After the long day of hiking around the volcano and the wild zipline tour through the canopy of the rainforest, our whole group met up at The Springs Resort and Spa, a brand new, five-star luxury resort with eighteen natural hot springs and pools, breathtaking views, a radical water slide, and incredible food. Many people mentioned that this was the most extravagant place they’d ever been.
Jen & Anna, with the Arenal volcano in the background. Whitney
Tory, Shawnzy, and Nick at the bar. Whitney
Jen and Matt enjoying the sunset. Pesh N Anna
Katie at the bar. Andy
Mario, Rick, and Pesh at the bar.
View of Arenal Volcano. Whitney
A doe, giving us a wary glance. Whitney
“Mmm”you can really taste the stick!” Andy
A howler monkey. Andy
Andy, Chicken, and a very cool mystery tree. Lesley
Sighting a two-toed sloth on the power line caused an emergency stop of the bus. We all poured off, and were treated to a sloth sprint for 100 feet to the nearest tree, once he figured out that we weren’t going to go away and leave him alone.
The blue green color comes from algae that grows in their thick fur. We learned about many species in the rainforest that have a symbiotic relationship, and this is one of them. The algae get the benefit of the sloth’s shaggy mane, and the sloth is camouflaged by the color.
On the drive to Playa Ocotal, we passed over the Continental Divide! Going up we saw rainforest, coffee and plantain fields and coming down we saw grassy plains and cacti! The change in ecosystems was almost instantaneous!
Flying Pie-ers crowding a little souvenir hut at the continental divide. Whitney
Whitney and Angela at the continental divide. Whitney
Joe and Rachel at the divide. Alyne
“I’m not going to throw up. I’m not going to throw up. I’m not going to throw up ” Alyne
http://www.ocotalresort.comWe pulled into the Ocotal Beach Resort in the late afternoon on Friday, with enough time to get acquainted with the beach and back to the hotel rooms to watch this spectacular sunset with a cold drink.
The first night at Ocotal Beach Resort. This was the view from our room! Lesley
Just before sunset. Roman
Roman, with the pottery artist on the beach. Celicia
“The white one’s mine.” Amanda