San Jose & Volacan Poas
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We got up on Saturday to start the official Tour de Costa Rica. I'm excited to see Mom use some of the Spanish she has been learning through work! The day started with breakfast down at the restaurant. Mango juice - I don't think I've ever had a glass of mango juice before. It was good ... but very sweet! The fresh fruit they had on the buffet was amazing. Pineapple, watermelon, canteloupe, mango ... all VERY fresh!
We met the bus and the group at 8am to head into the city of San Jose then up to Poas Volcano. We were told that you can only see into the volcano 1 day out of 7, so since we couldn't see into the volcano - we were only a little disappointed.
Volcan Poas was cool - literally, the temperature had dropped about 25 degrees from the city, and I was glad I had brought a sweatshirt with me. Since it was very humid at the crater, there were clouds everywhere and we couldn't see into the crater, but it was a beautiful 1/2 mile walk up to the vista.
After lunch, we headed back into the heat of the city and went to the National Theatre, and the National Museum which is actually like an old castle/fort which is basically a tribute to the coloniztion of Costa Rica by the Spanish. They had a beautiful butterfly garden in the museurm as well as some HUGE bamboo growing outside.
We headed back to the hotel, had dinner and throughout the day, as Mom was taking pictures, she was running out of space on her media cards. I took them out and relized she only had a 16MB and a 32MB card. That's not good! We talked to Eldon and asked where we could go to pick up a bigger memory card (like a 1GB or at least a 512MB).
We got back to the htoel and went to the casino for a couple of hours. We were playing the nickel slots and Bev actually was doing really well - she won like $20!
Day 2 • Poás Volcano, Cloud Forest Hike
After breakfast, see the statue of the drummer boy, Costa Rica’s hero. Next, weather permitting, visit Poás Volcano. You can safely view this dramatic mile-wide crater from an overlook. Next, hike the Escalonia Cloud Forest Trail, home to epiphytes, orchids, ferns and tropical hummingbirds. Cloud forests are like rainforests, but with less rain and more humidity. Enjoy lunch. Then, see San José’s Plaza de la Cultura, Central Park and the National Theatre. Visit the National Museum (on Mondays, visit the Gold Museum instead). Enjoy dinner. BLD