The Butterfly Conservatory had an excellent assortment of butterflies, with three screened habitats that featured native and non-native species.
We really enjoyed going to Arenal Hanging Bridges for a walk through the Costan Rican rainforest. Like most activities in Costa Rica, it wasn’t inexpensive, but it was worth it for the experience.
We quickly found that with whatever you want to do in Costa Rica, there is a tour guide you can pay to accompany you on whatever path or trail you are walking on and who will stop to point out every spider, ant, frog, monkey etc.
Some people really want all that additional information, but we simply wanted to go at our own pace and enjoy a 1.5 to 2 hour walk through the forest. We’d paid our $50 so it was time to get cracking. Here we are quickly catching up to the bottlenecks of tour groups at the start of the trail.
It didn’t take too long to get past the large groups and once we did, we were set and were commenting that it would most likely take these groups 3 to 4 hours to complete the hike.
The hike made for a great experience and the tour had a good number of hanging bridges, with many that were quite long and high, which definitely added to the fun.
After arriving in San Jose, we drove to the town of La Fortuna, which is the launching point for activities around the Arenal volcano. Our first day we hiked a trail to the remains of the old lava flow, which stopped activity around 2010. We also made it to a butterfly sanctuary.
Taking a break. DiploTot and DiploMom stayed behind while I went ahead to the end of the trail. DiploTot had to have been thinking what in the world we had drug her into.
We ventured forth over Semana Santa to Costa Rica for our first-ever trip with DiploTot. A big factor in the decision was the fact that we could get a direct flight out from Guatemala City and that it was only an hour-and-a-half away.
We had a great time and DiploTot proved to be a very adaptable traveler, even if she was awake by 5:30 am every morning, she at least always slept through the night. I’ll be posting more photos in the coming days.
My favorite Easter hymn from Charles Wesley.
Christ the Lord is risen today, Alleluia!
Earth and heaven in chorus say, Alleluia!
Raise your joys and triumphs high, Alleluia!
Sing, ye heavens, and earth reply, Alleluia!
Love’s redeeming work is done, Alleluia!
Fought the fight, the battle won, Alleluia!
Death in vain forbids him rise, Alleluia!
Christ has opened paradise, Alleluia!
Lives again our glorious King, Alleluia!
Where, O death, is now thy sting? Alleluia!
Once he died our souls to save, Alleluia!
Where’s thy victory, boasting grave? Alleluia!
Soar we now where Christ has led, Alleluia!
Following our exalted Head, Alleluia!
Made like him, like him we rise, Alleluia!
Ours the cross, the grave, the skies, Alleluia!