A morning walk near Arenal Volcano

On a warm morning in December, we had an early breakfast in My Coffee, a cozy coffee shop in La Fortuna downtown. We comfortably got seated in the outdoor seating area, facing the central park. The typical Costa Rican breakfast was our choice; comes with rice and beans, plantains, eggs, tacos, sour cream and coffee. Such a delicious start to the day.

Costa Rican coffee… Yumm!
Costa Rican coffee... Yumm!
More coffee goodness…

Typical Costa Rican Breakfast
Typical Costa Rican Breakfast

After a sumptuous breakfast, we joined the morning walk at the Arenal Observatory Lodge. Our hike started at 8.30am and the trail went through a few hanging bridges and into the forests. Parts of the forest were so dark and lonely that I would have been intimidated to hike by myself. The guide enriched us with knowledge about the rich flora and fauna in Costa Rica, specifically near the Arenal Volcano region.

Trail near the Arenal Volcano
Trail near the Arenal Volcano
Beautiful flowers
Beautiful flowers
Exotic flora
Exotic flora

He brought a huge binocular with him and pointed to us a number of birds along the hike. I had recently bought a pair of binoculars just before our trip to Costa Rica and was flaunting with my binoculars. Mine was not as big as his; but I felt proud taking out my new binocular every now and then, and trying to see if I can spot a bird hiding behind the tree branches.

Hanging Bridge
Hanging Bridge
Our hike lead to this waterfall
Our hike lead to this waterfall
We took the tractor back to the Arenal Observatory Lodge
We took the tractor back to the Arenal Observatory Lodge

Our hike led to a beautiful waterfall where we took a number of pictures. Then we sat in a tractor that took us back

Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

to the Arenal Observatory Lodge. We hung out around the property for a while, waiting for the clouds to clear up to see the tip of the Arenal Volcano.

The Arenal Volcano which was once erupting every so often until 2010 stopped its eruption and went into a dormant mode. All one can see now, are the lava rocks from previous eruptions.

Although the Arenal Volcano can be seen from the town of La Fortuna, Arenal Observatory Lodge really gives you the closest view of this volcano. It is a beauty to see the Arenal Lake on one side and the huge Arenal Volcano on the other side.

Arenal Lake
Arenal Lake
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