Costa Rica June 16: Rincon de la Vieja

Day two in Rincon de la Vieja was packed with activities. After breakfast we all rode on horseback to Rincon de la Vieja National Park. It was my first time riding a horse, so I was a little intimidated when I found out my horse’s name was Sorpresa (surprise in English). Sorpresa had a rough morning because Donald’s horse kicked her and Ileabeth’s horse tried to race her! Sorpresa always had to be at the front of the group, which was an interesting experience for me because I got to see our guide, Jose, hack the trees that were in our way with a machete.

At the park,  we took a long hike and saw some beautiful scenery. Although the sights were beautiful, the smells were not because of the sulfur in the mud pools and fumaroles. On the hike we also saw Howler monkeys and tapir footprints. Afterwards, we rode our horses to a waterfall and swam in the clearest water I’ve ever seen. It was nice to be able to cool off after the hike.

We then took another ride on our horses to the hot springs and stopped for lunch. When we got back to the lodge and all went for a swim, Jose showed us a huge black bug with pincers that he caught by the pool. It was the scariest looking insect we had ever seen.

After we ate dinner, we sat outside on the hammocks and enjoyed our last night at the lodge. It was beautiful here and we don’t want to leave, but we’re all excited to see more of Costa Rica when we head to Monteverde. –Molly

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