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Volcano Arenal
The Arenal volcano is located in the Province of Alajuela near the San Carlos Plains. It is a four hour winding drive from San Jose and stands 1,633 meters high so it can be seen from far away. For hundreds of years it sat undisturbed in the forest. In 1968 is erupted violently and destroyed the village of Pueble Nuevo.  It remains pretty active today. On a regular basis the Arenal volcano erupts lava and ash into the air. Curious visitors from around the world come to see its fiery demonstrations. 
If you are heading towards the Arenal volcano and you go past the hot spings and down an unpaved road you will encounter the private Arenal Observatory.

*NOTE: It is NOT ADVISABLE TO CLIMB THE VOLCANO. Others have tried and were either burn or killed (1988).

Areas around Volcano Arenal

Arenal Lake: Arenal Lake is a 24 mile long reservoir starting at the footof the volcano. It is a popular place for wind-surfers, fisherman, and boaters.

Cano Negro: Further north along the Nicaragua border is the Cano Negro Wildlife refuge. A 2000 acre seasonal lake established in 1984 with a variety of bird species and endangered mammals (jaguars, cougars, tapirs, ocelots, and monkeys). Truly a birdwatcher's paradise.

Venado Caves: Located North of the Arenal lake is 1 and a half miles of caves.
 
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