Travel to La Fortuna
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Brenda and I stepped outside this morning, sat down and about six feet away to our right was a white faced monkey just sitting there watching us. We were quickly paranoid that they may be after our breakfast while the neighbors began pouring out of their rooms with cameras and fruit. As we stepped back we could see there had to be about 15 monkeys in the surrounding trees. Lucky for us they were only interested in knocking their own fruit and some coconuts out of the trees.
Our plane was scheduled to leave at 10:45 for La Fortuna so we took it easy that morning.
The rest of the airport consisted of about six round tables, a snack bar and information table. We were able to sit with another couple from Illinois who were able to tell us all about their terrifying plane ride from San Jose to Quepos in the middle of a storm.
We had about 12 people in our plane out of 15 seats. It was a two prop plane so with a small plane like that we will feel every little movement in the plane. So as we took off and met some turbulence in some thunderhead clouds I had to laugh quietly as every couple in the plane was holding hands out of some kind of fear, including us. (My wife’s statement after the trip is that she never prayed so much for her own safety than when flying and riding in cars in Costa Rica).
The trip was quick, we has a “layover” in San Jose.
The trip to La Fortuna was similar, only 25 minutes in the air. It was a nice change flying on these airplanes from traveling in the states because while we are often delayed, both of these planes left 10 minutes early because everyone was there. Once we arrive in La Fortuna we are greeted with another service charge of $7 per person because of using the airport. The one nice thing was that the desk workers in Quepos called ahead so we had a taxi waiting for us at the airport in La Fortuna.
When we arrived at Mountain Paradise hotel I screwed up. They asked if we were on our honeymoon and I said “no.
When given a tour of our “Junior Suite” we were amazed. We had a King size bed, Plasma TV, remote control lights, AC, Docking station for the i-pod, wireless internet, full size bed, lanai with hot tub, rocking chairs, fresh fruit, towels folded as swans, and in the bathroom a regular shower plus WATERFALL SHOWER, Sweet! (Waterfall showers are grate for doing laundry J ) Outside the porch/lanai we had a view of Arenal Volcano and bushes blocking the view to other rooms so we felt very private.
We began our stay visiting the pool, which had a swim up bar and the water felt like it was 100 degrees. They had the main pool plus two other pools with waterfalls that were great, unless you were like me and already had sunburn, which made the pool experience a little more painful. While chilling at the pool we got our first good look at the volcano. The clouds cleared up and we could see the steam seeping out of the peak. Then a big puff of ash which was followed by a loud rumble that sounded like Mt.
We went to dinner at the restaurant that night because we were told we would get a free “lava viewing tour.” The food was very expensive. Brenda got chicken lasagna for $18 (tasted like play-dough) while I got a $20 penne pasta with seafood (very good). The pasta had shrimp, shellfish, calamari, clams and octopus.
We got to the lobby for our 7:30 tour to see lava at the volcano (boarded about 7:40) and enjoyed the 20 min. ride getting to know the other travelers. When we arrived the viewing area was very busy as all hotels in the area seem to take their guests out to see lava when it comes out of the volcano.