January 25th
2008
written by Alonna

On Wednesday we hiked to La Fortuna Waterfall. It was very pretty and we had fun climbing around on the rocks and trying not to die (or get soaked). Here’s some photos (we’re in some of these, click on them to see the bigger size).

La Fortuna Waterfall Alonna - La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall Ben - La Fortuna Waterfall Alonna - La Fortuna Waterfall

We spent the rest of the afternoon exploring the other side of the volcano – driving around on random dirt roads, etc. We found a hotel that has excellent views of the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal, so we got a drink and hung out on their balcony for a while. It’s fun to have a car and just explore a place like Costa Rica. We were never sure where we were going or what we’d find, and sometimes that’s when you find the most interesting things!

Arenal Volcano Alonna

Ben - Arenal Volcano and Lake

On Thursday we rented mountain bikes and biked on dirt roads amidst local houses and farms. We were given a map (if you can call it that), with a line on it that was supposed to lead us to a river. We took lots of turns and never did find the river. But it was still pretty and interesting to see how the locals live. We didn’t many pictures, but here’s a good one of Ben.

Ben Biking near Arenal Volcano

Later we went to Arenal Volcano National Park, and did a hike near the volcano. The path led us to a large lava rock field from an eruption in 1992. During the hike, we could hear the volcano rumbling and large boulders tumbling down the mountain. Don’t worry, this is always happening. Still, it was a little creepy, and you can’t help but wonder what would happen if there was a large eruption. The signs saying “Enter at your own risk” don’t help either. Here’s some pictures from the hike.

Arenal Volcano NP Alonna - Arenal Volcano NP

Hiking near the volcano

This is what the forests look like here – very green and lush. And here’s Ben swingng on one of the hanging vines.

Alonna - Arenal Volcano NP Ben - Arenal Volcano NP

We saw Tucans!

Tucan

We’re in San Jose now, and our flight leaves tomorrow. It’s been a really fun trip and we love Costa Rica – I think we’ll have to come back some day.

Thanks for reading!

Alonna

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