It was just 300 kilometers — or 186 miles — from our hotel in Malpais on the southern end of Costa Rica to our next stop in La Fortuna.
That’s the roundtrip distance between Kailua-Kona and Hawaii Volcanoes National Park, which can take about four hours total.
This drive took nine.
Something we heard a lot on this trip: rely on GPS. Don’t look at a map and think, “Oh, that should only take a couple of hours.” Maps don’t show you the rough terrain, the winding roads, the slower-than-normal speed limits that you don’t want to go over. (Corrupt police; long story.) So a distance that might take you a couple of hours on paved roads — or, even better, highways — may take double the time in Costa Rica.
So we were sure to pack drinks and snacks for the long drive.
We decided to spend a portion of our stay in La Fortuna, a lush area around the very active Arenal Volcano, about two hours northwest of the capital of San Jose. Our friends, Mark and Lucy Eidson, moved from Hawaii to Costa Rica a few years ago and now managed a tree house hotel in the area.
Tree house hotel. How could we not pass that up?
Here are scenes from our long drive to La Fortuna and what that tree house actually looked like:
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