La Fortuna Waterfall
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Last night must have worn us out, because we slept in today until after 9:00. So by the time we were showered, cleaned up and ate we missed the 10:20 bus into town. We would have to wait until 1:00. Dang!
Our plan is to go to La Fortuna waterfall today. The hotel will take us there with a short tour for $45 per person. This would bring us to $90 and we spoke with someone else who did it and they felt like it was cool, but way over priced. So we decided to get there on our own. So we got to town at about 1:30, and to hike to the waterfall from there is about 3.
The actual waterfall was pretty cool, not worth $90 so I’m glad we didn’t pay the hotel to take us there. Once arriving there were some shops and bathrooms to change in because everyone jumps in and swims near the large waterfall.
The trail was about 10 minutes, almost straight down. This part was easy, then reaching the bottom people are able to jump in with the falls and swim around in the 68 degree water. However people have died from getting too close and then sucked under by the falls so we stayed in the lower pool on the other side of a dam of rocks. Even here you could feel the strong current of the water and you could easily jump in the current start swimming up stream but not go anywhere because of the current.
The return hike was a chore, but after we saw so many people panting and covered in sweat we had prepared our minds for what was ahead. This way when we finished it actually didn’t seem that bad. The whole trip took us about 2.5 hours and we were back in La Fortuna by 4:00. We picked up our souvenirs (t-shirt and some bags of coffee) and grabbed dinner at “Gecko gourmet.” The restaurant was just north of the church and delicious. They even gave me a free plate of palm heart salad just so I could try it and it turned out pretty good.
A calm return to the hotel for us. Our last swim in the warm pool, shower and packing for our travel day tomorrow to Monteverde and the Cloud Forest.