19.07.2009 - 22.07.2009
We jumped on a Talcopa bus at the Costa Rican passport office and began our 8 hour journey to San Jose. The bus climbed up into the mountains and the temperature dropped significantly. Due to my blasé attitude in taking my anti malaria tablets i had managed to burn my throat, i was also feeling the effects of several heavy nights and a ton of travelling. Despite all the above it was really nice to feel natural cold as opposed to AC cold which never seems the same.
Once we hit the cloud layer about 2 hours out of San Jose we could see how high we had climbed with narrow roads and perilous drops at either side, the bus pulled in to the terminal at about 6:30pm and me and Joe separated from Yvonne and Anya and went to Costa Rica Backpackers described as a 'lively' hostel in the lonely planet. The description seemed a bit unfounded as it was quite and lights out by 11pm however we did manage to stay up until 03:30am with a group of people talking about religion of all things! (although i think it was mainly the rum talking).
San Jose was reasonably nondescript, it was nice enough and had a fun bustling atmosphere but i dont think we were there for long enough to really experience it.
- Book shop in San Jose
- Central Park San Jose
- Man with flag... i forget who
We only stayed in San Jose for 2 nights in total, getting a bus to La Fortuna, a small town at the foot of the Arenal volcano (active) on the 3rd day. We checked into a popular but cheap hostel called Gringo Pete's, the owner doubled up as the tour guide Mr Lava Lava.
- Arenal volcano
Mr Lava Lava managed to sell us a trip to the Baldi hot springs, the main selling point being an all you can eat go up as many times as you want buffet! The hot springs were very touristic and had large spoonful of water park but the buffet more than made up for it!
After the first round of the buffet we hit the hot springs, there were 29 individual pools each with varying temperatures and features. One pool was 60 degrees and you could only manage to go in up to your carves, others has powerful jets of water it was like being in one giant bath!
- Me Joe and Anya at Baldi
After two hours of digestion me and Joe hit the buffet table again, the 2nd plate full was a struggle and going back into a hot bath straight after wasn't the best idea, neither was the water slides..