A tropical adventure haven.
My first visit was a group multi sport trip of hiking, rafting, biking and multiple addons. We rode a 4×4 to an isolated farm to start our trek into the jungle, where we only brought what we could carry on our backs. True roughing it. We hiked through mud deep into the unknown to a quaint country shack overlooking the local active volcano. We slept in hammocks amongst the stars and it was glorious. We had homemade breakfast waiting for us every morning (made in the outdoor kitchen by the home owner) and then took off in a different direction each of the next 3 days to explore waterfalls and find exotic wilderness creatures.
Then we were off to white water raft the local rapids to reach our next hidden cliff top jungle cabins – so dreamy! Fresh fruits from the jungle were plentiful & we relaxed in our own hammocks without a care in the world. Our water adventure wasn’t so pleasant as my boat didn’t want to paddle which made the low waters hard to navigate without getting stuck frequently. At least we can laugh about it now!
We also hit the tourist Arenal Volcano area for biking and zip lining. That zip line exposed me to the Tarzan swing – basically a free fall the first 25 feet then you are literally swing out over the lush jungle. And I know your thinking do people actually beat their chest and yelp? Ahhhh yep. Surreal!
My second trip to this hidden gem was a last minute decision (seriously booked it and left 24 hours later) during the summer. I got whisked away via a boat to a lodge deep in the canals that was paradise.
I had my own log cabin overlooking the ocean and falling asleep to the crashing waves. We took a speed boat to visit the local floating cities, hiked the local trails, kayaked, ran on the beach, sipped on frilly drinks, swam in the turtle shaped pool, played board games until the wee hours of the morning and had no connection to the real world for 5 glorious days.
And I might have been the guinea pig to test that a massive spider walking on my face wouldn’t actually kill me – terrifying experience! 🕷