From the north to the south this island is a beauty to discover, depending on what you want to do: chilling near the sea, hiking, trekking, drink a glass of local wine,… In the article you will find some nice places I was, and some of the hiking I did, but still I have many reasons to go back in this reach and amazing land... I will write several articles with the places I was, divided for area.
Let's start from the north, where I arrived with the ferry, in Bastìa!
THE FINGER LAND IN THE NORTH: CENTURI PORT
If you will land in Bastìa, the first part to visit, and for me one of the most beautiful, is the land that seems a finger in the north.
If you are by car or motorbike (maybe also a simple bike) take the road to the north and start to discover this multicolored island.
One of the small villages you will find on your way, nice to stop is Centuri and its Port.
Port de Centuri is the coastal hamlet of Centuri, a tiny village of Capo Corso, which you will probably hear mentioned because here we find the Moulin Mattei, an old restored windmill that became famous as a symbol of the liquor company. From there you can have a nice view on the gulf and it is on your way to Centuri.
If you continue, following the road from the D80 state road you will arrive to Port de Centuri, crossing a chestnut forest before arriving at an abandoned abbey, and then to a wonderful and lonely road to the sea.
The tiny village is composed by the stone houses rise from the small cliff that gave them the material of which they are made, a handful of small restaurants overlooking the water cook the lobsters fished from the moored boats ( specialized in the fishing of small and very tasty local lobsters), for the few tourists who come here. Just beyond the 20 houses that make up the town, the beach opens up on a number of rocks and an island that emerge from the placid blue waters.
A bar on the dock of the marina serves cool drinks with the slowness of someone who knows that if you've come this far, you won't have to rush to leave. Port de Centuri although certainly unknown to most, is quite and simple as I like it!
NONZA: A BLACK BEACH IN THE NORTH
If you continue on the road after Centuri, you will pass across a mall village seeming to stand still in time, in its serene and almost monotonous life. This village is Nonza, built on the rock , may have made life inside quite uncomfortable, but, on the other hand, the frequent raids by Saracen pirates recommended a protected location for all the villages on this coast. On its narrow and steep streets and alleyways, there are houses with gray stone roofs and beautiful sculpted portals, often painted in soft pink, green and ocher colors, which are also typical of the Ligurian coast.
Just below the village is the vast so-called "black beach", famous for its striking dark sand that gives it its name, with shades ranging from black to various types of dark gray, with shiny grains, composed of small gray pebbles that they become black when they are wet. Unique in its kind, it certainly has a fascinating visual impact, which should not make us forget, however, like Nonza's black sand, that summer accumulates so much heat as to become hot in the hottest hours, they ended up mixing, in the middle of 20th century, with the processing waste of a nearby asbestos mine closed in 1966, which enlarged the beach..
Peru has different beautiful city and one of the best is Arequipa, a UNESCO World Heritage sights, in the south of the country and a delightful place to explore.
The main characteristic is its stunning colonial architecture, that you will see is based on the famous use of sillar, a white volcanic stone, which let its buildings have a distinctive appearance.
The city is located in the center of 3 volcanoes and the climate is really wonderful all year-round. Let’s see what to visit in Arequipa!
The square and the Basilica Cathedral
One of the main place to visit, where you probably will pass when you arrive in Arequipa is Plaza des Armas, which houses the beautiful Basilica Cathedral.
The square is very nice and always full of locals or tourists. You can enjoy it, passing our time sit in a bench talking with locals or go on a terrace to drink something in one of the wonderfully preserved colonial buildings around, a mate de coca in the afternoon or a Pisco Sour for the evening. In any case, in front or behind you, standing in this stunning central square, you will see the cathedral. It is free to enter, so it is a must do thing in Arequipa.
San Camilo Market Shopping
San Camilo is one of the best markets in Peru, if not the whole of South America. It is also an important city life location that give to the visitors with an authentic experience. In the market you can enjoy samples of local products, including Rocoto Relleno and Soltero de Queso, 2 of the traditional food of Peru and Arequipa.
