27 March 2017
26.03.2017 88 °F
This morning it is time to leave Santa Elena but not before we have breakfast at The Orchid Coffee shop. It is located right next to one of two medical clinics we saw in this small town.
The number might have something to do with number of dirt bikes that people ride all over that town. The most we saw was one adult and three children on one bike.
But back to breakfast, I had Crepe del desayuno that was a crepe with eggs and bacon inside, covered with hollandaise sauce. Curt enjoyed waffles with eggs and mushrooms. He also enjoyed some coffee poured through what looks to us like a dirty sock but is the way to strain the coffee in Costa Rica.
For desert we shared their version of red velvet…..more like chocolate cake for us.
We filled our tire with air again and set off for La Fortuna, near Arenal Volcano. The first hour was over pretty bumpy slow roads but we found a stopping point at Viento Fresco. It was a costly $32 and a scary 20 minute ride requiring four-wheel drive but Lonely Planet said it was a site not to be missed. For about 1.5 hours we hiked past four waterfalls and got a ton of pictures. I believe Lonely Planet was correct.
On the drive out from the waterfalls we see this bird that I thought was a toucan. He actually has a small lizard in his mouth.
After another approximately 20 minutes we were back to paved road and shortly after that have our first siting of Lake Arenal and the volcano.
The rest of the drive was GORGEOUS around the lake past a multitude of adorable restaurants and multiple photo ops for the volcano.
Another photo op for these precious little coatis that are in the racoon family and were just snacking on some fruit in the middle of the road.
With the GPS we find La Fortuna Suites without difficulty. Lonely Planet says it is a bit of luxury at midrange prices but I’m not sure I agree totally. It did have two small rooms and everything we needed so after a short rest we hit the town for dinner.
Nanku ends up being our spot and I have a decent cordon bleu and Curt has a typical Costa Rican meal of rice and beans, chicken, plantains and vegetables.
The next mission was to find Arenal Oasis for our Night Frog Tour. Ian, the manager of our hotel, had booked the tour for us and we decided we didn’t need pick up. Thanks to that we nearly missed our tour because the place has a sign that is basically camouflaged.
The Frog Tour was one of my favorite things so far. Our guide, Brandon was really great and he specializes in nature photography. He was able to get this incredible picture of the Red Eyed Leaf Frog.
Common Dink Frog
Our guide, Brandon was really great and he specializes in nature photography. He was able to get this incredible picture of the Red Eyed Leaf Frog.
We ended up seeing 4 species of snakes and 9 of frogs/toads.
Cicada shells were all over and I caught this one coming out of his shell.