Back to our Costa Rica travels, following on from Part 2
Our next days adventure included a stop in the Carara National Park for a Crocodile cruise.
We set off along the river in a smallish boat similar to this.
We caught sight of lots of wildlife as we motored along this wide river, as this is a Biological Reserve known for its birdlife.
Then we stopped at the side of our river where our skipper had seen a large crocodile, and he proceeded to jump ashore and feed this 4 meter croc some chicken.
Rather him than me, but I presume this is a daily occurrence, and they know the croc well, and he is well fed.
More bird spotting on the return trip
and I spotted this turtle on the bank
I decided not to use the facilities onshore!
Back on the minibus and onwards to the Rincon de la Vieja national Park and volcano. This is part of the Cordillera de Guanacaste, a great central volcanic massif made up of 5 active volcanoes.
Our residence here was the Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin, an acrtve cattle ranch,with stables housing the horses nearby.
The first evening we were taken out to a Rodeo, which was just an entertainment, with no harm to any beasts, showing off the skills of the cowboys.
The first days we walked around the flank of the volcano, seeing where their geothermal power station was, and checking out the wildlife.
In the afternoon, I took the option activity of tubing down a nearby canyon, while Ian relaxed in the hammock strung across the hassienda supports.
The next day we had a horse ride up the volcano to a mud spa. Ian had not ridden horses before, so I arranged for him to have a few lessons during the autumn, to give him more confidence for this.
First we visited the Oropendola waterfall, 25 metre high, and a chance to swim in the cold water below.
The ride gave us great scenery, and took us up to the spa, where we could see mud bubbling away
and lots of wildlife
Leaving our steeds at the gate, we walked up to the spa.
For the spa, we had a sauna, then spread warm volcanic mud over ourselves with paint brushes, and laid down in the sun to dry.
Then after a shower, we sat in thermal pools, dipping our toes in each to find one of a suitable temperature.
Relaxed and freshened, if still a little muddy, we returned to the horses for the ride back down, and to dinner, and a stunning sunset over the volcano.
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