Monday, July 13, 2015

Costa Rica: A Beautiful Drive, Hot Springs, and Arenal National Park

Yesterday morning, we enjoyed a final sighting of the 3 foot iguana in the jungle around our old hotel, ate breakfast, and packed up the car. We were headed for la fortuna. It was a gorgeous drive, and we listened to two more episodes of serial. We stopped along the way to hang out with coatis: 

Cute, right? 
We also had lunch along the way and hung out with scarlet macaws. 
It's hard to capture the beauty of a drive in photos! 
Once at our hotel, our original room wasn't ready yet, so we were moved to the top floor and now have an unobstructed volcano view. We love the pool and the breakfast here. There are two happy hours a day and opportunities to meet people from all over the world. 

Last night, after dinner downtown, we did my favorite thing of the trip. We visited tabacon hot springs. This place was over the top romantic and had about 15 different natural hot springs of varying temperatures. I left my phone in the locker, and it was dark anyways, so image search on Google to find pictures if you are curious. There are about a dozen choices for hot springs here, but I was glad we splurged on the fanciest one. I will never forget it! 
Today, we were out the door at 9:00am and drove to the Arenal volcano national park. We hiked for 3 hours: 

This tree is 400 years old: 

We saw tons of magpie jays and peccaries. Not the best photos! 

We hiked the 1992 lava flow for volcano and lake Arenal views: 

We napped this afternoon (much needed) and went to happy hour. We are entertaining the idea of a late sushi dinner. A better than average Monday! We hope yours was good too! 

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