While vising Tiffany in Costa Rica, we decided to take a day trip with her two daughters from Nuevo Arenal to La Fortuna. It’s about an hour way and there is only one bus there in the morning and one bus back in the evening. La Fortuna is a charming small town with amazing views of the Arenal Volcano. We spent the beginning of the day going to this local rope swing. It’s an area that is part of the cold springs from the la Fortuna Waterfall. It doesn’t seem that high and I decided that I just had to jump. Well, I’m not the most coordinated or graceful person and when I jumped, I landed on my side. It hurt like hell, but my adrenaline was pumping and didn’t realize just how badly I was hurt. I decided to jump another time; however, this time I jumped of the edge of the cliff, not the rope swing. We spent some time there climbing around the falls and just lounging. Afterwards, we headed into town ate lunch and grabbed a cab to get the the hot springs.
The Tabacon Hot Springs are about 7 miles outside of La Fortuna. There is a swanky hotel there and they charge $65 to get access into the springs. However, right next door, you can go to the same hot springs for free. It was amazing. We ate some snacks, drank some guaro and just relaxed. We knew that there was only one bus back to Nuevo Arenal, so we gathered all our stuff and decided to go the bus stop about an hour or so earlier than it’s scheduled time.
We waited and waited and waited. It was getting dark. The bus stop is not a tiny spot that you could just miss on the road. It’s not set back, so that even if we were there waiting, you couldn’t see us. Nope, none of those things. Soon enough, we see the bus coming and as we stood on the edge of the road, we watched as it just passed right by us. We were screwed! It was dark and we were an hour away from home. Since it was a day trip, we had very little cash on us. Just enough to grab a taxi back into La Fortuna, but that’s all. Tiffany and would have just made an adventure out of it, got a cab and figured something out, but we had her two girls with us. Luckily, one of the hotel’s van pick-up guys saw us and told us that he would drive us all the way back to Nuevo Arenal for about $50. We were so grateful. It was late and the girls were exhausted. What great tico hospitality!