April 29, 2013

Pura Vida

{view from The Springs}
Costa Rica is not only one of the most beautiful countries I have ever visited, but it is home to such amazing individuals who live a life focused on protecting the environment and embracing the "Pura Vida" (full of life) spirit. This past week I stayed at the Hilton Papagayo in the Guanacaste region, but also got the chance to visit other areas near by. Our amazing stay was filled with plenty of relaxation time, adventure and amazing food. For someone who is obsessed with avocados and mangos, this was the place to be!

Aside from drinking cervezas and margaritas by the pool and spending quality time with my man, some of my highlights were trekking through the rainforest, zip-lining across from the Arenal volcano, relaxing in the natural hot springs at The Springs Resort, and heading up north to Nicaragua to check out Granada (detailed post to come). Our view of the (active) Arenal volcano was impeccable. Our tour guide explained that the whole volcano has not been visible for the past 3 months, due to clouds. Since Costa Rica is now making its transition into rainy season we were pretty lucky that on this sunny day we could experience the volcanoes beauty in it's entirety. 

From the moment we arrived to the most we left, we felt completely welcomed and safe to explore the many beauties this country has to offer, and I cannot wait to return and indulge in it's many thrills once again! 
{the resort after an afternoon rain shower}

{town of Liberia}

{daily snack}

{boat ride on Lake Arenal}

{monkey spotting}

{relaxing at The Springs}


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