A couple of months ago, I began to peruse Groupon to see if we could find a great vacation. I had been leaning toward Costa Rica and we found a great 7 day, 6 night trip for an excellent deal. After a couple of days of checking reviews and wondering if this was too good to be true, we finally bought the Groupon and were so happy we did. We booked through Ecoterra, a company in Costa Rica and would go through them again in a heartbeat.
After a small hiccup with flights (maintenance problems) we arrived in San Jose to spend one night at the Best Western, Irazu. We were so worn out that we napped and woke up to find that it was dark at 6pm. Apparently it is 12 hours of day and 12 hours of night there. We ate a bite at the restaurant in the hotel and slept again, waking up refreshed and ready to go. The next morning, our tour guide for the next few days Javier picked us up to transport us to our next destinatuion-Tortuguero. We rode the bus for a couple of hours which was really interesting because we got to see diferent parts of the country.
We stopped to eat at La Selva Tropical where we got our first taste of Gallopinto, a traditional Costa Rican food, and enjoyed their butterfly garden.
These are the banana plants
We finally arrived at our next destination which was this boat that would take us to our first "resort". We transferred our luggage to the boat and took an hour long ride down the river.
We spent two nights at the Laguna Lodge Tortuguero. It was a very rustic place, with little cabins reminiscent of summer camp. I loved it! Jeremy, not so much. I think the lack of air conditioning got to him.
The next morning after we ate breakfast (all of our meals were included here), we got back in another boat and went on a ride to look for wildlife. I'm not going to lie, it was one of the highlights of my life. We saw monkeys, sloths, cayman, and some reptiles. Our boat driver Primo was amazing. He stopped the boat frequently because he spotted these amazing creatures without binoculars or anything.
The sloths were really hard to get pictures of, but they made me squeal anyway.
Later on, we got to take a boat ride into the little town/village of Tortuguero. We bought some souvenirs and enjoyed our stroll there.
This was the best drink I've ever had.
Once our two nights were up, we boarded the boat and then bus again and were transported to our next destination about four hours away- La Casa Luna in La Fortuna.
This place was absolutely gorgeous! The weather was a lot cooler than Tortuguero, but it was a lot more foggy. We tried and tried to get a good picture of the volcano, but never succeeded.
We went zip-lining while in Arenal and it was unlike anything we have here. It was so much higher than the zip lining we have done and so much more beautiful. We got to see waterfalls and the beautiful nature while flying through the trees. It rained the entire time we were on this excursion, so we were disgusting, but oh so happy!
After this excursion (which was all included in our Groupon package) we went back to the room, showered quickly and went to grab something to eat. Later that evening we went on a volcano walk which was very informative! We also went to some hot springs which was not at all what we expected. We thought it was going to be some sort of natural spring, but it was underground pools that were heated to different temperatures. So nice! I would have loved to stayed there forever!
Our last day was spent in the town eating, and perusing the shops.
The next morning, a driver came to pick us up and took us the three hours back to the airport. We arrived back in the United States in no time and then we proceeded to spend the next 36 hours trying to get home.
We saw a lot of the country and got to experience so many neat things while in Costa Rica. We never had to worry about anything while there; Ecoterra took such good care of us. They booked everything from our shuttles to the excursions and we didn't have to worry about a thing. We loved every aspect of our week there, we just wish we had more time! We can't wait to return!