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Monday, December 28, 2009
Today we woke up early again because we had a long day ahead of us. Our tour today was to Arenal Volcano, the biggest and most active in
As we make our way out of
The road we were on for most of the trip was quite sketchy. It was majorly curvy with huge pot holes, one lane bridges, and giant inclines. There were a few places where the road had simply eroded away. Mariano, I think, was a former NASCAR driver because not only did he race around the hairpin turns but he was passing everyone on the double lanes. My life flashed before my eyes more than once. The whole time Alex was on high alert. Any time he saw an animal or an interesting plant, the van would stop and we would all get out on the side of the road to take pictures. He would always say, “Watch the traffic.
My favorite stop was when we saw about ten Howler Monkeys in a huge tree. They were a lot bigger than the White Face Monkeys at our hotel. They were all just chilling out in the tree, not moving around too much. It was hard to get a good picture of them because they were so high up in the tree. We also stopped for an animal called a Coati. First we saw a male. They travel alone. Then we rounded a corner and saw about thirty females. Some cars had stopped and were feeding them. Alex yelled at the people for feeding them. We also stopped when Alex spotted a three toed sloth at the top of a tree. This thing was sunning himself about 100 feet high on the smallest branch possible. When we got out we were in front of a family’s farm. They told us that there was another sloth in a tree in their field. They let us go around the fence and through their yard to see him. This sloth was also sleeping but much easier to see because he was so close.
When we got to the base of the volcano we went on a two hour rain forest hike. Alex was in all his glory. He told us about every leaf and tree in the forest. For the most part it was pretty interesting. There were certain leaves that can poison you when you touch them. I was a little disappointed in the lack of animals. We saw a few turkeys in a tree, some leaf cutter ants and a few birds. We even saw a toucan but it flew away before I could take its photo. I was really hoping to see some colorful snakes and frogs, but no such luck.
We drove a few miles to this five star resort called “The Springs”. This place was amazing. It was built so that everywhere you went; you had a perfect view of the volcano.
The ride home was a little less eventful. Most of us slept. We stopped to take a picture of a two-toed sloth hanging from a power line in the middle of the road. We didn’t get back to the resort until 11:00.