Catarata La Fortuna

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Volcan Arenal was quite clear this morning. Best telephoto setting on my digital cam from the hotel.

Hello all,

Today was a nice mellow day.  I woke up at about 9am, early enough for the included breakfast at the Hotel San Bosco for the first time.  It was very good with plenty of fresh fruit, including the best Papaya I have ever tasted.  During breakfast another hotel patron noticed how clear Arenal was, so I grabbed the camera.  I've been very lucky!

I decided today to visit the Catarata La Fortuna, a waterfall on the Rio La Fortuna about 6km Southwest of town.  Most tours included the aforementioned horseback ride, which I was not interested in.  So I looked into another way to get there.  The front desk recomended a taxi to the catarata.

Catarata La Fortuna from the mirador.
  I took a taxi to the waterfalls admission gate for 2500 colones (about $4.85), and admission was $7.

The walk down to the river was very steep, but not as slippery as some reports would have had me believe.  The sign said it was 0.6km, and the downward hike was not so bad.  The waterfall itself was amazing.  A sheer drop from a rocky escarpment of about 65 meters into a clear blue pool of water.  The pool was surrounded by some of the most slippery rocks in recorded history, and they were certainly a challenge for my newer Timberland sandals.

Downstream a bit was a very good area for swimming, and many of the hikers made use of the clear blue water.  We had to share the river with some beautiful trout that plied the 20 meter long section of river.

Some happy little trout in the River La Fortuna.
  I was amazed how nice the area was, and even though many people made the hike down to the river things never felt crowded.

The hike back up was a whole other matter.  At least things were not too slippery, as they used a type of concrete blocks with a honeycomb type of design that was very easy to traverse.  I was pretty winded by the time I got to the top, but I was encouraged by the fact the members of the Rice University women's volleyball team were out of breath as well.

My taxi driver had given me his card when he dropped my off, but there was nobldy waiting when I wanted to head back to La Fortuna.  I figured that would be the case, so I started the walk back to town.  The downhill section on the gravel road wasn't the easiest trek in the world, but it was certainly very scenic.

Nice close up of some Leaf-Cutter Ants. This trail was at least 100 feet long, and that's just what I could see.
  Thunder started to crack in the distance as the clouds rolled in, but I was confident that my luck would hold on the walk back to town.

I made it back to town in about 70 minutes, and I was really just ambling along.  I stopped to take alot of pictures, checked out a Papaya farm, said 'hello' to a young colt, and just soaked up the rural grandeur of Costa Rica.  Unfortunately, the extra hour plus earned me my first sunburn of the trip.  :(

On the way back through town I grabbed a Coco Frio with some tasty cold coconut water, another chicken shish-ka-bob, and some Coke for mixing with my remaining Panamanian rum back at the room.  Later on another trip to Don Rufino for some Filet Mignon and a few Bavaria cervesas.  I talked to the owner of Desavio Adventure Tourism company at the bar and he recomended a tour company in my next destination Granada, Nicaragua.  Always nice to get intel on the road.

Tomorrow morning I am going to try to catch a bus from nearby El Tanque for the Nicaraguan border at Penas Blancas.  I've been told the bus from Quesada get there at 7am, 6:30am & 6am, so I am going to have to get there early to make sure.  Then again there are some here in town that think that bus is a myth, so wish me luck.

Catch ya'll later from Nicaragua!

Later, Phil

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Volcan Arenal was quite clear this…
Volcan Arenal was quite clear thi…
Catarata La Fortuna from the mirad…
Catarata La Fortuna from the mira…
Some happy little trout in the Riv…
Some happy little trout in the Ri…
Nice close up of some Leaf-Cutter …
Nice close up of some Leaf-Cutter…
This is a Papaya tree on the way t…
This is a Papaya tree on the way …
This little colt didnt even run a…
This little colt didn't even run …
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