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Feb 10, 2018 - Exploring the Arenal Rainforest

What a day. We started with breakfast here at Chateau Nicholas after arriving by bus yesterday to greeting from John and Cathy, former New Yorkers, and their three great danes. Beautiful place with native landscaping and lots of birds. We sat in rocking chairs outside watching the birds trying to catch just the right shot. This place overlooks Lake Arenal created 38 years ago when a dam was built. Balo and Emilie arrived today at the appointed hour, 9:30 and we were off to visit the Arenal Hanging Bridge Park which is 600 acres of protected...

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Jan 19, 2013 - Arenal Volcano

I arrived in Arenal late this afternoon. Pleasantly surprised how nice my hotel is :) Hopefully I'll work up my courage to go Waterfall Repelling tomorrow...I'll let you all know tomorrow...

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Nov 28, 2011 - Breakfast, nature walk, head to Santa Elena

After eating a buffet breakfast in the lodge, we took part in a two hour walk of the grounds understanding in detail what we saw the day before on our self guided tour. The flora was beautiful and we took lots of great pictures. We headed out at noon to Santa Alena and Monte Verde for a two day stay. We took an unexpected side road (except for the master navigator - Mr. Veronica - working magic with Mr. Hole) at Nuevo Arenal to see a massive Ceiba. It's a big tree that locals believe to be 500 years old and 175 feet tall. However, we...

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Jul 30, 2010 - Arenal

Dzisiaj rano pelne lenistwo - spanie do poludnia (z mala przerwa na mega sniadanie - Hania miala typowe lokalne sniadanie z ryzu, czarnej fasoli, jajecznicy i platana, a Tomek sniadanie tropikalne, czyli ogromny talerz owocow i tosty z dzemem z Guawy). O 4.00 rozpoczynamy wspinaczke na najbardziej aktywny wulkan na Kostaryce. Potem idziemy na kapiele w goracych zrodlach Baldi (ogrzewane przez lawe z wulkanu).

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Feb 26, 2008 - Trip to Arenal Volcano

The van picked me up early for the 5 hour drive to Arenal Volcano in the north of Costa Rica. The landscape changed from scrub land and beach to lush green highlands as we climbed higher. We stopped along the way to see some pizotes on the side of the highway. They are related to the raccoon and seem accustomed to humans but they do have teeth. Finally Lake Arenal, largest freshwater lake in Costa Rica, came into view. As we drove around the lake we finally saw the volcano. Its cone is at 1733 meters or 5600 feet above sea level. Among the...

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Feb 11, 2008 - Tamarindo to Arenal Pariaiso

Feb 11 Tamarindo to Arenal Paraiso. 154 miles. 2640 miles from McAllen. 3689 miles from home. Another good breakfast spread, eating too much. Rick, Roger, Bern and I left early, before the others. 92 when we left and only 82 when we got into the mountains. Pleasant ride to Arenal area. Went thru several showers nearing Arenal, felt good and dried quickly. Another Dragon ride but roads were mostly good. Wind very high, hard to stay on road sometimes. Saw howler monkeys and sloths, just hanging, not moving. In one area a van in front on us...

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Nov 9, 2007 - The Arenal Volcano

After yesterday's early morning adventures on the mountain bike, and our non-stop, action packed tour thus far, I was ready for a day to take it easy, including finding some breakfast, more writing, and another walk around town. After paying for all my adventures in La Fortuna at the tour office, I touristed around the church. It has a beautiful rose window of its patron, St. John Bosco. I had hoped that the local church might be having a service that I could attend, but that didn't work out, so I wandered over to the Lava Rocks cafe...

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Jul 3, 2007 - Zip-Lining in Arenal

Now the Kiwis reading this blog are about to experience an unsettling feeling because they like to promote Queenstown as the 'Adventure Capital of the World...', well move aside Queenstown & make way for Arenal. This place has it ALL, Canyoning, Zip-Lining, trips to the Arenal crater are among many activities here. Today we tried Zip-Lining. 8 cables spaning vast gorges, some of the cables being 130-150m in length, with drops of 600ft to the canyon below. Once again, getting to the place is an adventure itself, crossing swollen rivers,...

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