Arenal National Park – Costa Rica

Today, we packed our things and headed to Arenal Volcano National Park. We hiked through the rainforest at the base of the mountain and observed the difference between the post-eruption and pre-eruption forests. We reached a lovely lookout from which we could see most of Arenal lake. On our trip back down the mountain,  we saw a 400 year old Ceibo tree and a hog nosed viper. We ended up hiking around 5 km in sporadic showers in the lush rainforests of Costa Rica. 

Upon our return we piled into the van and took a 4 hour drive to Santa Elena, Monteverde (with a stop for lunch) where we settled into a tree house hotel. We took a trip down into Santa Elena to shop, look around, and interact with the locals. 

Jacquelyn Kepley and Lisa Moran 


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