Jan. 10 - Rain and Volcanos
At Selva Verde where we were still staying, it was raining all night and in the morning. Of course, we were in the rain forest. We had a beautiful drive to the Arenal Volcano National Park, where the weather was mostly clear except near the top of the volcano. On our hike, we saw the secondary growth beginning in the volcano area and hiked on 1992 lava flow. We saw many interesting birds, including the Great Curassow, several hawks, and several coatimundis. When on the lava flow, we had a great view of the manmade lake from which Costa Rica generates about 35% of the country's electrical power. Then we went to LaFortuna for lunch. There were a few light showers on the way. In the afternoon, the weather cleared just as we were beginning our zip lining near the Arenal Volcano. After a long cable car ride up, we all traveled on eight zip lines back to the starting point. The longest zip line was 0.5 miles and on which you traveled 55 miles per hour. During many of the zip line legs, we were about 650 feet above the ground. The scenery was spectacular! On the way to the hotel, we saw a Laughing Hawk, a rare sighting. Tonight we are enjoying a scrumptious meal at a hotel with a close-up view of the volcano. Tomorrow we will spend much of the day traveling to the Pacific coast region near Manuel Antonio National Park.