The Santa Catalina Monastery: a village inside the city
Close to the center, the monastery was built in 1579 and it is an amazing place, unique in his nature. When you go inside you think to be in a small village, separated from the city. It is a piece of art, a fantastic collection of native artwork, religious objects and artifacts from numerous historical periods.
The cost is 40 Peruvian Sol but the price worth! You will explore the huge amount of tunnels, cloisters and walkways that make up the Santa Catalina monastery. The monastery was open to the public in the 1970. Before that time no external people could enter in it, unless few ones. If you will be there at the right time, you can climb onto the rooftop during the late afternoon to view the incredible sunset spectacle.
The Colca Canyon hiking
The world’s fourth deepest canyon, Colca is a good trek to do from Arequipa. It is about 2 or 3 days. I did 2 days, one going down, and the second going up! It was really nice and I met some guys with whom I pass also other days of my long travel along Per. I will talk about the trekking in another article to let you discover this impressive geographical feature.
If you start your Perù travel in Lima, Paracas & the Ballestas island is a nice stop in the road to Arequipa. It is a tiny place along the Peruvian coastline.
Islas Ballestas: an half day trip
The islas Ballestas are a natural sight and a great reason to visit Paracas. I never have seen so many sea lions together in my life and is very easy it is to arrange a trip to the Islas Ballestas.
The islands are also called: the poor men’s Galapagos Islands. A trip to the Islas Ballestas cost 5 euros and to arrange it just ask it in your hostel in Paracas. From there a guide will keep you to the port and within a couple of minutes you will be there. Remember to ask the price, you don’t have to pay more than that!
When you arrive to the port you have to buy the ticket and for the Islas and the reserve there is one ticket, so keep this in your mind because maybe they will not tell you. The cost is around 6 or 7 euro.
Tours leave at 8 am and at 10 am. But the waters around Paracas are known to become rockier and weather unpredictable later in the day. The 8 am tour will have calmer seas (resulting in more chances of seeing dolphins!).
I did both the same day, in the morning the Islas and in the afternoon the reserve, which is so beautiful too.
For the islands, you’ll go out in medium sized boats to explore the waters around Paracas for 2 hours. You will enjoy the greatest biodiversity marine fauna & the mysterious Candelabro, a geoglyph carved in the Paracas peninsula of unknown origin, and upon arrival the guide will explain the different theories that exist of this place.
The departure will be at 8 in the morning, and the trip will take approximately 30 minutes until the arrival to the first Island. From the boat you will appreciate the contrast of the sea and the rocky desert of it the Paracas peninsula until arrive to the Island.
And then you see the landscape full of marine fauna. In fact you will be able to observe hundreds and hundreds of sea lions and sea lions babies playing and swimming in the sea.
After having appreciated this impressive landscape the boat will leave for the Ballestas Islands, where you can appreciate rock formations thousands of guano birds, cormorants, pelicans and penguins of Humboldt.
The Paracas Reserve
After a stop in the hostel for an hour, a bus passes to take me for the next tour to the Reserve. The transport is 4 Euros, and the entrance ticket is included in the combo with the Islas. The Reserve was a nice surprise! The Paracas National Reserve is actually an amazing park that you can explore also on your own depending on the time you have.
The first stop is the reserve’s museum, displaying all the animals in the Pacific Ocean and the impact that we have on the waters around Paracas. After this, you will continue to Playa Roja, a red beach with crushing waves on the shore. Amazing views of the deserted land and the wide open ocean. We stopped in Lagunillas to eat fish.. and there I had the most amazing ceviche I eat in Peru, with a good Beer eating in front of the Ocean!
Some info on Paracas
When you go there remember that the local communities are struggling. After the 2007 earthquake (8.0 on the magnitude scale), Paracas was in ruins. It was not the first one, the town was hit hard by previous quakes and this one was the last drop.
