Saturday, April 5, 2008
Welcome to the jungle...
Yesterday, we drove up to the Arenal Observatory Lodge, located fairly high on the volcano's south ridge, where we enjoyed an unbelievable view of Volcan Arenal... I watched in awe as it rumbled and belched out large rocks and smoke; I could have looked at it for hours! We hiked up to Cerro Chato, which is a crater lake surrounded by DENSE jungle, and we made it back down to the lodge just prior to a massive tropical rain storm. Then we went back to the spa, and both Todd and I spoiled ourselves with massages - Todd had a Swedish massage that worked out every last knot in his body, and I (being a bit of a massage fraidy-cat) had a reflexology massage. It was divine, to say the least! Today, we drove from La Fortuna, south through Quesada, down to Naranjo, across to Puntarenas, and north to Liberia. The narrow roads wound through the lush green countryside and were jammed with vehicles, so it was slow going, but it was fun to see some different areas. Costa Rica is sooooo beautiful!