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Horseback riding and hiking on a volcano

This morning we loaded up in a van to head up towards Sierra Negra volcano, where we met our pack of horses. It was pouring this down rain and the trail was incredibly muddy, but the horses didn’t seem to mind. We rode for several miles through a muddy trail, then finally came to a spot where we al got to run the horses a little. No one in our group had much experience on horses, so the trotting was quite fun. I don’t think I have laughed that hard in years! We got to the top and the clouds cleared up in time for us to see across the whole top of the volcano. It was incredible, and huge! There was also a juvenile Galapagos hawk waiting for us at the top, and posed for several pictures before we finally left it to continue on our way. From our resting spot, you could see where the lava flowed from the last eruption in 2004, and then we got to hike for a couple hours across the lava fields. Of course, the sun was out and it was incredibly hot, but so worth the heat. This afternoon was a free afternoon, but we still played Frisbee on the beach, walked to see flamingos and even got some ice cream.

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