Becca and Jeremy Conquer Arenal!

By BobbyRica | August 3, 2011

Here’s a story from another BobbyRica fan. She relates to us her experience as they braved the Arenal Volcano National Park. Let’s see if their trip had been an adventurous one. And I mean that in a good way.

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I loathe volcanoes. Their power frightens me, and how, in a matter of minutes, they can burn down everything you’ve worked so hard for to the ground. I hate them. HATE them.

So when my husband, Jeremy, excitedly told me that we’re going to see Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica, I wasn’t too happy. “I’m perfectly satisfied looking it up at Google, thank you very much,” I told him.

“It’s not the same up close!” He exclaimed. “Besides, this is a once in a lifetime chance, babe. Imagine–Costa Rica!”

Despite my protests, Jeremy managed to convince me to pack my bags for a three day trip to Arenal Volcano National Park in the northern lowlands of Costa Rica. There are actually two volcanoes in this park. First is the Chato Volcano, which is only around 3,740 feet tall and is inactive for more than 3,000 years. It has a collapsed crater than has been turned into a picture perfect lagoon.

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Contrary to the Chato Volcano, ArenalVolcano, the main attraction of this famous park, is known to be the most active volcano in Costa Rica. A perfectly symmetrical volcano, it stands at 5,357 feet. Since 1968, it has consistent lava flows that make tourists gasp in awe.

“But what if it erupts while we’re there?” I whined. “I don’t want to die because of a silly volcano, Jeremy!”

“Hush, babe,” He said. “I’ve been told that Arenal hasn’t erupted since October last year. Calm down.”

But I didn’t calm down. Not until we reached the Park, that is.

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I mean, the drive there was already breathtaking. But Arenal…Oh, it was magnificent. There were no other words to describe it. We were enveloped in lush tropical trees, beautiful flowers, and the most amazing lake scenery (I was told Lake Arenal was a great place to go kayaking, boating, and fishing). Beyond these sights stands the famous Arenal Volcano, a beautiful cone-shaped formation that appears like the perfect backdrop to this little heaven on earth. I was mesmerized.

Jeremy, who was becoming more and more amused as he watched my expression, suggested, “How about a bit of lunch at the Lodge, first? Then maybe we can go find something fun to do later.”

We had reserved a room at the Arenal Lodge, a beautiful 2,000-acre property just outside the town of La Fortuna, near the base of the volcano. After a filling lunch, we decided to try out the Sky Tram Tour–a gondola ride that will soar smoothly through the rain forest and give us a superb view of the beautiful Lake Arenal and the hillsides around it.

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Thank goodness Jeremy and I don’t have any fear of heights, or we might have passed out when the gondola reached its peak. The guides were friendly and chatty, telling us all sorts of trivia and anecdotes about Arenal. They even stopped the gondola upon our request, so we can take beautiful photos. At the observation deck, we took the most stunning photos, even posing with fellow tourists.

At one point, I remember gazing at the beautiful Arenal Volcano. I was awed that something that I believed to be so scary turns out to be so darn beautiful. Hey, I thought, maybe volcanoes aren’t too bad after all.

We were informed that if we were feeling more “adventurous,” we can go down through a zip line tour instead of riding the tram down. I think if we weren’t too tired, we would have taken up on that offer!

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It was getting dark when we returned to the Arenal Lodge. After a quick shower and dinner, we snuggled together and fell asleep almost immediately.

I woke up before Jeremy the next morning. I sat down at the balcony (Arenal Lodge, by the way, has the most amazing view of the Arenal Volcano), and just watched the morning unfold, the volcano looming in front of me.

Jeremy roused a few minutes later. He smiled sleepily, looked at me, then at the volcano. “Ready to conquer it?”

“Ready as ever!”I smiled.

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