Since then, the town was rebuilt from the ground up and flourishes because of tourists visiting the Islas Ballestas. So please, don’t book the tour in Lima, if you are a sustainable traveler, book your tours with locally. Visit Paracas independently, eat out in the town and speak with locals. It is really easy and you will support the people who need.
Lima, the capital of Peru, has so much to offer, depending on what you expect from a big city. It is one of the largest cities in South America and has a long history behind. You probably will start your journey in Peru in Lima as I did to recover my body from 18 hours of flight. So I stopped in the city just one day and half to go in other beautiful places that this amazing country offer to you.
So, here are my recommendations.
Miraflores, is one of the nicest neighborhoods in Lima and it is the places where you probably will stay in a hostel during your stay in Lima.
If you want to have a view on the coast profile of Lima, you can go to Larcomar enjoying a good coffee. It is a shopping center right but the view is amazing. It is built into the side of the cliff and mostly underground, it has incredible views of the Pacific Ocean.
There you can also rent a bike and drive it all along the coast. In fact, with its green parks and the cliffs overlooking the ocean, Miraflores is also the perfect place to go for a bicycle tour. From here you can take a tour into the center of the city, along the cliffs, do an urban tour or combine your cycling trip with surfing!
Miraflores is also the place in case you want to see the coast from the top! Not as extreme as it sounds, paragliding by the coast is the perfect day activity to catch the green areas, ocean and the urban buildings of Lima’s coast with a 360° view.
If you like more History and culture, in Miraflores you can also visit the pre-inca ruins ofHuaca Pucllana. Easy to arrive, it is not expensive and there is the guide in English or Spanish that guide you to understand this piece of history!
The uber driver when pick me up in the airport told me to not miss Barranco. This district is probably the coolest place in Lima and the perfect escape from Miraflores for a good drink during night. At night, Barranco transforms itself in onr of the Lima’s party district with great restaurants and themed alternative bars both for Peruvians and foreigners.
More than that Barranco has great historical architecture and a blooming art scene. One of the most famous places to see, is Puente de los Suspiros. This bridge connects two main streets. It is said that if you can cross the bridge while holding your breath, your wish will be granted. And below it you can walk till the sea and enjoy a peaceful walk.
In November I traveled for the first time in US, the destination was Chicago and the reason was not just travelling, this time was a Business trip!
I didn’t have expectation on the city as for me, US is something that we need to look with the right attention to really understand the real America… we are used to watch the American life in movies, series and I always had the fear to have been stereotyping America too much! At the end it is a land, with so many different shades and souls! not only a movie!
But more than what I think let’s just say some good places to visit or some activities to do in Chicago!
MUSIC: THE BLUES IN THEIR HEARTS
As I was in Chicago I had to go to some of the oldest bar where I could have listen some good music… I don’t like to go in too much famous bar. I prefer something smaller and authentic!
I chose “Blue Chicago”. It is like a small room where you can listen live blues. The entrance costs 10 dollars per head (to pay in cash!) and then you pay the drink. There are benches and stools to sit, very simple, and my advice is to arrive before' the show starts to find place. The music is very addictive and be collected around who plays creates a nice atmosphere in the location. At the entrance you will meet an old black guy that in my mind is there from when it opened a long time ago!!!!!
THE CENTER: HIGH PALACE AND THE BIG BEAN
I didn’t had lot of time to walk and I have to say the temperature didn’t help me. I decided to start from the hotel where I stayed (DANA HOTEL), towards millennium park, as there I could have seen the famous bean.
From the beginning part of Millennium Park had to include plans for public art works. A committee of all the artistic institutions was tasked to choose the artists to tackle these public art installations.
The committee pooled a list of 16–30 artists from all around the world with experience in large-scale outdoor works. At the end two artists remained:British artist Anish Kapoor and U.S. artist Jeff Koons.
