Arenal and the Hot Volcano Springs



Arenal is known as one of the biggest and most active volcanoes in the world, and attracts visitors from all over the world. A great way of seeing it in action is to go to Hot Springs Arenal, which is a water park with freshwater that is naturally heated from the volcano. The water park consists of around 25 different pools, with slides and even bars and restaurants that you can go to while sitting in the hot pools. Almost all of the visitors are Americans and Europeans and it is clear that the water park is made as a tourist attraction. In the water park you will not hear when the volcano is having an eruption, but you will see a lot of people stopping what they are doing and flocking around the towers where the view is best. An eruption can last for around twenty minutes where you can see flames, lava and a lot of smoke coming out of the volcano. About two years ago, there was a case where some this smoke had killed some tourists in the water park, but when entering I was assured that this was a place that was almost a hundred percent safe to visit.


Monte Verde and La Fortuna

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For our last weekend in Costa Rica me and a group of people rented minibus and drove to Monte Verde, which is a 34248_433952177593_5106295_nsmall town up in the mountain jungles of Costa Rica. My main expectations for the trip was to go ziplining and to see a lot of different animals. The ziplining part was really fun with more than 20 lines going through the jungle, over the jungle, straight down with free falling and at the end there was a Tarzan swing that gave you a last adrenaline rush. The whole thing was safe, with a lot of people watching out for you and helping you if you did not brake fast enough or if you stopped without reaching the platforms. There were enough of animals as well, including monkeys, iguanas and sloths.La Fortuna is a place in the jungle, where you walk through hanging bridges and down steep stairs in order to get to a beautiful waterfall and a good river to swim in. Some decided to go by horseback, but I would say that the 30 to 40 minute walk through the jungle is really worth it.

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Costa Rica Bungee

When I arrived at the bungeejump office in Costa Rica ready to do my first bungeejump I asked the question of what ways it was allowed to jump from the bridge. The answer “any way you want man” came as a surprise and made me think quite hard on what was possible. I knew that I probably would not be given this chance again some other place so I decided to do my jump backwards, doing as many backflips as possible before the bungee jump cord pulled me up again, which the video shows:

The bungeejump center comes reccommended and a jump can be booked at http://www.bungee.co.cr

Touristy Tamarindo

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30647_1314335822618_1357462_nAbout a six hours drive from San José, there there is a city known for it’s beaches and nightlife called Tamarindo. The city is right on the Pacific Ocean, and has great waves and is a popular destination for people who like to surf. Renting surfboards vary in price, but is usually around 15 to for 24 hours, and sunscreen and all you need can be bought from a small grocery store in the city. The city is also a busy place at night, where a lot of tourists go out to restaurants and the many clubs there are there. The prices in most places are in dollars, and almost everyone speaks English. There is also a national wild life park that costs to enter, and has different animals such as howling monkeys, alligators, turtles, iguanas, crabs, geckos and lots of colorful birds and butterflies. This is a sight worth seeing, as a lot of these animals are hardly seen around tourist places and you get to see them in their natural habitat.

Living in “Chepe” (San Jose), Costa Rica

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The big waving flag was the view from our classroom window

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After living in a Costa Rican family for about a week, I am starting to feel like things are becoming more of a routine, and everything is not new anymore. A typical day in a “Tico” family, usually starts with fresh roasted coffee, fresh bread from the bakery and usually two kinds of fruit(everything grown locally in Costa Rica of course). The weather is the same every day, with extremely sunny mornings from 6 in the morning, a couple of hours of heavy rain(usually in the afternoon) and warm and nice evenings. The people in Costa Rica are usually very friendly, but it is sometimes necessary to be a little skeptical if they are too friendly. If you let them carry your stuff, or tell you the directions somewhere, they can ask for a tip afterwards, especially if you wear nice clothes and show that you have money.