Arenal is brilliant. First, there’s the volcano. Fact: it’s one of the world’s top 10 most active. So chances are pretty good that while there, you will see an eruption of liquid hot magma. What’s even better are the amazing hot springs – Tabacon and Baldi – where you can bob in piping hot water while watching the fiery orange rivers trickle down the side of the volcano. However we totally got gyped – there was no eruption the nights we were there. I was inconsolable.
Let’s talk some more about these hot springs. They’re elaborate, lush, landscaped, and like a little slice of tropical heaven. Tabacon has a resort attached and is definitely pricier than Baldi, which is where the locals tend to go. We checked out both. While Tabacon was definitely more aesthetically pleasing, I wouldn’t be mad at ya if you forced me to go to Baldi.
We ended up meeting a trio of Bostonites on the bus from San Jose to Arenal. They were great fun and we played with them our first day upon which they took that time to convince us to stay and go waterfall rappelling with them the following day. Done.
We sign up with their tour company and take a 4×4 out to La Fortuna. They drive us into the thick of the jungle where the sunlight can barely push through the treetops. Everything is cool and damp, and so green. I couldn’t get over how green it was! Waterfall rappelling can be a bit intimidating. I didn’t know what the hell I had gotten myself into as I stepped over to the edge and was told to descend in the falls. We did about 7 falls that day. DO THIS. You won’t regret it. One of the best things, with the best scenery, that I’ve ever done.
and back to Tabacon…