Hot springs, rappelling, horseback riding, ziplining, butterfly/frog habitats
La Fortuna Travel Blog› entry 12 of 16 › view all entries
June 21st, 2006 – by: smhirsch
After a day of ziplining and horseback riding, we were all ready to relax and our hotel had a pool that was perfect for that.
The Baldi Thermal Springs are definitely a must if you're in that area. For us, it was amazing, since we were all sore and exhausted from the activities the day before (and a bunch of people stayed out late that night, too). Anyway, the hot springs were amazing. I found it kind of strange that they consisted of natural water in manmade pools. I had never been to hot springs before, and I guess I assumed it would be more natural. Doesn't really matter, though, because it was very enjoyable. There are a lot of pools there, many of which are connected. You can see Volcan Arenal not too far off in the distance, and the volcano is actually a great way to figure out the temperature of the springs.
The next day, it was time for more zip lining, horseback riding, and some rappelling. Half of us went rappelling (down an 80m waterfall) in the morning, and half went in the afternoon. I was in the first group to go rappelling, and it was pretty much amazing.
From there, we hopped on some horses (that weren't in the best condition) and headed to this presentation by some of the Maleku tribe that are native to the area. I found the presentation to be kind of weird because the Maleku were trying to put on a show as the natives would have worshipped way back when, but you could see their common clothes under their costumes...and the woman was wearing nail polish! Coming from spending 2 weeks with the indigenous Bri Bri tribe, I knew this presentation was not realistic to how the Maleku people are today. It really was a show...one they had probably rehearsed over and over to get it right, instead of just knowing it because it is part of their lives. They did, however, have some very nice carved and painted gourds for sale, and I ended up getting two of them (probably should have only bought one, but oh well.
After the presentation, we had lunch, and then it was time for my group to go zip lining. The harness was a bit different than at Monteverde (no handles and you wore a leather guard on your dominant hand), and there was a different technique to slowing down (it was a little harder here than there). The actual zip lining, however, was like 100x more fun. The staff was hysterical and kept joking around with us and having fun. At Monteverde, it seemed almost like they were just putting up with us (but what would you expect when a group of 45 college kids show up for the afternoon). Although I got stuck on one of the lines (6 others did, too) it was way more fun than the zip lining 2 days earlier.
Right before we left, we took a tour of the butterfly and frog garden. It was really cool. My favorite thing was being able to see to blue jeans frog (yes, that's its actual name) because we didn't get to see any of those at Kekoldi. I also really liked one of the butterflies that was a bright blue with some black markings...absolutely beautiful.
When we got back to the Luigi's Lodge, I lay down on the bed and apparently just fell asleep, shoes and everything. My roommates for La Fortuna had to wake me up 5 hours later to go to dinner...pretty funny.
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