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    Howler Monkeys

    by travelgirl3 Written Dec 29, 2004

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    Howler Monkey, Costa Rica

    As we were preparing for our Costa Rica adventure, hubby was getting very excited about seeing Howler Monkeys. For the first couple of days, we went out on our hikes through the rainforest, eyes ever scanning the canopy for the elusive Howler. After about day 4, we gave in, and asked our guide for help. He promised to take us to a place, guaranteed to see Howlers. So, right after lunch, he herded all of us into the van, and drove us into the town of Tilaran! Seems that Howlers figured out a long time ago that it was much easier to find food in town, and in the forest!

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    Tabacon Hot Springs

    by travelgirl3 Written Dec 29, 2004

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    Tabacon Hot Springs, Fortuna, Costa Rica

    Tabacon Hot Springs is a wonderful place to relax after a busy day of sightseeing and being jostled around on Costa Rica's twisty, bumpy roads! Located just outside the town of Fortuna, at the base of Arenal Volcano, the Hot Springs feature waterfalls and natural pools, fed by springs heated by the nearby volcano.

    You can pay by the hour or for the full day, but the price difference is minimal.

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    The Town of Fortuna

    by travelgirl3 Written Dec 29, 2004

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    Arenal Volcano from Fortuna, Costa Rica

    Situated in the shadow of Arenal Volcano, the town of Fortuna is very appropriately named. Although small, it has several hotels and cabinas, and is perfect as a home base for exploring the volcano, Tabacon Hot Springs, Venado Caves, as well as the surrounding countryside.

    There are several agencies which will arrange tours to the various points of interest nearby.

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    Bat Holes - Not just for the bats!

    by travelgirl3 Written Dec 29, 2004

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    Spider in Bat Hole, Venado Caves, Costa Rica

    Isn't it just like a spider to let a bat do all the work carving out this hole, and then take it over! I don't know what kind of spider this was, but he was a big as a bat, and looked very comfortable in his hiding place.

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    Bat Holes at Venado Caves

    by travelgirl3 Written Dec 29, 2004

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    Bat Holes, Venado Caves, Costa Rica

    While you are exploring the caves, be sure to look all around you. We saw many of these holes in the ceiling. Our guide explained that over time, bats have been able to carve out little hidey-holes in the limestone with their sharp claws. When we looked closer, we did see 3 bats cozied up in one hole.

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    Venado Caves

    by travelgirl3 Updated Dec 29, 2004

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    Venado Caves, Arenal, Costa Rica

    It is believed the Venado Caves were created about 7 million years ago as a result of water flowing through the limestone rock. Over time the constant flow of the sediment-laden water opened up crevasses, creating hundreds of tunnels in the rock. While many of these tunnels are very deep, we stuck to the ones at the surface.

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    Statuary

    by travelgirl3 Written Dec 28, 2004

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    Cemetary Statuary, Tilaran, Costa Rica

    This is an example of one of the more elaborate statues in the Cemetary in Tilaran. Once I had my photos developed, I thought it was very interesting to see the sun spot around the woman's head, as I couldn't see it when I took the photo.

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    Paying your respects

    by travelgirl3 Written Dec 28, 2004

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    Cemetary in Tilaran, Costa Rica

    One thing I've always found fascinating in my travels, is the way in which various cultures pay their respects to the deceased. In this cemetary in Tilaran, located behind the Catholic Church, a lot of the grave sites are above ground. I assume this is because it is located in a wet area, close to the Arenal Rainforest.

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    The Rainforest

    by travelgirl3 Updated Dec 7, 2004

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    Clouds in the Rainforest, Arenal, Costa Rica

    On the long drive from San Jose to The Eco-Lodge Resort in Arenal, we got our first glimpse of the beautiful landscape. But, by the time we finally arrived at our destination, it was dark. When we awoke our first morning, this was the fabulous sight waiting for us just outside our window. We quickly got up & dressed, and went for a very long, pre-breakfast walk, and just started to take it all in. Magnificent!

