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March 23, 2007

Coast Rica

Volcan Arenal
After traveling by canal boat and bus for most of the day we ended up at Volcan Arenal; the second most active volcano in the world. We stayed in La Fortuna which is a tourists town at the base of the volcano.
Once we got our rooms and unpacked we went to the Baldi hot springs at the base of the volcano. There were over 10 separate hot spring pools you could go into; the further up the side of the volcano you went, the hotter the pool was.
Some of the hot springs were too hot to even go in (152 degrees!!). It was a relaxing night and felt very good after half a day traveling on a bus. Once we returned from the hot springs we headed for the pay phones to call home. Finally, it was time for showers and bed.

The next day we headed closer to the volcano. We ate breakfast at a small local place and headed for our adventure on the side of the Arenal volcano. We took zip-lines across canyons, over rivers and over waterfalls. I cannot even describe how beautiful it was. We went on a total of 6 different zip-lines; one was 1.5 miles long.

One of the waterfalls in our adventure was 240ft high. We repelled next to this waterfall. It was pretty freaky when you looked down at the 90ft of free-falling and 150ft of repelling I was about to do; but, once you started repelling, it was amazing! The waterfall was beautiful! We finished the day by horseback riding back down the side of the volcano. As we were riding it began to pour on us. We finished the trip soaking wet. It continued to rain into the night. We all settled in our rooms, played cards, and watched movies until we feel asleep.

The next day we headed closer to the Pacific side of Costa Rica.

Posted by kmquinn at March 23, 2007 11:40 AM