Emily in Costa Rica

Emily is a junior studying public relations and strategic communication in Meadows School of the Arts, with minors in Spanish and English in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. During summer 2013, she is participating in SMU-in-Costa Rica with SMU Abroad, an intensive Spanish program at the National State University.

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La Fortuna, Costa Rica

It is hard to believe that tomorrow marks the halfway point of my Costa Rican adventure!

Heredia is just starting to feel like home as we get into the routine of class, our families and exploring Costa Rica. This weekend was a particularly memorable part of our trip as we traveled to La Fortuna for two days and one night!

emily2The trip to La Fortuna is a scenic, four-hour drive through many mountains and valleys. Upon arriving at the Hotel del Silencio del Campo, it is difficult to miss the beauty of the volcano so near to the hotel grounds. Each luxury cabin houses four people, and the cabins are beautifully decorated and maintained. It’s hard to beat relaxing in a natural hot spring with a volcano as a backdrop, and we proceeded to spend the next five hours jumping from spring to spring.

Saturday morning we all woke up bright and early with the sun, just in time to head for our zipline adventure. A zipline newbie, I had no idea what to expect, except to expect something incredible. All of my zipline dreams and expectations came true. Nothing is quite like the adrenaline rush you get when flying through the Costa Rican jungle relying solely on a wire! It takes a few times to get used to the position, but the abdominal workout is worth the incredible views. After our incredible morning and traditional Costa Rican lunch of chicken and beans in the restaurant atop the mountain, we started the trek back to Heredia.

Our trip to La Fortuna was a wonderful way to spend the weekend and see more of Costa Rica. This weekend we venture to Manuel Antonio, a famous national park, to hit the Costa Rican beaches!

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