Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano is an active stratovolcano located at the north western part of Costa Rica, which is around 90 kilometer northwest of San Jose. Its height is at 5358 feet, and its conically shaped crater is at 460 feet. Since it is only estimated to be 7,000 years old, it is still considered as a young volcano. Some famous names being used include Guatusos Peak, Volcan Coast Rica, Pan de Azucar, Canaste and Volcan Rio Frio. This volcano is known to be dormant for hundred years, but it broke its silence in 1968 with an eruption destroying the town of Tobacon. Because of this eruption, three additional craters were formed on its western flanks.

Though it is known to be the most active volcano in the year 2010, it is still a vital watershed for the Arenal Lake Reservoir which is being used for hydroelectric power connected to the national system. In addition, it is a good tourist destination where activities like whitewater rafting, canopy tours, horseback riding, rainforest hikes, trekking, sightseeing, canyoneering adventures and picture taking are all available. Hot springs are also everywhere and suitable for those who feel so tired with their busy city life.

For visitors who have very tight schedule, you will surely love it here since you can visit anytime you are free. Accommodations, tours and activities, are available all throughout the year, but most tourists come during the dry season to the colder months of December to March. If you prefer just to experience the dry season February, March, August and September are the months for you where forests are lush and stunning contrasting the blue Pacific waters.