Flying through the "canopy" of the trees with animals and birds above you and below you is exhilirating to say the least.
But don't be concerned, the professional guides make it very safe even though your heart races.
While we were out for our early morning boat ride, Hubby did a little fishing on Coter Late. I'm not sure what this is (they all look like bass to me), but he was certainly proud of it. It was pretty big, but he let it go.
One day, we got up early, and picked up a wonderful breakfast, specially made and packed up for us by the cooks in the kitchen of the Lodge. We walked down the road to Coter Lake, where one of the ever accommodating staff brought in this boat for us to putter around in. We had so much fun, just goofing around, exploring the little lake, enjoying our breakfast, and waiting for the sun to burn off the mist. Afterwards, hubby did some fishing, one of his favourite pastimes.
Although Lake Arenal is world famous for windsurfing, not too many people know about little Coter Lake. It is directly adjacent to the Eco-Lodge property, only a short walk down a dusty road. It may be small, but still offers many opportunities to ride the wind.
Horseback riding is a wonderful, relaxing way to see the countryside. We were out for about 2 hours, and saw fabulous views, typical Costa Rican homes, and lots of cows! Its a great way to take in the beautiful landscape without having to stop your car every couple of minutes.
This is the road from the Eco-Adventure Lodge, looking towards Lake Arenal.
I choose the horseback riding tour to the Arenal volcano, and had it arranged with the Tabacon Resorts tour desk.
They pick you up in a van and drive you to the location. The horses seemed to be in pretty decent shape. Some operators are (in)famous for using old, over worked horses that are not getting fed properly, in order to save money.
I have to say that the horse did feel a bit skinny. So when seated you almost felt like you would fall off if leaning. You need no experience to ride these horses. They know what to do, and it's very easy to steer them. If you are an experienced rider you can gallop if you want. But if you think you're getting a helmet, think again.
The tour was about 3 hours and very nice. You ride up towards the volcano where you stop at a lookout point. Here you can take some nice pictures and you get a bottle of water. To ride in the rain forest was an awesome feeling and I recommend it to anyone who likes a bit of adventure.
Equipment: Wear long pants, t-shirt, possible small backpack with food/drink, camera. If you want a helmet, you better bring one. It's not like in the U.S. where you would have to sign a 10 page release form.
This was my first time rafting and I choose the class 3 level. I feel that was a good place to start. Before getting started the guide goes through basic commands, and the safety instructions, in case you fall overboard.
The groups were split into English and Spanish speaking customers on different boats. The river was a nice 76 degrees, with no croc's in it. We made two stops. The first to swim, and the second we ate water melon and pineapple, and jump from a high cliff into the river where it was 25 feet deep, fun, fun, fun.
The trip lasted 2 1/2 hours. The bus ride was 1 1/2 hours in each direction. The day is finished with a nice Tica lunch. They also have photographers along the route taking pictures you can buy after lunch.
Equipment: I would suggest fast drying short or bathing suit, and aqua shoes. They will provide you with a life jacket and helmet. Leave the camera unless it's water proof.
In case you didn't know, an ATV is a motorcycle with four (large) wheels. Kind of like a jetski on wheels. I did the tour through the hotel. It's only a few minutes from the hotel which is conveniant.
The ride itself was not the most exciting. You drive a bit on the regular roads, but most of it is on unpaved roads. You will be very dusty afterwards.
The ride goes upwards to a hotel that has a great view of Lake Arenal. We stopped there for about 15 minutes to take pictures, enjoy the view, and have a beer. I would have like to drive more off road.
Equipment: The bikes were a lot of fun to drive. They had 5 manual gears with no clutch. It's a breeze to learn, and you'll get to do a few warm up laps before leaving.
They have plenty of power. You'll feel that in the lower gears how the front wheels come off the ground if you give it too much gas.
At the Eco-Lodge, hubby rented a motorcycle for a couple of hours, and we did some exploring around little Coter Lake.