Sunday, 13 July 2014

Te Maunga

Irazu is the highest volcano in Costa Rica. She sits over Cartago, the countries former capital, and San Jose, the current capital. On Wednesday we went to the top of Irazu. We left at 6:30am so as to make it to the peak before the clouds came in. Apparently, on a clear day you can see from coast to coast; from the Caribbean to the Pacific. Oh how I long for the Pacific Ocean!

When we reached the top we were greeted by the cloud cover and a cool breeze. Our guides apologised for the bad weather, but I didn’t mind. Clouds and fog and mist are a part of the mountain top experience, it’s what happens up there where the winds meet.

On the mount of Irazu there were rocks and rain and craters and creation. There was life up there amongst the black sand and the stone; there was vegetation and a view – even if we couldn’t see it. There were times when we could hardly see each other when we descended into the fog. 

We came down from the mountain with shining faces from the wet and the rain, a mountain top experience to be sure. I was reminded of Moses, when he met with God on Mount Sinai.

Yesterday we went to a rainforest. It was warmer down there on the valley floor, with the mosquitoes and the wild life. We ate chocolate and called out to monkeys and took selfies on the suspension bridge.

Mountains and valleys, we find beauty in both. 

I life my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. (Psalm 121:1-2)


  1. What a cool experience! Looks like a great bunch of people too. Did you see any monkeys?

    1. Yeah we saw a few monkeys. They were just black dots on tress as we went down the river. There were sloth too, all cute and fuzzy and still.