Costa Rica

Volcan Arenal

Volcanos rock! Had my first view of Volcan Arenal on the boat trip across the lake en route from Monteverde, and for the first time in about 5 months there wasn’t a cloud in the sky (so Im told) and I had a perfect view of it. It is an absolutely typical volcano with its perfect cone shape, and smoke billowing out the top, and it is definitely a cool view. I’m staying in La Fortuna at the base of it, and spent yesterday afternoon/evening on a tour through the forest to a couple of viewing points, the last of which we arrived at after dark and could see the lava rolling down the sides. This was such a huge amount of luck because everyone I have spoken too who had been here previously had seen nothing but thick cloud. After that, the tour took us to the Tabacon hot springs, which is a series of pools which source their water from the grounds surrounding the volcano, and they seriously are hot. But make for a relaxing evening. Today, went white water rafting down the San Carlos river through the forests which was again a serious amount of (expensive!) fun. And I now have seriously sun burned shins. So Im off to find my trusty After Sun lotion…

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