After being carried in Mrs. Pickering’s backpack, we finally approached respectfully the largest volcanic crater on earth. We were told it was a grand honor if the volcano would grant us permission to see its glory.
The Poas Volcano is 3km in diameter. The sulfur lagoon is turquoise in color and is the most spectacular site with its gas columns spewing. The lagoons average water temperature is 40 degrees celcius.
As always Miguel Angel had a story for us. The story is not a legend, but is something he has witnessed himself. Thousands of visitors come to see the crater on a weekly basis. When too many make too much noise clouds roll in and hide the entire crater. Many visitors will have to leave without ever seeing the mighty Poas. If Poas is pleased and visitors respect its majestic presence it will reward them with incredible views. Is the volcano alive?
We also heard about a legend that talks about a dragon that lives inside the lagoon. As Miguel Angel mentioned a dragon my ears perked up, and I immediately thought the dragon might be Pachamama or guard the crystal skull or be Pachamama itself. I edged closer to the crater and asked with great reverence, “Oh mighty Poas might you know where I could find the crystal skull?” When no answer came and no clouds started rolling in, I shyly added the question, “Donde esta Pachamama?” I continued waiting for Poas to cover itself in clouds as a sign of my disrespect. Suddenly I heard a faint whisper go to my friend Arenal. He might be able to help you find the crystal skull, which will reveal who and where Pachamama is.
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