The final decision was to let both the artists to build their works, in separate areas of the Park. The proposal of Koons became a challenge. The idea was to realize a 150-foot-long glass and steel slide raised 90 feet above the ground. The concept was to let visitors to observe the park from on high, then slide down to ground level. But this installation required other components, e.g. an elevator that could ensure access to the work for all the visitors.
At the end the solution was to move the other project, Kapoor one, to the space initially reserved for Koons. That space was also better suited to handle the 110-ton weight of the steel form. Koons’ project was scraped entirely. The name of the big bean is “Cloud Gate”.
But what is amazing about this bean? You can see the Chicago skyline reflected in the surface!
After have taken some pictures around it, inside it and more… you can continue just walking around the park and enjoy a cold coffee in your hands.
THE ART: AN IMPORTANT PART OF CHICAGO
In Chicago you can go in some of the world-class museums. One example is the Art Institute of Chicago, inside you can see more than 300,000 artworks from classic paintings like Georges Seurat’s "A Sunday on La Grande Jatte" and Grant Wood's American Gothic or you can explore an huge collection of contemporary art in the museum’s Modern Wing.
THE FOOD: THE TRADITIONAL DEEP PIZZA AND THE STEAKS
And when you will feel tired, cap off your day of sightseeing with a meal at one of Chicago’s best restaurants, the food is amazing.
One thing you have to taste is the “Deep Pizza”. For an Italian it is strange but it was good…. As for me is not an “Italian style” pizza!
Chicago's deep-dish pizza is part of the culture here. For what I understood, you can get the best pizza out of River North. I tried “Giordano” Pizza!
If you are not in the mood for a Pizza, try some good steak! I eat in “Wollensky's Grill”…an amazing rib eye Steak.
Another good thing I did was to eat a brunch! it was a dream...
All the time I pass from Florence, it happens: I walk in the center of Florence and my mind is projected into another dimension. You can image the life of centuries ago that made the city great: culture, history, art, poetry and food… this city is also ingenuity, wisdom, mystery and magic. The pillars of an unprecedented beauty that has no equal. But Florence is not just a museum. It is more….
Florence and its genetic traits attracted artists, poets and novelists from all around the world as the source of their inspiration and as their temporary home, their refuge. Florence is life. Florence is even the city of craftsmen that also today are the citizen of this beautiful city. Churning out large and small masterpieces, handing skills, values and character.
Enjoy the Flavors of Florence
Florence is the heart of Tuscany... maybe one of the best representation of Italy. If you pass from Tuscany you will stop here, walk around Florence, taking photos from Piazzale Michelangelo, Ponte Vecchio and the Arno River. A trip to Florence means a visit to the Uffizi Museum, and the imposing Palazzo della Signoria. To truly taste Florence, you need to enjoy also the food of Florence and the wine. Stop in one of the small restaurant and take your glass of red wine sitting there in the middle of this amazing city!
You can also inhale the perfume of leather at the markets and eat a real Fiorentina. “Ristorantedel Fagioli” in Corso dei Tintori, 47 R - FIRENZE, one of the best! But you need a reservation!
Some good place to eat an amazing Italian sandwich (La schiacciata) are:
Kiev has a
long history that started more than 1,500 years ago, when around 950 the first churches,
cathedrals and monuments were built. Below, you find a list of the must-see
historical and contemporary attractions in the city.
But what we may not remember is the recent history of the city: in 2014 there was a revolution here, “The Revolution of Dignity”.
2013, the President Viktor Yanukovych announced that Ukraine was suspending
pursuit of the Ukraine-European Union Association Agreement for which the country
had been preparing for since 2008. The
announcement led to the largest peaceful protests seen at the Maidan in Kyiv
since the Orange Revolution of 2004. But
after some time, the Berkut Special Police forcefully dispersed the hundred
student-aged protesters who remained at the square, beating some with
truncheons. The reaction of the public in response to the attack was momentous.
10,000 people occupied the Maidan later that day.
