El Silencio Mirador is a vast, 555-acre (225-ha) nature reserve located 7 miles (12 km) from La Fortuna and 3 miles (5 km) from the Arenal Volcano National Park. The reserve has over 250 acres (100 ha) of primary rainforest, much of which includes old growth trees such as the Ceiba, the Trumpet Tree, and the Guarumo.
There is a network of hiking trails that wind through much of this land. While immersed in the rainforest, visitors can search for tropical creatures and enjoy fantastic views of the Arenal Volcano. In addition to these trails, there is a mirador (Spanish for “lookout”) with incredible views of the volcano and surrounding hillsides.
Due to its close proximity to the volcano, El Silencio Mirador is specified as being within a high-risk zone. Although construction is no longer permitted in this area, the volcano hasn’t posed any problems since the 1968 eruption. What’s more, Arenal entered into a resting phase in 2010; at present, the volcano is not erupting.
There are two ways to visit El Silencio. Visitors can either stop by at their leisure – and pay an entrance fee of $6 for everyone over the age of 7 – or arrange to be picked up at their hotel by a driver and a naturalist guide. In the latter option, the guide will accompany guests during the hike and point out important facts and information.
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