26/01/2015 A spectacular eruption of Volcan Calbuco happened yesterday just a few hours after I left Puerto Montt, coming back from the four day Navimag cruise along the Western Fjords of Patagonia. Now I am in Casto (Chilóe) and have to change my plans a bit, climbing in the Cochamó valley is off the table since it’s very close to the still active volcano… Well, at least I can get the next update out from the Canopy/Zip Lining trip in the Monteverde Cloudforest in Costa Rica. Hope you like it and I hope I will be able to leave the area again towards Buenos Aires as planned!
A 20-minute drive took us to the Xtremo arenal including 14 Zip Lines, 1 rappel (30m), 1 Tarzan Swing and 2 Superman Lines. The first superman, stretching over a really nice valley for more than 1000m was certainly the highlight, closely followed by the Tarzan Swing. The rest was okay but nothing nerve wrecking.
Weather wise we were confronted with the typical weather in Costa Rica: Rain! It rained so much that day, we were completely soaked wet after the 4-5 hours Canopy tour and happy to come back to town with some sunshine to dry off everything. Even though it’s always a bit wet in the cloud forest, the amount of rain we received was not normal according to the guides. Well that’s it! We saw a lot of rainbows again that day and sadly we were not able to get to the Skybridges since they are located in a different part and we had to catch the 4 1/2 hours bus to San José.