February 25, 2012
We packed up our things and left Poas Lodge around mid-morning to make the 70-80 mile trek over to La Fortuna, a mecca for adventure junkies and home of the mighty Arenal Volcano. Mark, the manager and part-owner of Poas Lodge, suggested that we take the scenic route over to the land of adventure. Part paved road/part off-road; it turned out that this out-of-the-way path was an adventure in itself. Along the three-hour trip, we passed La Paz Waterfall Gardens (a must-see next time!), panoramic overlooks, quaint little towns, and copious waterfalls. (Tip: Don’t forget to look behind you (unless you’re driving) to see waterfalls and vistas you may otherwise miss.) By the time we checked in to the Lost Iguana Resort & Spa, we were ready to stretch our legs. At the front desk, we were told that guests received a discounted entrance fee ($18/person vs. $24/person) to the Arenal Hanging Bridges. Better yet, they provided free shuttle service to the park.