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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal February 11th 2010

We left Monteverde for Arenal and the city of La Fortuna. We did the jeep-boat-jeep transfer which takes about 2 1/2 hours. It is about hour on a gravel road, 30 minutes on Lake Arenal, which was very pleasant, and then by a relatively good road to La Fortuna. This was much better than the alternative which is 4 hours on a bumpy gravel road. After Santa Elena, we feel like we are in the big city with a population of 8,000. It is also much warmer than Monteverde with pineapple and orange orchards and a lot of agriculture. However, its primary industry is tourism due to Arenal Volcano, hot springs and adventure. Arenal Volcano is the most active volcano in Costa Rica and on clear day you can see the lava and smoke. Of course, ... read more
Arenal Volcano from Hotel
Massage at Baldi Springs
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Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal February 9th 2010

Nikki has been writing in a journal each night, she captures the activities from the day that were most memorable to her. Here is her entry for this particular day: Sunday 2-7-10 “We woke up and my dad brought me to the barn. I milked the cow and collected chiken and turkey eggs. I went to the restaurant and dropped off the eggs. Then we went to breakfast. Then we went on a horse ride. My horse was Hittanna. We went over hills and down hills. Then we swam in a waterfall my grandma slipped on a rock, and was hanging from her bathing suit. We all laughed. On our way back I found snake skin it was cool! I got to steer the horse back. Then we saw a three toed sloth. We went back ... read more
Cinco Sala's en caballos!
Wow...look at her go! ! !
There it is...

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal February 5th 2010

Arenal volcano was part of the 8 world's woNder selections, together the coco island. Arenal is beautiful place, mountain region, excellent to relax ,. breath fresh air and the most atractive, SPRING WATERS AND SPA!!!! I can say this is one of my favorite places, after conchal beach , arenal is the second best in my list of places to visit every year. You can find lot of hotels and boungalows to stay , with the beautiful Arenal volcano landscape.I dont use to make differences or suggest places to be , but if you want to spend a magical wonderful staying,. pls check the next hotels: Arenal resort and spa (5 stars) and Arenal kioro hotel (5 stars). Both of them have very beautiful spaces with natural spring waters from the river,as i said before, the ... read more
Tabacon arenal resort and spa
tabacon arenal resort and spa
Tabacon arenal resort and spa

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal January 21st 2010

Finally we were there! I'm an avid wildlife viewer so i couldn't wait to arrive. I heard and read so much good things about Costa Rica. We stayed at Ciudad Quesada, where a family of friends live there since a couple of months. Because we had to come back to home, almost most of the times, we limited the visits to Northwest of Costa Rica, except, the time we stayed on a beach in Nicoya. Here's a small sample of the places we visited and the things we saw. Enjoy!... read more
Howler Monkeys2
Naranjo2
Pacific coast

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal December 23rd 2009

Yesterday's trip to the volcano was great. We left the hostel at 3:30 and drove 20 minutes to a hiking point. Our tour guide was a local who lived close to the town where the 1968 eruption of the volcano shoked everyone because it had been dormant for 500 years and they all thought it was a mountain. He had TONS of pictures to show how much the volcano and town of La Fortuna has changed in the last 40 years. He also told us stories of illegally hiking the volcano many times and being arrested for it as well. lol. We got to a point where the van dropped us all off (there were about 10 of us) and then we hiked for 1.5 hours through the rainforest. We had some GREAT views of the ... read more
Walt and I
Viper Snake
Hiking

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal November 22nd 2009

For the last several years, my family has kicked around the idea of traveling over Thanksgiving week instead of converging in Chicago, particularly since we'll be doing so a month later for Christmas. This year we finally pulled the trigger back in February, and for 30,000 miles on American Airlines we booked tickets to Costa Rica for the week. We pretty much followed the Frommers suggested one week itinerary, starting in San Jose, and heading to Arenal, Monteverde and Manuel Antonio. The consensus advice that I received from others who visited the country was to get out of San Jose as soon as possible. We had to stay there the first night since we got in late, and after walking around in the center of town, we decided that we preferred to wake up before the ... read more
Hiking around Arenal

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal November 8th 2009

We had been planning to visit the 70ft waterfalls today which is a short taxi ride away, but it was quite pricey just to go and we were feeling lazy so we stayed in, did some laundry (heaven again), read our books on the balcony looking over the volcano and went for a smoothie. There was a guy in the cafe that had dreadlocks down to his ankles, it was quite gross, how clean must they be!?!? We subtly took pictures of course... We´d prepaid for the bus-boat-bus trip to Monteverde which although was a little more pricey, cut off 6 hours of travelling! At 2ish, we got picked up and headed to gorgeous Lake Arenal which was huge and surrounded by rolling mountains covered in clouds. We could very well have been on a loch ... read more

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal October 30th 2009

Hi from La Fortuna! After another long trip by bus, I arrived here. Now I’m tired and it's raining. I cannot see the Arenal volcano but it's there somewhere. La Fortuna (The luck) is a nice town. Pretty small and organized. There is a lot of places to go around and grab a coffee or a milk shake (batido). In the afternoon I went to the Arenal Volcano with group tour till the view point and we’re supposed to see the lava coming out from the volcano but after two hours the tour guide decided to bring us back to the city. So I didn’t see the lava. But the view from the Volcano is amazing. I enjoyed the time here and I could walk to the La Fortuna waterfall, another nice place to go since ... read more
Arenal

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal September 16th 2009

I'm starting the blog with some pictures from last years trip to Costa Rica... read more
Erupt 1
Erupt 2
View from out suite

Central America Caribbean » Costa Rica » Alajuela » Arenal September 7th 2009

Yesterday was Day 2 in Costa Rica. Volcano Lodge, the hotel where we stayed is a wonderful place. The hotel is almost empty due the green season, but the staff is super friendly and service is excellent. Yesterday was our time for horseback riding in the morning and zip line canopy adventure in the afternoon. We rode up to the waterfalls on horseback while the rain came down up on us heavily. The ride itself was a treat, one and half hours through fields, settlements and some steep climbs and descents. When we reached the waterfall we were greeted by a surprise host, a black pit viper. It was out of its hole and sliding accross the trail when one of the park attendants caught it. We got a chance to see it's massive fangs as ... read more
Arenal lake from SkyTram 2
Waterfall 1
Waterfall 2




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