Volcán Arenal

Volcán Arenal

Volcán Arenal, located 15km west of the town of La Fortuna, is Costa Rica’s most active volcano and has been producing ash columns, explosions and lava streams almost daily since 1968.  Climbing the volcano is prohibited, but several hiking trails lead through old lava flows and tropical rain forests around its base in what is now known as the Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal.  While hiking these trails it’s possible to view the volcano from several angles and to hear rumblings, explosions and the sounds of rocks being expelled down the mountainside as well as to spot birds and other wildlife. 

We got an early start, hoping to squeeze in all of our hikes before the afternoon rains set in.  Unfortunately, the rain camVolcán Arenal 069e early, around mid-morning, and caught us by surprise.  It started pouring down and within minutes the trail became nothing more than a muddy river.  We had only one small umbrella between the two of us and it was broken in a few spots after having been crammed in the bottom of my bag for the past six months.  Our hike ended soon after with the two of us drenched from head to toe, our running shoes soaked through and covered in mud.

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