Los Angeles Cloud Forest, Guanacaste Region

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Los Angeles Cloud Forest

Thursday was BUS DAY.  This was the long day to go from La Fortuna down to the West Coast and Jaco.  We have about 6 hours planned on the bus today - break out the iPod and the books! 

We started out and did a few hours on the bus after breakfast at the hotel - we stopped for our morning adventure at the Los Angeles Cloud Forest and were scheduled to do a 1 mile hike with a local naturalist.  This portion of the country was not quite as exciting as Torturguero, Arenal or El Cano Negro - but it was nice to get off of the bus for a little while.  We were given assign seats on the bus each day, and we rotated by 4 every day so that everyone had a chance to get a great view from the front two seats.

Views of the Guanacaste Region
  We couldn't have planned it any better if we tried, we had the front four seats on the day that we had 6 hours in the bus. 

The most exciting part of the Los Angeles Cloud Forest was all of the hummingbirds - we saw at least 5 or 6 different varieties of humming birds!  We had lunch and back in the bus to head down to Jaco. 

The hotel in Jaco was very nice - another place that drinks were also included!  We stayed at the Hotel Amapolajust a few blocks from the beach.  We had the evening free after dinner at the hotel so we wandered into town, checked out some of the stores and also walked down to the beach.  We got a little lost wandering through the residential section looking for the public beach access - but we ultimately found it.

Me & Mom on the Cloud Forest Hike
 

You can tell Jaco is a tourist town, not just for the Americans, but for the locals as well.  There were many souvenior shops, art galleries, restaurants and bars.  We have a free afternoon tomorrow, so we signed up for a ATV tour tomorrow while we were in town as well. 

Back at the hotel, the dinner buffet was one of the best we've had so far, they had a very wide variety of food and some great desserts as well :)  We had a 2nd floor room that overlooked the pool, the pool also had a swim-up bar.  We made our way down to the pool after dinner and took a swim before bed.  We also played some Farkel down at the pool.  It's nice to be in a beach resort town where you can just relax for a day. 

 

 

Day 7 • Hanging Bridges, Guanacaste

This morning enjoy an unforgettable adventure at the Hanging Bridges.

On the way to Jaco
Here you can hike on six suspension bridges, through lush tropical rainforest canopy. Enjoy views of a waterfall and look for tropical birds. Later, a spectacular drive around Lake Arenal. Enjoy lunch. Next, enter the Guanacaste province. Drive through the only tropical dry forest in Costa Rica. Then, to Costa Rica’s Central Pacific Coast for a two night stay. Dinner is at your resort. BLD

Hotel Amapola

Mother Nature has been lavish with her charms and treasures on Costa Rica’s Central Pacific region.  This area’s biodiversity is indeed one of the richest in the world and its beautiful scenery of sea, mountains, rivers, waterfalls and tropical forests, makes it truly unique.

In the midst of this tropical paradise is the picturesque and joyful town of Jaco, where Hotel Amapola is located.  From there, you could either go and practice surfing at world renowned beaches, quickly travel to the famous natural parks of Carara and Manuel Antonio, take a tropical forest canopy tour tens of feet above the ground, or be rafting in our fascinating rivers just a few minutes away. 

At night, you could enjoy Jaco’s cosmopolitan lifestyle, the international cuisine of its numerous restaurants and the happy and lively atmosphere of its bars and discotheques.  Whatever you choose between relaxing and peaceful moments in our natural environment, adrenaline-filled activities and entertaining nightlife, you will definitely spend unforgettable days and nights at Jaco and Hotel Amapola.  

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Los Angeles Cloud Forest
Los Angeles Cloud Forest
Views of the Guanacaste Region
Views of the Guanacaste Region
Me & Mom on the Cloud Forest Hike
Me & Mom on the Cloud Forest Hike
On the way to Jaco
On the way to Jaco
Guanacaste
photo by: Sele