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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 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

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
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

The bus rolled along the winding road from the Trapp family Lodge and took a right turn to the main road at the junction. I am traveling to my next destination Arenal. These were the two good days I spent in Monteverde. Zip lines were awesome. No, we won’t discuss zip line today. We talked all about zip lining in the last two blogs. Let’s change the topic here. I would like to tell you the story about a Costa Rican family who took me close to their heart and made me feel home. On the way to Arenal We changed the bus outside Monteverde. Then we took the main Highway No. 606 through the rolling hills of Alajuela. A green carpet of nature is spread across the silent hills and pastures all around us. It ... read more
Leaving Monteverde
Vast expanse of Lake Arenal
Arriving Arenal

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal January 8th 2016

Wednesday 6th January 2016 Woke to more rain for a 7.30am start to go on the hanging bridges walk though the cloud forest as it is aptly named. We are really getting good use of our $5 ponchos. The walk involved a steady climb and then crossing ravines at forest canopy level by means of 6 suspension bridges, which swayed as we walked across them. This was a bit un-nerving. We didn’t see much wild life along the walk due to the rain but it was enjoyable nonetheless. The afternoon trip was described as a ‘boat safari’, which we thought, would be a gentle trip on a raft or canoe. We looked nervously at each other when they started pumping up our small inflatable, handed us paddles and showed us the river, which was flowing too ... read more
Twins on hanging bridge
Start of river safari

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal January 6th 2016

5 January 2016.No blog yesterday as it was a travel day from Tortuguero to Arenal, high up in the mountains and overlooking the Arenal Volcano. Well in theory that is! The volcano is only visible about 70 days a year and today isn't one of them. This hotel is more luxurious than previous accommodation, each cabina is set in its own garden and each has an uninterrupted view of the volcano, and there is a laundry service and hair driers! Today's guide was Felix, a jaunty little chap whose voice had one volume - loud. We trekked up the side of the volcano on a path carved out by the lava flow in 1968, the last time it erupted. Vegetation is lush (high rainfall) and very varied, from bromeliads to coffee trees and lilies in beautiful ... read more
Our best view of Arenal volcano
Lake Arenal

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal January 3rd 2016

Wake up in the morning, feelin' like P. Diddy. Lol, just kidding. I woke up early because my stomach was hurting :( All the girls were still asleep. It's fine though. It felt so peaceful standing outside our cabin, taking in that fresh air, listening to the hummingbirds sing, and staring at the clouds passing by the volcano. Something so beautiful about nature, something the city will never have. I love it. I felt so immersed in that moment. I wanted to get closer to the hummingbirds. I wanted to touch the volcano. I wanted to run across the field of green grass in front of me. In this area, it periodically rains on and off. It was still humid here, but a little cooler than Puntarenas. Soon enough, everyone was up. We headed on over ... read more
under the hanging bridge...

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