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Day 5 - La Fortuna

Alajuela Province
 

 

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A more leisurely start had us heading to the La Fortuna Waterfall.

First glimpse of the waterfall...

400 steps down took us to the base...










The river was extremely refreshing...




Me and some tall girl after we'd been swimming in the river and pools...


The power of the water falling 70m pushed you to the edge of the pool...





Wasp & grubs on the ceiling at the Park entrance...



After lightly teasing some Mimosa (Sensitive) Plants we headed back to town.

Miche with the Crotons outside the hotel, just slightly more leafy than ours at home!


 

The steaming volcano dominates the town...


 

Miche in front of the church...




The volcano at the end of the road, until October 2010 it was still emitting lava every day...

    


We had a lunch in a more locals orientated restaurant (La Parada) and then headed out to the lavafields for a hike.

Warning signs at the trailhead...





It's certainly a diverse country, in this 3 hour walk we started in 15 foot high grasses reminiscent of the Jurassic Park raptor encounters; passed through a section of stark lava field and descended through lush, humid rainforest. 

Miche in the long grass...

Colourful seeding...


Steve, Wendell, Graham, Cathrin & Emma crossing a section of lavafield...


Arenal Volcano...


Miche & the volcano...




Up close view of activity near the summit...



Vulture in a tree overlooking Lake Arenal...


We descended through the forest and saw a troupe of Coatimundi searching for morsels in the undergrowth. I only have some video footage and one photo, too poor even for this site, so here's a stock photo from Google...

Stock photo

Even in the dark under the canopy, there was plenty of life.

A butterfly takes a drink from a moist leaf...


Giovanni our guide and some fine Kapok Tree buttressing...


We saw all sorts of Heliconias on the trip, on this one, the larger yellowy parts are Brachts, the flowers are white and more delicate...


A rare sight, this is no earthworm or snake, it's a Purple Caecilian - a type of amphibian...


After the walk we went to Eco-Thermales volcanic thermal pools for the evening, we arrived in daylight, but the quickly setting tropical sun soon cloaked us in atmospheric darkness. It also had a manned bar served on an honesty basis.

I left the camera in the locker, so here are two photo's from their site... the pools ranged from 91 to 105 degrees, although we did slip into a small feeder pool which felt considerably hotter than the others. The plunge pool was great after that one.

Flowers near the entrance...


Back to town for dinner, here's Anita's volcanic rice...



Next Stop - Day 6 - to Monteverde


Day 1 - Travel to San Jose Day 6 - To Monteverde Day 11 - Golfito
Day 2 - To Tortuguero Day 7 - Monteverde Day 12 - To Savegre Valley
Day 3 - Tortuguero Day 8 - To Manuel Antonio Day 13 - Savegre Valley
Day 4 - To La Fortuna Day 9 - Manuel Antonio Day 14 - To San Jose
Day 5 - La Fortuna Day 10 - To Golfito Day 15 - San Jose & Home
  
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