Bottom of Crater
Third day, we did make the drive up to Irazu Volcano. Believe me it was not an easy drive, but we were determined. We are driving up a mountain to approximately 11,000 feet above sea level, on extremely narrow, curvy roads with the side of the mountain sloping straight down.
There were several time, I couldn’t look out of the window when we would take one of the curves. Taking pictures from that high up is not easy. Through the camera len, I would try to focus, but my peripheral was seeing the surrounding in a whole different perspective. I was so scared at some point, I would lend into the car and not look out the window. Any pictures I took, well, it was the camera just being pointed in a direction and clicking.
We made it to the top this time. Actually got to walk up to the very top of the Volcano and look down into the crater. It’s an awesome feeling to do this. I took a couple hundred pictures of that volcano and loved every moment of it.
Before starting the trip down, we went into the gift shop and looked around. Then sat at the outside picnic table where a few of local animals (look similar to raccoon) came on the table with us. They were really nosey. One tried to take my bag with some soap in it I had purchased. Another attempted to type on John’s computer. It was funny and cute, but they were really dirty creatures. We did think it was funny and took their pictures.
Then we had to drive down the mountain, 4000 ft. but before leaving we got direction to our next destination for far from there.
About 10 miles down, we stopped at a lookout point and found the haunted Duran Santorium below. The view was breathtaking. This was one of the locations we wanted to see on this trip and there is was below in the valley. We figured which road to take below to reach it and off we drove.
The Santorium had been closed for many years but all the buildings are still there for touring. It originally was a TB hospital was opened.
We walked through every building taking pictures for about 2 1/2 hours. It was quite enjoyable to walk through these old buildings and see how they were constructed and still standing strong after all these years. Up the hillside, there was the doctor’s resident. Other buildings on the property were for medical dorms, hospital, chapel and administration and living quarters for patients and staff.
The tour was very enjoyable and it gave us more time to prepare for the drive back down the volcano mountain.
We got back to the hotel intact. Maybe a little exhausted from the mountain thrill ride, but we did it.
If you ever need an adrenaline rush, go drive up a mountain side with narrow, curvy roads.
Next day, we got back in the car and traveled the mountain roads again.
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