Trip up to Nicaragua
Trip Start Jan 31, 2008
42Trip End May 11, 2011
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We liked the brightly coloured chicken buses. One day we drove to Volcan Masaya
After the first visit to Volcan Masaya we went to a National Park called Chocoyero. We saw all sorts of things, rubber trees, Howler monkeys, Parakeets, Owls, snakes (in jars) and lots of strange trees. There was a canyon with steep walls where the Parakeets lived and there was a waterfall there too. After this park we returned to Masaya for the night tour. All of the park staff and guides that helped us that day were really nice.
The next day we headed back to Costa Rica. We drove from the border to Lake Arenal, we drove a long way around the lake and found the town of El Castillo. It is a great place to see the Lava flows at night from Arenal. Unfortunatley we had a lot of clouds, so we couldn't see much. The next day we hiked around Arenal National Park and we had lots of good views of the lava flows. We took a two kilometer hike to an old lava flow that happened in the late 1990's and we sat on the lava rock and watched the rock and ash fall down the side of the volcanoe. Arenal is one of the most active volcanoes in the world. After that we drove from La Fortuna, through Jaco to Quepos where we decided to stay overnight because it was getting dark. We stayed at La Colina hotel. It had a great swimming pool with a waterfall. It was very warm there. We had a great breakfast at the hotel and then headed for home. The road from there is dirt, but it is getting a lot better. I was so glad to be home, but it was a fun trip.