From Arenal Volcano to Rincon de la Vieja
Rincon de la Vieja Travel Blog› entry 8 of 11 › view all entries
Tonight we slept a bit better. We have breakfast as usual (buffet). The volcano Arenal shows itself very beautiful saying goodbye to us. Very nice. At about 08:00 we check out and take the car to Tilaran and Liberia. We now can see the volcano from the other side. We reach Lake Arenal now when the sky is clear and the weather is fine. This is a much better view, than the first time we were here. We drive along the lake on the same bad road we did a few days before. Today it is not that bad, there is something to see at this moment thanks to better weather conditions. On the road we encounter a wounded nose bear; we give him something to eat. A bit farther we see a bunch of black vultures about 20 of them. A truck has dropped some bags probably with some food in there; the animals have smelled the scent and have come to grab a piece of food. They are fighting for the food on the road and next to the road. When we reach Tilaran, we take the road to Las Cañas. On our way to the city, we need to take a first stop, because the engine is getting overheated. We wait for about 30 minutes until the engine has cooled down, we poor some water in the cooling circuit and drive on. We need to stop another three times and a bit further in the neighborhood of Bagaces we need to give up. We have to stop and call the renting office to check with them, what we need to do. When they return our call after about 10 minutes, they say someone is on the way. Luckily we have the mobile phone with us in the car together with the numbers of the renting company. We wait for an hour for the guy, and he gives us a new car: a Terios, but now a green one. Now we can leave having a bit of 2 hours delay. It is not that far any more, cause 1.5 hours later we arrive at hotel Guachipelin. At the reception we receive a complete explanation of what can be done here and in the surrounding area. We start by going out to the ‘Termales‘ and then to the reserve Las Pailas. At the Termales there nothing much to see; a boiling pond and all the installations for complete body-care with mud-pool, sauna, cold and hot water springs. We don’t take the time to do this, we’re only here for the activity of the volcano and therefore we need to go to the park. It is now 15:00 and the park closes in 10 minutes. We drink something and go to a waterfall that is a bit from there, instead of going into the park. It is a small path down and the waterfall is about 7 meters high. It’s worth the trip. About an hour later we’re back at the hotel. Eef swims in the hotel pool, Timo writes the dairy. We discuss the possibilities for tomorrow. We can enter the park at 07:00. If we have an early breakfast, we can go to the park at about 08:00 and then leave for Tamarindo after a 2-hour visit. Maybe we’re there then at about 13:00 or 14:00. We’ll see what we will do tomorrow morning. We have our aperitif: Imperial from 17:30 to 19:00 and then we go out to eat. Again buffet: salad, rice, beans, turkey, meatballs, pasta, mashed potatoes, vegetables, … We don’t take desert and around 21:00 we go to bed.