Costa Rica | La Fortuna

July 4, 2016

Thought I would post some of my favorite pictures from our vacation to Costa Rica this past spring break.  We had so much fun!!  We spent 6 days in the jungle and 4 days at the beach.  We flew into Liberia on the new beautiful non-stop Westjet flight, picked up our car rental and drove ourselves to the town of La Fortuna at the base of the Arenal Volcano.  So much to do here.  We were exhausted the first day from flying through the night and not really sleeping, so we checked out the town, grabbed some supper and we were in bed by 6:30pm!  Worked out well since we met Geovani the next morning at 5:30am!  The sun comes up at 5:30 in Costa Rica and sets about the same time, so things get going early!  We were booked on an animal tour with the knowledgeable and sweet Geovani.  He took us through some forests where we learned a lot about the plant life and we saw many animals including the amazing Red-Eyed Tree frog, which we even got to hold!  After the tour he took us for a typical Costa Rican breakfast and we parted ways for the afternoon.  We relaxed and played at the spectacular Tabacon Hot Springs for the afternoon.  My husband hates hot tubs/hot springs, but even he was impressed with this place and all it's waterfalls, lush vegetation & the fabulous brunch.  Later in the day we met Geovani again and he took us up close and personal with a sloth and some iguanas, but not before we visited the Red-Eyed Tree frog again!

Our third day in La Fortuna we did a chocolate tour in the morning and went for some adventure in the afternoon.  The Rainforest chocolate tour was super interesting.  It was cool to see chocolate go from the tree to what we eat.  After lunch the guys from Pure Trek picked us up and took us out for some wild and wet fun.  We rappelled down 4 waterfalls and did one monkey drop.  They call it that fun name, but really they drop you down a wire from a dizzying height.  It was terrifying and fantastic.  After our time here we drove ourselves to the Cloud Forest Reserve of Monteverde which I'll show you in my next blog post.


Geovani showing up how pepper grows on trees - who knew!003004

Taking a break and having some of Geovani's home brewed coffee.


Coolest frog ever!


Poison red dart frog - I didn't hold him.


Heard these guys humming all night.


My husband showing the boys a sloth up in the tree.


The Tabacon Hot Springs.


Had to see this frog again!


His feet were so sticky and soft.


Geovani took my phone and captured a video of this adorable creature.


We each took a turn up the ladder to see the sloth.


Ended the day with Iguanas.


Gustavo showing us exactly how chocolate is made.


Cacao plant



Best chocolate we've ever had!


Getting all harnessed up for our canyoning trip.


This first rappel was 165 feet and pretty daunting.


So proud of my kids for doing this.




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