Arenal, Sky Walk & Ecotermales Fortuna - Costa Rica, Part 6
We wake up and it’s rather
chilly and foggy outside and the volcano is covered in clouds. We explore the house which has a beautiful view of Lake Arenal and a great pool & hot tub but it is so misty outside that the view is more mystical than real.
We had made
plans to hike up the volcano with a guide this morning but when we call him he
thinks it will not be a good day for a hike so we decide to try the Sky
Walk/Sky Trek adventure as it is only a few miles down the road from our house.
The Sky Walk is a walk in the
rainforest over suspension bridges and is part of the same location as the Sky
Tram (open-air gondola that goes over the rainforest) and the Sky Trek (a
rather large zip line ride). Two of my friends went on the zip line (including
a very brave 8 year old) and the rest of us went for the walk.
Coati crossing the parking lot at Sky Walk
It is a very
pleasant 2-2.5 hour walk through lush vegetation and while we did not see any
animals we did see a lot of butterflies and flowers including a very pretty
see-through butterfly with cobalt blue trims on her wings (she was impossible
to photograph as she kept moving around). The suspension bridges here were much
longer (each about 40 meters long) than in Manuel Antonio and we also stumbled
upon two amazing waterfalls though the water was too cold to swim in.
After the walk we reunited with
the zip liners for a lunch in the Sky Trek restaurant which had gorgeous views
of the volcano (the clouds has lifted a bit but still covered most of it).
Yummy ceviche at the SkyWalk restaurant
this point it became clear that the rainy season was still in full force in
Arenal and we may not be able to do a lot of hiking. So in was on to plan B –
hot springs. I had done extensive research
online as there are so many options to choose from and we had decided to try
Ecotermales Fortuna – a smaller place tucked away right across from Baldi Hot
Springs – and it turned out to be a great decision. It is literally like a
little oasis of 5 hot water pools with varying temperatures. There is also a
cold water pool to cool off in between. Everything was covered in natural
stones and greenery and as the darkness fell we fell like we were in heaven.
The place was almost empty and we spent a couple of hours lounging around the
warm pools and waterfalls while the kids had a blast jumping in and out of the
water. If you ever go to Arenal, you must go to Ecotermales!