Our second day in Arenal started bright and early. We needed to be ready to go by 7:30 for our safari boat tour!
We got dressed and headed downstairs for breakfast. I was starving!
I started almost every breakfast I had in Costa Rica with fruit. Eating the fruit first made me feel a lot fuller quicker than normal…maybe this is something I should try here!
Ryan’s breakfast which was of typical Costa Rican affair again including plantains, scrambled eggs, two tortillas, black beans & rice and cheese wedges.
I went with a more typical American breakfast. I was really craving dippy eggs!
After breakfast, we waited for our bus to come pick us up.
Random shot of the ceiling of our hotel. Loved the clouds!
We were picked up in no time. It was only us and the tour guide for the tour which was kind of nice. Our tour guide’s name was Carlos and he was hilarious. You could tell he loved his job and knew so much about Costa Rica and it’s culture.
About 10 minutes into the tour, he stopped the boat and climbed up to get something from the tree. Turns out he was grabbing this little guy! He was a poisonous frog, but only poisonous if you ate him. Obviously, we decided to pass
Then we saw a new friend…a crocodile! Can’t see him?
There he is! Kind of looks like a log himself.
Then we saw something I wasn’t expecting to see…
Cows! We were talking with Carlos about how every beef dish we have had in Costa Rica so far was so delicious and he mentioned that it was probably because they were “happy cows.” I liked that
Next up, we saw some monkeys.
All of them stayed up in the trees, but a few were really loud. At the time, we just thought that was normal but later we found out this was when an earthquake happened. Yes, Costa Rica had a 7.6 magnitude earthquake and we had no idea it happened. To be honest, all of our friends and family probably knew about the earthquake before we did. I’m slightly disappointed we didn’t feel it at all but very thankful it did not do too much damage or alter our trip in any way.
Happy to have survived the earthquake!
After the tour, they provided us with snacks of fruit which was super nice. We headed back to our hotel to grab lunch before our next stop, the volcano hike.
Pretty flowers outside of our hotel.
We headed to the restaurant next door to the hotel just because we wanted to eat somewhere different. We tried to branch out as much as possible!
Look at these cute salt & pepper shakers!
We ordered the chicken & steak taquitos, fries & a salad and split everything. Pretty good except way too much sour cream for me!
And I took some sips from Ryan’s strawberry shake
And then we waited for our next bus to take us to the volcano!
Finally the bus arrived!
We picked up 6 or 7 other couples so I decided to snap some photos while we waited for others.
There she is!
Our hike wasn’t too long or strenuous, maybe took an hour and a half? I was hoping the hike would be a little longer and we would get a little closer but it was still a sight to see. All let the pictures do the talking.
And then for whatever reason we did a photoshoot…
I’m such a goob.
After the volcano hike we headed to the Tabacon Hot Springs…aka one of the coolest places ever.
But I’m leaving that until tomorrow, this post is already too long