From the Treetops to the Springs
After leaving Palo Seco, we had a nice stop at an ox cart factory (the ox cart is a national symbol here in Costa Rica), and then we transferred to the Caribbean side and settled into our lovely hotel in the Arenal region. We can easily see the La Fortuna volcano from town, but it hasn’t erupted since 1968 (phew!)
Today, we departed early to enjoy the canopy tour and zip-lining. I’ve purchased a CD of the pictures taken by a photographer there and I’m working on getting those uploaded. You’ll see a few shots from our school camera on the Shutterfly site.
After zip-lining, we had lunch and a short rest before visiting a local school. This was a really amazing experience for the students – both DMIS and Costa Rican. The children there put on a lovely performance for us and our students had a chance to show off their dance skills as well. The most touching part of this couple of hours was seeing our students interact with the children by playing games, drawing, doing puzzles, etc. Before we left, we distributed all of the wonderful things our students collected for donation. They were very grateful and held our hands as we walked back to our bus.
In the afternoon, we took a short ride to the Baldi Hot Springs. This is the largest hot springs in the world! It was breathtakingly beautiful and everyone enjoyed a relaxing afternoon there.
Tomorrow, we will be kayaking and hiking to the La Fortuna waterfall. We’ll also enjoy some free time in the town to interact with the local “Ticos.”