the Arenal Volcano area about 5 pm Mon. Feb. 16th, 2004. The
was taken from the road just past down town La Fortuna. The
was the next day on the way to Arenal Volcano National Park.
Volcano was partly clouded over, but it frequently is, we
pleased we saw as much of it as we did.
Our view of Arenal from Suite 508 at Tabacon
Hotsprings. It took on really pretty colours at sunset.
night it started raining about 9 pm. It rained all night.
view in the morning was complete FOG! So thus why we were
our previous days views, they were great, compared to this
existent view! We never did see any red falling lava.
This was Wednesday, our 3rd day and we were leaving at 1:30
spent the morning
in the Hot Springs where it certainly didn't matter that it
raining, since we were sitting soothing hot water!
we went on the Volcanic Hike Tour starting about 8:30 am.
A van / bus
picked us up at Tabacon. Above photos are from the
beginning of the
path of Arenal Volcano National Park. As our previous
Poas Volcano, it too started raining lightly here. We put
on our handy
dollar store ponchos. Luckily it was a quick rain, maybe
only 10 min.
The path took us into the rain forest. Lush
tropical plants everywhere.
Leaves bigger then me!
above close when you touch them. Pretty pink flowers.
A lovely variety of striking Orchids are found
everywhere in the Park.
secondary rain forest, you come upon the
stark contrast of lava, from a 1992 lava flow.
The fabulous view of Arenal Volcano and dark lava rock
for about as far
you can see, is a magnificent experience!
like you are walking
on a different planet! Its quite a unique thrill. Good
make this part of the hike easier, as it is quite
silent for more than
400 years. Then on
July 29, 1968 it
suddenly and violently erupted and blew a huge hole
out the side of the
mountain killing 87 people and buried 3 small
villages. It has
remained active on almost a daily basis
since 1968, but major eruptions forcing an evacuation
are not common.
Us infront of the partially clouded over Volcano. It is one of the most
attractions in Costa Rica, with more than 200,000
visitors a year. Among the
World's most active volcanos, it grows by about 20
feet every year.
is the spectacular hilltop view of Lake Arenal. This is
largest lake in Costa Rica. It was enlarged to 3 times
size to form a basin for the
hydroelectric project that now produces 70% of Costa
with an area of 85.5km (33 sq. miles).
We only heard birds while we were in the rain forest
part, we didn't
see any animals, but ones that have been seen are monkeys, wild boars, toucans,
eyelash vipers, boa constrictors,
white-tailed deer and poison dart frogs.
I don't know what this bizarre plant is called but
Our tour was
Tabacon's tour desk. It was with a company called
Jacamar. The hike
itself is excellent, going through the rain forest
region, to lava
flows and back around in a new direction through the
rain forest again
is fabulous. Since
we had a mix of English (6) and Spanish (2) speaking
people on the
tour, our young guide kindly provided
commentary in both
languages. Unfortunately the guide didn't shorten
his speeches (10 min.
of volcano history turned into 20 min., and so on
which drastically cut into our 3 hour tour time.
When ever Mark and I stopped to take a
quick photo in
the rain forest we literally had to run to keep up
with the rest of the
group because the guide had no time to stop after
speeches. We think the guide
been more prepared. Laminated pieces of
have helped to save time that was wasted as our
guide attempted to
explain the history of the volcano by drawing (and
redrawing the same)
pictures in the DIRT! These diagrams could have been
passed around the
van before we even got to the National Park. The
tour was $30 each,
water and juice provided. It is recommended as
you'll probably get a
better guide then Gustov.
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