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I spent a week in Costa Rica. As with most of my trips, I did lots of research before going. I like to find out about the area and what fun things are available. I didnt make any reservations as i prefer to "work it out" when i get there.
I'd spent a couple days in San Jose and figured it was time to move on. I had the desk lady at my hotel (Dunn Inn) to arrange a rental and a few tours in La Fortuna. They ended up being booked with Avanti Rent-a-car and anywherecostarica tours.
Rubbed me the wrong way because they didnt drop the car off last night (sunday) like they said they would. I have an 11am tour for today.
For orientation purposes (working from east to west) Av Central, Paseo Colon and Highway 1 are all the same street. Avanti has a office on Paseo Colon. Go west until it dead ends at La Sabana Park and turn right. Follow the signs that say Airport and/or San Ramon. Once you get to San Ramon just follow the numerous signs that direct you to La Fortuna.
I wanted to mention that when I was searching for driving directions I kept coming across references about how bad costa rican roads were. I didnt see it.
No problem for me getting to town. I didnt get turned around until I got there. To get my bearings I stop, ask directions and pick up a couple tourists maps. After spending an hour lost....eeerrrr...I mean sightseeing around town i make it ontime for my first tour. It was the Sky Tram and Sky Trek (ziplining). The tour launch spot is quite a ways off the main road. The sign says 7km. This section is unpaved and pot hole filled. Must been what all the fuss was about. anyway, 25-30mph was a comfortable speed for me in my small SUV.
Fitted for safety equipment and ride the trolley(?) to the top of the mountain. Once there we get operating instructions and do the first 2 of 8 lines. These are short. At the end of the second line is the "chicken trail".
Guess its time to get a place to lay my head for the night. I decided on Arenal Lodge(.com). Its closer to town than a few of the other places on my list. The entrance road is closer but the actual hotel is also WAY off of the main road. The road was narrow, curvy and rough. Like driving on cobblestones. When I get there I liked what I saw. To me the hotel was nice and comfortable. Onsite amenities include hot tub, infinity pool, work out room, restaurant, full bar, pool table, one computer and a sitting area around a fire place. They free upgraded me to a suite. Arenal volcano was right outside my balcony. Shower, get dinnner and watch a little television until I fall asleep.