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Arenal Volcano Overview

Arenal Volcano 1968 Eruption

Between 1500-1900, the Arenal Volcano remained silent and was considered by many to be extinct. In fact, the local farmers and ranchers who worked the land along its base referred to it as a mountain…

How The Volcano Works

Arenal is what is known as a stratovolcano – a tall, symmetrical volcano that’s built upon successive layers of rock, ash and lava. Due to the convergence of oceanic and continental tectonic plates,…

Arenal Volcano Eruption Photos

As Costa Rica’s youngest and most active volcano, Arenal is something of a celebrity. Locals and foreigners alike travel here year round with the hope of witnessing its sensational eruptions. Indeed…

Volcano Heated Hot Springs

Thanks to the Arenal Volcano’s geothermal activity, there is a number of natural hot springs throughout the area. Warm and soothing, these springs offer visitors an ideal way to relax after a day…

Volcanoes of Costa Rica

Costa Rica is home a great number of volcanoes – there are six active volcanoes and another 61 dormant or extinct ones. For the past fifty years, Arenal was the country’s most active volcano.…

Arenal, Costa Rica Photo Gallery

Simply put, Arenal is striking. A picture-perfect volcano dominates the horizon, while rivers and waterfalls tumble through the rainforest that spreads across its base. To the south, the massive Lake…

La Fortuna Village

La Fortuna is a small and leisurely town tucked into the base of the Arenal Volcano. It has quaint shops, a colorful central park, and a backdrop that’s organized around this picture-perfect volcano…

La Fortuna Waterfall

Set just outside the town of La Fortuna, this 200-ft waterfall is a great place to picnic, swim or take photographs. The falls emerge from a thick jungle before plummeting into an emerald green pool…

Arenal Volcano National Park

The 29,692-acre (12,016-ha) Arenal Volcano National Park is located within the larger 504,094-acre (204,000-ha) Arenal Conservation Area, which protects some 16 reserves between the Tilarán and…

Lake Arenal

Lake Arenal sits at the base of the Arenal Volcano in the northern highlands of Costa Rica. It is the country’s largest landlocked body of water, with a surface that covers nearly 33 square miles (85…

Arenal Volcano Tours - Costa Rica Tours

Arenal is a place that begs to be explored; rivers wind through bountiful rainforests, waterfalls crash amidst inspiring canyons, and hot springs gurgle up beneath the base of an impressive volcano.…

Arenal Volcano Hike

Enjoy a guided hike at the base of Costa Rica's most famed attraction. Along the way, you will be able to spot wildlife and enjoy beautiful views.

Cerro Chato

Cerro Chato is a dormant volcano that flanks the southeast side of the Arenal Volcano. Cerro Chato has been inactive for some 3,500 years and rests at an elevation of 3,740 ft (1,140 m). In this…