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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal January 2nd 2016

First weekend field trip!! So excited. We are going with our school to Baldi Hot Springs and then hiking at Arenal Volcano area. My host-dad is so cute; he lent his pair of binoculars to watch wildlife in the forests haha. I woke up early today. He made me breakfast and then I headed out to USAC. The ride was quite long, maybe 2-3 hours? We were driving from Puntarenas (coastal) to Alajuela (more inland). It was cramped too because there were many students. There were aisle seats too. Susanna, one of the USAC staff, sat next to me. We talked about the hot springs, comparison of cultures in the US and Costa Rica, and got to know each other a little more. She's so friendly yet sassy LOL it's awesome. We made a pit stop ... read more
beautiful nature
La Fortuna, San Carlos
Nanku Restaurante


Now, today has been all about getting in to Costa Rica - to the volcanic town of La Fortuna in the highlands, set 6km from Volcan Arenal which violently erupted in 1968. This was to involve not one, but 2 flights on a 'small' plane. Jesus - I have jumped out of planes bigger than what I flew in!! Two of the hairiest plane rides I have ever taken, that's for sure! I uncontrollably let out a small squeak when the first plane dropped whilst coming in to land - something which amused those around me considerably as I cling white knuckled to my seat!! But I did manage to make a few friends on these flights, which made them somewhat less stressful. The second flight ended up being just myself and another single female traveller ... read more
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Inside the tiny plane - with the oldest cockpit I have ever seen!
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When our friends from Bathroom Remodeling Northern Virginia said they wanted to visit Costa Rica, we immediately thought we had to make a plan and decide what are the best places to see. It is hard to see the whole country on one trip. Although it is small, distances are pretty big, roads are not perfect and it takes forever to cross the country. So we decided for Arenal Volcano, Manuel Antonio National Park, Escazu, Santa Ana. We planned lots of fun events: canopy tours, snorkeling and many others. Here are just a few photos from our trips.... read more
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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal February 28th 2013

There were two options to get from Monte Verde to Arenal. The first is on a 100% dirt road on winding roads for 3 plus hours.. no thank you.. and the second option was Jeep-Boat-Jeep. Which is the option that we took. We took about a 1.5 – 2 hour bus (jeep) ride to Lake Arenal, where we took about a 30-45 minute boat ride to the other side of the lake and then a 30-minute taxi (jeep) ride up to the Arenal Observatory Lodge. We are completely secluded and about a 30-minute drive from the town of La Fortuna. We were 10+ KM away from the main highway. It was a little further out and harder to get to, but once we were there, we didn’t have to do much traveling to enjoy the wildlife. ... read more
On the Jeep-Boat-Jeep to Arenal
The "boat" portion
On a boat

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal February 8th 2013

We arrived in La Fortuna pleasently surprised by how nice our 11$ a night hostel was. The Arenal backpackers resort is what they call themselves and resort feeling for a backpackers was felt! This small volcanic town situated at the base of mt arenal was buzzing with many tourists and not too short of great food places either! We had a action pack / relaxing 3 days ahead. Day one consisted of a full day of white water rafting which was AWESOME! we picked a company that had over 1000 positive reviews on tripadvisor and good they were. We were put in a raft with two american boys same age as us that had clearly never done anywater sport. The guide after 5 mins on the rapid and two fails asked scott and i to move ... read more
another spa
springs resort and spa
springs resort

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal November 1st 2012

Our shuttle bus arrived to pick us up and take us to La Fortuna as we were the only travellers that day we had plenty of space and our driver Roberto was very pleasant company on the journey. He asked if we were OK after the previous night’s earthquake; he had been fishing and said that the earth started to move and then he noticed the water rippling - I think it must have scared the fish as he did not catch any! It scared us anyway.........We relayed our experience of the quake whilst we were at Tico Adventure Lodge as mentioned in the previous blog. It took about two and half hours to get to Limonal where all the small shuttle buses meet and said goodbye to Roberto. We had coffee whilst we waited for ... read more
Arenal Volcano Inn
Black-cheeked Woodpecker
Red-legged Honeycreepers


August 4th - Volcano Walk and Hot Springs! Lovely place but as we back onto the Jungle Canopy it sure was noisy! In the middle of the night it sounded like every Monkey in Costa Rica was having a party on our veranda! Then the howling started – and I mean howling... a bit like a cross between a very upset dog and a loud donkey. Eventually died down a bit and we went back to sleep – tired today though. We sat on the back Veranda first thing in the morning and watched the jungle monkeys moving about their business and a toucan on the tree next door (until a very upset Turkey type bird moved it on) and then went down to the restaurant for breakfast. Lovely breakfast – fresh fruit, scrambled eggs toast ... read more
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Real Rain Forest Up bright and early – tremendous storm in the night – must have been inches of rain. But when we got up blue sky and clear. Breakfast was part of the “cash” deal so down we went. It was really really nice – including fresh fruit and fried breakfast which included Pino Gallo (rice and beans) and Fried Cheese – which was very nice – but should we have put it on bread? Spent quite a while in the restaurant as the WiFi was really strong so uploaded a blog and a considerable number of pictures. This one may have to wait until we next get internet access. We had a choice of “reserves” to visit – the Monteverde reserve is world famous but very busy. The St Elena reserve is a little ... read more
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Pool
Footie Skills


Blogging fail! I didn't realize I'd only saved and not actually "published" the previous entry. I apologize to anyone who might have been concerned about our safe arrival. Anyway, this blogging thing is not working out well on this trip, obviously. We were without internet altogether at our last stop (the lodge on the river we were rafting) and most places only have it near the "lobby"--often closes early or is out in the open air--not always convenient in the rain, which we've had way too much of! (Note to self--and anyone else thinking of visiting CR--go in April or May! If July is the "beginning" of the rainy season, I can't imagine the height of it (supposedly September/October)!!! The other "problem" is that we've been way too busy to blog--which is a good thing, right? ... read more
Banana "Train"
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MayDay was a relatively low key transition day. We were met at Monteverde and driven a couple hours through mountainous backroads to the edge of Costa Rica’s largest lake, Lake Arenal, where we were met by a boat. The captain, who reminded me of my nephew Jordan must have picked up our vibe because indtead of taking us to meet our driver on the other shore, he first took us to an abandoned hundred and fifty year old cemetery that is in the process of being submerged in the lake. Then he drove the boat iinto series of thickly matted weeds lining part of the shore and we saw birds with astonishingly yellow underwings and looong toes that can walk on lily pads and caimans of differing ages and size. We then docked and were driven ... read more
Caiman in Lake Arenal
Our hacienda
Garden in our shower




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