Curitas, rafting, erupción volcánica, y una enorme polilla.

(I used an English to Spanish translator to get that sentence, so if it’s incorrect, not my fault. And apparently there is no Spanish word for “rafting”.)

I was trying to figure out how to recap Costa Rica without boring everyone to tears. I know myself, if someone is blogging about vacation and it’s just gobs and gobs of pictures, I get bored. (I = short attention span.) So, I’m going to try and make this short and sweet, and keep it to only a few blog posts so you don’t click “unsubscribe”. 🙂 We were there for 6 full days, so I’ll try split it even through those without rambling on and on.

Night 1 and Day 1

We landed in San Jose and got to the Hotel Torremolinos at around 9:30pm. It didn’t look too great upon first inspection, but we were going to be there for less than 12 hours, so I figured it wouldn’t matter much. (You also know it’s going to be a “nice” hotel when they hand you the TV remote with the room key. Swank.) We were in our room puttering around when the following scene occurred:

I reach for something on the bed, and then see a band-aid sitting on the comforter.

Me: Dave, is this yours? (As I pick it up. I know, I know.)
Dave: Umm, no.
Me: AHHHHHHHHHH!!! (I DIE INSIDE. And then I do the creeped/skeeved out dance where you hop around the room waving your arms around going “Ew ew ew ew ew”).


We (thankfully) left super early the next morning to head off to white water rafting on the Pacuare River. It was about a 2 and a half hour van ride due to the poor road conditions and winding mountains, and we made a stop to drop off our luggage at some lockers, and grab some breakfast. (P.S. Costa Rica? Has AMAZING coffee.) After breakfast we drove another 40 minutes or so to the entrance point of the river, but we had to walk down a quarter of the road because it was too steep for the van to go down.

Let me be honest – I was TERRIFIED to go white water rafting. I hear “class 4 rapids” and I think the worst. Luckily our trip was through Exploradores Outdoors, who has extremely knowledgeable and well trained guides, and once we were on the river, I felt at ease. I was also gripping the “T” handle of my oar as if my life depended on it, but I didn’t want to be that person who popped someone in the face with it. Rafting is SO MUCH FUN. The river was amazing, so scenic and the water wasn’t too cold when it splashed you full on in the face. Even the class 4’s weren’t too awful, it was fun throwing myself into the middle of the raft when our guide would yell, “GET DOWN!” 🙂 We saw toucans flying around, a horse drinking from the river, beautiful waterfalls, and the pulley/bucket system that the indigenous people use to get across the river. It was amazing. We were supposed to have lunch out on the water, but since it was raining (which was pretty cool to experience while rafting) we ate back at the main station, where we had breakfast. (I don’t have any pictures of us on the river, since it was suggested not to bring your camera if it wasn’t waterproof. We did order a CD of pictures that the company took, so hopefully when we get those, I can share them with you.)

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From L-R, The station where we had breakfast/lunch, our lunch buffet, prices for souvenirs (Costa Rica is pretty much a dual currency country. Every place takes both American dollars and Colones

Once we finished up lunch, we grabbed our stuff and hopped into a van for a 2 and a half hour ride to La Fortuna, where we’d be staying for the next two nights. It’s pretty hard to sleep in a van that’s rumbling over a bumpy, pothole filled dirt road, but you bet I tried. Meanwhile Dave took pictures of the countryside.

5 hour trip to Quepos

We made it to our hotel, Casa Luna Lodge, and were so happy to see that it was a MAJOR step up from the craphole we had just come from. This place was BEAUTIFUL and had the most amazing views of the Arenal Volcano, which is an active volcano nearby. (It last had a major eruption in 1968, covering some of the neighboring towns, but not where we were, which is why it was named La Fortuna. Or at least thats what someone told me.) 🙂 Anyway, the place was gorgeous, and we took so many pictures of the hotel and surrounding areas. (See Flickr set here.) We had a gorgeous sunset, and then at night, the volcano erupted!! All the tourists were running around trying to get a good glimpse of it.

Eruption from our balcony

OH and I had another GROSS moment while we were eating dinner. The majority of buildings in Costa Rica are open plan style, so they have a roof, but little to no walls. The hotel restaurant was set up in this style, so while we were covered if it rained, the walls were still open. Anywho, we were eating dinner and all of a sudden something hit my chest, like someone had thrown a crinkly wrapper at me. I reflexively grabbed at it and chucked it away from me, only to look and see a HUGE MOTHER OF A MOTH flying away. Dave was impressed that my grip was light enough to not smush it to death, and was noting this aloud while I was writhing in my chair in the 2nd fit of disgustedness on our trip.


Stay tuned for Ziplining, Hot Springs and more!!


  1. oh ew to that moth, ew ew. but woo to the rest of it. love the tropicalness.

  2. Loving this!

  3. Shoshanah says

    So jealous of your trip especially the rafting! And the volcano picture is pretty awesome!

  4. Love it so far! I am going to look into the place where you stayed near the volcano – that picture is awesome.

  5. i am scared of white water rafting as well, but i'm glad you liked it! i may have to try it someday…

    can't wait to here about the rest!


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