Magsasay is located deep in the cloud rainforest; it was a 4 hour travel day to get there. 1 hour boat ride, 1 hour drive and a 2 hour tractor ride into the jungle. The tractor ride is called the Costa Rican Massage because it is very bumpy!! The scariest part of the tractor ride for me was when we were driving along we would pass people’s houses and their dogs would come running out to chase the tractor and try to bite its tires… eek. Stressful!! The tractor ride was a pretty great experience, definitely different than riding in a bus or van.
We were told that where we were staying, Magsasay lodge might not have electricity or internet. That was pretty exciting for me! I brought my headlamp just in case and 3 days without internet?! DEAL! I love getting in touch with nature and out of touch with everything that is going on in the interwebs. :D We arrived to our location and were told we have to wear gumboots everywhere we went, mostly because there is many poisonous snakes, and that we do have electricity but no Wi-Fi. :) I was curious to know what we would be doing here because there is nothing around our lodge, no stores, atms, nothing. The lodge that we stayed at was specifically for G Adventures travelers, it was beautiful!! There was a river flowing through the property and a place to swim in it where the current wasn’t very strong. All of our activities in this location were including in our trip which was awesome!
We went hiking that evening; it gets dark in Costa Rica by 6pm, in the forest and saw many different kinds of wildlife. It was very exciting, yet kind of scary because it was pitch black out! The hike started out pretty calm, we saw tons of bugs of every kind and lots of poisonous frogs then the hike quickly progressed to hiking along a cliff that had a huge bank that eventually dropped into the river, not like I could really see anything anyways and I was mostly focused on the trail so I didn’t slip and fall to my death. O.O
The next morning we got up at 5am to go for a bird watching hike at 6am. It was such a lovely morning and we got to see a sleeping howler monkey, TONS of birds, big spiders, frogs and bugs! I found a coin too while on our walk, it’s called a Centimo, our CEO said I was lucky to have found it! :D It was amazing and I felt great getting up super in the morning, after a while we got back to the lodge and had breakfast which was delicious too! The people at our lodge were super friendly and helped us learn more and more Spanish! ^_^ After lunch we went on another hike, this time to another small river that was deeper than the one at our lodge that we could go swimming in. We all had a lot of fun going for a swim to cool off in the nice cold water after getting a bit warm from our hike. On the way back to the lodge we stopped by an abandoned house and took some photos of some bats!!! I LOVE bats!
That evening it poured! We had planned to have a fire outside after dinner and just hang out, not like you needed the fire for heat though, but the weather wasn’t looking so great. Not long after we ate dinner though the rain stopped so our guide went out and built a fire so we went out and hung out around that for a while and had some s’mores. :D That was our last hike in Magsasay; I loved it there so much! I felt so connected with the cloud rainforest; it was such a wonderful experience. The next day we were off to La Fortuna, which is famous for its active Arenal Volcano!! ^_^
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