After two fun-filled days in Tortuguero, it was time to pack our bags, hop in the boat, and head to our next destination: La Fortuna. We made the rounds of the resort saying goodbye and expressing our gratitude to our friends at Mawamba Lodge and we were off, ready for the next adventure.
The boat ride back to the bus had us spying a crocodile and more spider monkeys, but the real treat was after we had boarded our bus and got an up-close look at not one, but two of our most coveted Costa Rican species.
To say we were thrilled to see this little mama sloth and her baby make their way along the telephone wires is quite the understatement. We were completely ecstatic to not only have a closer look at this adorable animal, but to see it in motion with a baby on its belly. It is quite common to see sloths climbing the wires because it is a safer form of travel for them than crawling on the ground. And despite the reputation of being slow movers, I thought this little Wookie-looking creature was booking it.
We stopped in Guapiles once again for lunch and I got to give Diamonte a few last ear scratches before we headed to the volcanic region of Arenal.
We checked into Montana de Fuego Hotel & Spa in La Fortuna and were driven to our casita for the evening. Each of the rooms was a little house and they were adorable. We had a cozy porch and a balcony that overlooked the trees. Montana de Fuego was the perfect resort for getting a little peace and quiet and feeling like you were at a home away from home.
We settled in, enjoyed a glass of wine we had purchased at a local grocery store, and met our group for dinner in the main restaurant. With so much to choose from on the menu, Karen, Miss Bliss, and I all went for the evening’s special: steak with traditional Costa Rican side dishes. The best part about ordering the special was that the steak was prepared right in front of us and the whole dinner came with a glass of wine. We were happy girls.
Dinner was absolutely delicious and we were a satisfied bunch. Since the resort had its own hot springs, Karen and I met Bliss and the Biddies down by the springs for a little night soaking. Having never been to any kind of hot spring (and therefore checking off #21 on my 30-Before-30 list), I didn’t know what to expect, but Bliss and Karen guided me through the process. First, we lathered ourselves in volcanic mud from head to toe. Yes, mud and it was surprisingly refreshing.
We let it cake and once dry, we exfoliated our skin with the dried mud. The pebbles and leaves in the mud felt great as they scratched my collection of mosquito bites. I know, I know. I shouldn’t have done it, but it felt so good. Once we rinsed the mud off in a cold shower, we dipped into the hot spring. It was like a warm bath and felt great after the chilly rinse. Long after the Biddies had gone to bed, Bliss, Karen, and I stayed up way past our bedtime talking and laughing about our trip so far.
And we were only four days in.