Tuesday, March 13, 2018

Day 6: Liberia to La Fortuna


Today we left Liberia and headed for La Fortuna in the Arenal Region.
Group photo before leaving Liberia
We boarded the bus and began the three+ hour trek - our guide Wendy explained a lot as we drove through the dry, arid areas and entered tropical areas, noting the differences in vegetation and animals. Interesting fact - no hunting or hunting seasons in Costa Rica, only fishing is allowed.
We broke up the drive with a stop at a café where, after a brief demonstration, we tried our hand at making cheese empanadas.



Made with corn meal, salt, water and cheese, they were easy to make; a little bland and as they were pan-fried, a little greasy. Overall, a fun activity and good to have some time off the bus!
Back on the bus, we continued our trek around Lake Arenal, a very winding, narrow road with lots of hills - several of us were feeling the motion sickness. 
We rounded one corner and stopped briefly to take photos of white-faced coatis (belonging to the raccoon family)....


...and pictures of Lake Arenal


By 12:30 we reached our destination for our zip-lining tour. 



After some safety instruction, we climbed the staircase for the first of eight lines. All of us were left in awe of the breathtaking views - and were disappointed when it was over way too soon!
When finished, we traveled a couple of miles to a restaurant where we ate lunch - several different choices...beef, chicken., pork, fish, arroz con pollo, or pasta with beans, salad, hard-boiled egg, juice and water. 
After lunch we walked across the street where Wendy had spotted a sloth. Difficult to see because he was so high up and blended so well into the foliage.
Back on the bus, we were at the town of La Fortuna within a few minutes. La Fortuna is a small town, four blocks by ten blocks, so everything is within walking distance. After checking in to our hotel, Arenal Rabfer, we had time to walk around, shop and explore the town, and several in our group enjoyed gelato at a shop right across the street from our hotel.
Dinner was at 7 at the hotel; most of our group was worn out and called it an early night. Tomorrow is busy with kayaking, visiting the Arenal waterfall, and Baldi hot springs.







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Day 6: Liberia to La Fortuna

Today we left Liberia and headed for La Fortuna in the Arenal Region. Group photo before leaving Liberia We boarded the bus and began...