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Monday, February 18, 2008

Costa Rica: Jeep-Boat-Jeep

Jellybean and I took the Jeep-Boat-Jeep route from the Monteverde area to La Fortuna, near Arenal Volcano. Actually we didn't, because Jeep-Boat-Jeep is actually Van-Boat-Van, now that the dirt road for the first part of the trip has been improved. That this is the 'improved' road came as a surprise to some. I think the dirt roads in general, like the one up the mountains to Santa Elena, were a surprise to a lot of people. Publicity about Costa Rica definitely doesn't emphasize that side of things.

The dirt road portion was pleasant, and the paved road bit at the end was just that, the paved road bit at the end. But the boat ride across the Lago de Arenal was perfect. We had a clear day, so we could see Volcan Arenal ahead of us as we motored across the lake, with only a little cloud cover at the top.

Many people come to Arenal for several days, and never actually see more than the base of the volcano. But there we were, on our very first day, with a beautiful view of the cone seeming to almost rise from the lake.

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