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Costa Rica's country's most active volcano
La Revue Team
the city of La Fortuna and Lake Arenal in the northern zone of
Costa Rica, one will find the country’s most active volcano. It
was thought to be a peaceful mountain when first scaled in 1937
and the local residents called it “Cerro Arenal” meaning Arenal
young volcano, estimated to be less than 3,000 years old,
suddenly erupted July 29, 1968. These eruptions, lasting three
days, were of such violent intensity that the western side was
blown off and several craters were formed. The village of Pueblo
Nuevo and Tabacon were completely destroyed and approximately 78
people were killed.
that first eruption there have been frequent powerful explosions
sending hot gases, ashes and red-hot lava rocks cascading down
the mountain side of the western slope.
latest of these powerful eruptions occurred in August 2000.
According to “The Tico Times”,
“ … a
series of thunderous explosions and a voracious avalanche of
volcanic ash and rocks, Arenal Volcano, some 130 km. Northwest
of San Jose, produced one of its most dramatic eruptions in
these periods of intense explosive activity, Arenal Volcano
returns to what is considered its “normal” state, regular weak
volcanic eruptions. Never the less, this gives tourist and
locals alike an excellent display of nature’s astounding power.
Volcanologist continue to keep a close watch on Arenal and Park
Rangers continue to enforce the safety perimeter around this
most beautiful, awesome and unpredictable volcano.
area surrounding Arenal Volcano has become an important Costa
Rican tourist attraction with hotels, restaurants, resorts and
other tourist oriented ventures.
to Arenal Volcano offers the visitor much more than just volcano
watching. Lake Arenal, a man-made lake with an area of 33
squares miles, is the largest lake in Costa Rica. This lake has
some of the best freshwater fishing in Costa Rica and its claim
to fame is the Rainbow bass or guapote just waiting to be
caught. Lake Arenal, known for the afternoon winds which blow
from December through March, is also a world-class windsurfing
fishing or windsurfing is not to your liking, you may want to
relax in the hot springs located at the base of Arenal Volcano,
especially after a hike or horseback ride to the beautiful Rio
Fortuna de San Carlos has a national airport so travelers now
have a variety of ways available to them for “Getting There”.