May 14, 2011
May 22, 2011
We departed Drake Bay this morning and flew back to San Jose, where we rented a car and drove to Arenal National Park. Until 1968, Arenal had been dormant for 500 years. Many residents thought it was simply a mountain until it erupted and killed more than 80 people, hundreds of cattle and destroyed scores of plantations in the area. The volcano has been active since, which has brought scores of scientists to the region to study it. Tourists soon followed. Since Arenal is in a cloud forest, its cone is often shielded by clouds. Many come to see the volcano and never see it fully. But we were lucky -- and got great views.