This morning we had a relaxing morning in the pool enjoying the swim-up bar and the views across to the volcano whose peak kept peeping out from behind the clouds. We got wood-fired pizzas for lunch by the pool overlooking the volcano and watching wildlife by the lake.

We were picked up after lunch by Canoa Aventura for our volcano hike, which took us along the course of the 1968 lava flows to a view point where we had great views of the volcano and across to the Arenal Lake. The lake is man-made and covers the area to the west of the volcano which was destroyed by soot and gases from the eruption and is used to generate hydro-electric power.

Along the hike we saw lots of epiphytes, in particular bromeliads and orchids such as the One-day orchid (Sobralia sp.), the Spanish flag orchid (Epidendrum radicans) and the endemic Arenal Bromeliad (Pitcaimia Funkiae).

Arenal Bromeliad (Pitcaimia Funkiae)

Arenal Bromeliad (Pitcaimia Funkiae)

Spanish flag orchid (Epidendrum radicans)

Spanish flag orchid (Epidendrum radicans)

One-day orchid (Sobralia sp.)

One-day orchid (Sobralia sp.)

We finished the hike in time to watch the sunset over the lake bathing the volcano in a reddish glow before heading to Eco Termales to bathe in volcanic heated springs under the stars.

Sunset over Arenal lake

Sunset over Arenal lake

White-throated Magpie-jay, Arenal

White-throated Magpie-jay, Arenal

Peak of the volcano

Peak of the volcano

on to Zip-lining