The only drawback to a 3d2n getaway is that the first and last days are getaway days, which only leaves a full day for exploration. But before we drive away from Arenal, hubby and I took one last stroll around the gardens and enjoyed the sights.
In the morning after breakfast, an air-conditioned mini van picked us up to deliver to the next destination. The driver drove around Lake Arenal, which is a loooong drive. However, the road is paved so it wasn't very bumpy. The road was winding though so those who get motion sickness, this was a tough ride. Lake Arenal is a man-made lake that sits at the base of the volcano. It covers nearly 33 sq mi and reaches about 200 feet deep. Lake Arenal is an important energy source, it produces about 12% of Costa Rica's electric energy.
It was a gloomy day for travel. Our driver was very accommodating. He would stop when we point out something we want to photograph, even though no one wanted to get out of the vehicle.
Many lodging structures are situated around the lake. I bet they really have wonderful views. We never even get to see or enjoy the lake up close. Time was so short.
As I'm getting accustomed to the practice, every travel stops at a designated rest stop, where the driver usually eats a meal, therefore silently inviting passengers to also do the same, give business to the restaurant.
Attached to the restaurant is a gift shop where so many bric-a-bracs and other souvenirs tempt the visitor. I have purchased a little something in this store, although I wanted to get one of these. They're just too bulky to carry around.
While the driver was eating, I went outside and people watched. How many times can I indulge in my hobby? Not many so I took advantage.
And then we travelled some more.
On deck is Monteverde.