Arenal Volcano is an active andesitic stratovolcano in north-western Costa Rica around 90 km northwest of San José, in the province of Alajuela, canton of San Carlos, and district of La Fortuna. The Arenal volcano measures at least 1,633 metres (5,358 ft) high. It is conically shaped with a crater 140 metres (460 ft) in diameter. Geologically, Arenal is considered a young volcano and it is estimated to be less than 7,500 years old. It is also known as “Pan de Azúcar”, “Canaste”, “Volcan Costa Rica”, “Volcan Río Frío” or “Guatusos Peak”.
The volcano was dormant for hundreds of years and exhibited a single crater at its summit, with minor fumaroles activity, covered by dense vegetation. In 1968 it erupted unexpectedly, destroying the small town of Tabacón. Due to the eruption three more craters were created on the western flanks but only one of them still exists today. Since 2010, Arenal has been dormant.
Begin the trip with a stop to see the Metal Parish in the picturesque city of Grecia, continuing between green coffee plantations to the iconic village Sarchí, famous for manufacturing beautiful handicrafts and furniture, and hand-painted oxcarts, which decades ago were used as transportation for coffee and other agricultural products. Visit the park to admire the world’s largest wagon and the Cooperative Artisans market of Sarchí which exhibits and sells an immense amount of crafts manufactured from fine, domestic wood, especially furniture and colorful oxcarts.
Later we will travel by a panoramic mountain road to the restaurant to enjoy a delicious typical lunch and continue descending towards the Plains of San Carlos and the town of La Fortuna where the colossal volcano is located. It has a conical shape and has been active since 1968, generating various manifestations of visible activity from the resort hot springs, our final destination where we will enjoy several hours of the relaxing outdoor pools with thermal mineral water of incredible purity while we take in the glory of Arenal Volcano.
Please don’t forget your bathing suit and sandals. Our guide will indicate the time when we will meet in one of the restaurants to enjoy a delicious dinner buffet.