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Parque Central in La Fortuna.

Headed to La Fortuna after the rafting trip.  The driver dropped me off at Arenal Backpackers and I found out there was no vacancy.  The desk staff were really nice and helped find me another place to stay.  A guy they knew that owned a small hotel right around the corner said he had a room I could have to myself for $15/night.  It even had a TV and my own shower!!  I could tell I was starting to get sick (tonsilitis) so I thought relaxing with a room to myself would be a good idea.  I first walked down to the ATM to get some money, as my money came out I didn't grab my card in time and my card sucked back into the ATM!!  Since it was Saturday night I wouldn't be able to get my card back until Monday morning, arg!  I walked back to Backpackers and the man from the other hotel came and picked me up.

Pisote sighting on the way to Tamarindo!
  It was so nice to have a room to myself for the night.  I went to bed right away, it had been a long day.  I decided to check out Arenal the next day and really wanted to go to one of the hot springs.  The next morning I woke up and got some lunch, and went to the pharmacy to get some Vitamin C pills.  I was NOT feeling good and my tonsils were swollen.  I took the 3 pm tour of Arenal, which was neat, but since I was sick I wasn't really feeling it.  Around dusk the tour went to watch for Lava from Volcano Arenal.  Maybe it was because I wasn't feeling good, but to me it wasn't that exciting.  We were SO far away and the only 'lava' that we saw was just for a couple seconds.  It wasn't really what I was hoping for, but I'm still glad I went.
Enjoying the Baldi hot springs.
  Next they brought us to the hot springs.  I decided to go to Baldi instead of the more popular Tabacon, because it was much cheaper and I was running out of money (haha.)  The hot springs included a nice meal.   Baldi was very neat, however there were only 1 or 2 REALLY hot pools which I wanted.  Also although the water was 'natural heated' it kind of seemed just like pools with hot water.  I would have liked to find a natural hot spring pool somewhere.  It was nice though and I enjoyed it.  I got back to my room that night and slept soo nice!!  The next morning I had to go to the bank to get my ATM card back, as I was trying to leave that morning for Tamarindo!  The ladies at the bank were SO nice and I really appreciated their help.
Parque Central
  In general, Costa Ricans have been so helpful and nice!! Great feeling!! I got my card back and decided to splurge a bit on Interbus to Tamarindo.  I still wasn't feeling well, and $35 or so for a private, A/C shuttle to my next hostel sounded worth it.  And it so was!  The driver was really nice, we stopped at Lake Arenal to take a couple photos, and I came into contact with my first pisote sighting!! We stopped to take pictures and fed them some cheetos!!  The driver took me right to Tamarindo Backpackers, I was glad I made it to La Fortuna to check out Arenal.

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Parque Central in La Fortuna.
Parque Central in La Fortuna.
Pisote sighting on the way to Tama…
Pisote sighting on the way to Tam…
Enjoying the Baldi hot springs.
Enjoying the Baldi hot springs.
Parque Central
Parque Central
Parque Central
Parque Central
Volcano Arenal
Volcano Arenal
Volcano Arenal
Volcano Arenal
Hike at Arenal
Hike at Arenal
waiting to see lava
waiting to see lava
yummy meal at Baldi!
yummy meal at Baldi!
Baldi Hot Springs
Baldi Hot Springs
watch dog across the street from m…
watch dog across the street from …
Bobby - the dog at the hotel!  Of …
Bobby - the dog at the hotel! Of…
Pisote sighting!
Pisote sighting!
lots of them scurring around for f…
lots of them scurring around for …
odd little creatures!
odd little creatures!
can I have a cheeto please?
can I have a cheeto please?
Lake Arenal
Lake Arenal
La Fortuna
photo by: jeannajumps