I was dropped off at my tree house hotel around 11:00am. Yes, I said tree house. The Tree House Hotel is a bed and breakfast hotel with 5 tree houses (each very private) on 8 acres and surrounded by a 70 acre wildlife refuge with a waterfall and river. It was incredible. I was a bit early since check in is at 3pm so I took a walk/hike on the property. There are tons of fruit trees – star fruit, mangos, cacao, breadfruit, etc. It was very hot and humid and there were lots of mosquitoes. I wasn’t prepared with this first walk so I was a nice little snack for the rainforest insects. I am currently sporting many quite attractive red bumps all over. I prefer to think of them as nature body art.
The second day I woke up to the loud sounds of the rainforest, including howler monkeys. I enjoyed a great breakfast of coconut French toast and fruit surrounded by tons of beautiful birds. Around the outdoor eating area hang several hummingbird feeders and wooden pillars with fruit on them. All of the birds fly around eating and playing while you eat. It was really quite spectacular with several different kinds of hummingbirds, Amazon Kingfishers, Blue Crowned Mot Mots, and many other species. A few hours later there were a family of howler monkeys hanging out in the tress and I got a pretty good view of them.
This post is getting very long so I am going to wrap it up by saying I really enjoyed the Arenal area. The climate and landscape are a lot different than the colony. It was a great side trip that reinvigorated my creative spirit. I am happy to be back to my studio though.