Natural Springs to Mind

Trip Start Dec 25, 2012
Trip End Aug 02, 2013

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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Alajuela,
Tuesday, March 5, 2013

La Fortuna is a cinder block town decorated with sprawling greenery connecting the Cloud Forrest and the looming Cerro Arenal, one of Costa Rica's most active volcanos. Unfortunately, as we had brought the clouds and rainy weather from Monteverde with us, the amazing panoramic views of the bubbling mountain were well hidden during our short say.

As our guide led us down a seemingly un-inviting path to the Tabacon Hot Springs, we all felt we may have been taken for a ride. The path, which felt like an almost drain like channel, led to a wall crowned by a cinder block bridge. With low expectations as we crawled through a little hole in the concrete obstacle, we were all pleasantly surprised. A stream of water cascaded over smooth rocks which pooled into 34 degree steaming baths. It was a welcome and beautiful intermission between our jeep boat jeep and our hike up Arenal Volcano.

After spending an hour or so enjoying the warmth of the springs and the very pleasant surroundings we were all ready to head to bed. Our decision to enjoy the springs before the volcano in order to miss the crowds was maybe not the best idea.

With an ever so lite sprinkle of rain moistening the dirt beneath our feet we continued our adventure through the mist walking past tree trunks hundreds of years old, climbing over moss covered rocks, swinging from vines and searching for tarantulas. Alas, again because of the clouds, we missed out on seeing any volcanic activity Arenal had to offer.
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