Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs, Lake Arenal

The perfectly symmetrical volcano provides the backdrop for fantastic photographs.

Arenal Volcano & Hot Springs, Lake Arenal

Although it is one of the more active volcanoes in Costa Rica, it is quiet for the time being but well worth visiting.  Hike the beautiful bird rich forests or relax in one of the many hot springs.  To the west is Lake Arenal, the largest lake in Costa Rica, again the views here are fabulous.  On a windless day you get a perfect reflection of the volcano on the smooth waters of the lake.

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Rising up above the small town of La Fortuna, the Arenal volcano is an impressive sight. Shaped as a perfectly symmetrical cone, it is the subject of many postcards and photographs. This is Costa Rica’s most active volcano but for the time being it is quiet, the night time lava shows are no longer a spectacle but it is still very popular and well worth visiting. The top is often shrouded in swirls of mist, but this still makes for excellent photographs, not forgetting the myriad of trails running through the forest worthy of exploring.

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With all the geothermal activity going on here, it’s no surprise that there are a number of hot springs for visitors to enjoy. Each one is unique in its own right. Some springs have several pools which will vary in temperature. Some have waterslides, some bars and restaurants. They are the perfect way to unwind and relax after a hard day hiking through the trails of the national park and give your muscles a well-earned rest ready for the next part of your trip.  Some of the hotels and lodges have private springs which are open to guests to use, great for an after dinner dip.

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To the west of the volcano is Lake Arenal and it doesn’t get much more scenic than this.  The man- made lake was created by a dam, and it now supplies water to Guanacaste and also hydro-electricity for the area.  It can be cool and breezy here, but when the waters are still you are rewarded with the perfect reflection of the volcano in all its splendour. The drive along the lake is beautiful and scenic, you can also enjoy boat trips on the water, kayaking, fishing for feisty rainbow bass and even kite-surfing.