Who stole the Arenal Volcano?

So, we went ot Arenal to see Costa Rica’s youngest and most active volcano, but what did we see?

Looking out from our restaurant at breakfast, the promised volcano was shrouded in mist, and I was beginning to wonder whether it really existed.


After breakfast, we were whisked off on a volcano spotting trip.


We had an hour’s hike through the pouring rain and squelching mud, in order to try and get a closer look.


We clambered up the treacherous lava rocks, risking life and limb, hoping to catch a glimpse of the 1600 metre high landmark which towers over the town of La Fortuna.


On reaching the top, we had a beautiful view of the Arenal Lake, but the elusive volcano was nowhere to be seen.


The descent was far more challenging than than the ascent, but on the way, we were rewarded with a sighting of this gorgeous ‘One Day Orchid’, so-called because it only blooms for a day.


There was also a very strange looking creature, lurking in the forest.


The weary travellers climbed back onto the bus and we were soon on our four hour journey to Monteverde. We may not have seen the volcano, but we did catch a spectacular sunset from the balcony of our El Establo Hotel,


before going down to the restaurant for dinner. There, I enjoyed the prettiest pasta dish I’ve ever seen.


Today is windy and pouring with rain, and we’re off for a visit to the Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve, for a couple of hours on the Selvatura swinging bridges. I’m really getting used to having ‘bad hair days’, but I’m having lots of fun. 🙂

I wish you all a stunning weekend, wherever you may be.

82 comments on “Who stole the Arenal Volcano?

    • Someone just commented on this post, and I saw your unanswered comment here, George. Thanks for the Christmas wishes. 🙂 It will soon be that time of year again. Can you believe it’s come around so quickly? 😕

  1. From what we heard clouds often cover Arenal. We stayed in a resort with views of Arenal and were fortunate enough to have a few clear days. I think bad hair days are the norm around there. 🙂

  2. Ahhh… what a shame that the orchid lasts only one day. It is stunning.
    I remember another post you had where you were on a small boat in pouring rain.
    Do ya think rain is following you …??? hahaha Your a trooper to continue on, I would have stayed on the bus. LOLOL
    Super great photos … but what else would I expect from you…??? !!!!
    ~~~ : – )

  3. interessante come sempre il tuo viaggio in costa Rica, bellissima l’orchidea bianca…he he Silvia si preoccupa dei capelli!!!
    abbi ancora giorni felici, cara

    interesting how your trip to costa Rica, beautiful white orchid … he he Silvia hair cares!!!
    have happy days again, dear

  4. With or without a Volcano glimpse Sylvia you did good – an hours hike in those conditions ! Lava rocks are VERY unforgiving if you take tripsie .. ouch *
    The Orchid reminds me of daffodil somehow … gosh does that mean I’m looking forward to Spring already Lol
    Lovely sunset shot .. hope you have many more fun days to come there 🙂

  5. no volcano, but waht beautiful pictures you brought back and how fortunate to see hte one day orchid. Wow. I also agree with the prettiest pasta dish, made with love! Enjoy it all!

  6. I can only imagine the bad hair days I’d have on those rainy humid days. I’m so sorry you didn’t get to see the volcano. I thought this time of year was supposed to be the dry season in Costa Rica! Is there ever a dry season? Love that one day orchid. 🙂

  7. Wow! I wouldn’t have come along with you on that hike, but I’m glad you went as the orchid is gorgeous! The weather seems very challenging, but you are obviously up for it! Keep having fun 🙂
    Jude xx

  8. There seems to be a lot of lurking going on in your part of the Jungle, Sylvia ? And no !! I didn’t walk off with your volcano !! 😉 Ralph xox 😀

  9. With my height phobia, I would probably have given the volcano viewing a miss and just pottered around in the forest 😉
    Looks like a lovely trip though!

  10. Sorry you missed the Volcano ! Hiking on Lava is treacherous when it’s dry, I cannot imagine wet! Your Orchid was beautiful. Conversely, good eye with the lurking creature! Sounds like great fun!

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