El Dia Del Volcán: Irazú
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February 10th, 2007 – by: Higton
San José sits in a vast bowl formed by chains of volcanos and mountains. Right about now is precisely the time to go and have a gander at some of these peaks because of the drier air and (relatively) minimal cloud cover. I had a plan to get on a bus and visit Volcán Irazú. Diego, el presidente of ANAI, the volunteer organisation I work for, had a better idea...
Pick up your truck, Señor
We went in the pictured vehicle instead. And Diego brought some of his kids along for the ride. Plus, it meant we could also go to another volcano (Turriabla, next entry) as well. A woo and a hoo.
"Moonscape" is a common comparison for volcanoes. To my mind, it seems a little wrong because there is life all over the place. Strange plants adorn the volcanic scree slopes, there are insects about and we foraged on blueberries. Yes it is dusty, but there is life there if you look.
Crater - not for swimming
Irazú's key attraction is its green crater lake. From the viewing points, it looks like a heady toxic brew - we speculated whether putting one's arm into it would result in all the flesh being burnt off.
The view over the far lip of the crater was also pretty spectacular. We couldn't actually see the Caribbean coast, but could make it out from the line in the clouds. There is something special about seeing the tops of cloubs but not being in a plane. From the other side, Cartago and the south of San José spread out before us, with the start of the Cordillera de Talamanca mountain chain rising from the other side of the valley and marching south. Wonderful.
The usual weirdness
It seems to me that juxtapositions make experiences.
Irazú would have been good on its own, but the beauty of my personal chauffer is the chance to visit other places, such as Turrialba...
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