Wow. How can I put the experiences I made in the last few days in a post? I’ll try my best…
I arrived in La Fortuna with my dad and his wife Kathleen. The last kilometers that took us around Lake Arenal were beautiful and gave the whole trip a good start. Once I arrived in the Hostel they wanted to charge me way more then I was supposed to. Great! My temper was rising but fortunately the problem was solved quickly. I spent the afternoon by myself and had dinner. At night I got to know the girls from my dorm. One german girl that was in her Master in Chemistry and felt the need to travel before getting sucked into the working life. Then I met Kelly and Fabiola. Kelly, from Michigan (US) is 33 and yes she has an old soul but she’s still full of young energy and is not afraid of going through changes. Fabiola from Guadalajara (Mexico) is a young woman that is incredibly positive and has already seen 60 countries.
Kelly, 33, Michigan (US) Fabiola, 22, Guadalajara (Mexico)
The next day Kelly and I started our first adventure together. We got picked up by the bus at 9pm and sat down next to two portuguese guys.
I sat next to Joao (please think that there is this wave over the a) who is 20 and from Lissabon. We talked a lot throughout the bus rides and realized quickly that we had a similar opinion concerning how life should not be like. He turned out to be a free spirit that wanted to life his life on its fullest. Shortly we had very interesting conversations and laughed a lot.
The first part of the day was a hike to the Volcano which took us about 2.5 hours until we reached the top.
This hike was intense because the paths were narrow a lot of the time and not even at all. But that made it even more fun and adventurous. On the way our guide showed us plants and explained their effects as well as funny animals, insects
There was so much to see during the hike and the dusty and wet weather kind of suited the whole atmosphere instead of making it bad. When we reached the view point everybodys jaws dropped because the view was just to breathtaking… But I will not try to describe it so see for yourself
We walked down a different path that only took 45 minutes and was way more easy and relaxed. We even heard a wild turkey. On this way down I got to know Rob and a german guy whose name I just can’t remember. Rob, 38, from London (UK) is best described as the “Old Peter Pan” (his own words). He is a very charismatic man and I enjoyed our conversations and it didn’t feel like I was talking to somebody that was 20 years older. The german guy, 32, from Germany has been living in London for the last 5 years and has one of the cutest smiles I’ve seen so far.
When we got down from the hike back to our hut Joao, another guy, a girl and me jumped into a lake that had the greenest water I have ever seen. Afterwards we finally had lunch but headed back into the bus quickly. Our next destination was a waterfall and another hike over hanging bridges. We reached the waterfall very quickly and saw Spider monkeys on our way there. The biggest monkeys in Costa Rica.
This hike was rather relaxed because the path was a path so it was mostly even and did not have many ups and downs.
The waterfall just looked incredible. We reached it over hand built stairs that didn’t feel very safe but who cares we reached the waterfall and were able to see how beautiful nature is.
We continued the hike and reached hanging bridges that were just perfect for pictures and for scarying people when you jumped up and down.
At the end of the last bridge we had an amazing view again.
As our final adventureous stop we reached a place where we were able to see the famous green frogs with the green eyes. Unfortunately I could not take a picture.
Exhausted and damp but completely happy we all sat in the bus to our final destination. The natural hot springs! I don’t have pictures because I was in the water but imagine walking down a street and then walking down some stairs that lead you to a place under a bridge where the water is hot and cozy. The hot springs were surrounded by natural stones and were slightly opened on one side because the water had to go somewhere. It is hard to explain but it is like a small waterfall with hot water. We were served alcohol and had an amazing time in there. There even was a small cave under the “waterfall” where we could dive into. It was just magical! My only problem was the strong current. I felt like I was the only person that was not able to sit in there without floating away. One time I was nearly washed away over the rocks and into a rockpool which would not have ended up well but I was glad that my heroes Rob and the german guy grabbed me and helped me out of the current. We went back to our hostels and met up for dinner later that evening. What a day!
The next day Kelly and I were unsure what we should do so we we went to an adventure company and decided quickly that we wanted to go ziplining and to some hot springs again. But this started at 2:30 pm so we had many hours left… Then it got to me when I saw a sign for scooters. I convinced Kelly and minutes later we were ready with our scooters. We were joined by Rob again so us three made a trip to a rock park first. I cannot describe this place. To me it was more beautiful then the waterfall and the hot springs because it was even more pure and private under a bridge.
We jumped in there several times with a rope and Rob and I attempted and mastered to climb a rock and jump down from there.
This was my highlight of the whole La Fortuna experience and afterwards we drove to Lake Arenal and just enjoyed the ride around it.
This was followed by a very good conversation in a nice restaurant about life and all that stuff.
At 2:30 pm Kelly and I got picked up for our last adventure: Ziplining! To be honest I expected it to be a bit faster and longer but the view was still amazing and it was a lot of fun too! The highlight of that excursion was the Tarzan swing where you had a free fall for about a second that was followed by a swing through the jungle for another 3 minutes. The best experience ever! Now I feel like doing bunjeejumping and jumping out of a plane as well… At night Kelly and I went to some hot springs again that were a bit crowded but I had one of the most interesting conversations ever. Kelly has kind of like a third eye so she is able to see things fro the future. Most people would not believe such spiritual things but she told me so many things about what people I’m going to see again and where that I was just impressed and listened to her for hours. I am excited if I’m really meant to meet those people again or not… But I’m looking forward to everything that will happen!
All in all I left La Fortuna and the people there kind of sad but with great experiences in my pocket.
And I am looking forward to travel with my girls through Peru for a while and at the end maybe visit Fabiola in Mexico as well! I can’t wait for the future!