I’ve been in Costa Rica for less than 12 hours, but I can already say that I love it. My flight from Newark landed in San Jose a few minutes early, which is always a nice surprise. We had a driver from the hotel meet us at the airport to take us to Arenal, the famous volcano area three hours northwest. The drive was very scenic through the countryside and lush forests and didn’t seem to take us on any of those horrible roads that Costa Rica is known for — it was paved the whole way and wasn’t too windy or anything like that. My husband seemed to be happy that he wasn’t the one driving, as our driver was very comfortable plowing through the one-lane bridges.
When we starting getting close to Arenal, we realized that we had lucked out with a clear view of the volcano. There were some clouds but none were obstructing the tip of the volcano, which so frequently happens here. (This is a rain forest after all, so clouds are part of the deal.)
But when you can see the whole shape you realize that it’s such a perfect-looking volcano — it looks like a cartoon volcano came to life. I can only hope that our luck with the weather continues — it is the dry season, at least.
I could go on and on but I’m exhausted from a long day of traveling. But I will say that right away we spotted a toucan, just like the one in the brochure. Unfortunately, I didn’t get a picture of it but I will try to be quicker next time.