Costa Rica – Arenal National Park

Wednesday, 20 May 2009

My short circuit of Costa Rica started in San José from where I took a bus to La Fortuna.

La Fortuna bus
Departing the San Carlos bus station in San José

La Fortuna stands a few km north of the active Arenal Volcano and – hardly surprisingly – most of the activity is centred around the smoking peak.
Ceibo tree
A giant ceibo tree in the Arenal National Park.

Lava Flow
I did some walking through the Arenal National Park to a lookout on the 1992 lava flow – so did this band of French-Canadian high school students.

Arenal Lodge
I had lunch at the Arenal Observatory Lodge – now here is a place with a view to kill for.

Cerro Chato crater lake
And I climbed up to the crater lake at the adjacent Cerro Chato peak