No volcano in sight but beautiful country

Trip Start Jan 27, 2012
Trip End Feb 06, 2012

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Hot springs and sloths!

Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Guanacaste,
Friday, February 3, 2012

We have stayed the last two nights here in La Fortuna at the base of the Arenal volcano but the top has been covered with clouds so we could not see it. Apparently you can only see the top about 30% of the time, and the chances of seeing an actual eruption are very small.

Yesterday, we did not go with the group on a 4 hour round trip bus ride to do another river cruise of about 1 hour to see most of the same things we saw in Tortuguero. Instead, we took a taxi to a local ecocenter south of town. IT was a private reserve but we had an excellent guide just for the two of us and saw two and three toed tree sloths hanging in the trees, iguanas again high in the trees and an excellent buttterfly enclosure. The best thing was that our private guide had a huge telescope on a tripod so he would spot the animals high in the trees and focus on them and then let us see.

We also had a visit with a member of one of the indigenous tribes, Maliku. Shirley helped the local economy (a lot) by purchasing some of the native handicrafts - more treasures, Lisa.

In the afternoon, we went to the Baldi hot springs, pools that are heated by the volcano. Temperatures varied from 104 degrees, 120, 130, and even 150 degrees. Noone got in the upper temperature ones. It would be dangerous but you could do it. The pools were terraced down a hillside with beautiful landscaping surrounding it. I even got in for a few minutes just to say I did (Shirley that is), but when it is over 85 degrees and 90 percent humidity, it is not exactly comfortable to stay in a long time for me.

We are off this morning (wake up call at 5:30 am) to go to Guanagaste to spend 2 days at a beautiful resort on the beach. More later.

Off to a breakfast of rice, beans, plantains and eggs with lots of delicious fresh pineapple .

Costa Rica Bob and Shirley
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Lisa on

Yay more treasures! And I would have loved to see the sloths - I've always wondered if there is some significant difference between the two-toed and three-toed sloths besides the toes. Here I've been chauffering Christine to the gem show when I am not working. She can't yet sit down so she has to lie in the back of the car while I drive. If you can think of anything you may want at the gem show let me know and we'll try to get it. Both Christine and I have been mainly looking and not buying much this time, but I haven't yet been to Gary Wilson, who has my favorite drilled matte-finish stones

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