La Fortuna, Costa Rica

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La Fortuna lies at the base of Arenal Volcano, which rises over 1,600 meters high. Although it has been dormant since 2010, a major eruption is 1968 destroyed a nearby village.

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Unfortunately, these are the only photos I could snag of a sloth. Sloths are only found in Central America.

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We saw this beautiful crested currasow at the national park.

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La Fortuna Waterfall is part of the Arenal Volcano National Park. This splendid waterfall is 70 meters high, crashing into a swimming hole below. We walked to the falls from our hotel outside the city, not realizing that we were in for a 7 mile uphill climb. Thankfully, we found a taxi to take us back to the hotel. It was especially overwhelming for Whit, who had seen this exact waterfall over a decade ago in 2008, while studying abroad in San Jose.

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That evening we went for a swim in a nearby river heated by the volcano, forming a type of hot springs. It was a short, muddy hike to a smattering of pools bubbling forth with muscle relaxing goodness. We stayed until past dark.

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And because, who doesn’t love a fabulous smoothie!

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