I will be coming to CR for a conference in January. The conference is on the coast but I was planning to spend the last two days near Rincon de La Vieja to experience a different part of the country. I have been back and forth on which hotel to select and now am wondering if I should not make advance plans to be in that area at all due to the volcanic activity. Clearly the hike to the crater is already closed off but what if the area becomes impassable or just unpleasant because of the ash? Hotel Borinquen requires payment in full to make the reservation. Obviously if the area was deemed unsafe for travel they would be forced to reimburse their guests, but what if it just isn't a great place to be at the time? Mother Nature is certainly not predictable but it appears she may be giving advance warning in this case. Opinions of those who are there now? What are the local thoughts?