    The resort is located right in the rainforest and the views were teriffic. We spent most of the week on our own, hiking through the forest in the rain and clouds.

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    Tabacon Hot Springs

    by grets Written Aug 20, 2004

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    Very touristy, but worth a visit all the same.

    Tabacon is a colonial style resort hotel, spa and restaurant built around the Tabacon Hot Springs.

    The pools are fed by a magma-boiled underground river, and there are many small pools where you can escape the crowds. It has been kept mostly natural up-stream, and I would recommend sandals for walking as the paths are uneven and the bottom of some of the pools is quite rough.

    Five large pools, with tiled slides, a hot waterfall which you can sit underneath, and swim-up bar where you can enjoy a beer or cocktail. The water ranges in temperature from 27 to 39 degrees C, and from personal experience I would recommend not going in the hottest one if you are sunburnt!

    A very busy restaurant, lockers and showers complete the picture. You can pay extra to enjoy a massage or mud pack.

    According to vulcanoligts, there is a risk of future hot avalances, such as the one in 1975.

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    Volcano, of course

    by yelli Written Aug 3, 2004

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    Arenal and smoke from the lake

    The main draw of this part of the country is the very active volcano. You can see chunks of glowing rock tumbling down the slope about every night. During the day, you'll just hear a rumbling and see some dust fall. One thing I didnt expect to hear is that lava doesnt really come out of this volcano, just the rocks and lots of smoke and dust. From La Fortuna, the volcano and the mountains beside it are impressive backdrops. Make sure that you'll be in the town in the morning, especially if you're there during the green season, because it can cloud over in the afternoon.

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    Hanging Bridges

    by doogienj Written May 22, 2004

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    Hanging Bridge

    The hanging bridges is a series of bridges that are suspended in the rain forest of area or vegetation or creeks. Some of the bridges are 80 meters long, and a good 30-40 meters above the ground.

    The bridges are connected with a walking trail which is narrow enought that you cannot walk next to each other. Being in the rain forest and hearing everthing was pretty amazing. I did not really see too many animals. If you do this, make sure to do it with a guide, wear proper hiking shoes, and bring water to drink, as it's pretty hot and extremely humid.

    I made a big mistake and did this walk alone, and in my boat shoes. If I would to it again, it would do it with a group and guide. I have a huge snake fobia. And I thought every sound, branch and root was one of the 136 species of snakes.

    I almost ran the last 1/2 to get out, and was very happy to see my car. And I didn't see any snakes:)

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    Tabacon Hot Springs

    by doogienj Written May 3, 2004

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    Hot springs waterfall

    If you visit Arenal, you must go to the Tabacon hot springs. The admission is free if you stay at the Tabacon restort. It's open from 8M-10P. The first two hours each day is only for resort guest.

    The springs has a main pool which is very warm with a wicked fast water slide, and a swim-up bar and tables.

    The hot springs consists of a series of waterfalls and pools that are natrually heated by the volcano. The best one might be on the other side of the bridge right across the dressing rooms.

    On the grounds you will also find a gift store, restaurant for lunch and dinner, and a full service spa. Yoga classes are also offered.

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  • Thermal springs complex

    by Spudzinabag Updated Feb 14, 2004

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    Thermal spring

    The Tabacon hot springs complex is set in lush gardens at the foot of Arenal Vlocano. The springs are fed by several naturally magma heated mountain streams. You can take a dip in several natural and man made jacuzzis and streams. Temperatures vary, the warmest of streams about 40 degrees. Afterwards unwind with a massage or rehydrate/dehydrate at one of the poolside bars

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    The sounds are unbelievable

    by Matt420 Written Jul 31, 2003

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    Rainforest Waterfall

    This is a waterfall located at the Mt. Arenal Observitory Hotel. With only about a 20 minute hike from the main lobby through the rain forest and down a single lane train, you will end up at a beautiful waterfall. The sound of the water is LOUD which makes it even more enjoyable. Along the trail, we were able to see a couple of monkeys and a lot of tropical birds.

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