As the days
went on, more people from all corners of the country arrived in Kyiv. There was
no single leader organizing the protest.
It was time for Ukraine to rid itself of corruption. People organized themselves into subunits,
mainly based on areas of Ukraine from where they came. A perimeter was
established with barricades erected to keep the Berkut Police at bay. A self-defense
patrol called Samo-borona was established, its rules and discipline were based
upon the Kozak (“Cossack”) traditions of Ukraine. Every day after work hours, people gathered
to hear the speeches of community activists as well as politicians who
supported the movement. Musical &
cultural artists kept the crowd entertained and in good spirits day and night. The
government paid street hooligans, called “titushkas”, to attack protesters,
kidnap activists and journalists and create general chaos throughout Kyiv,
while the corrupt police turned a blind eye to these hooligans.
2014, protesters began a peaceful march through the streets of Kyiv but were
met by Berkut officers throwing stun grenades and firing at them from rooftops. The bloodiest day of the protests occurred on
February 20, when government snipers
perched on rooftops shot and killed 67 protesters who were armed with wooden
clubs and shields made from sheet metal or wood. The massacre was filmed by
professional and amateur journalists and widely distributed on the Internet. By February 22, the shock created by that
bloodshed had prompted a mass defection by the president’s allies in Parliament
and prodded Yanukovych to join negotiations.
January, at Yanukovych’s demand, the corruption-laden parliament rammed through
a series of anti-protest laws that came with severe penalties, making the
country a de facto dictatorship. The peole exploded.
It is the
oldest Kyiv standing church, built in 1037 by Prince Yaroslav the Wise, who
incidentally was laid to rest inside. He commissioned the project to
commemorate the site of a victory of Kyivan Rus over the Pechenegs (Asian
nomadic tribes) and to glorify Christianity.
majestic 13-cupola sanctuary adjoined Yaroslav’s Palace and became a holy place
of worship for Kyivites as well as a political and cultural centre. Meetings
with foreign diplomats and treaty negotiations were held here, and the church
housed the first library and school in Kyivan Rus.
ower, azure and white is 76m high and was finished in 1752. The cathedral’s
upper Ukrainian Baroque section and gilded cupola were added in 1852. Today it
is a museum and contains archaeological artefacts and architectural displays,
such as models depicting Kyiv as it looked before being razed by Mongol invaders
in 1240. To enter the cathedral itself, purchase tickets from the kiosk around
the corner from the bell tower entrance.
of transport is very important for citizens of Kiev because it connects the
upper town with historical part of Kiev Podol. Underground station
"Poshtova ploshcha" and River port are situated near Lower station.
There are only two Сable railways for whole Ukraine that is why don`t miss your
chance to tick "Cable railway" in you ToDo, ToTry, ToVisit list for
Ukrainian cuisine is amazing. Your food adventure has to include stops at the
popular national restaurants of the city center to taste the traditional
ask for traditional Ukrainian starter – salo with garlic and toast. It goes
accompanied with a complimentary homemade liquor.
Then, it’s the
right time you taste the most popular Ukrainian soup – borsch. It is made from
cabbage, potatoes and beetroot that gives the soup an intense red color.
your lunch can continue with sample
delicious vareniki (dumpling). You may choose from different stuffing, like
meat, potatoes and mushrooms, cabbage, etc.
Combining food tasting and sightseeing is the best way to spend your time in Kiev! And of course drink Vodka!
Maidan Nezalezhnosti (Independence Square) and
the recent story of Kyiv (Kiev)
you can choose: You can either head underground for a guided "urban
exploration" tour, navigating through storm drains and tunnels beneath the
Ukrainian capital; or if you prefer, you can stay topside for a tour of Kyiv’s
eye-catching street art highlights.
After lunch, you can take a tour through Maidan Nezalezhnosti, where you can learn about the 2014 Ukrainian Revolution visiting the places where it happened.
