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Feb 12, 2018 - Arenal to Fortuna

We spent a quiet day around the hotel yesterday. The property abuts the National Forest, so in the morning we took a long hike down to the river and back. Beautiful jungle, and the 3 Great Danes lolloped along with us, which I am pretty sure is not exactly kosher... John, who is 82 also gamboled along, guiding us along the path. It was rather humbling, seeing him sprinting up the trail, as I was gasping along behind. Barb, of course, is also like a gazelle along the path. It is lovely here, so peaceful and filled with birds. This is the...

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Feb 29, 2016 - Day 10

We were up early and got our ride at 7:30am for the Cerro Chatto Extreme Volcano Hike. The volcano which is 1100m high is in the Arenal Volcano National Park next to the Arenal Volcano. It is not an active volcano, but it's crater does have an emerald-green lagoon that one can drop down to. The rim of this extinct volcano in covered with lush rainforest. The climb is slow since the path gets increasingly steeper and very slippery with mud. We started in fields at the base but eventually entered the cloud forest walking through gray mists....

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Feb 28, 2016 - Day 9

We woke up to rain. By the time we got picked up by Desafio Adventure Company for our white water rafting (class II-III) adventure, the rain had stopped. We went through some training for rescue and how to paddle according to the commands that were given by the leader. We rafted on the Rio Balsa. We paddled through rapids named "Morning Coffee, Rock Around the Croc and Trash Can". It was exhilarating. We were in the front of the raft and many times the waves crashed over the boat, slamming into us. Our raft would shoot right up. At times we...

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Feb 27, 2016 - Day 8

We were back on the tractor at 7am for another 1 1/2 hour ride back to where our bus was in La Virgen. We stopped for a coffee plantation tour at Sarapiqui. The beautiful Sarapiqui (named for the principal river that runs through this area) valley lies at the foot of the Cordillera Central Mountain Range. Mi Cafecito Coffee Cooperative, situated in the small village of San Miguel de Sarapiqui is a "G-Adventures for Good Project" that helps 200 farmers and their families. They also farm fresh Tilapia here. We were treated to a traditional...

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Dec 26, 2015 - Paddleboarding & Canyoneering

Saturday morning we woke up and met Ro at the hotel lobby. For breakfast, we headed to Rain Forest Café. The American breakfast, consisting of eggs, bacon, and toast was really good. They also had great coffee. I’m not a big coffee drinker but the café con leche from here was great. Sandy made friends with a local stray dog who wandered into the restaurant. She named him Bert. After breakfast, we headed back to the hotel and were picked up to go stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Arenal. The van took us just past the dam where we got onto a...

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May 10, 2015 - Happy Mothers Day from La Fortuna, Costa Rica

I start the day off with a nice cup of coffee while doing some computer stuff a nice relaxing start to the day, then it is off for a some pastry's and a yogurt before heading out for a 5km hike to the water falls part of the way up a long hill, a bit of rain along the way making for a very humid hike, got to the entry of the falls nice picture, there is a stairway leading down to the river below, I change into my swimsuit and head down wow a lot of steps and I will have to climb back up those same steps to get back to the top (and the is no...

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May 9, 2015 - Today we travel to La Fortuna

This morning went out for a nature walk close to the hotel very nice morning to start off but by the time I got almost to the end the rain started was the first of the rainy season, made it back to the hotel before getting too wet, packed my bags and checked out of the room, we leave for La Fortuna at 2:00PM. Went to another hotel nearby for some lunch and to get internet service was able to get my blog up to date. Our bus came at 2:00PM loaded up and headed out for 2 hour ride to the boat dock for a hour trip across Laguna de Arenal (Lake...

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Apr 5, 2014 - Monteverde to La Fortuna

This morning we were back on a minibus for about an hour and a half down a very bumpy and dusty ride. This brought us to Lake Arenal, a large artificial lake formed by a dam. Here we jumped on a boat for about 20 mins, this took us to the dam wall. Then another minibus for 20 mins to arrive at La Fortuna. La Fortuna’s history is intimately connected with the Arenal Volcano. When the volcano violently erupted on the morning of July 29th, 1968, it spewed ash, rocks and gas for three consecutive days. As the smoke cleared, the villages of...

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Mar 29, 2014 - Day 4 La Fortuna

This is a great group, 9 couples and two older women in their 90’s. By breakfast this morning we have all come to know one another. My Uncle is now “Uncle Bob” to the entire group. However, when someone offered me their chair so I could sit close to “my friend” I immediately corrected them and told them he was not my friend, he was my Uncle. One can choose their friends but they must do the best they can with what the good Lord sends them for an Uncle. Everyone laughed. Our first stop was the small town of La Fortuna for a...

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Jan 20, 2013 - Rain forest cafe

Had a nice breakfast at the Rain Forest Cafe It was supposed to have fabulous coffee but I liked the coffer we had at the restaurnat last night where they made in front of you. The meals have been really good. Lots of beans and rice. Roberta and Larry

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Jan 18, 2013 - La Fortuna

Hi Everyone, Not able to access internet for awhile but am borrowing a small computer for now. We have moved from Puerto Viejo to La Fortuna and it is similar to Banff. Very touristy with lots to do and many shops. Are both doing well. Off to waterfall rappell today then white water raft tomorrow. Raining today but still warm. Talk to you all again soon. Larry and Roberta

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Nov 24, 2012 - Monteverde – Näbelwald

Wo simmer stoh bliibe? Ah jo: Mit eme Bad im ene Flüssli – Grösseornig Birsig – hämer unsere Uffenthalt z La Fortuna usklinge losse! Ufghaizt vom Vulkan hoggt me in der dampfende Strömig, und domit s nit ganz stoggdunggel isch, wärde Daschelampe rundumme glegt. D Ticos illuminiere dört au mit Kerze. Dangg Cerveza Imperial git s e kurzi Nacht und per Bus goht s an und per Schiff über e See. Me befindet sich in ere Mischig vo Ämmitau und schottisch Highlands garniert mit ere Bryse Dschungelvegetation und abgschmeggt mit e paar Sunnestrahle....

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