^Our raft - I'm in the front, on the right.
^Our raft, mostly underwater. ahhhh!
The second weekend, as I wrote before, began as soon as our midterm exams were over. I went with six friends straight to the bus station when we finished our exams, and about five hours later we were in the small, beautiful Caribbean beach town of Cahuita. We stayed in a cheap and sufficiently sketchy hostel and spent the weekend enjoying black sand beaches, Cahuita National Park, the small bars in town, and snorkeling on the coral reef. It was the perfect way to forget about our exams, and I was really glad that we took advantage of our only opporunity to visit the Caribbean coast.
^We decided to climb a fallen tree on the Playa Negra. (Picture by Becca)
^We met up with some friends who were also in Cahuita for the weekend - qué divertido! (Picture by Becca)
^Sunset on the beach in the National Park. (Picture by Becca)
During our last weekend in San Pedro, after our Spanish classes were finished and our midterm break was beginning, a few of us spent Saturday visiting Poas Volcano. First, we went to a viewpoint above the crater. There was steam pouring off of the hot water inside the crater, and the air smelled of sulfur. After that we hiked around to see a lagoon, and then headed to a nearby resort that had enclosures of birds, monkeys, and butterflies as well as a walkway along a series of waterfalls. We ate a delicious buffet lunch, and all in all it was a really cool day.
^Toucan! This was taken right after I attempted to take a picture with the bird and it attacked my head. Good times.