What did we have planned? Three different hotels in three different regions, renting a car and driving on what some rumors were said to be horrible roads and one flight within the country on a small plane. Add to that a couple of transfers between the flight and hotels where we didn't have the car and some strict luggage weight limits for the small plane and we were good to go!
We were ready! We landed and got through customs and immigration with no problem. We found the airport in San Jose to be very efficient and very clean. We were met outside by a representative from our car rental company and off we went. After we picked up the car, we set out with some directions we had printed out from the hotel we were heading to and a map I had picked up before leaving home. Once we drove a bit and were away from the airport the scenery was beautiful. The roads were windy and became a bit mountainous but there was nothing we considered to be horrible, at least not yet! They were fully paved and sometimes we had to pass a slow moving truck, but the ride was great. We were heading for the town of La Fortuna.
The main attraction in La Fortuna is the Arenal Volcano. I've heard that some people visit La Fortuna and never get to see the volcano because of cloud cover. Yet some people are lucky enough to have a clear view all the way to the perfect cone top. Some people are even lucky enough to get to see lava trickling down the sides. Would we be lucky enough to see the volcano? Would we get to see the lava or maybe even hear it rumble? Well, as we turned the corner and faced the charming town of La Fortuna we saw the volcano and it's magnificant!