Volcan Arenal

Trip Start Dec 14, 2007
Trip End Nov 04, 2008

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Sunday, May 25, 2008

What a wonderful view we had this morning...our hotel has the breakfast terrace looking towards the Volcan Arenal and the sky was very clear. Check the pictures and you will see what we mean.

One side of the volcano is totally green with vegetation (the Fortuna town side and where our hotel is), while the other side (if you drive to it) is all grey and black with ashes and volcanic rock. We actually drove to the other side and given the volcano is active there is always smoke and huge rocks being expelled and falling down...an amazing sight.

We also visited a Butterfly and Amphibian farm ($12 pp) which was well worth the experience. The little farms were full of colourful tropical butterflies flying all around us. Quite fascinating.

We took the rest of the day easy until the night. All three of us have suffered a stomach bug which we are not sure when it entered our bodies. Veronika got it 2 days ago, Marcos and Steffi yesterday. You can imagine that 3 people sharing a room and having stomach problems was not the best of experiences for our palate! Luckily we were out of the room most of the day.
In the evening we tried to see the lava coming down the volcano on the eastern side of the volcano. We had to drive down a dirt track (which had become a river due to heavy rains) for about 12 kms and wait for darkness. The view is supposed to be magnificent but sadly the clouds refused to move this night so we could not see more than 100 metres away!

You can see from one of the pictures how it rains here...locals say its still dry season here and that at least they sea the sun until lunch time. Then its starts pouring down and doesnt stop until well into the night. They say its even worse in October and onwards when the rain just does not stop day in day out.
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