Making our way to the next volcano of the trip
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So we managed to escape San Josè in one piece with the first hillbilly bus we could find going to La Fortuna, which is the city located by the great active volcano Arenal. When we got there we were a bit surprised, as this was the ultimate tourist trap ,with only one thing missing - Tourists !
That was fine by us in any case. So we went to the first hostel wich suited us ,as we could`nt find the Lonely Planet place we were looking for. The place we found was really good in any case, 12$ and a clean cut view of the great volcano. It also so happened that the guy who was managing it was the famous Lava Lava man ! (made famous by LP) he is the most enthusiastic person in the city when it comes to the volcano, and he makes a crazy promise: if you don`t see lava, you don`t pay , or you can have a free trip another day.
In the rainy season that is quite a warranty to give, as every evening from five it is raining cats and dogs(not literally).
We went for a stroll in the city, and it was much like a ghost town(exept that instead of ghosts there`s just like 1000 tourist operators haunting this place). We counted 3 other tourists, and met them several times on the short trip.
So we booked Mr Lava Lava for a private trip with him to the hot springs and volcano. Probably the best deal we’ve made in Costa Rica , 35$ for a 4 hour chillout in a luxury spa, then 3 hours lava watching, and back for an all-you-can eat super bufè.
In the high season he takes tours with up to 30 people , but today there was only us. Once we were driving to the spa the rain started pouring down really hard, and the skies were as dark as I`ve ever seen them.
The spa was cool, but the water was insanely hot, It took a long time before I could dip my whole body in it. One of the pool was 68C hot ! That`s almost boiling ! We could`nt keep our toes in the water for more then a few seconds.The “cool” swimming pool was like the temperature of a hot swimming pool in Norway.
The coolest part in this place was the big waterslides they had. First I tried the biggest one, fortunately there was only me and Torunn at this place, because there was no speed in that slide. I had to get up in the middle of it and walk through it ! But Torunn got up to quite a good speed, maybe because she wasn’t wearing a Bermuda shorts…and possibly also because my legs have a million long hairs on them, and hers doesn’t.
The other slide there was crazy. The steepest one I`ve seen, I went in it, and everything turned black, and the next I knew I was shooting water out my nose.
The trip up to the volcano was fun, me ,Torunn and Mr Lava Lava walking through pitch black rainforrest with all sorts of creatures. A bit of an adventure, specially when a bat flew down and bit Mr Lava Lava ! Pretty crazy those bats !
Watching the volcano was fun , he took us to the perfect viewpoint where we could see the whole volcano, whilst all the other sides of it was covered by clouds.
The lava was running down the sides, and sometimes we saw it shooting out from the top, and explode by the mountainside like some real hefty fireworks.
The funny thing was to see that Mr Lava Lava was as enthusiastic as us every time something happened, if not more ! Even though he sees it every day, and have probably been up there several thousands of times !
Then we went back to the spa for a heavy dinner, and now we felt ready to keep going on our journey ! What a day !
Now we would have to make the exhausting journey to Nicaragua...
And travelling in this country takes some real effort as the transportation system sucks...