simply, a trip to Costa Rica is not complete without a visit to
Arenal Volcano. Constantly erupting lava since 1968, Arenal is
one of the World's most active volcanos and grows by about 20
feet each year. Arenal erupts a small amount of lava continuosly.
Hiking on the volcano itself is prohibited because it is too dangerous.
you can hike all around it. One particulary great hike takes you
to the "new" lava flow, which happened in 1992. After
hiking through lush, secondary rainforest, you suddenly come upon
the stark contrast of a 20-ft high wall of lava, totally void
of any vegetation. The top of the lava is a moonscape with a spectacular
view of the volcano on one side and Lake Arenal on the other.
It is breathtaking!
This area is more than just the Volcano. Few places on earth
offer so much in such a beautiful location. Here you can visit
Tabacon Hot Springs, go rainbow bass (guapote) fishing on Lake
Arenal, visit a huge waterfall, do the Canopy Tour, go horseback
riding and visit Venado Caves. Because this area sits about
3,000 feet above sea level, the climate is always comfortable.
itself is not always visible, due to cloud cover. In order to
make sure you get to see and hear it, you need to spend some
time here. Don't just visit Arenal for one day. Spend
at least one night, and preferably two.
Seeing the volcano belch lava at night, and hearing it rumble
is something you just have to experience. Don't miss it!
lava flow is best seen at night, it is possible to see daylight
activity. This photo shows boulders the size of cars shooting
out of the top of the volcano, bounding down the cone, raising
clouds of ash.