the lake Arenal, when I was zipping high over the forest. I tell you, the view was just out of this world. If your trip takes you to Arenal and if you like zip-lining, I strongly suggest, DON’T MISS IT. You would love every second of it! So, true to my promise, it will be a short blog. But I invite you to watch the short video clip using my sun-glass video. Enjoy the quick view; then you ... read more
Wating for the rain to stop
Passing shot while zipping over the forest
Arenal volcano


Photos of Tabacon Thermal Springs...... read more
Tabacon Thermal Springs
Tabacon Thermal Springs
Tabacon Thermal Springs




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