Sunday September 12, 2010 – La Fortuna
Sunday morning started out early. It was light out by 4am and I was up at 5:30am. We went for breakfast at the hotel. They have pancakes, sausage, poached eggs with hot sauce, corn bread, toast and fresh fruit.
We went to the hanging bridges first. We arrived at 7:30am when they opened and were the first ones through. The hanging bridges were nice but slightly scary. We started our 3 kilometer walk with very little wildlife. About 30 minutes in we saw a large bird in the trees. Then some squirrells scurrying around.
The views from the bridges were amazing. The longest bridge was 98m long and the highest was 45m high. Finally about 2 hours into our hike we passed a couple with a guide walking the trail in the opposite direction. The guide gave us the heads up that there was a group of monkeys at the next hanging bridge. Exciting!
Luckily, the monkeys were still there when we came up to the bridge. There was one monkey sitting on the wires for the bridges andd one on a tree just above the bridge. We also saw a momma with a baby on her back. Overall we saw 6 or 7 different monkeys in the trees with the closest monkey being about 20/30 feet from us. We watched them play and eat for 20 minutes or so before we were on our way.
It took us 2.5 hours to hike the 3 kilometers over the 6 hanging and 8 standing bridges. So fun.
Next we headed to the Arenal Volcano National Park. We hiked the 4 kilometers through the national park and were able to climb around on the lava flow from the 1992 explosion. From the top of the lava we could see the volcano in front of us and Lake Arenal (which was man-made for hydroelectricity) behind us.
On the hike back to the car, we passed a 100year old Ceibo tree that was 40m high. The tree was huge.
Neil almost stepped on a snake. A little red & black striped snake. Of course I screamed. We also saw an armadillo on the trail and a lot of lizards.
Next we went into town for lunch. We ate at Luigi's Pizza. We ordered a small pizza which ended up being a personal pan pizza. If only we would have known. We also did some shopping and looking around. The trip into town was finished off with some ice cream.
Then it was back to the hotel for a swim. The weather was hot and muggy, so the pool felt nice and relaxing We were able to watch the volcano smoked most of the night.
For dinner we headed to Red Rock Steakhouse. Neil picked the restaurant, since we had dove by it several times. We pulled up at 6pm and there was no one else there. The menu looked good. Neil ordered the Red Rock Loin and I ordered the filet mignon and $ 0.50 garlic bread (yummy!). As the server was at the table, the volcano erupted. We saw red lava!
Dinner was excellent! The service was awesome. The steaks were huge. Neil's Red Rock Loin had mushroom sauce and huge shrimp on it. All for $40!. To top it off we got suckers with our check.
Finally, it was back to the pool for a quick swim, then off to bed!