Hello my friends! Sadly, this is the last of my posts about my December trip to Costa Rica. :( Still, this series of photos should be pretty cool! I went hiking with my parents at Parque Nacional Volcán Rincón de la Vieja, or the Old Lady's Corner Volcano National Park. Some people call it the "witch's hideout." It's an amazing park because of all the geothermal features. The hike we went on took about two hours and it was really cool!
These big, beautiful trees were everywhere. The hike was not a simple paved path- it was in the jungle, where hikers have to scramble over the different roots and rocks. The trees were so huge that they dwarfed 11-year-old me!
There were lots of small rivers and streams running through the park. This one is the Rio Colorado, though it is not the same Colorado River that we have in the United States! It was too strong to cross on foot, so we used a (pretty scary) rope bridge!
Here I am, excited to have crossed the river! The park was full of wonderful tropical animals. I saw lizards, butterflies, and even a coatimundi! Do you know what a coatimundi is? It's pretty awesome! Unfortunately I don't have a good photo of the coatimundi because it was so speedy!
The highlight of the hike was this gorgeous waterfall. We stopped and rested there for about 15 minutes. It was pretty embarrassing, but I had a meltdown there. Not a bad one, but still, I was embarrassed! I was getting sick and I didn't think I could keep hiking. I begged my parents to stop and go back to our car, but they said they had confidence that I could finish the hike. After I drank some water and ate a Kind bar, I gathered my strength and moved on in the hike. Go me!
See the waterfall behind me? It was so beautiful. I look happy in the photo, but I was so tired and headachey! Bah!
Much of the rest of the trail was very rocky. It could be hard to find where the trail actually led! There were not many other kids at the park, but I did see some. They had big sticks to help them navigate the rocks. I didn't have one, because I liked to pretend that I was a mountain goat, leaping from rock to rock!
Among the coolest features of the park were the thermal vents. See the steam behind me? The park is a volcano so there are steamy vents all over the place. The steam really, really stunk. It was the sulfurous smell of rotten eggs! Eww! It was pretty stinky, but after a while, I got used to it, The funniest part was that when I got back to NYC a few days later, my red shirt still smelled like rotten eggs!
So that was my hike on my last full day in Costa Rica! I was pretty disappointed that I never saw a wild monkey (though I heard them nearly every morning) or sloth (they are very shy!). The Spanish word for sloth is oso perezoso. I made up a little song in my terrible Spanish about sloths and I still get it in my head a lot!
Costa Rica is a gorgeous country and I can't wait to go back. I can't believe I got to see the nesting sea turtles and the speedy coatimundi! I'm so happy that my aunt and new uncle got married in Costa Rica so that I could visit too! Thanks, Auntie Em!
Have you ever taken an international trip? Where did you go?