The trek from San Jose to Arenal is about 200km (140 miles) through the rain forest. It’s a winding journey that takes almost 4 hours, with official directions from the Tabacon Resort listing things like “turn right at the small hospital, then go 30m and turn left.” Needless to say we made it there without getting lost, thanks to our ever alert driver Flash and his trusty navigator Mel. We wound through what’s known as “Cloud Forest” areas, they can be described as jungle that’s really really foggy. We drove through many small one road towns checking out the locals, Randy noticed that every house had their front door wide open, I guess they like the breeze and trust their neighbors! Vicki began to feel a little “queasy” so she took over the navigator duties. In the last 40km of the trip we were stopped three times by road construction, so we got out and made some friends with the other travelers, all of whom had larger cars than our box! Finally we arrived at Tabacon…
After a hop skip and a jump we landed on time in San Jose Costa Rica at 10pm on Thursday night. We then took an official taxi to our Best Western 15 min away. We threw our bags in the room and were off to look for Mel´s friend Todd who is the founder of www.GoVisitCostaRica.com. He was in the casino! Some beers later and a bit of local karoke the parents were off to bed, and we got some more Costa Rica traveling details from Todd before calling it a night.
Friday morning Randy & Vicki woke to Mel steam rolling them at 6am, ready to get the rental car (almost didn´t fit our luggage and 4 adults!!), a quick bite of rice and beans at the local Denny´s and we were on our way to La Fortuna.
Here’s our list of things we plan on doing…
- Hike the Arenal Volcano (spit over the edge)
- Rainforest canopy zipline tour (pretend we are Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman and Storm)
- Relax in the hot springs (frequent the swim-up bar)
- Deep sea fishing (catch a few guppies and a boat load of seaweed)
- Surfing (…caught my first tube today, sir)
- Sit on the beach (film a corona commercial)
…and much more!