If you’ve been following me on social media, you’ve seen the posts while in Costa Rica. I try not to post too much while on trips, but as promised, I wanted to share a few photos this week on the blog! “A few” isn’t exactly accurate so prepare for a ton of photos…. sorry I got excited while trying to sort through and share only the “good” ones haha. The scenery there is so so green that nothing looked “bad” compared to our brown Texas grass right now. Sigh.
Early Monday morning, my dad drove my mom and me to the airport. It was still dark-thirty so we rested while waiting for our flight. A few hours later after flying over ocean for a bit, we landed in Costa Rica!
We picked up a little rental car and drove 3 hours (through WINDING and TINY roads) to La Fortuna on the edge of the Arenal Volcano. We settled in our hotel the first night and explored the area. The hotel was such an amazing place – 2000 acres of private land with a perfect view of the volcano. We ended up falling asleep around 6:30 (ha!) so we had an early start the next morning.
After breakfast at the hotel, we packed in as many activities as possible. We drove to La Fortuna National Park where we hiked down a million steps to a huge waterfall. The hike back up the steps wasn’t quite as fun. Next we drove over to Arenal National Park to hike up the volcano a bit. The longest trail led up to some volcanic rocks from the last eruption in the 1990s. SO neat.
We grabbed a quick bite in town to rest our dying muscles from all the hiking and explored the hot springs around La Fortuna. On the road to our hotel, there were dozens of resorts where the locals had sculpted man-made pools around the springs so it looked just like a fancy pool. But we decided to opt out of that (and the price!), and headed under a bridge to a free area where the locals went. Not quite as impressive with trash scattered around the water, but still nice to soak for a few minutes!
We ended the second day with a chocolate plantation tour (pictures on the next post) and the classic Costa Rican meal: casado. Chicken, rice and beans, potatoes, eggs, fried plantains, and a salad. Eating there was actually not too different from food here except their beans and rice had SO much more flavor. Delish. Stay tuned for part 2!
Did you take any trips this summer?