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