Since our flight didn’t depart until around 7:30 pm on Friday, I had the opportunity to squeeze in one more activity before we needed to pack up, grab lunch and hit the road. I decided to do a zip line tour with Titi Canopy Tour and I had a great time. This was my first time zip lining and it was definitely worth doing. The guides took photos during the adventure, so here are a few of what they shot.
The tour ends with the chance to rappel down and then end with a Tarzan swing.
The guides encourage everyone to descend upside down, so here I am getting my feet up.
Away we go!
About ready for my swing.
Insert Tarzan yell.
And then more swinging upside down.
If you are in the Manuel Antonio/Quepos area, be sure to check out the tour. The guides were super friendly and helpful and make sure everyone has a great time.
After three nights in La Fortuna, the next stop was down to the the Pacific, near Manuel Antonio National Park. Upon entering the park, and declining another request for a tour guide, we made our way down a path/road for about 20 minutes to arrive at the beach areas.
It was a very cloudy day, which was just fine with us, since we weren’t too concerned about getting sunburned and it was quite pleasant to be outside. We found a spot under a tree and laid down our towels, aware of the need to be on guard, as the monkeys and racoons are quite adept at pilfering food and other items from the beach goers.
DiploTot was quite relaxed and wasn’t all that interested in ever leaving our laps and towels, which frankly made for an even more relaxing time. We figured she would be in constant motion, but she was content to watch everyone else and listen to the waves.
On our second visit to the beach, we went to a public area instead of Manuel Antonio, which saved us $20 and the waves were much bigger as we were not located in a lagoon/inlet. I recommend this approach if the beach is really your thing. It is worth going to the national park, but at this beach we were able to just park our car and be in the beach in a few minutes.
This is what the locals do. At the national park we were one of hundreds of tourists. At the beach outside of the park, we were the rare tourists, just hanging out with all the Ticos.
The Butterfly Conservatory had an excellent assortment of butterflies, with three screened habitats that featured native and non-native species.
We really enjoyed going to Arenal Hanging Bridges for a walk through the Costan Rican rainforest. Like most activities in Costa Rica, it wasn’t inexpensive, but it was worth it for the experience.
We quickly found that with whatever you want to do in Costa Rica, there is a tour guide you can pay to accompany you on whatever path or trail you are walking on and who will stop to point out every spider, ant, frog, monkey etc.
Some people really want all that additional information, but we simply wanted to go at our own pace and enjoy a 1.5 to 2 hour walk through the forest. We’d paid our $50 so it was time to get cracking. Here we are quickly catching up to the bottlenecks of tour groups at the start of the trail.
It didn’t take too long to get past the large groups and once we did, we were set and were commenting that it would most likely take these groups 3 to 4 hours to complete the hike.
The hike made for a great experience and the tour had a good number of hanging bridges, with many that were quite long and high, which definitely added to the fun.
After arriving in San Jose, we drove to the town of La Fortuna, which is the launching point for activities around the Arenal volcano. Our first day we hiked a trail to the remains of the old lava flow, which stopped activity around 2010. We also made it to a butterfly sanctuary.
Taking a break. DiploTot and DiploMom stayed behind while I went ahead to the end of the trail. DiploTot had to have been thinking what in the world we had drug her into.
We ventured forth over Semana Santa to Costa Rica for our first-ever trip with DiploTot. A big factor in the decision was the fact that we could get a direct flight out from Guatemala City and that it was only an hour-and-a-half away.
We had a great time and DiploTot proved to be a very adaptable traveler, even if she was awake by 5:30 am every morning, she at least always slept through the night. I’ll be posting more photos in the coming days.