We had 2 and a half adventure days planned for us during our time down in Costa Rica. We spent one evening in downtown San Jose, the following day was spent zip-lining and at hot springs, and the final day of the trip was spent at the beach. Here’s a (BRIEF) recap of all of those things! And I’m about to photo dump like whoa – so be ready.
Saturday night, after a half day of work, we headed down to San Jose. We took a tour of the city, which started at the Church – which was incredible. The architecture was amazing, everything was hand painted, the stained-glass windows were beautiful. The rest of the tour took us around to different parks, landmarks and buildings. We passed the President’s work place, the local school, a many different historical landmarks. We ended the day at a market where we got a ton of souvenirs! And then finished up with dinner, but most importantly, the most delicious sangria ever!
Sunday morning, we travelled about 2 hours to get to our zip-lining destination. It was absolutely incredible. It was raining the entire time, but none of us minded. It added a bit to the authenticity of zip-lining in the cloud forest. There were 18 different lines of all different lengths. The final one was the longest and we descended on our stomachs – “Superman” style, over a large valley and literally, through the clouds. (See below). A highlight was definitely the Tarzan Swing… some of us got some major height!
Baldi Hot Springs
After zip-lining, we gathered back on the buses and took an hour drive up the mountains to Baldi Hot Springs! Oh my goodness, guys… this place was absolutely incredible. Again, it was raining off and on the whole time but again, none of cared whatsoever. We were in volcanic hot springs, in Costa Rica, drinking alcoholic beverages with our best friends. What could be better?!?! After we had lunch, we hurriedly got into our suits and in to the waters. There were 25 different mineral pools with temperatures ranging widely from the 80s to the 150s. We got about 5 hours to ourselves in this place then finished the evening with dinner at the same place where we had lunch. It was the most incredible day and we got to truly experience two things that are Costa Rican in nature – zip lining and volcanic hot springs!
Manuel Antonio Beach
On the final day of the trip, we took off on the 3 hour trip to Manuel Antonio Beach! We had a few pit stops along the way… One to see the crocs in their natural habitat…
And before we knew it, we were handed our ticket to get in to the National park!
We drank some coconut water…
And fully embraced the clear blue waters of the Pacific Ocean!
We encountered a TON of monkeys. And no joke, they steal EVERYTHING. The picture below is hilarious… Four monkeys eating a bag of “Munchies” after a husband got his family’s entire bag of snacks grabbed away from him. (I overheard the wife yelling at him and asking how it had happened…) The raccoons also were nasty little things and would walk right up and steal your entire bag if you weren’t watching.
We found out that D.C. United would be playing down the street against the local Alajuela team and we had to go. They were playing each other in the CONCACAF Champions League.
And there ya have it! All of the fun with a ton of pictures (and that’s not even a quarter of all the ones I have). I think I only have two more posts to recap my trip: one about vacation, and one summing up how the mission trip went from a personal stand point, rather than just telling you what we did.