I arrived at La Fortuna pretty late Tuesday night given that I had to take a later connecting bus. Luckily, my host picked me up from the bus stop and pointed out the different streets I should know as we drove to her place.
After arriving I took a quick shower and immediately started talking to my host about different places I wanted to go and asking for her recommendations. She helped me semi-plan out my next 2 days in La Fortuna (more to come).
Once I had that all figured out I stepped out to the streets to get some dinner. I immediately sensed such a great difference between this area and Liberia.
Took me less than 10 minutes to realize that this was a highly touristic area. Many of the stores were souvenir shops, restaurants/bars with loads of English speakers, there were bright lights all through the night, stores opened will past 8pm, etc.
La Fortuna/Arenal is one of the most popular areas of Costa Rica so I guess I shouldn’t have been so surprised but it still felt like a form of culture shock – as someone used to trying to get the most of real culture when I travel I feared that visiting La Fortuna wasn’t the best decision for my purposes. However, I also knew it must be a top hit for tourist for a good reason and I was determined to get the most of it in the few days I had.