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Travel Blogs from Bajos del Toro
... around the canopy above our heads, yelling at each other and fighting over females or nesting sites or both.
Marcos spotted this gorgeous orange-kneed tarantula somewhere along the trail. He wasn't a bit scared of it, and even picked it up to show us more closely. If this guy were to sting you it would hurt but wouldn't do any permanent damage. Personally I'm content with a photograph.
... the first part of the trip went well and we were at the boat pretty quickly. We crossed Lake Arenal by boat then continued on. The next part of the journey seemed to take forever as it was really bumpy and windy. As this was supposed to be the good road I would hate to see the other one!
When we arrived in Monteverde we found a hostel and headed off for the Extremo ...
... little roadside restaurant, adjoining a zipline tour (I admit to being tempted -- Ben not so much). We enjoyed our meal (me: traditional rice and chicken; Ben: rice, steak, onions, fresh cheese, beans, plantains, and yucca) while watching the hummingbirds zip around the bird feeders. I took a few pictures, though I fear most didn't come out as well as I'd hoped. All for the best, considering the numerous black flies enjoying the nectar meant for the birds.
We spent the rest of the afternoon enjoying a soak in the hot springs at the Kokoro Hotel on the outskirts of La Fortuna. This is the hotel where we are staying for two nights. The spring water comes out of the ground at 100-105 degrees Fahrenheit due to its proximity to Arenal Volcano. It is dark amber in color with a muddy appearance due to all the dissolved minerals, which we were told have wondrous health benefits. Our group had a good ...
Gab: Our Lonely Planet guidebook and everyone we had talked to recommended the Poás volcano over the volcan Irazú (despite the fact that the latter is much higher up), as well a leaving early before the clouds form around the volcano's summit. Admittedly, we got a late start to the day but by the time we left San Jose it was roughly 9 ...
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