Can you say you’ve hiked a volcano? I can, and hiking Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica, one of the top ten active volcanos in the world, is something you must do.
To get to the volcano, visitors walk though a rainforest, which is such a crazy interesting (and buggy) place. Our guide was wonderful! He pointed out so much that we would have otherwise missed – tree’s, flowers, animals, important facts and tidbits!
For example, cool little fact our guide told us… the trees move to find sunlight… see?
After our trek through the rainforest, and about an entire can of bug spray, we found ourselves right at the base of a massive – active – volcano. I actually thought we were just going to see it and go – that this was our hike and what we were doing, but our guide had something else in mind – like climbing up the rocks of an old lava flow. And when I say climbing, I literally mean climbing – like on all fours. I felt like I needed to be trained to do this!
You can’t really tell how steep the climb is from the pictures, but holy crap! I’m talking ON ALL FOURS. I didn’t know I had that sort of strength in me!
Look how far we’ve come!
Still more climbing to go! However, I will say this – our guide was well prepared. I mean, he even had water and snacks with him for when we wanted!
Still more to go, but meanwhile, I was trying to figure out how we were going to get down!
I’ll admit, the view was worth the crazy climb, and I guess all those years of ballet as a child really paid off. Who knew I still had so much balance?!
By now, I thought we were done climbing. Then I turned around and saw people higher up. Apparently, we weren’t finished just yet. Eek! (FYI, keep in mind we still had to go down too)!
This is when I pretty much stopped taking pictures, because I was scared of falling! We made it to the top, saw the amazing views, and then headed back down, slowly. It took forever. Check out the vast rainforest below!
We made it back to low ground alive, thankfully, and on our way out of the rainforest, we ran into some white faced monkeys. And if anyone has seen them in the wild before, you know that they’re not friendly. At all. This didn’t happen at Arenal, but while we were on the golf course at the Four Seasons, we ran into some of these monkeys, and when we went to get a closer look, they started breaking twigs off the tree’s and throwing them at us! Little meanies! (Which is a lot friendlier term than we used at the time)!
Still more from Arenal to come!