Jeep-Boat-Jeep to La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Trip Start Apr 26, 2006
20Trip End Aug 01, 2006
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Where I stayed
Hotel Sleep Inn San Jose Downtown
When we arrived in La Fortuna we decided on accommodation at the Sleep Inn Hostel. Shane and I had been advised that it was a great place from a couple of Israeli blokes who we met climbing Volcan Baru in Panama. They were right. The Sleep Inn Hostel, near the centre of town, offers free internet access (if you can manage to get on to the one computer in the kitchen - fight tooth and nail if necessary), a decent kitchen, a hangout area and very nice rooms, some doubles with private bath and some dorm-style. The real reason why this hostel is so great is the amazing man who runs it. Carlos a.k.a. Mr. Lava Lava, as he has affectionately labeled himself, pretty much guarantees that you'll see lava flowing down the side of Volcan Arenal, the town's piece de resistance
The next night Carlos drove us to the entrance to the national park which protects the volcano. Our goal was to see fireworks again but alas, the rain had another plan for us. It poured from about 30 minutes after our arrival until about 10 minutes before we left. We didn't see the same display that we did the night before but we did catch a few rocks ejected out the top of Arenal and cascade down the side, bumping and crashing as they went. A nice couple from Quebec were nice enough to give us a ride to the main highway where good old Carlos picked us up in the rain and brought us back to the hostel.