Day 2: the other side of Kyiv (Kiev)
Andriivskyi Descent Road
most historical and famous street of Kiev. It had been playing an important
role in ancient times because it connects the two central districts of Kiev -
Upper Town and Podol (Lower Town). Now it is the most creative street and locals
really like to visit it. Here you will find theaters, a lot of art cafes,
several museums. Also here you can find
a Ukrainian souvenirs of all types.
lots of things to see, visit and do on one street that is often called
First you will see the
grand church, designed by the Italian architect Bartolomeo Rastrelli and
constructed during 1747–1754. St Andrew's church is considered to be one of the
most beautiful Baroque buildings not only in Kyiv but also in Europe. Curiosity:
it is the only church in Kyiv that has no bells.
Going down to the down town, you will nderstand
that there is a reason why Andriyivsky Descent is called the Kyiv Montmartre:
it has long served as a place where artists and sculptors created and hosted
most popular exhibitions. Many renowned contemporary and classical art
galleries are located here: for instance, Tryptykh, 36, Fortuna, Karas and
exhibition gallery is Andriivskyi Descent itself: the street is full of
paintings, sculptures, antiques, traditional Ukrainian embroideries and various
souvenirs from street artists and vendors.
First peel the pears. Second, Put the sugar in a pan and add the wine. After this you can add the cinnamon and the cloves. Simmer the syrup for 10-15 minutes and then add the pears. You have to cook them for 25 minutes with the lid on.
Place the pears on a plate and pour the wine on them, cool and now you can serve!
Santa Marta is located in Magdalena department, on the Caribbean coast in the north of Colombia, between Barranquilla and Riohacha.
The city is a good place to stop off if you are doing a tour of the country and you want to go in the Sierra Nevada or to the Guajira Department.
It is one of the most tourist-focused cities on the coast. Its location between the Sierra Nevada and the Caribbean coast makes this city very attractive, especially considering the variety of fauna and flora to be found there.
It is important also for the historical and cultural heritage, Santa Marta, was a colonial city, where you can admire the colonial architecture and monuments such as the Basilica of Santa Marta, which is a one of the biggest tourist destinations on the Caribbean coast.
As a Caribbean city, Santa Marta has suffered from repetitive British, French and Dutch attacks. The city is steeped in history and legends. One of them, says that Santa Marta´s Cathedral contains the heart of the famous Simón Bolívar, hidden somewhere. In fact Bolivar spent his last part of the life here.
A walking tour is the perfect way to orient yourself within the city and learn about its history and culture with your guide: follow your guide along the beach, check out top landmarks such as the Quinta de San Pedro Alejandrino, and end your tour with a prime spot for watching the sunset.
I was in Santa Marta as starting point for the “Ciudad perdida” I was by trekking! The Lost City, or Ciudad Perdida, is the archaeological site of an ancient indigenous city in the Sierra Nevada de Santa Marta. It has been a commercial center around 700 A.D., and its population probably ranged between 1,400 and 3,000 inhabitants. Hidden in the jungle for over a thousand years, the Lost City was found in 1972 when treasure hunters followed a series of stone steps leading up to an abandoned city.
From Santa Marta tour operators offer three- to five-day guided treks to the Lost City which include transportation, lodging, food.
The Arenal Volcano is one of the main touristic destination in Costa Rica. It is in the North of the Country and around this area, you can do, lots of things! From the relaxing massage to the trekking to the top of the volcano…. there are several tours that take place in the area surrounding the volcano, and for good reason! You can have access to the rainforest, waterfalls, the country’s largest lake...
