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Published: July 27th 2017
Today, marks the end of Mac-Serve Costa Rica. While the rest of the Mac-Serve Costa Rica group woke up at 4:30am for their early morning flight back to Toronto, Renata and I continued our adventure in Costa Rica. Our next stop: La Fortuna, the adventure capital of Costa Rica.
Renata and I decided to take transportation plus tour from San Jose to Arenal, to maximize our time exploring in Costa Rica. Today, we are visiting the Doka Coffee Plantation, Poas Volcano and La Paz Waterfall Gardens.
Our first stop was the Doka Coffee Plantation. The Doka Coffee Plantation had a bigger coffee manufacturing facility than the Don Juan Coffee Plantation we toured in Monteverde. As a result, I was able to understand the coffee manufacturing process a lot better during the Doka Coffee Tour.
After coffee is harvested, it is separated by density. Overripe, underdeveloped and damaged coffee beans float in water because they are less dense than quality coffee beans. Once the coffee is separated and dried it is roasted. The longer the coffee is roasted the less caffeine it has, and the more bitter it tastes. Thus, espresso roast has less caffeine than a light roast.
Apparent there is a volcano below
After the coffee tour, Renata and I bought an espresso roast, and a peaberry medium roast to bring back home as gifts. We also bought some chocolate covered coffee beans, which we wanted to bring back home but they were two good to resist. We finished them off within a couple of days.
Our next stop, Poas Volcano, was hidden by thick fog. How disappointing! We learned later that the Poas Volcano erupted a couple of days after we left Costa Rica (Thursday, April 13th, 2017). The Poas Volcano National Park is now closed indefinitely. I guess, we should be grateful that we at least got to see the park before it was closed off to the public.
Our last stop was the La Paz Waterfall Gardens. At the La Paz Waterfall Gardens, we had a delicious buffet lunch before heading out to explore. La Paz Waterfall Gardens is an animal sanctuary for animals that are unable to be released back into the wild. There also have 2.2 miles of hiking trails and platforms to view the various waterfalls including the main waterfall in which the place is named after: La Paz Waterfall.
After exploring La Paz
Waterfall Gardens we headed to La Fortuna. We had difficulty locating our accommodation: Apartohotel Vista Al Volcan. It was located next to a police station, across from a school and above a “Sur Colour” Paint shop. We were pleasantly surprised by our accommodation; plus, we had a guest. The owner’s dog, was so cute and liked to pee on car wheels. He peed on our transportation just as it was about to drive away.
We headed out for dinner at a local restaurant, where we had some volcanic shaped rice, black bean soup and a volcano shaped dessert. Yum!
Tomorrow Renata and I are heading on a tour to the Rio Celeste Waterfall, a surreal blue waterfall located in Tenorio Volcano National Park.
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