Rainbow Valley Lodge
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It was an early start again today to catch a 9 hour bus to San Juan Del Sur to ensure we got decent accommodation for Sunday Funday. We arrived just after midday, after a lot of sweaty, bumpy buses. My first impressions of San Juan weren't great, I thought it was pretty dirty, hot, and too party party. But I was ...
... luggage. So we are now in the town of Santa Elena, in the Monteverde region of Costa Rica, a 4 hour ride from alejuela. And what a ride it was! Quite scenic ... Lush and green with mountains all around, on a fine road that led to the sea. Then we headed back inland. Quite the twisty, curvy, up and down road, with nary a shoulder, just a line of trees, or a caution tape between the trees, warning of a potential fall down the mountain. And then the paving ran out and the ...
... view of Volcan Arenal with the sun not even over the horizon. It lasted just long enough for everyone to get out their cameras and shoot a few pictures before the clouds rolled back in. The kids were up for the rest of the day!
Remember the hike in all downhill. The kids were great on the hike out, but there weren't as many smiles and laughs. We stayed a bit longer than the other families and took a detour to a beautiful waterfall on our way out.
... a sloth and some mini frogs, then we went canyoneering with Lost Canyon. This consisted of walking down a canyon with a bit of abseiling. However only one descent was like real abseiling where you were in control, two more were very small, and the final one looked extreme, but the tour company were basically in control of your descent so it was more like ziplining. I enjoyed it but would have preferred a more controlled abseil experience. I suppose they do it like this due ...
... Lots more on coffee later when we visit a family coffee plantation. Phoebe and Hugh seemed to know most of the vendors and we strolled around saying hello and picking up some fruits and veggies.
As we watched the sunset we talked about where we should have our next reunion--the best option could be Thanksgiving 2015 at Polly and Jim's house in Bacalar, Quintana Roo.
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