Touch of the Tropics is a Touch of Life
After a 5 hour flight from New Mexico to Costa Rica, my group and I landed in San Jose ready to embark on our quest of Touch of the Tropics, that EF tours has so kindly laid out for us. We retired to our hotel rooms at the hotel Ville Tournon. Out of my school group there were nine of us; five girls, three guys including me, and my teacher.
The next day we then departed to the ecosystem Biopark. We found out about the extreme biodiversity of Costa Rica and many things that Costa Ricans do to preserve their land. After an hour hike around the park, seeing wildlife of all different sorts of plant life, our tour leader William, who is famous for his commentary, and a local Costa Rican himself, told us to hop on the bus so we head to Sarchi.
Sarchi is where all the souvenirs in Costa Rica are made. The first shop that we went into, my teacher pulled me over, for she knows Costa Rica well, and has a house in Costa Rica, and told me all about these small little “mom and pap” stores, that are cheaper and the quality is better, so fair enough I thought and went with her. I found cool little pieces of art made by locals, for less that five dollars USA.
Next we crept up to a hotel by Arenal volcano, called Hotel Renal. The rooms were in little cabins and the dinning are, pool, and reception were all out doors. We got there at night, so we couldn’t see then, but in the morning, there was a good view of the Volcano, which at the time was not active, but some smoke was coming out of it, and there was a lovely river running through a forest that was next to my cabin, but our cabin was the farthest one, and at night, you could not see where you were going.
The next morning, we took a trip to Arenal volcano to see the crater, which most people never see in their whole lives do to all the smoke and clouds covering the crater. My teacher said, that she has been there 15 times, and has only see the crater once. We were very lucky.
The next was my favorite day because I was wet the entire day. In the morning, we hiked down to a small little waterfall in the town of Poas, where we swam, and my buddies and I got yelled at by the lifeguard. After the waterfall, we went kayaking in Lake Arenal, which has and old city under it that was flooded a long time ago. My companion, in the kayak, was not the most helpful, but we were able to kayak across the lake and back, by which most of the work was done by me. After a hike down to a waterfall and kayaking, we went to Baldi and its famous hotsprings, where I went with my group was very hot and I could not stand it, but I stayed. There was also a spring that had 152 degree water. No body went in. Then when we got back to the hotel, we all jumped into the pool.
The next day we hiked up the treacherous road to Monteverde, which was about 5 hours. The day after e went ziplining, in the canopies and above the canopies. I did something called a Tarzan swing, which is where you jump off a tree and swing around like Tarzan. The next day, before moving on, we went horseback riding on the road and did a little mountain trail.
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