Discovering La Fortuna and Arenal!

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We have discovered a great little restaurant in the middle of town with really cheap Eats! We love the food in Costa Rica! Fish, rice and beans, very simple!  We have walked thru town, does not take long, found the main points of our interest! The bank, art galleries, internet house and tour guides!  The bank was a very interesting experience, guards everywhere on watch! Now we have our money! The shops in town were excellent! We found incredible local art galleries! We all wanted something! I bought the a Kuna Mola which is a intricately hand-sewn "applique" cloth panel taken from the Kuna womans traditional garments.  The designs are beautiful and plan to strecth it across a piece of canvas and hang it in my house! 

The views of Volcan Arenal from the town are Incredible!
     "It is the most active volcano in Costa Rica. Recognized as a volcano since the 19th century, it was known by foreign investigators as Volcan Costa Rica, Rio Frio, Canastos Volcano and Cerro de los Guatusos.
Arenal is the youngest and most active of all the mountains in Costa Rica. Scientists have been able to date it back to more than 4000 years ago."  Wikipedia

We opted for a 3:30 walking tour close to the Volcan which included a visit to Baldi Springs.  The selling point of the tour was to see the lava at night but unfortunately we did not see any spectacular views.......
But the visit to the Springs was the highlight of this tour! If you are in the area you MUST take a dip in the thermo springs, feed by the volcano!! There were about 10 different pools with various temperatures, all rather hot, but your body adapts! The foliage around each pool was so dramatic with rich and abundant plants of all types leaning towards you! 

Unfortunately we did not have lots of time to explore this area, 1 full day. Now we are off to the Cloud Forest!
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