There are no words for the sounds and life of a tropical evening beneath an active volcano. What began as a simple 10 day trip to what's become a popular destination, has turned into a love affair that we find ourselves going back to...and missing when we leave. Off the beaten path lies the true Costa Rica and what the locals call "Pura Vida!" True, you might have to figure out how to lead a frog out of your room (or a snake while I stood on the bed and my husband called the front desk and then joined me) but that is what makes this place an adventure. Nothing can describe waking up before sunrise to the commotion of fellow travelers staring at the volcano giving a smoke show before it hides under the clouds. In this place I feel small but full of meaning. I feel like life is bigger than I am...as it should be.