Costa Rica Day 6 – Arenal

This was a very busy day in La Fortunal.  Really this was our one and only day there, so we had a lot to accomplish in a little time.

The beautiful view of Arenal Volcano from our hotel room, I believe, but this may have been from breakfast.

This morning we decided that it was time to zip-line!  I was very excited/very nervous at the same time.  I’ve very intrigued by heights yet very scared of them at the same time.  Yes, yes I’m weird like that.

Here’s were we met up to start our zip-lining tour, pretty sweet, right?

We had this lovely, small group that we went with.  It was great, because we were able to do things very quickly and we almost had a guide per person, which was pretty cool because people got to do this like…

As mentioned before I’m not that daring with heights, so I opted not to “superman,” but if I zip-lined again I may consider it.  I’m not always very trusting of man made structures and heights (just think the W Hotel had windows falling out and that’s a fancy, expensive place, just saying).

And here’s me with a scared look on my face, HAHA!  I “braked” more than I should usually.  I just wanted a good arm workout, what can I say. 🙂

We did it!  That was a successful adventure.  It was pretty amazing to get to see the rainforest from above like that.  Kind of a different perspective on God’s creation.

AHH!  They let a gator into our hotel.  This hotel was great for us, because we had such a short time there and EVERYTHING was at our hotel (the zip-lining, animals, butterfly gardens, gardens, hot springs, the Arenal Volcano).  If we had more time we totally would have done it a little differently, but it worked out very well for us this time.

We hung out with the butterflies for a while.  Yes, yes, I have no make-up on, don’t judge.

The butterflies look so plain, even moth like, until they open their wings.  The inside is such a brillant blue.

“The ants go marching one by one, hurrah, hurrah”….When you left the butterfly gardens there was an ant farm.  The ants would get around the building by walking across this giant stick; at one end was their food and a mote and the other was the ant farm.

After spending the morning around our hotel we headed out.

We hiked to La Fortuna Falls.  It was very pretty, but not as spectacular as I had hoped for.  I think I just psyched myself up from all of the hype.  I should really only wait to make my own opinion and then be mesmerized.

I think I was more intrigued by the surrounding water than the falls themselves.  What can I say I walk to the beat of my own drum (see I just used that cliche).

We had lunch in La Fortuna and walked around the town.  Unfortunately I don’t have any pictures of La Fortuna itself.  It was a very cute little town that revolved around a town square.  It was kind of fun, because it rained a little during lunch and stopped about when we were ready to leave.

We went back to our hotel and drove up to the top of the volcano drive (as I said we only had a day, so we didn’t have time to hike up).  And yes, that’s smoke at the top of it!!!  Way cool!!  I really wanted to hike up Arenal and get to lava, but we didn’t have time.  Maybe next time.

Right between our viewing area and the volcano there was this beautiful lake.  Look at the cool tiki hut down there.

There was this neat little “theater” seating that faced the volcano.  I really wish it was erupting at the time so we could have hung out here some more.  Then we were off to the Hanging Bridges.

Here’s me hanging out on the hanging bridges.  This was not quite as impressive as I had hoped for.  Once again I gotta work on my expectations.  There just were not as many hanging bridges as I had thought.  Most of them were like this, just bridges laid down 😦

There was a spiffy tunnel that we came to twice.  The signs were not marked very well and there were two different paths, both lead back to the tunnel.

We did find this cute little waterfall while we went through the tunnel one of the times though.

Here’s my sweet honey walking across a hanging bridge.  I kind of ran across them fairly quickly when they started to sway too much for me.  As I said I don’t always trust man made structures.

The bridges did give you such a beautiful view of the land.  I really do enjoy nature and just staring at it.

When we left here we drove around the area some more and found some pretty interesting places and an AMAZING zip-line place.  Next time.  We went to dinner in La Fortuna hoping for some better food than our hotel.  It still wasn’t as tasty as Miguel’s cooking, but not bad.  There was a FABULOUS chocolate place on the square though.  We learned of this place thanks to Tom and Sarah.  It was delicious!  I would totally go back just for their chocolate!

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