The drive to the volcano takes us about 4 hours. It's a boring drive. We stop at a town just before the volcano and click some pictures.
|A Shop selling Costa Rican Accessories|
|Craters from the first Eruption|
The guide explains that the first eruption happened in 1968. You can see the crater from the eruption in the picture. agrees to put me on another tour which takes you into the Volcano National Park. I get to go with a totally different set of people and It was wonderful fun. The guide explains that the first eruption happened in 1968. You can see the crater from the eruption in the picture.
It had remained inactive for 400 years and was considered extinct. The first eruption killed 78 people and buried 3 villages in the vicinity and resulted in the formation of three new crater. Since this is an area of volcanic activity we were forewarned that an eruption could occur at any time and we were to be prepared. The guide form the previous tour told me it would be dangerous , but then again so was sitting in that stupid swimming pool watching the volcano. I'd rather watch the volcano up close. If the volcano were to erupt we would all be dead anyway .. No???????
|The guide has our absolute attention :)|
|Leaf Cutter Ants|
The guide explains how some of these plans have adapted themselves to this terrain.
Mid way through the hike we hear the volcano rumble and we can see the ash sliding off the sides. It was one of the most breathtaking sights I've seen. Mixture of fear and excitement..What if it did erupt?
|Ash and Smoke from the erupting Volcano..|
|View of Arenal|
|Hiking our way into the park..|
|Arenal in the background. The closest I ever got to a smouldering active Volcano :)|
The scenery is breath taking. Pictures cant do justice to what I saw. Grey smoke filled skies. The imposing Volcano. The distant rumble. The Brown Earth and the wonderful green all around speckled with yellow. And the smell of rain..
- Meena Venkataraman
We were standing there taking pictures and it began to pour. I was like.. Camera Camera.. ! :)
It poured for 3 minutes or so and then stopped. I was told this is pretty common. It rains all year round .The locals call the yellow trees 'Broccoli'
The lake in the picture is man made. It is used to generate hydroelectric power.After about two hours of hiking we head back. I had the time of my life.And I feel so alive ..
|The group rests a bit..|
|Scenes from Arenal National Park|
|The green and yellows made for some lovely scenes along the way|
|The view of the Lake (which happens to be manmade) from Arenal National Park|