First, explore Arenal Volcano National Park
Arenal, is without a doubt, the most popular and well-recognized of Costa Rica’s volcanoes. When you arrive there…. You will be impressed by the huge symmetrical cone that dominates the fertile landscape at his foot. From San Jose you can simply take a bus that will bring you to Arenal. For the accommodation, no worries! I arrived there and I searched for a place to stay. I found a nice woman that also had an activity to sell Tour, but she was very nice, as I was a girl alone, so she gave me some good discount. At first I didn’t know if I chose well, but the days after spoken with several other backpackers I understood I was right… good compromise between me and her to have both the best we could from the bargain! I slept for 7 euros, and I bought a tour for the afternoon to the Park and waterfalls plus the tour of the day after to the top of the volcano and last, the passage with the jeep to Monteverde to do the most amazing zip line all for 150 Euros….
Coming back to the national Park…until recently, Arenal was the country’s most active volcano with an average of 41 eruptions per day. The Arenal Volcano is currently in a resting phase, you cannot hike up the volcano itself, but I recommend hiking through Arenal Volcano National Park with a bilingual naturalist guide in search of old lava flow and wildlife.
Slight changes in altitude create unique micro-climates and ecosystems through this region, making it home to a variety of exotic species.
Rest yourself in Arenal Volcano All-Natural Hot Springs
Another amazing thing to do here is to soak your muscles in thermal pools of water! Arenal is also home to several hot springs. Formed when water is heated underground and bubbles to the surface, Costa Rica’s mineral waters have been used as therapeutic baths for more than two hundred years to treat rheumatism and other ailments. These natural wonders tempt even the most experienced traveler – for a good reason! What could be better than a relaxing warm bath, surrounded by jungle and shadowed by the beauty of the volcano after a day of adventure?
Hike to La Fortuna Waterfall
Close to Arenal, there is a little farming town of La Fortuna that is named for its beautiful neighbor, the La Fortuna Waterfall. As one of the most beautiful waterfalls in the country and luckily enough, it can only be arrived at by foot (a 15-minute hike) or horseback, if you don’t like to walk. From the lush rainforest greenery, La Fortuna plummets 200 feet to fall into a pool of crystal clear water. Remember: the pool is delightfully cool on hot summer days!
Tenorio Volcano National Park
Tenorio has everything you could want in a tropical forest natural area. Hiking to the sky blue Celeste waterfall is a highlight, but the hanging bridges in the rainforest and trail to Lago Danta through the cloud forest from the Heliconias entrance are equally amazing.
Celeste Waterfall: At a glance these are what puts the region around Bijagua on the list of the best places in Costa Rica. From ranger station at the west entrance of Tenorio National Park (El Pilón) to the azure tinted cataract a couple of kilometers to the south.
Many hypotheses, conjectures and beliefs have been brought up about the rier color in a sunny day, intense blue, including that the color was due to the presence of a metal such as copper, the river’s proximity to the Tenorio Volcano or because of minerals such as calcium carbonate and sulfur. But all of those explanations are now known to be false,read more about this....
"To understand the enigma of this matter, one should know that two completely transparent rivers, Sour Creek (Quebrada Agria) and the Good View River (Río Buena Vista), converge to form the Río Celeste. It is precisely from the point of union of the two where the waters cease to be transparent and become light blue for the following 14 kilometers of river. For that reason, this point is known as The Dyer (El Teñidero)."
Hanging Bridges Hike
If you like to hike, another possibility is to hike through a private nature preserve along well-maintained trails and across a series of fixed and hanging bridges with views of Arenal Volcano. It is relaxing and it doesn’t take a long time if you don’t like long trails. A naturalist guide will point out the flora and fauna of the area like monkeys, sloths, tree frogs, and more. Don’t miss the waterfall extension trail at the end of the hike!
The Lake Arenal: the passage to Monteverde
The Arenal Volcano is also the base of Costa Rica’s largest lake, Lake Arenal. With the mighty volcano as its backdrop and the surrounding rolling hills and forests, Lake Arenal is truly a vision of peacefulness. Several activities are here possible: fishing, kayaking, and stand up paddle boarding are some of the most popular activities enjoyed from the lake. I pass from here with a cruise to reach my next stop… Monteverde. You can most certainly enjoy its added beauty to the scenery.