We drove up to Colonia Blanca with hopes of seeing and hiking some of the volcanoes up there. Unfortunately the weather was pretty crappy and we didn’t even catch a glimpse of a volcano let alone clamber up one. The lodge we stayed at was kind of the same too and a bit damp and chilly. We had a room with four bunk beds and a teeny bathroom. Cold showers made the experience feel even chillier and damper.However, the food at this little lodge was outstanding, perhaps the best we had in Costa Rica. Each day there is a set menu of traditional Costa Rican dishes, their Gallo Pinto – beans, rice and eggs was delish but the whole fried fish we had on our last night was the winner. Milk comes fresh from the cow each morning and I was having at least 3 cups of coffee each day because of that milk. I think this little spot would be a hell of a lot more charming if the weather had been better but it was worth the trip for the food alone!
It was basic, simple accommodation Costa Rican-style – a wooden house with big open glassless windows and once we were there we really felt like we’d arrived in CR. This little guest-house had three bedrooms and was fully equipped with all the necessities like a kitchen, comfy beds and a shower. We were woken up at 6am by the morning chorus of the local flock of ‘Lapas’ or ‘Scarlet Macaws’.
Posada Lapas is owned by a charming couple from San Jose who have a weekend home on the property. Jack and I spent the day with them sitting by the little freshwater pool on the property, attempting to communicate in a mix of broken English and Spanish. In walking distance there are little streams to take a dip in, a cool local bar that does a killer ceviche and hikes in the mountains.
We made friends with the neighbor’s dog and went for lots of walks and J had his first fresh-water swim. For us it was the perfect place to stop for a night after our flight from the US, before starting our adventure up to Colonia Blanca.