What phases come to mind when hearing the word “volcano”? Mysterious, majestic, beautiful, unpredictable, and fiery? The word “volcano” is derived from the name of Vulcano, whose name in turn comes from Vulcan, the god of fire in Roman mythology. Volcanoes are a natural mystical phenomenon and have been studied ever since the beginning of mankind. Have you ever seen a volcano in person? Visit Costa Rica and you can!
Costa Rica is home to many volcanoes. There are five active volcanoes: the Turrialba Volcano, Poas Volcano, Arenal Volcano, Rincon de la Vieja Volcano, and Irazu Volcano. The most famous of all is the Arenal Volcano, which we will be focusing on today!
Here are some fun facts about the Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica’s most famous volcano that you might not know.
• This volcano is located in Arenal Volcano National park which is located within the larger 504,094-acre Arenal Conservation Area, which protects some 16 reserves between the Tilarán and Guanacaste mountain ranges.
• This massive volcano measures 5,437 feet and is the third most perfect conical-shaped volcano in the world!
• It was formed over 7,000 years ago from the adjacent Chato volcano, which is now extinct.
• The Arenal Volcano is currently in its resting phase, but it is still Costa Rica’s most active volcano in the last 43 years.
• Prior to 2010, the Arenal Volcano was silent from the years 1500-1900. It was considered extinct, until an eruption in 1968.
• Up until 2010, visitors could see lava, gas, and ash on a daily basis. Since then visitors are unable to view the explosions, even though that could change at any moment! Scientists say the volcano is alive, but just “sleeping”.
Visitors who come to visit the Arenal Volcano can still savor the abundant wildlife and activities that surround this historic landmark. There are many activities to enjoy, such as horseback riding, white-water rafting, rainforest hikes, visiting the waterfall, exploring the town of La Fortuna, and soaking in hot springs. There are a great number of spots you can experience the therapeutic and soothing effects of the volcano-heated pools. These springs develop in a geothermal heated underground river. Many hotels in the area create their own heated pools for guests to enjoy by tapping into this source and bringing the water to the surface. After a long hike exploring the beautiful area, who wouldn’t enjoy soaking and relaxing in one of nature’s very own hot tubs?
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