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The Arenal volcano is located in the Province of
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
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.