We started our adventure by having our driver take us from San Jose to the beautiful Volcano town of La Fortuna. That would be our first destination. However, one of the benefits of having a driver is getting to stop at some of the more hidden gems in the country. On past trips we've mixed it up a bit. Keith and I have done self drive - we've rented a car and driven from location to location at our own pace and really enjoyed that. We've also hired a driver in the past for the ease of getting from one place to another. On this trip, with six passengers and luggage, we decided a driver with a van was the best way to go!
The women in the family who owned this lovely restaurant were at one of the three or four tables here making homemade cheese empanadas. They were making the dough, mixing the cheese and showing the youngest of the children how to do this process. They even went outside to pick banana leaves to lay the empanadas on to cook them. We were happy to get a lesson ourselves on how to form and fill a perfect empanada!
Lunch was wonderful - it was a perfect introduction to the country. We all were feeling great as we continued on our journey to Arenal.