After our stay in Guatemala, we headed to Costa Rica to welcome the new year in the middle of the rainforest. Our first stop was Rincon de la Vieja National Park. We took a bus from San Jose to Liberia, where a driver picked us up to bring us to the Mountain Lodge in the middle of Costa Rican rainforests – very idyllic and relaxing. As Costa Ricans would say “Pura Vida”. We took a guided hiking tour through the rainforest that led us 4 kilometers through diverse landscapes until we eventually arrived at an azure blue lagoon. The swim was refreshing and the forest packed with nice little surprises – like monkeys, coatis and baby snakes (we did not spot the mummy though) and … non-baby snakes. Long, green, creepy and, at the same time, beautiful and dainty.
After our stay in Rincon de la Vieja, we spent three days in the Arenal National Park. Although the weather was pretty bad with lots of strong showers, the sun made its way through the clouds just long enough that we got the sunburn of our life.
Enough complaining about the weather and the sunburn-pain, we decided it was high time for a new adventure. So we booked a Whitewater Rafting Tour – an experience that was just amazing. The security exercises at the beginning had already proven that we were complete beginners and learning by doing was the only real option. The tide was perfect and the adventure was absolutely great! We just loved it.
Then it was already time to say goodbye to Costa Rica – our next stop, Bocas del Toro, led us to Panama. It was a hell of a journey to get from Arenal to Bocas del Toro. All the details about the journey to Bocas and our adventures there … next time.