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.