Friday, February 8, 2013. Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica
Wednesday was declared an official “off” day to explore the Palya Tamarindo so we extended our stay at the Purblo Dorado Hotel so we could spend the day hanging out on the beach, near the pool and an afternoon, take a boat ride into the jungle to see Howler Monkeys.
Into the jungle.
Our skipper – George.
Are we a bunch of tourista’s or what?
Today’s shot of Michael.
We stopped on shore to see monkeys and stopped to admire the huge termite nest. I wonder what would happen if we poke it with a stick?
Would we be crazy enough to try it??? YES! The termites came out.
We did see a few monkeys.
After the boat ride Deby and I split off for a romantic walk along the beach. Checked out the surfers.
Deby went in search of more shells.
Oh, oh…. what could be here?
The rest of the night was spent with a drink in hand admiring a most spectacular sunset…. warning…. graphic sunset (boring?) photos to follow…..
Thursday morning it was kickstands up at 8:30 to head to the highlands and the Arenal Volcano.
We rode East and then over the top of Lake Arenal towards the volcano on the East end of the lake.
As we came around the lake we had some great views of the volcano.
Good roads the whole route, with a nice twisty section on the north end of the lake.
We ended up at the Hotel Arenal Pariso Resort and Spa. A little high end for our usual tastes but there was not too much complaining. Deby and I had a “Superior” room which was an individual cabin. Did I mention there were natural hot springs at this resort? Oh, yea, this ADV motorcycle stuff can get pretty rough sometimes.
Picture of one of the many hot spring pools……
The rest of the gang was across the drive.
The volcano erupts frequently, we were hoping to get some of these views at night.
The mountain was steaming but we didn’t see lava flows…..
Deby and I woke up this morning and went for a hike in the national park where you can hike to some of the lava flows from the big 1968 eruption.
Deby with Lake Arenal in the background.
Tomorrow we pay penance for two days of soft living and will ride hard to the border with Panama. With any luck we will cross into Panama early Sunday morning with minimal delay and make another dash to Panama City where we will attempt to find a way to get our bikes and ourselves from Panama to Columbia!
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