Day 52: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Feeling like kings after we stepped out of the shuttle van and onto resort premises, we walked into Baldi unsure of what we might find.
There are tons and tons of hot pools, a few cooler pools, a garden, and a modern art inspired artificial waterfall. Most pools are relatively small and swimming is not allowed (after all, it is very hot and the resort is catering to health and relaxation, not splashing fun). They are all clearly marked with signs indicating the water`s temperature and the idea is to start at a low temperature and work your way up to the hotter ones only staying 10-20 minutes in each. There is also a sauna but it`s poorly made so not as hot as it should be. There are a few restaurants, some changing rooms, lockers, spa area for massages, pedicures, etc and a few wet bars as well. It`s a nice resort full of predominately German and American tourists and lots of families as well since there are 2 waterslides and a third one in progress.
Anyway, we made our way around the resort, dipping here and there into pools feeling more like well-financed tourists instead of budget backpackers. But being the budget backpackers we are, we came fully prepaired for the resorts exorbident prices and found a nice spot to be stared at while we ate our peanut butter sandwiches.
We had fun but were definitely ready to go after several hours. We cooled off by taking a walk in the gardens before calling Mr. Lava Lava to come pick us up (actually the hotel staff called for us).
All the hot water made us really tired and hungry so when we got back to town, we feasted on a massive greasy pizza before calling it a night.