By the time we got all seated in the van (Interbus) bound for destination #2, La Fortuna, we have been traveling half a day. This was a travel day. The drive was according to our itinerary was 2.5 hours. It felt more like 4 hours. The long drive gave me a chance to indulge in wool gathering; hence, almost no drive by photos.
I said almost no drive by photos. We passed by varied landscape from agricultural to small towns.
Unlike our entire stay in Tortuguero, the expected rainy season was what greeted us as we neared La Fortuna.
We passed by the town of La Fortuna on the way to the hotel. We arrived at our accommodation tired from a whole day's journey around 5 pm. It was raining still. We didn't have any plans for the night, although I was okay with just staying put for the night. Needless to say I could use some relaxing after all the traveling. But the Sacramento lady in our tour group suggested why not soak in hot water spring tonight? Why not indeed? Why waste precious moments sleeping? We can do that when we get back home.
Luckily by the time we decided to go to the springs, our Interbus driver was still around. We talked him into taking us to the springs and back to the hotel. He agreed to pick us up from our hotel at 6 pm, and then take us back by 9 pm.
Tabacon Hot Spring is the main hot spring attraction here, but we decided to go to Baldi Hot Springs. They have many pools with different temperature level. Part of the fun is checking each pool for one's heat tolerance threshold. We found the one that has a waterfall that feels like you're getting an aqua massage as the one we would spend time in. Included with the admission to the pools is free meals. They have a buffet setup, men must wear a shirt to eat, but women can walk around and eat in their bathing suit. I don't have any pictures here that are worth sharing :). I was more interested in relieving aching muscles than photographing the place.
We didn't get the full effect of how beautiful our hotel is until the next day in full sun. We arrived the evening before in pouring rain and very gloomy skies.
We stayed in Mountain Paradise Hotel. The rooms are spread out over the property in one storey bungalow-like set-up. Each one contains 2 room. So much privacy, you don't even see or hear the other room. Our room was the closest to the front desk and restaurant/dining area.
The room is really spacious, had two king-sided beds, air-conditioned, with volcano views outside our room and just outside our bedroom is a little balcony that contains our own jacuzzi. But the bathroom is the main star. Not only is it very spacious, it also has two showers, one regular shower to the left and on the right it has the waterfalls shower with real live plants. Luxurious. For one who travels on a budget, this one's really luxury to me.
Hubby is waiting for the cloud covering the peak of the volcano to pass so he could shoot.
The dining room/restaurant, a few minutes walk away.
The view of the volcano from the dining area.
But wait here's what's in the garden:
The fruits are free to guests. We helped ourselves.
Just outside our room, I watched hummingbirds and never felt so alive.
We're ready to explore La Fortuna and see it's natural wonders.