Renee, excited about the hike. if only she knew what was ahead of us...
Roxi and Renee at the Observatory Logde, a nice volcano view point
sign says it all. right this way please...
and we're on our way! the guy on the left was our guide, Julio
this is Cerro Chato, the inactive volcano we were about to hike. it's right next to the active Arenal
here the road ends, and the rainforest begins
the foliage was pretty deep. also, a lot of mud around
roots and branches were our only stairs
Roxi, bravely leading the way. Slava had that video camera in his hand the whole trip
Renee, still smiling, but at this point wondering herself what she has got herself into
the "path". what, you don't see it? :)
Slava, documenting our journey
and up we go...
sometimes over, sometimes under...
the path behind us
in the middle of the rainforest
group picture. we're not even halfway through
the mud gets thicker
any attempt at clean hands/legs was abandoned after a while
at higher altitude, entering the cloudforest
mud and thick vegetation, everywhere
we're in the cloudforest now, feel like walking through fog
the lake in the volcano's inactive crater, covered by fog
happy to be finally descending. and look, stairs!
coming down on these is actually harder than it looks. they're uneven and slippery
and we go deeper in the fog...
...which is everywhere
I don't know why they are smiling, they will have to climb down from there through the mud below
descending, one step at a time
above and around us, the clouds
Roxi, happy it's almost over
the exit from the forest
we're still pretty high up, even if the forest is over
a well-deserved rest
the way down was around these tall trees...
...and the ground was full of bumps. hard to walk down, especially with mud-covered footware
Roxi, by a bridge...
Cerro Chato, from the other side