The hike was a lot of fun. The trail was "paved" with concrete blocks and was difficult to walk on, but we slowly made our way up and over and around the mountains. Our group got very lucky with spotting the wildlife. We saw parrots, an agouti (a mammal like an otter/ferret), an eyelash palm pit viper (poisonous, but coiled up on a tree branch a little ways from our group), and a group of coati mundis (kin to the raccoon).
Returning to the bus, we were upset to see that one of our colleagues who had been in the group ahead of us had tripped and fallen on her face about 100 yards from the end of the trail. Her face was bleeding badly in two places and we heard she might require stitches. They had called an ambulance, but it took about an hour to arrive. We all just gawked at the volcano or had a snack while waiting. I think the woman was more embarrassed/mortified than hurt.
The ambulance arrived and a paramedic got the wounds closed and the bleeding finally stopped. A nurse with our group had kept ice and compresses on it before the medic got there. Charge for the medic/ambulance was only $40 cash, which we all thought was a good deal. We were all happy that she did not have to go to the hospital and could continue with us on to Guanacaste.
Costa Rica Tour
- Costa Rica Cruises
- Arrival in San Jose
- San Jose - Poas Volcano and Coffee Plantation
- Tortuguero - Canal Cruise
- Tortuguero - Cano Palma Cruise
- Tortuguero to La Fortuna - Canal Cruise and Pineapple Plantation
- La Fortuna - Arenal Volcano
- La Fortuna - Rio Frio and Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
- La Fortuna - Baldi Hot Springs
- La Fortuna - Hanging Bridges Hike
- La Fortuna to Guanacaste
- Guanacaste - Rest Day!
- Guanacaste to San Jose - Tarcoles River Cruise
- San Jose and Home