Costa Rica is notorious for being home to seven historically active volcanoes, the most famous of all being the majestic Arenal. Located in the sunny province of Alajuela, the young volcano, affectionately called “Guatuso Peak”, remained dormant for years until it erupted in 1968 destroying the small village of Tabacón. In the years that followed, the area became a popular destination for tourists coming to see the display of fireworks caused by constant eruptions, as well as to see the lava running down the volcano.
Since 2010 the volcano’s activity decreased but that doesn’t mean Arenal isn’t still one of the most beautiful areas in the country. The town of La Fortuna is a charming destination surrounded by modern spas, resorts and boutique hotels. Arenal also became a must for those seeking adventure, given that its rugged terrain has made it the ideal location for canopy, canyoneering and rafting.
- Lake Arenal is an artificial lake ideal for kayaking and fishing.
- The town of La Fortuna is a perfect spot to see traditional Costa Rican practices.
- Although you can’t climb up the volcano, you can go on a hiking tour in the adjacent forests.
- Because of its volcanic soil, Arenal is known for its exotic vegetation and rich produce.
- Arenal National Park is home to another volcano: Cerro Chato, known for the lagoon that formed on its crater.