Costa Rican Food: Chorreadas de Elote

I was eating at my in-laws’ house the other day when my mother-in-law gave me this:

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If you don’t know what that is, then you don’t know Costa Rica. It’s a chorreada, also called a chorreada de elote. Actually, it’s three of them. It’s basically ground fresh corn that’s cooked like a pancake and served with heavy sour cream. They’re quite tasty, although my wife claims they make you fart. You can be the judge.

In any case, I wanted to share the picture, and include this link to a post I wrote on my personal blog a few years ago. If you want to make these at home, they’re very easy, and the post has pictures and step-by-step instructions to make them. I’m pretty sure it’s corn season in some parts of the world, so give it a shot! If you do try them out, tell me how it goes!

Thanks for reading, and buen provecho!

Tourist Attraction Review: Los Lagos Hot Springs, La Fortuna

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One of the main pools at Los Lagos. This one had a slide, although that’s not what you see here. That’s a waterfall. But it would make a cool slide, I guess.

Greetings from a rainy mountain in Central America! I was thinking about this site recently, as well as the type of people who read it. More importantly, I was thinking about why they read the site. I try to share weird things about Costa Rica, but the posts that seem to get the most attention are ones that an average person can think about or use in some way, like posts about food. So I thought I’d try reviewing some places around Costa Rica when I go to new attractions or hotels, since there are still a lot of foreigners coming here. (And for more reviews you can check out my Trip Advisor account.) I guess the only problem is that these days, we hardly travel within Costa Rica, but it’ll give us a good excuse to get out there and do something!

So, in the spirit of all that, I thought I’d write a little post and put up a few pictures of Los Lagos hot springs, located just outside of La Fortuna, near Arenal Volcano. The weird thing is, just yesterday a bridge on the property fell down and seven people were injured! You can read about it here. I hope that everyone’s OK. I’m not sure what bridges the article is referring to, but we didn’t really go on any suspension bridges when we were there (They have a really large hotel and adventure tourism area, and I think that’s where it happened; we did go on a few walkways to get to the springs, but I don’t think it was one of them).

Anyhow, all that aside, the hot springs were really nice. There are a variety of pools and, like other hot springs near the volcano, the pools are arranged on the side of a hill. The higher you go, the warmer the water. At the top it’s really toasty, but at the bottom there are larger pools with lower temperatures. There are also “family-friendly” features like shallow pools and slides. We went with our baby and Angela’s niece Kati, and everyone had a good time. We took turns hanging out and watching the baby, since he’s probably a bit too young for hot springs. But he still had good time.

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During Baby-Watching Duty

We paid for entrance with a buffet dinner included. You can pay for admission to the springs only (at something like $15, if I’m not mistaken) or get the admission with a buffet dinner included for about $12 more. We got the buffet option; if we hadn’t, we would have had to leave the property to eat, and everything around La Fortuna is pretty expensive anyhow, and we’d not have found lower prices. The buffet was OK, not amazing, but it was designed to quickly feed a lot of people, so the quality reflected that a bit.

There were a few groups when we were there, but since everything is so big it didn’t feel overcrowded. The people working there were nice, and most everything except the changing rooms were clean. The few other downsides were that you had to pay to rent a locker or towel.

All in all, though, for the price and what you get, it’s a good deal. Other options nearby fall a bit short for some reason (Baldí is really big and noisy, EcoTermales is nice but pricey, and Tabacón is really nice but crazy expensive), but this place is like the Goldilocks of La Fortuna hot springs: it’s in the middle and just right.

Anyhow, if you like this kind of post, please feel free to leave a comment. If not, same thing. I just want to make sure that if I write these posts, someone will read them or find them interesting or useful. And if you know of other things that I should review (hotels, restaurants, CCSS health clinics), let me know!

Thanks for reading–have a great day!

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Kati and Angela