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Arenal, Costa Rica:


Arenal Volcano and Lake in Costa Rica


Paradise on Earth
The Arenal Volcano is the youngest and most active volcano in Costa Rica with a hight of 5,437 feet (1.657 meters). This fascinating natural beauty is one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world and a Costa Rican symbol. Located on the northern part of Costa Rica, it is the most attractive destination in the country.


Arenal Lake in Alajuela Costa Rica


The volcano is over the Arenal Lake and in the middle of the mountains and jungle. The volcano is young and with a slope angle that gets steeper towards the summit.


Arenal Volcano in Costa RicaThe volcano constantly makes eruptions of smoke, ash and lava, creating an incredible firework display at night. Nowadays the volcano is active on the western side offering a grey look while on the eastern side is green and with a lot of vegetation. Besides the constant eruptions of smoke, ash and lava, occasionally sets off pyroclastic avalanches, incandescent rocks glows at night visible from a distance. It has kept a constant activity since it re-awoke in the year 1968 after a span of 400 years of inactivity.


Cerro Chato and Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

Next to the volcano is the Cerro Chato, an extinct volcano that originated the Arenal stratovolcano by the successive eruptions. The hills draw the outline of a man that lies down. On the top of the hill there is a crater 500 meters wide with a lagoon. Daily you can see the smoke puff coming out of the volcano and feel the temblors. The best months to see the volcano are september and october.


Arenal Lake to do kayak

Arenal Lake Costa RicaBesides the volcano, the area offers hot springs coming from the underground aquifers of the volcano, rating, kayak on the arenal lake, hiking trails on the foot of the volcano, caves, bird watching, excursions to the summit of Cerro Chato, horseback riding to the volcano, canyoning, ATV tours, mountain bikes, sport fishing on the Arenal lake, waterfalls, air ballooning, and a lot more!


La Fortuna de San Carlos

Arenal Volcano view from the Main Square of La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela, Costa Rica

La Fortuna de San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela, is the most touristic town of the area offering the largest number of hotels in Costa Rica. The small town is on the foot of the volcano offering a sensational panoramic view of it from every corner. The village offers great hotels, restaurants, soda (family restaurants), banks and all the necessary services for your wonderful vacations.


Volcano view from Fortuna, Costa RicaSan Carlos valley in Costa Rica


The perfect conical volcano will put a spell on you!


Arenal National Park
Trails and lookout points have been constructed at the foot of the volcano offering panoramic views. The natural trails are: the Heliconias, Las Coladas, El Pilón, Toucans Trail, La Península. The Visitor Center has an auditorium, an exhibition room, a souvenir shop and restrooms.


Toucans Trail

Toucans Trail to the Observatory of the Arenal Volcano in Costa RicaThe Toucans Trail is one of the best view points to see the red hot lava. The distance of the footpath is 890 m. and the time of Route is approximately 1 hr 25 min. It’s a Premontano Secondary Forest, very humid, with an annual temperature average that oscillates between 21° C and 27.5° C. The observatory is opened from 7 to 10pm to watch the incadescent rocks falling from the Arenal Volcano at night. There is a hanging bridge to get to the observatory, toilets and emergency exits.

Arenal volcano west side look from Toucans Trail

Excursion to the Cerro Chato
There are many trails to reach the summit of the hill. There is a trekking that goes through a dense primary forest, reaching an emerald lagoon surrounded by a forest over the extinct crater. When descending you reach a beautiful waterfall.


Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica


Venado Caves
Narrow labyrinth passages where you will be able to se stalactites and stalagmites, and the famous rock "La Papaya". There are bats and spiders in the area.


Its a private biological reserve offering ecotourism, canopy, sky trek o sky walk.

Caño Negro
The Caño Negro Wildlife refuge is an exuberant flora and fauna place ideal for bird watching and refuge for sloths, monkeys, caymans, lizards and bats.

Río Celeste
Located in Tenorio Volcano National Park, there is a place called "Los Teñideros", where there are two sprins of blue crystal water.


Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica at dawn

Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

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