This weekend I had the opportunity to travel to La Fortuna, the city where Arenal Volcano is located. I was disappointed when I found out you couldn't hike nearby because it is still active, but I still got the chance to see a volcano for the first time! You have to travel by van, boat, and then another van. Everyone calls the trip "Jeep-Boat-Jeep" but I haven't figured out why, because I was definitely not in a jeep at any time during my travels here. Oh well. It's about a 3 1/2 hour journey, with about 1 hour on the boat.
The Burger KIng sign cracks me up. This was only second fast food restaurant I've seen since I've been here.
The lake is huge!
We stayed at an awesome hotel (for free, somehow. Somebody knows somebody who works there, I think.) called Arenal Lodge. It had a beautiful infinity pool but unfortunately, it was cold and rainy the whole time, so I had to settle for the jacuzzi in the room.
I also got a chance to visit the hot springs that are all around because of the volcano. The pictures are bad quality because of the steam, but you can make out a little bit of the river-type setup of the pools. There were about six pools in each section, connected together. Each time you climbed over the waterfall in between each section cold water was shot into the pool below so the temperature of the water decreased slightly each time. It was the coolest thing! I would give anything to have hot springs in my backyard :]
And finally, of course, I had to go on a hike! The entire trail by the hotel was paved with bricks and it was a very nice place to walk.