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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

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

For our last day in Fortuna it was a full one! We started out by heading to Fortuna Waterfalls, apparently just a short walk down the road. Fortunately we brought 'Sammy the carolla', because it would have been quite a hike! Before the hike that is actually quite a large and well groomed park. There were many steps going down the waterfall to swim - they say about 500 but there must have been much more on the way up for all the complaining from our little friend, Scott. Probably the most complaints this whole trip. Maybe something to do with the temperature of the water? Scott didn't swim, but he did wander about in the shallow pools below the main waterfall. There were a couple of schools of pretty big fish to scare off, so ... read more

This morning we got up and went to Arenal National Park for a hike on the lava flows. We were given the choice between an easy hike about one hour, or a hard hike about 2 1/2 hours. We knew we could do the long hike so that’s what we chose. The trail meandered around a lake where we spotted chestnut mandibled Toucans, Oropendolas (they make the strangest sounds... hard to describe), herons and 30 other species of bird we couldn’t identify. We also saw beetles, leaf cutter ants and a scorpion! It was over 30°, there was significant elevation, and humidity was near 100%, but Scott persevered. The views of the top were worth it, and as promised we did walk on the lava flow. It was around 1230 when we got to lunch, and ... read more

After a dreaded 5 AM wake up, we got Tiffany and Alexa to the airport successfully. Apparently they had no problems, their plane was on time, and they’re now enjoying the relative cool of Canada, including a fresh layer of snow at home.It was about 2 1/2 hours to Fortuna and we had most of the day ahead of us, so we decided to try the local hot springs. They naturally mix with the river so there’s different temperature pools so going to the hot springs in a tropical country isn’t as crazy as it sounds. Options range from free public pools to high-end and swanky. We opted for high-end and swanky. It was expensive but it was very nice and apparently the only place where the water is not treated - just routed through seemingly ... read more

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

Thurs 6-Fri 7 December - Day 41 to 42 - La Fortuna and return to San Jose for 1 night Our next journey took us through the mountains of the cloud forest using a combination of minivans and boats. The first leg to Lake Arenal took about one hour 30 minutes and the landscape was truly spectacular. Rolling hills eventually give way to the distant views of Arenal Volcano but we didn’t stop for photos as the clouds were very thick and low at the lookouts. Stopping by the side of the road, we walk down a dirt path to our boat on the shores of Lake Arenal. The scenery was truly stunning of the lake and we travel for approximately an hour slowly approaching Arenal Volcano. Once we reach the other side, we boarded another ... read more
We hired a motor scooter for the day in La Fortuna (2)
Arenal Lake near La Fortuna (10)
Arenal Observatory Resort and Spa (21)

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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

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