Curubande- Bubbling Mud Pits

Trip Start Apr 28, 2009
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Trip End Mar 26, 2010


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Sunday, September 6, 2009

Curubande- Bubbling Mud Pits

We decided to head back up North to a beautiful campsite that Christina and I stayed at our first night in Costa Rica. The campsite/hotel El Sol Verde is located 20 minutes outside of Rincon de la Vieja National Park and it has all the comforts of home, like hot water showers, clean washrooms and beautiful gardens. It was time to give my mom a break as we have been roughing it for quite sometime. We had a fairly lengthy drive from Jaco but the Pacific coastline is gorgeous and we stopped once and while to buy fresh mangos.

The next day we got up early to go on a 2-1/2 hour hike which looped us around the basin of a fairly active Volcano. The hike was extremely unique, taking us pass mud ponds that were naturally boiling at temperatures of 75 Celsius to 106. Walking down the path we were alerted that we were approaching the ponds by the strong smell of sulphur. Apparently the shulphurous gases along the crater are so strong that people hiking up to that region can only stay for 15 minutes or they will risk passing out or falling into the crater.

We passed beautiful streams and gorgeous jungle, spotting a Mexican Parrot Snake, a couple different species of lizards, and the most vibrant blue butterflies. If anyone has the chance this hike is a must in Costa Rica. The next day we decided to follow some directions Ingrid and Gerard had given us to a river nearby El Sol Verde. We headed off to the river not realizing that we would have a guide.  Kaka, the dog, knew exactly where we were going and walked us all away to the river.  The river was a rich blue and was being enjoyed by a few of the local families. They were quick to show us the best places to dive in the water and also a natural waterslide. Kaka the dog waited with us the whole time, excited to guide us back to the campsite.

Later on that day, we jumped in Wesley and headed down to the natural hot springs for a swim. The hottest one was around 40 degrees Celsius and there where 3 others that were a little cooler. Plus there was another river that we used to cool ourselves off in when it got to hot.

We all had a great time in this area and were able to see things that are very rare.
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