Costa Rica 2014 Day 2 Part 1 Rio Celeste River | Tenorio Volcano National Park

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its day 2 in costa rica. we signed up a tour last night through our hotel to go to rio celeste river. i believe its $20 cheaper if you booked online, but since we booked it last min, i thought it was easier jus to do through hotel.

celeste river is a river in the rainforest of tenorio volcano national park of costa rica. it is known for its distinctive turquoise coloration caused by a chemical reaction between sulfur and calcium carbonate.

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the tour guy picked us up in the morning. it was just us and a girl from argentina so it felt like a private tour.

volcano arenal was all cloudy the entire time when we stayed there. the local told us only 30% of chance seeing the volcano. mostly cloudy all year round.

rio celeste is about an hour away from our hotel in arenal.
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on the way there we saw a white face monkey and a sloth.

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one of the benefits of having a tour guy is he can spot wild animals so well. i had a hard time find the animal even when he pointed out for me. they are really blended in with nature or maybe im just blind.
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my 1st time seeing a sloth in person. so happy
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we finally arrived to Tenorio Volcano National Park
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there is where two rivers join together becomes one and where the chemical reaction between sulfur and calcium carbonate so the water turn blue.
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it was some intense hiking. the trail was almost nonexistent; you pretty much walking in mud the entire time. i pretty much hike everywhere with flip flops but wouldve not made it with this one. i did in toms tho but only because it didnt rain. i wouldve been fucked if it started raining. hiking shoes are actually necessary if you come on a rainy day.
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ok after the hike, we were so ready for lunch. this soda/restaurant is the only restaurant near the parking lot.
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my friend got a veg plate which was delicious according to her.
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i LOVED my fish filet. it was SUPER tender and flavorful. i wish all fish filet tastes like this.
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i like how their currency has animals on it instead of humans
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we headed back to our hotel after rio celeste. we were pretty tired and so ready for dipping in the hot spring.
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