ARENAL VOLCANO ZONE

ARENAL VOLCANO ZONE

ARENAL NATIONAL PARK; THE ENERGETIC HEART OF COSTA RICA

Located to the northeast of the Tilarán Cordillera, which includes the northern area of Costa Rica, it owes its name to the colossal majestic peak of 1633 meters above sea level with a cone like formation that is almost perfect which stands out from the rest of the country. Its constant activity, a welcoming spectacle, which is internationally known as a first class attraction. