Michael's Post - Day 3 (Zipline and Hot Springs)
Day three started with another delicious Costa Rican meal, rice & beans, fruit and coffee. I could eat that every day and never get tired of it.
Next we drove to SkyTrek to begin our zip line adventures. Once we arrived we were on the fence about whether to go since the weather conditions were not optimal. It is a good thing we decided to go because it was breath taking. Viewing the rainforest from above gave me a true appreciation for the size and diversity of a rainforest. It also made me appreciate the costs and implications of the destruction of rainforest land occurring around the globe.
As an adrenaline junkie, the zip line had a great deal to offer. Being 650 feet above the rainforest and roaring down a wire at 45 miles per hour suited my needs just fine.
The only concern Stacy and I discussed ahead of time was safety which is why we choose SkyTrek. I am happy to report that I felt safer riding the zipline over the rainforest than I do in an automobile. It was that safe.
After leaving SkyTrek we went up the mountain to visit a hostile called Essence of Arenal. Essence of Arsenal is perhaps the most secluded place I've seen in Costa Rica - at the top of the mountain away from all humanity. My hats off to this hostile - if I ever stayed in a hostile, this would be it.
We planned on having lunch there but the menu was sparse and they recommended we come back for dinner, so instead, we ate at a restaurant just down the road (and right next door to the snake zoo).
Our food was delicious. We have seen many signs for 'typical food' (Casada) and wondered what that meant. This was the first place we tried it and it was great - salad, rice, beans, cheese, plantains, and your choice of meat. I am a big fan.
On the drive back to the hotel we stopped at a free hot springs that we heard about from Christian who runs the hostile at Essence of Arsenal.
The hot springs was an invigorating experience. It was full of locals – from senior citizens, to families, to teenagers, and little kids. It was exactly the experience we wanted. We had heard so much about the commercial hot springs (Baldi, the Springs, Tabicon, etc.) but we were looking for something a little more authentic and the free hot springs (across the street from Tabicon) was perfect.