We got up early this morning to head to the Irazu Volcano near Cartago. I read yesterday that rain and drizzle was expected at the site with temperatures in the low 40s. Brrrr! I have got used to the 70s and 80s so will need to pack a sweat shirt and jeans for both of us.
The journey was uneventful and we arrived in sight of the volcano on a fairly cloudy day down in the valley.
However, the volcano was not in the clouds and we got a good view of it.
The volcano is still active and last erupted in 1963, the same day John F. Kennedy visited the country.
To give you an idea how wide one of the craters was, I took a photo of Gary standing in the middle. You probably need a magnifying glass to spot him. He is in the center of the photo.
Coast but could spot the Caribbean Coast way, way off in the distance.
What was a very pleasant surprise was the temperature - we guess it to have been in the 60s with a very strong wind that blew my hair in every direction. So much for the weather forecast!!
I took some photos of the ones that were.
Others were growing on the walls of the greenhouse.
Walking through the gardens we came across some strange looking palms with roots growing down into the soil. I do not know the name of palm, unfortunately.
The garden also had a nice succulent/cactus section. I would not have thought succulent/cactus could survive the wet season but they seem to do well enough.
After the succulent garden came the fern garden. Now, ferns fascinate me due to the way they unfurl their leaves. I took the next photo of a fern as it reminded me of a boxer holing up his arms after winning a match.
Many of the trees in the garden had bromeliads growing out of their trunks. How they manage to attach themselves, beats me.
There were plants growing on the roof of the entrance to the Japanese Garden.
The last part of the garden was dedicated to bromeliads and there were hundreds of them but not in bloom, unfortunately. I spotted a bird I had not seen before.
On our way out we decided to have a drink. On the table we chose to sit at was a huge bug (I guess to be 4") that gave the good impression of being a leaf. He crawled down the table leg and towards Gary's foot. Gary was having nothing to do with it so kept moving his foot out of the range of the insect.
On our way back to the hotel we had to cross a one lane suspension bridge.
Some of the hedgerows were quite pretty as we rounded a small lake.