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When we got up the next morning we first went down into Nuevo Arenal for breakfast. The breakfast was not memorable, except that it was prepared particularly badly. It was cheap though. Then we headed out towards the Arenal Volcano and a town called La Fortuna.
The volcano is quite active and we were lucky enough to actually see the top . It was great during the day, but the promise of seeing red hot lava flowing down at night and red hot rocks being sprayed out was what I really was looking forward to. However, as is normally the case, the top was shrouded in clouds by the evening and there was consequently no nighttime show.
Notice the smoke coming out of the volcano in the picture below.
In the picture below you can see the steam coming off of the lava that is flowing down. Did I mention that unfortunately, you can't see the glow in the daylight..
IF we had been able to get a clear night, which we DIDN'T, there was the promise of this view!
On the way to La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano we went through some great jungle along the side of Lake Arenal. We saw this coatimundi in the road. The coati seemed very friendly.
We stopped at a tourist place near the Lake Arenal dam that was set up with wire bridges and walkways strung through the jungle. It was quite enjoyable and we were able to see some fantastic views from the bridges as well as walk through the dense rainforest jungle.
In the picture below you can see a bridge that had collapsed 3 weeks earlier when a tree fell on a cable.
This walk had lots of great wildlife. On the first bridge we saw this rather large lizard on the bottom of a branch near the top of a tree at
We did get caught in a rain shower. In Costa Rica in the 'Green' season.. it happens. Notice one of the bridges in the background.
Below you can see a large blue beetle (1 1/2 ") and some leaf-cutter ants.
We were really fortunate that we saw Toucans on each of our first three days in Costa Rica. Getting a good picture of one was a little difficult though as they don't tend to come and perch right next to you.
After the bridges & nature path, we headed into La Fortuna to see if we would be lucky enough to see the volcano at night. On the way there we stopped by the side of the road and took a dip in a river heated by the volcano. We didn't do the expensive Tabacon Hot Springs, but just went to the side of the road where some locals were.
Just before getting to La Fortuna, Colin noticed some armadillos in a field.
We got a nice dinner in La Fortuna, bought some souvenirs and coffee, bumped into Mark again and were able to see the bottom of the volcano. The walking rooster sign in this picture was in every small (and large) town that we went through.
On the way back home, we saw this tree frog in the road. If
anyone knows which species it is, please email me at here.