Why should you visit Arenal Volcano when in Costa Rica!
Did you know that Costa Rica has 5 active volcanoes? While there are other dormant ones and even more extinct ones, Costa Rica boasts some wonderful volcanoes that attract many visitors to see and enjoy their activity. As its name suggests, Volcano Travel knows a bit about volcanoes, especially Costa Rica´s most visited and admired. Do you know it´s name? Yes, it´s the Arenal Volcano and it is beautiful. Why should you visit Arenal Volcano when in Costa Rica? Let Volcano Travel lead the way and show you why!
Some interesting facts about the Arenal Volcano:
Type of Volcano: Andesitic Stratovolcano
Height: 5,358ft // 1633m
Crater Size: 460ft // 140m
Age: 7500 years old which is pretty young in volcano years
Present Status: Dormant
Other Names: Pan de Azucar, Rio Frio Volcano, Guatusos Peak
Where is the Arenal Volcano?
The Arenal Volcano is located on what is called the Northern Lowlands of Costa Rica. This vast area of rich farming land, rainforests, national parks, winding rivers is embraced by the Central Volcanic Range to the south, the Guanacaste Volcanic Range to the west, the majestic Rio San Juan to the north and the Caribbean Sea to the east.
The Arenal Volcano sits in the south-west corner of the Northern Lowlands and while very close to both of the volcanic ranges, it actually isn´t connected to either of them. This shows that it is the youngest volcano and is unique in many ways too!
Why is it so popular?
The Arenal Volcano is very popular for many, many reasons! Firstly, it is absolutely beautiful thanks to its conical shape that can be admired from its base and from afar. But not only is it spectacular, majestic and imposing (in a good way!), it also has gifted us with different activities in nature that make the visit to the area exciting and adventurous! It is also a gift to our eyes to see such an incredible landmark and that is present in so many of the fun things you can do while exploring the area.
The Arenal Volcano region has developed an extensive variety of tourism activities and there are lots of hotels and lodging to choose from too. From the simple hostel up to the 5-Star hotels, many of them have great views of the volcano and many even have hot springs. There are also many great restaurants and tours to enjoy. More about that in the next section!
How do I get there?
Arenal Volcano can be reached from the Central Valley where San Jose, the capital city and the Juan Santamaria International Airport are located via San Ramon – Chachagua or via Naranjo – Zarcero – San Carlos. Both these routes are very scenic and will take you over the Central Volcanic Range through quaint, rural towns and lush, green fields.
Take note that Volcano Travel has a shuttle service between Arenal Volcano and the Central Valley including the airport! Ask about this service when reserving your tours.
From Guanacaste, you can reach Arenal Volcano traveling via Cañas – Tilaran and around the stunning Lake Arenal or go vía Bijagua and Rio Celeste. Just before the turn-off to Cañas you will see the sign to Upala. This will take you via Rio Celeste, another one of Costa Rica´s natural treasures!
If you were laying on the beach on the Caribbean Coast, take the turn-off after Guapiles onto Route 4 the North Atlantic Drive (Corredor Noratlátanico). This will take you through pineapple plantations and Muelle de San Carlos onto Arenal Volcano.
Thermal Springs. Are they medicinal?
Well, the experts say they definitely are and we agree! Thermal Springs are gifted to us by the Arenal Volcano, and they are a must-do while in the area. They are filled with minerals that are said to be therapeutic for mind and body.
Among other positive effects, a bath in some hot springs could achieve the following:
• Activation of blood circulation
• Strengthening of the immune system
• Elimination of toxins
• Healthier and brighter skin
• Total relaxation of your body and mind
So, while visiting Arenal Volcano, take some time out to relax in the thermal springs, one of the many treasures our Sleeping Giant gives us.
Is the Arenal Volcano active?
Since 2010, the Arenal Volcano went a bit quiet on us and stop it´s constant eruptions of lava, ash and red-hot rocks that would light up the sky like fireworks and run down the slopes like a red waterfall. Today, it is called the sleeping giant and we can enjoy it in quiet contemplation observing its slopes that still show the effects caused by the heat and fire. Thanks to its height and presence, it will accompany you in many your adventures with Volcano Travel too.
The Arenal Volcan´s last significant eruption was in 1968 where the town of Tabacon and Villa Nueva largely disappeared under the lava flows. From then on and up until 2010, the Arenal was very active. Due to its activity, the Arenal Volcano cannot be climbed but you can certainly enjoy walking around its base. Volcano Travel has a walking tour that will take you over one of the large lava flows that occurred back in 1992 so you can really get a feel of its strength!
So, there you have it! Fun facts about the Arenal Volcano that will help you understand why it is a must-visit during your travels to Costa Rica. Volcano Travel looks forward to being part of your adventures!