Arenal Volcano

Home to Costa Rica's iconic volcano


Costa Rica’s iconic volcano is also its most active and has been producing menacing ash clouds and streams of molten lava since it spectacularly reawakened after several centuries of dormancy on 29th July 1968.

Miraculously, given this incessant activity, the volcano has retained its picture-perfect conical shape.

The degree of activity varies from year to year and week to week, even day to day – but with a little luck you can see smoke and cinder blocks billowing from Arenal’s top by day, while at night you can watch the fiery-red lava pouring down its steep sides. The Arenal Observatory Lodge is the top-spot for nocturnal volcano viewing, situated sensibly close to the volcano on the southern side, it’s been accommodation volcanologists and amateurs since its completion in 1987 and is the only place within the park that you can stay overnight.

Aside from the volcano there is excellent hiking with a selection of trails – the park rangers keep a close eye on the volcanic activity and will not hesitate to close trails or portions of the park if they feel that it is unsafe. Wildlife likely to be encountered includes howler monkeys, white-faced capuchins, surprisingly tame family groups of coatis and, as ever in Costa Rica, excellent birdlife.



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