|Up at 6am as we have a boat tour on the Sarapiqui River starting at 6.30am, for 2 hours. We walk to the river to meet our boat and its captain, Jose. We travel slowly down river looking for birds and animals. We see quite a few birds, like toucans, curassows, motmots, green ibis, leopard heron, kingfishers and woodpeckers. We also see some bats on a tree trunk and two caiman, one of which we can get within a metre of, so its a nice close up look. The river is so peaceful. We are the only boat on the river and the only other noise we hear are the noises of the rain forest, like the howler monkeys and birds calling. When we return to the hotel we have breakfast and then have a little more time to walk the trails around the hotel looking for more wildlife. We leave at 10.30 to travel to La Fortuna. The drive takes us past fertile farmlands where there are fields of pineapple, more banana and papaya.
For lunch we stop at Rio San Rafael where there is a restaurant named Las Iguanas after the local residents, green iguanas, which despite their name come in different colours. The iguanas lie all over the footpath, along the bridge and in the trees near the river. They aren't at all perturbed by us tourists. The mature iguanas we see are over a metre long and are rusty/brown in colour. We also see an baby iguana in a tree and that one is green.
We arrive in La Fortuna near the Arenal Volcano. We have 1/2 hour to wander the town and then make our way to our Hotel just outside of the town centre.
A quick change into our bathers and we visit a resort that has thermal pools. There are many pools with all different water temperatures. The first one we go into is 29C and has a very nice bar. We sit in the water on a bar stool at the bar and have a couple of drinks. Then its time to try a few of the other pools, like the relaxing pool with a reclining seat that has bubbles like a spa and the even hotter pool, 34C, that just fits the 5 in our group. All very relaxing. We come out with soft skin and feel years younger.
Finally back to our Hotel for a shower and change and then we head to a local restaurant for dinner. Their specialty is the way they make their coffee and our waitress demonstrates the process. She uses a special wooden frame that holds a muslin cloth as the filter. First she pours hot water through the ground coffee in the filter and then that mix is then passed through the filter again. Good coffee!