· Arenal Volcano

Once explosive with volcanic activity, Arenal Volcano used to glow red with molten lava against the night sky. Though the volcano’s cycle of activity ended in 2010, quenching the flow of lava, the past still lives in the rocky formations surrounding the volcano. Your guide will show you evidence of the volcano’s active history, including impact craters from rocks hurled three kilometers when the volcano exploded in 1968, dry lava beds, and the remains of a village obliterated by the 1968 explosions. Trails through the jungle provide glimpses of native wildlife such as parrots, toucans, and monkeys. In good weather, you might see Arenal’s conical peak or watch the sun set over beautiful Lake Arenal, nestled at the base of the volcano. A former volcano monitor who spent ten years recording data for the Smithsonian Institute’s Arenal Volcano Observatory, Geovani is uniquely qualified to teach you about the volcano’s exciting past.

Tour takes place at Arenal Volcano National Park 3-6 pm. One to two miles walking on flat, easy trail, with 200 m over dry lava beds. Ask about option to finish tour at Baldi hot springs. Transportation provided if necessary.

See photos of Arenal’s volcanic past at the Smithsonian Institute’s Arenal website: