Arenal Volcano

March 18, 2005


Provided and copyright by: Rick Stankiewicz

On a recent trip to Costa Rica in December, 2004, we had the good fortune to see one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Located in the north-central part of the country and at an elevation of 1,657 m. (5,435 ft.), Arenal is not one of the highest volcanoes in this small Central American country, but it's the most active. It last erupted in September of 2003. Arenal smokes continually and boulders are constantly rolling down its flanks. While we were able to witness this, unfortunately, the night we were nearby, it was very foggy, so lava streams were not visible. Of the three days that we were within sight of this natural wonder, we were only able to get a clear view right to the summit for about a half hour. The above photo captures this rare opportunity. It was taken from the Tabacon Hot Springs area toward Arenal's east-facing slope. Note the wisp of whitish, blue smoke emanating from the crater.

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