Back to the fancy dan Volcano
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Rather than stay in La Fortuna (the town close to the volcano), my fellow travelers and I spent our three days in some quiet cabinas on the active side of Arenal. And what a choice it proved to be. Prior to our arrival, the volcano had been shrouded in cloud for 22 days straight. We got some real luck as the sun came out and we saw the beast in all its glory.
There is something magical about being a mile away from an active volcano. We were all entranced by watching molten rocks plummet down a mountainside, each one exploding into smaller and smaller fragments before reaching the lava fields on the lower slopes.
Ziplines and water
The La Fortuna area also boasts some great whitewater rafting. I´ve been Canadian canoeing before, so was able to put some paddling skills to the test. Taking rapids in an inflatable is a little less scary than a canoe, but still generates enough adrenaline to feel alive. And watching my fellow paddlers float by me when they fell in was fun. Thanks Rob.
And then there are the canopy tours. Flying across the tops of the rainforest suspended on a metal cable is fabulous. My experience of climbing was useful because I trusted the equipment. Hence my fear of heights didn´t really kick in. The tour took us across waterfalls where we could watch bathers enjoying themselves 200 metres below. One of the lines was nearly 1km long and took 1 minute 40 to traverse. Unless of course you do it wrong, like I did, and stop about 10 metres from the platform. Getting to safety felt like he cable traverse in Where Eagles Dare.
In the World of James Bond
Rob was excited. He loves Bond and the hot springs at the pricey Tabacon resort were billed as like being from a spy caper film set. They didn´t disappoint. The hot springs are on a number of different levels all the way up a hillside. Some are of different temperatures and are really hot. I sat under a 3 metre waterfall with this hot water pummeling my back. It was hot enough to make it difficult to breathe and made an excellent massage device. In with our trip was a buffet which we were slightly late for (given we were sipping cocktails for too long in the wet bar. We made up for it in the volume of food we ate in 40 minutes. Rob polished his meal off with 4 desserts. Incredible consumption antics.