We left Monte Verdi by 4-wheel drive vehicles and eventually came to Arenal Lake, which we crossed by boat, and then proceeded to our lodge outside Arenal.

At our lodge, there were several iguanas, and various birds and other small animals wandering the grounds. While in the area, we went on a drift boat trip seeing many more birds, some bats, and even a baby crocodile. We also hiked a hanging bridge tour through the canopy which also included great views of Arenal itself.
Arenal is still an active volcano, so one night we went out to watch it, and were lucky that the cloud cover had lifted. In the dark sky, we could see the red glow from the crater, and occasional fiery lines as molten boulders would fall down the side of the volcano. During the day, it was not as spectacular, but you could occasionally see the smoke trail of boulders rolling down the slope.
We celebrated Christmas Eve at a natural hot springs spa (no pictures) and had a large Costa Rican meal. Sandy and the kids also hiked down and back up the falls at La Fortuna.

_Kids-w-Arenal

_Kids-w-Arenal

_Sandy-Eric-and-Danielle-on-

_Sandy-Eric-and-Danielle-on-

_Arenal from Lake

_Arenal from Lake

_Iguana-in-tree

_Iguana-in-tree

_Iguana-on-ground

_Iguana-on-ground

_Parakeets

_Parakeets

_Red-Squirrel

_Red-Squirrel

_Red Tailed

_Red Tailed

_Baby-croc

_Baby-croc

_Bats

_Bats

_Boating

_Boating

_Red-Eyed-Tree-Frog

_Red-Eyed-Tree-Frog

_Large-Bird-Through-Scope

_Large-Bird-Through-Scope

_Canopy

_Canopy

_Danielle-Alex-on-Hanging-Br

_Danielle-Alex-on-Hanging-Br

_Sandy and kids on bridge

_Sandy and kids on bridge

_Alex on bridge

_Alex on bridge

_Danielle on Bridge

_Danielle on Bridge

_Arenal from Hanging Bridge

_Arenal from Hanging Bridge

_Lower bridge

_Lower bridge

Categories & Keywords
Category:Travel and Places
Subcategory:Central America
Subcategory Detail:Costa Rica
Keywords:Arenal