For my second Costa Rica tour, we traveled to Turrialba, Costa Rica. Our destination was the Turrialtico Lodge and National Park Tapanti. This tour is from March 12 – 15, 2010. It took a whole day flying from Orlando to Costa Rica and driving through the traffic in San Jose, Costa Rica. We took JetBlue which has a direct flight from Orlando to Costa Rica. They were courteous, more leg room and even gave us free snacks and the drink of our choice!!
I had a wonderful view from the plane window. Just look at the mountains! Unfortunately you can see the brown area where trees have been cleared. Thankfully, Costa Rica is realizing the deforestation issues and setting boundaries to insure the survival of native species. They have many national parks for preservation. During this tour I will share with you my tours of the Tapanti National Park, Braullio Carillo National Park, and Earth University.
The Turrialtico Lodge is in Turrialba, Costa Rica on the Caribean side. The lodge is surrounded by tropical gardens and the backdrop is the active Turrialba volcano. The lodge has trails and a restaurant with delicious homemade meals served Costa Rican style. http://www.turrialtico.com/
The Turrialtico Restaurant was opened in 1968. The meals served are customary to Costa Rica. The Restaurant over looks the mystical Turrialba valley and volcano. The restaurant at night is just as beautiful with it’s twinkling lights and the restaurant’s rustic feel.
Behind me, you can see the beautiful view of the Turrialba Volcano.
The Turrialba Volcano is active and erupted on January 6th, 2010. This was the first eruption since 1866. The release of ash and gases caused an evacuation of the countryside. The volcano is monitored so people can be notified of danger. Thankfully though, I was at a safe distance in the Turrialtico Lodge.
I had a beautiful view of the Turrialba valley from the lodge. Below is a spectacular HD video of Turrialba, Costa Rica.
Elizabeth’s Traveling Tips: To insure that you arrive at your destination, reserve a GPS along with your four wheel drive vehicle.