Arenal & La Fortuna, Costa Rica - Volcán Arenal & las Aguas Termales

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Arenal, Costa Rica - View of Lake Arenal

I just keep getting blown away by Costa Rica’s beauty!  Too bad the weather couldn’t have been better, but hey that only means we gotta come back!  So far, the landscape is absolutely gorgeous and the people are awesome. 

On the downside, though, the weather is becoming a pain because it’s getting in the way of us getting a proper view of nature’s beauty!!

So, the original plan was to do a hike up Volcán Arenal, check out the hot springs, and maybe catch a view of the waterfalls . . . but we were unable to do so because of the weather and all the crazy tour prices!!  So we visited as much as we could, however we could . . . ¡¡como los pobres!!

Since it was too cloudy out, we skipped the volcano hike altogether because we wouldn’t have been able to see anything anyway.

Arenal, Costa Rica - Volcán Arenal
 

But supposedly on a clear night, you can see the volcano spitting out lava all over the place.  We, on the other hand, had to settle for an average view of it from Arenal.  Next time though!

And even though we weren’t able to get a proper view of the volcano by night, we did still get a chance to visit Lake Arenal and the hot springs, which are located nearby.  

Got a chance to see a bunch of the cool wildlife in the area, as well.  When we were going from Arenal to La Fortuna, we came across these animals, called Coati, which was neat for me because I’d never seen any before.  And they were so cute, not afraid of us at all!  But no good, though, because apparently it puts them at risk of extinction .

La Fortuna, Costa Rica - Feed me please!!!
. . BTW: Don't Feed Them!!

As far as the hot springs were concerned, we definitely found a way to get around paying the $55 these fools were asking . . . we snuck in the free ones which were located right next to the really fancy Tabacón ones.  

We wouldn’t have been able to do so, though, without the help of the locals.  So while the tourists pay these overpriced entrance fees, the locals don’t . . . so we did like the locals!!  These pools were like natural Jacuzzis, a first for me, so I really enjoyed myself.  Great time!!

Après une longue journée de stop, nous voilà enfin arrivés à la Fortuna. Pas le temps de discuter, il faut trouver un endroit où planter la tente. Le lendemain, nous voilà partis pour grimper le volcan, arriver à l’entrée du parc, on s’est vite fait refroidir avec le prix, sans regret de toute façon, le temps était mauvais.

La Fortuna, Costa Rica - Juanny & the Coatis

En chemin, un Mr. nous prend en stop et nous raconte son histoire, on lui raconte la notre, en discutant il nous parle d’eaux thermales gratuites. Moi quand j’entends gratuit je bondis !!!!

Que je vous explique, au volcan les eaux qui sortent de la montagne sont à 40 degrés et bien sûr, il y a des cures thermales partout et c’est 50$ par personne !!!

Passer le pont derrière le parking, en sautant une murette, aller au fond du pré, vous voilà dans les eaux thermales, les gens l’appelle « les thermales des pauvres ».

kelleb says:
I really want to go to those natural hot springs !! Thenewextrememimi your experience sounds weird indeed but funny !
Posted on: Mar 31, 2010
kre0123 says:
that is so awesome!
Posted on: Jan 21, 2008
thenewextrememimi says:
Hee, I went to the free hotsprings too. It was really cool in the middle of the night, but their was a couple hogging the cove. I went back up to find my cab driver had taken off his pants. It was a weird experience.
Posted on: Dec 07, 2007
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