From Costa Rica´s capital city San José we have made a day tour to the impressive Arenal Volcano, visited the famous city of Sarchi and relaxed in the natural hot springs of Tabacon.
Located north of Costa Rica, the impressive Arenal Volcano is a natural phenomenon that attracts thousands of tourists for its beauty.
We get picked up early in the morning in San Jose and take the Pan-American Highway towards the north of Costa Rica. On our way we pass Palmares, a small city which is well-known as the place to make friends.
After one hour we make a stop in the town of Sarchi which is famous for its hardworking craftsmen.
Our tour guide gives us 30 minutes to visit the ¨Cooperativa de Artesanias y muebles de Sarchi¨, a Souvenir shop where you can buy all kind of Costa Rican souvenirs like animal figures, coffee, colorful oxcart wheels, wood boxes and jewellery and hand-painted ceramic plates.
We continue our way and leave the main highway. The small roads lead us through coffee and sugar cane plantations and other agricultural products, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until we arrive in La Fortuna.
La Fortuna is a small village on the west side of the Arenal volcano. It was originally called “El Bario¨ until the big eruption in 1968. The Volcano erupted to the east side and destroyed everything that was in his path including two villages.
El barrio however was spared from it and renamed to La Fortuna which means as much as ¨the fortunate¨.
Before we continue our way to the volcano we make a stop in a nice restaurant to brace our self. From here we have already an amazing view on the volcano and cannot wait to get closer.
After a typical Costa Rican lunch with rice and beans we take the small road to the viewpoint. From here we have an impressive view on the Arenal volcano on the one side and the Arenal Lake on the other.
After we have enjoyed the view our tour guide drops us off at the Tabacon Hot Springs Resort. While most resorts depend on pumps to fill their pools, Tabacon is completely natural.
The thermal springs are 97% rain-based and 3% magma-based and have a temperature between 25 and 50 degrees Celsius. It is laid out like a huge garden and one of the most beautiful places I have been to, but see for yourself ….