Cano Negro, Baldi Hot Springs & Vocan Arenal
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Wednesday was my FAVORITE day so far! We had breakfast in the morning - yep, rice and beans! Then we got on the bus for a one hour drive up to Los Chiles and took a river trip on El Rio Frio in El Cano Negro. This was similar to our canal tours, but in a much larger boat, and apparently there are many more species of animals in far northern Costa Rica that are not in the rest of the country.
We saw SO many birds, more caimans, crocodiles, lizards and a very rare albino howler monkey. She was beautiful, but hard to see, because she did not come to the front of the trees like her cohorts did. They liked "yelling" at the tourists, she hung in the back.
The two bird watchers were calling out birds that our guide didn't even see - merely from their calls! It was pretty amazing! We took the river north, and ventured into Nicauragua ... then turned around and went back into Costa Rica, because apparently the Sandinistas are not very friendly to the tourists crossing the border. ;-)
We saw a White Faced Capuchin Monkey chasing a green basilisk lizard ... and he ended up getting his tail, so the lizard dropped his tail and scooted out of there, running over the top of the water! Then we could see the monkey eating the lizard's tail!
We ate lunch in town at a small local restaurant, then headed back to the hotel for a free afternoon.
The hot springs also had a GREAT view of the volanco. Eldon told us that when we leave, we will take a drive up to a vista and if we cross our fingers, we might see the volcano erupting.
After a couple of hours at the hot springs, it was getting to be dusk, so we got back on the bus and went to see the volcano. Arenal is very different from the volcanoes I have seen in Hawaii. Out there, the lava flows are very fluid and are a constant flow of red-hot magma. Arenal is different because the magma is cooler, so it basically builds up at the crater of the volcano, then when it builds up too much, then it all tumbles down the side of the mountain.
After this trip, I decided that I need to invest in a really good digital camera with interchangable zoom lenses and manual focus, f-stops, etc. Larissa - one of the girls on the trip has a great Canon camera and she got some INCREDIBLE photos (I'm going to post a couple of her photos of the volcano, because hers actually turned out ... and mine are just black nothingness. We stayed and watched the volcano for about 30 minutes and had a great view. Just when we were getting ready to leave, the clouds rolled in and covered the mountain.
We headed back to the hotel, had dinner and got packed up to get on the long trip tomorrow to the beautiful beaches of the West Coast.
Day 6 • Caño Negro, Hot Springs, Arenal
Head north this morning, passing through sugar cane, teak and orange plantations.