Monday, September 26, 2016

Costa Rica Trip: Arenal Volcano & Hot Spring

After almost three hours of driving from San Jose, we have reached the province of Alajuela. Once the Arenal Volcano became visible from the shuttle's window, most of us were taking pictures of such magnificent view. The conically shaped volcano is 5,358 feet high. The volcano is also known as "Pan de Azucar".

Initially, it was considered as a dormant volcano but in 1968, it unexpectedly erupted destroying the small town of Tabacon. But in 2010, Arenal has become dormant. The driver stopped for 15 minutes so we can take more pictures out of the shuttle bus. It was not in the plan to go to top or hike it so picture taking was the second best that we can do from that location.

So we continued to our next destination: Baldi Hot Springs. Thanks to the geothermal activity beneath Arenal, the area surrounding the volcano is home to a number of hot springs and Baldi is one of the best.

It is also a hotel and it boasts 25 thermal water pools. Each pool offers different level of temperature or should we say "hotness". It was very relaxing and a nice way to enjoy and appreciate the nature. You know, just staying in the heat of the water felt like the best way of just chilling and sleeping for a while.

At 6 in the evening, we had a buffet dinner and the food was amazing. It had a lot of varieties and my favorite was the dessert section. I really fell in love with Costa Rica and I really hope that I could come back soon.


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