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Camino de Lava ("Lava Road") is an area on Volcán Irazú, Costa Rica. Naked Snake passed through this area during the Peace Walker Incident in 1974.

History

Camino de Lava is named in reference to the volcanoes around Costa Rica besides Irazu. The tropical rainforests are of the dry variety, making them similar to deciduous forests in that they lose their leaves in the dry season. It contains hills as well as a rail junction. The junction was created around the 1870s, when Costa Rica created its first railroads for the purpose of delivering bananas and coffee beans harvested from the central basin to the Caribbean coast. Prior to 1974, during the Cold War, the FSLN used these railroads as part of their drug route to the United States.

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Camino De Lava - Hillside.

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Camino De Lava - Junction, a scout is located at the top right in prone position near the edge of the cliff.

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Camino De Lava - Hillside at night.

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Camino De Lava - Junction at night with a dying MSF soldier and his ghost in the immediate vicinity.

Peace Walker Incident

Main article: Peace Walker Incident

By 1974, Peace Sentinel had captured the rail junction, using it to transfer nuclear weapons to their main base near Irazu, in addition to continuing operation of the drug trade route. The nearby forest was also used as a training spot for Peace Sentinel's scout divisions to hone their sniping skills.

The Militaires Sans Frontières entered the junction on several occasions, first when Naked Snake searched for Chico (while avoiding the snipers training in the area), and the second time when travelling to El Cadalso. The MSF later returned there when KGB agent Vladimir Zadornov managed to escape from Mother Base and went into hiding. When briefed on this development, Big Boss's suspicions about someone in their ranks deliberately releasing Zadornov were increased and attempted to ask his deputy commander, Kazuhira Miller, if he is sure someone isn't doing so, causing Miller to explain he doesn't have the time to assemble a mole hunt, while being somewhat disturbed by Zadornov's escape attempts.[1]


Behind the scenes

Around the hillside area of Camino de Lava, there are several trees that were either collapsed or half broken, implying that Peace Walker walked through this location during one of its tests.

Walkthrough

Main Ops

Finding Chico

"Miller: Snake, the nukes appear to have left the coastal marshes and reached the mountains around Irazú. But without a guide, it's gonna be tough tracking those things in the mountains. So we need you to infiltrate one of their bases, a prison facility.
Snake: I hope nothing's happened to Amanda's brother...
Miller: I hear ya. There may be other Sandinistas held there, too. To bring them back safely to MSF, use the Fulton Recovery System. As I'm sure you know from experience, it's completely harmless. After all, you won't have time to sit there and convince every sing one of 'em to join.
Amanda: One other thing, Snake.
Snake: Amanda...
Amanda: Those CIA bastards confiscated some of the houses in the village. Chico's got to be inside one of them.
Snake: Houses, huh...? How do I tell which ones?
Amanda: When they took over the houses, they installed new front doors for security purposes. The new doors are blue. With peepholes, so you can see what's inside.
Snake: Blue doors. Got it.
You're getting close to the end of the transport route. Good luck, Snake.
"
―Mission select briefing for "Finding Chico."

Pursue the Jungle Train

"Miller: Snake, according to Chico, the nuclear materials will be loaded from a train and on to a truck at a rail terminal near the eastern foot of Irazú. If we can't cut 'em off at that terminal, we'll be in a world of hurt. Hurry, Snake!"
―Mission select briefing for "Pursue the Jungle Train"

Snake must make his way through Camino de Lava, while attempting to avoid a scout with a sniper rifle and patrolmen at the junction of Camino de Lava. Then Snake must proceed to Cafetal Aroma Encantado and avoid patrolmen on high level walkways at the entrance that are inaccessible to the player, as well as proceeding through the mill and finally El Cadalso and neutralise several patrolmen who armed with RK-47's (AK-47s).

Zadornov Search 4

"Miller: Snake, Zadornov's disappeared again. Get out there and retrieve him!"
―Mission select briefing for "Zadornov Search Mission 4"

Extra Ops

[016] Fulton Recovery

"Miller: Let's get this mission started. Complete the mission and proceed to the Fulton recovery point so we can get you back alive and well. Good luck out there."
―Mission select briefing for "[016] Fulton Recovery"

[032] Classified Document Retrieval

"Miller: Let's get this mission started. Complete the mission and proceed to the Fulton recovery point so we can get you back alive and well. Good luck out there."
―Mission select briefing for "[032] Classified Document Retrieval"

[046] Perfect Stealth

"Miller: Let's get this mission started. Complete the mission and proceed to the Fulton recovery point so we can get you back alive and well. Good luck out there."
―Mission select briefing for "[046] Perfect Stealth"

[062] Dead Man's Treasure

"Miller: Let's get this mission started. Complete the mission and proceed to the Fulton recovery point so we can get you back alive and well. Good luck out there."
―Mission select briefing for "[016] Fulton Recovery"

The player must make their way from the hillside of Camino de Lava to the mill of Cafetal Aroma Encantado and collect items while attempting to avoid ghosts.

Notes and references

  1. ^ Metal Gear Solid: Peace Walker, Kojima Productions (2010)
    [Codec]
    Kazuhira Miller: Snake, you're not gonna believe this, but... // Naked Snake (Big Boss): Yeah. // Miller: Zadornov's missing again. // Snake: Kaz, are you sure somebody's not... I don't know, letting him out on purpose? // Miller: You think I have time to assemble a mole hunt? Man, this guy isn't just good, he's so good it's scary. // Snake: If he's doing this alone, that is. // Miller: Anyway, he left a trail, so we've got a good idea of where he's probably hiding. You know what the mission is... Find Zadornov, Snake!

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