I have been slowing down a bit on these posts - I really do want to complete the series. I enjoy having this documentation to look back on our trips.
It already feels like a distant memory - my work life is so busy it consumes my days.
Day 9 in Costa Rica (Day 7 of our Caravan Tour) we left Arenal Manoa (loved that place) heading to the Pacific Ocean. On the agenda:
- Arenal Hanging Bridges
- Lots of driving
- Destination - JW Marriott Guanacaste Resort
Arenal Hanging Bridges
It was tough leaving Arenal Manoa - it is definitely a place I would love to go back to. The grounds, villas, restaurant, pool, hot pool, everything was so perfect! But, more adventure called and we were on the road bright and early. The Hanging Bridges was not a far drive from where we were staying - we were there early which made our chances of seeing some wildlife a bit better.
The Arenal Hanging Bridges are a wonderful way to see the rainforest canopy from a different perspective. Paths wind through the rainforest with a total of 16 bridges (six of them being suspension bridges) offerubg beautiful views along the way.
Our drive took us along beautiful Lake Arenal - the site of a hydro-electric dam that supplies 12% of Costa Rica's electrical needs. The area is home to many expatriates and the influences are noticeable with English real estate signs, dutch bakeries and other foreign businesses.
We moved out of the Alajuela Province and into the Guanacaste Province located in the north west corner of Costa Rica. The province is named for the Guanacaste Tree, the national tree of Costa Rica. Unlike most of Costa Rica, this province receives little rain and contains the country's only dry forests. It was quite a contract from the lush, green rainforests.
We stopped in Liberia, the capital of the Guanacaste Province to stretch our legs and buy a few provisions for our day of rest at the JW Marriott Guanacaste resort. Liberia is a modern city and the area we saw was very different to our stay in downtown San Jose. As might be expected in an area that receives little rain, it was very hot!! I believe the temperatures were close to 40 degrees Celsius. Unfortunately, I don't have any photos from our brief stop in Liberia.