Travel Blogs from Santa Elena
... cabinas eddy' in Santa elena, the nearby town. Walking anywhere is a bit of a tough slog as its very up and down! However it's nice to walk somewhere a bit cooler and the temperature in the evenings was enough to require trousers or even a jumper.
Monday we spent the morning going on a walk up the hills to a trail where there is a big ficas tree. It's a big hollow tree with a weird lattice structure, as you can see in the photos, which means you can climb up ...
... face down with no hands holding on.
We then had a choice to do a 'mega Tarzan swing', however the guides refused to tell us what this actually involved... Us and a few others decided to go for it anyway, even though a guy went first and screamed - which wasn't very reassuring! It was essentially a bungee/swing from a 50m platform, and they even push you off at the start so you don't ...
... long hike at 1:32 and exited the national park at 1:44, driving 17 minutes east into La Fortuna, population 10,000. We stopped first at the Original Grand Gallery, a large woodworking shop, then sat down to lunch at 2:25 at Delicias de Costa Rica restaurant, which Justin and Silvia had recommended from a prior visit only to realize the menu had totally changed to their displeasure. I had fajitas, which were pretty good, and dashed across the street to a ...
... and the (artificial) lake Arenal. I had read in our guidebook that there was good kitesurfing, windsurfing and wakeboarding on the lake so the plan was to spend a night in the town of Nuevo Arenal which is located near the lake. Why is it called Nuevo Arenal? Because the original town of Arenal is currently situated several meters below the waters of lake Arenal. Indeed, the Costa Rican government intentionally flooded the valley in the 1970s ...
... made haggis, for instance. We had the national dish, casada, which is a wonderful plate filled with chicken, rice and beans...
A path on the Hotel Belmar's grounds was next and actually offered some very pretty creek-side viewing. That took about half an hour, so we still had some day. Steve turned his attention to blog writing (you're welcome, you ungrateful *******s) and Julie read.
By 4:30 we were plenty ready for cocktails and ...
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