Monday, September 4, 2017

Costa Rica Highlights!

Costa Rica has been on my bucket list but I only wanted to travel there with someone who was fluent in Spanish. So glad Garrett wanted to go with me and was the perfect companion and chauffeur.

Our first full day was spent in the Arenal area touring the Mistico Hanging Bridges, hiking to the base of the Arenal Volcano, a wonderful Costa Rican lunch and swimming at La Fortuna waterfall. We spent our first two nights at Volcano Lodge and Hot Springs and loved coming home after a full day of touring to relax in the natural hot springs at the hotel...

We went on a 2-1/2 hour river rafting adventure in Class III-IV rapids down the Rio Tenorio which was absolutely crazy! I posted several pictures so you could see just how huge these rapids were!

We spent the next night at Hacienda Guachipelin which is close to Rincon National Park. We enjoyed the Volcanic Mud Hot Springs onsite and the other hotel amenities. Our next day included a full day of horseback riding, tubing and ziplining...

Our next three nights were spent at the Riu Guanacaste All-Inclusive Resort on the beach. It was beautiful and the food was so good too.

Our next adventure was another winner. ATV riding across beaches, through rivers and over mountains. We had a pro surfer take us to Tamarindo Beach and teach us how to surf. Garrett and I were both able to get up many times--Garrett, of course, much better of the two of us...

Garrett negotiated a wonderful hour-long massage with a mother-son team in the souvenir village. They did a fabulous job or a great rate!

After we checked out of the resort Sunday morning we drove to a ward in Liberia and attended Sacrament Meeting. The members were kind and a couple of the speakers referred to Garrett in their talk as they had a chance to talk to him before the meeting began.

Our last night was spent in San Jose close to the airport so we could do a little sightseeing on our last day and then head to the airport. We were so excited to find the temple on our drive!

Garrett and I had such a fun 9 days together and said Pura Vida more than we probably wanted... :)

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