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Costa Rica Travels Part Four: Volcanoes

March 19, 2011

Holy cats this country has a lot of volcanoes. About 110, and I think seven active.

The crater at Volcan Poas. It is filled with a steaming lake.
Poas, the gasses from which made my mouth taste like the worst thing a mouth has ever tasted like.

The river
Turrialba, making a perfect puff of steam

The view of Volcan Arenal from Hotel San Bosco, La Fortuna de San Carlos
Arenal, which often spews lava that is visible at night, and which gives birth to a bunch of hot springs.

And I didn’t even get to see them all! If you’re a big volcano fan, you know where to go.

  1. March 20, 2011 05:39

    I went to Costa Rica on my honeymoon and we went to Arenal and went on one of the hikes up the volcano where you could see rocks spewing out of the volcano even during the day. That, and then watching the lava at night, is still one of the coolest things that I have ever done.

    • March 20, 2011 07:40

      Sadly it wasn’t spewing while we were there – hasn’t been for a couple months.

  2. March 20, 2011 19:31

    Really amazing.

    I think I might have freaked out a bit if I was there an witnessed spewing lava.

    • March 21, 2011 05:54

      Yeah, I’m not a huge volcano fan myself, but I gained new admiration and respect while I was there. Going up to Poas and smelling those gasses made it very clear how they could kill you. It is so powerful.

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