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Famous for the Arenal Volcano - everyone's idea of the typical volcano with its conical shape, huge ash columns and flowing red lava.

Although the volcano has been active following an earthquake in 1968, we did not see any activity. Most of the time the volcano was shrouded in cloud anyway.

The volcano is 1633 metres high. It is one of the most active volcanoes in the Western Hemisphere.

Most people who come here stay in the village of La Fortuna de San Carlos. It's a small settlement and easily explored in an hour or so, but it's the surrounding area that normally attracts visitors.

  • Last visit to Arenal: Feb 2000
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • grandmaR's Profile Photo
    Mar 28, 2005 at 11:18 AM

    Great picture of the volcano. I never managed to get one. But this is the Arenal that is about a mile from Cartagena, and not the one near the volcano

  • travelgirl3's Profile Photo
    Dec 21, 2004 at 1:12 PM

    Hi Grete - I see you've been to Arenal too. Great photos, especially the Iguana tree! How peculiar!

  • Helga67's Profile Photo
    Nov 24, 2004 at 1:26 PM

    I hope to see the volcano cloud-free

  • kyoub's Profile Photo
    Aug 31, 2004 at 2:12 PM

    Great tips. The Jesus Christ Lizards are fun to watch, aren't they?

  • Canadian_Traveler's Profile Photo
    Aug 30, 2004 at 3:27 PM

    Great tips. Love the iguana tree!!

  • zrim's Profile Photo
    Aug 20, 2004 at 8:54 AM

    LOL That is a lot of iguanas. We heard Arenal erupt--but also missed seeing it because of the cloud cover :-(


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