After a long night waiting it out for the turtles, we started the drive to Parque Nacional Rincon de la Vieja. It's rated as America's Yellowstone national park equivalent, but you'd be thoroughly disappointed if you expect that it'll be like that. You can no longer climb the volcano, so the next best trail (Las Pailas sector) goes through mud pools, sulfurous fumaroles and a waterfall. It's a little underwhelming if you've been to places likes Yellowstone, or seen geysers in Iceland and sulfurous fumaroles in New Zealand. The highlight for us was the amount of wild monkeys on the trail. There were loads of them and they weren't shy in coming for a closer look.
We then made the 3 hour journey to La Fortuna. We thought Arenal backpackers resort would be a good place to welcome in the new year. The hostel is pretty cool with a decent sized swimming pool with swim-up bar and loads of hammocks in the manicured gardens. We were enjoying the free shots and chatting to other travellers, then at 11:30pm they chucked us out as we weren't 'residents'. B*****ds. We welcomed in the new year sat watching the 'Dexter' series (it has become an addiction) in Dougal, watching the fireworks go off in the streets. Start as we mean to go on...in the van again. It wasn't quite the new year party we were after, but c'est le vie.