Latin America Travel & Tour Information
Arenal Volcano Travel Information
A volcano with a life of its own
If any of the nights the clouds abandon their perpetual dance around the Arenal volcano, it is time for one of the most stunning natural shows: deep red incandescent heavy lava flows slowly the mountain slope. The volcano´s activity has stayed unchanged since 1968. Its perfect conic shape ends in a crater from which the volcano spills life. The lava flows out everyday, together with rocks, gases and ashes, sometimes acompanied by a roar.
Barely 6 km from the volcano lies a small town named 'La Fortuna' (the fortune), where accommodation is available. This is the starting point for a tour to the natural thermal pools at Tabacón, whose hot waters exist due to the volcano itself. An evening visit will show a very different picture of this place though. But far more interesting at this hour is the visit to the volcano´s observatory.
Another huge attraction here is the 70-m high La Fortuna waterfall and its charming surroundings. Over 500 steps worthy of climbing and descending, keep the visitors away from the adventure in the crystal-clear waters.