Feel the Heat

Trip Start Aug 09, 2007
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Flag of Costa Rica  , Province of Alajuela,
Thursday, November 27, 2008

We mosied into Costa Rica on an uneventful bus ride and decent border crossing.  It is free to enter and exit Costa Rica which is a great treat!  Our bags were checked both exiting Panama and entering Costa Rica which we haven't had happen before at land crossings.  Otherwise it was smooth sailings.

Costa Rica as Panama has been receiving a ton of rainfall and the Caribbean Coast was out of the question for travel as flooding is substantial.  We stayed overnight in the big city of San Jose and took a look around.  The city and really all of Costa Rica is pretty modernized and pretty clean.  Bus transportation is plentiful and cheap which works for us!  Ticos speak a lot of English which is very helpful for us.  We are beginning to understand that much of Central America is going to be about the landscape rather than the culture/history. 

So to the scenery we went.  We visited the town of La Fortuna which is home to Costa Rica's only volcano and active still at that.  I have to wonder our sanity and many others in the desire to visit an active volcano that could erupt at any time however that thought didn't cross my mind until we were looking at the volcano on a night tour to see the lava flow.  We were fortunate to find Mr. Lava Lava - Feel the Heat.  A local man who aims his business at backpackers.  Very funny and very nice, he guarantees to see lava or you go again for free. 

We did get to see lava both nights however just through peeks in the cloud cover.  The volcano top is almost always cloud covered especially with the rain we've been having.  It was really a pretty amazing site.  We could see the stream of lava flowing and pulsating through the clouds and lava rocks rolling down the volcano while they burned out.  Mr. Lava Lava also took us to a spot to hear the lava rocks falling down the hill.  It was rather loud almost like a a building being bulldozed. 

We took a couple mile walk to a waterfall near town and in hindsight saw more wildlife than we did in all of Costa Rica.  Probably one of the most amazing things I ever saw was thousands of ants carrying small leaves into their ant hill.  They were coming from a far distance and just watching the stream of them was really cool.  
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