In true Linsey fashion, I couldn’t sleep the first night. I tossed and turned and finally woke up at 4:30 AM and couldn’t go back to sleep. I played around on my phone for about an hour and then finally got up. I put on my running shoes and decided to explore the property, which is massive!!
I passed the Rio Perdido Springs, thinking I’d catch it on the way back, and headed straight for Club Rio. I figured I would run the whole way to get some exercise, I kept stopping, stopping again, and stopping some. Not because I was tired, but because I couldn’t stop taking pictures. I had no idea a place this incredible beautiful actually existed. Little did I know that it was going to get better and better. Once I got to the bottom, I walked along the lapping river, said hello to the horses, said goodbye to the crocodiles, and began to really take in exactly where I was — in the middle of a rainforest with no one around.
It was pretty awe inspiring, but this girl was getting hungry. And that climb up took way longer than the climb down. When I got back to the room, I told tactlessly told Clint that he had five minutes to get up because I felt like I was going to pass out. Soon we were eating one of the best breakfasts we’ve ever had overlooking one of the best views we’ve ever had. It was stunning!! That day was already picture perfect and the day had just started. After breakfast we had just enough time to take a dip in the Hot Springs before the shuttle picked us up for our first real adventure, ziplining!
Be forewarned, Sky Trek Arenal is not your grandmother’s zipline. It is the fastest, highest, and longest zipline in the world. And may I add scariest! I’ve been on lots of ziplines in the last five years, but nothing it like this! We took a gondola up to the top of the mountain peak and ziplined down so high you couldn’t even see the ground. And we were going so fast that I prayed every time that I would just stay alive. It was scary fun for sure!
We got back to the hotel just in time for a late lunch and just in time for a huge rain storm. We are outside at Treetops Grill overlooking the rainforest below when it began to POUR down rain. Yep, we timing the day pretty perfectly. The Treetops Grill is SO cool!! We actually felt like we were dining high above in a treehouse during a thunderstorm. It was so incredible watching the dark clouds and rain over the volcano. And to think that just a couple hours earlier, it was nothing but blue skies.
After lunch, we went back to our room and both laid in our patio hammocks, me reading an autobiography by Simon Biles (I’m a sucker for autobiographies) and Clint watching a movie on his iPad. The rain was pounding down around us, but we stayed safe a dry on our balcony. We were truly in a rainforest! It was so cool!!
When the thunder and lightning stopped and the rain turned to a sprinkle, I had this “brilliant” idea of going tubing down the river. “There’s a tour leaving at 4:15pm. It’s 3:55pm right now. Let’s go!!” I grabbed Clint and soon we, yep just the two of us, were on that green Club Rio renovated school bus headed for Club Rio to go tubing. We hopped out of the bus, yep just the two of us, and met our two guides, one for each of us! They must have thought we were crazy for wanting to tube down in the rain, but we had massages the next morning, so this was our only chance. If the Kardashians could go tubing in the cold, so could we. Mind you, it wasn’t raining when the Kardashians went tubing and they probably had a team of hair stylists and make-up artists waiting at the bottom, but you get the point.
Anyway, tubing was WAY FUN, but WAY COLD. BUT WAY WORTH IT!! We bounced back and forth through the rapids, holding on for dear life, and thankfully, we didn’t flip once. That was probably owed to the fact that we had a guide for each of us. Nice! They asked us if we wanted to go again, but I chickened out! The dark clouds were coming in, I was so cold, and I wanted to get inside those hot springs. To the Rio Perdido Hot Springs we go!!
We made a wise choice. We soon discovered a whole new world of hot springs at the resort that was even better than the ones right next to the hotel. And we found the famed Monkey Slide! The MONKEY SLIDE!! That slide is wicked fast and SO much fun!! We must have gone down it 100 times in the rain! We were having so much fun! I didn’t want the day to end. Neither did anybody else. The dark clouds came in, you could hear the rumbling thunder, and see streaks of lightning, but it was business as usual at the resort. Everyone was still swimming, ordering drinks, and going down the Monkey Slide. Pura Vida! This would never happen in the US. Lol.
Finally, we had to get out of the water because we had a 7pm reservation at Las Ventanas, which is The Springs Resort’s signature resort they overlooks the Arenal Volcano and lush green valley below. In record time, we got all dolled up and made our way to Las Ventanas. I was hesitant about eating there because it was more of an American style restaurant, but when they told us I could order the Costa Rican chicken enchiladas, I was all in! I know I keep saying this, and I could really say it about almost every meal this trip, but that was one of the best meals I’ve ever had.