Costa Rica: Hot Springs

January 16, 2011

Goodbye Monte Verde, Hello Arenal!

We got up early in the morning to hop the “jeep-boat-jeep” transport to the other side of the valley. (It was more like a van-boat-van but that’s okay.) Tiffany and Johnny made the last minute decision to join us so they headed to Arenal, too!

It was a very bumpy ride down the mountain, but I managed to get some nice countryside shots out the window.

Eventually, we got to the river and crossed it on a little boat. The ride on the boat was so much easier to take than the ride down the bumpy dirt road!

The interesting thing about this 3-hour journey to the other side of the river is that it’s only about 25 miles away. On American-style paved roads, it would take us less than an hour to drive and cross the river; but alas, we are traveling abroad and that’s one of the things that amazes me — how high our standard of living is in the USA compared to the rest of the world.

Eventually, we got to our fancy resort and were greeted warmly upon arrival!

Tiffany and Johnny decided to get a room here, too. I’m really liking them a lot!

We changed into our bathing suits and headed over to explore the natural hot springs!

As we entered the hot springs, we saw this sign:

I guess that means, in the event of an emergency we should be prepared to run?!?!

Lunch at the hot springs was lovely.

And finally, Paradise!!!!!

This is a whole “waterpark” of natural hot springs. The pools are like jacuzzis and there’s a whole maze of hot springs to choose from. It was so beautiful. Also, all the vegetation is natural, here too!

After a shower, we were all hungry. We went out to the town of Fortuna for dinner.

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