Arenal Volcano Costa Rica


The amazing Arenal Volcano. Located in La Fortuna, a unique town in the North plains of Costa Rica, one of the best places in Costa Rica for relaxing and have fun, serves as the principal gateway for visiting  Volcán Arenal National Park, and it’s one of the top destinations for travelers in Costa Rica.

The Arenal Volcano is one of the most notable natural features of the country. This impressive volcano is located within the 29,960-acre Arenal Volcano National Park. Arenal Volcano is a conical stratovolcano, a 1,633 meter (5,300 feet) high mountain, which is perfectly conically shaped with a crater of 140 meters. Arenal Volcano is geologically considered a young volcano and its age is estimated to be less than 3,000 years.

The volcano was asleep for hundreds of years and exhibited a single crater at its summit, with minor fumaroles activity, covered by dense vegetation.It began its last and current period of activity in 1968, on July 29 at 7:30. From that date it emits steady gases and vapors of water, with some explosions with emission of pyroclastic materials and sometimes strong rumbles.

In general, between 1995 and 2008, the Arenal presented important activity both eruptive and seismic, although with a tendency to decrease.

Geologically it belongs to the Sierra de Tilarán and the nearby volcano Chato is considered as its brother

Arenal Volcano National Park Biodiversity.

Made up mostly of primary rainforest, The Arenal Volcano National Park encompasses four different life zones and harbors a tremendous amount of flora and fauna. In fact, nearly 75% of the total 850 species of birds that have been identified in Costa Rica can be found here. Other creatures include sloths, white-faced capuchin monkeys, coati, deer and snakes, including the infamous fer-de-lance, parrot snake and boa constrictor. The Chato Volcano (Volcán Chato), adjoins Arenal. This volcano, which resides at a height of 3,740 ft (1,140 m), has been inactive for some 3,500 years and has a crater thaTt’s filled with aqua-blue water.

National Park Schedule and La Fortuna facts:

  • The park has several walking trails and is open from 8 AM to 6 PM.
  • The entrance fee is $6.
  • The quiet town of La Fortuna is 4 miles (6.4 km) from the Arenal Volcano. It’s 16 miles (26 km) from Ciudad Quesada and 75 miles (120 km) from San José. If you’re driving from San José, it’ll take around 3 hours to get here. The town itself is small, central and warm.
  •  The activities within this area are endless. Horseback rides, tubing, ATV, A variety of other water sports can be enjoyed on Lake Arenal.  Inland diversions include hiking and waterfall repelling, as well as canopy and hanging bridge tours. See More :
  • Temperature:  The temperature varies between 16 degrees Celsius (60.8 degrees Fahrenheit) in higher altitudes to 24 degrees Celsius (75.2 degrees Fahrenheit) in the lower altitudes and the annually rainfall is around 5,000 mm (195 inches).
  • For a scenic hiking trail and views of the volcano, you can visit the Arenal Volcano National Park. There is an observatory site located in the park from where you have a spectacular view of both the volcano and the Arenal Lake. There are also several hiking trails which you can explore on your own.
  • La Fortuna is the nearest town to the Arenal Volcano is very user friendly as it is ever more focused on satisfying the needs of the visitors of the Arenal Volcano. In this town you will find ATMs, supermarkets, a post office and internet cafes. You can also find restaurants and hotels of all price ranges.

The Best adventure activities in the Arenal Volcano .

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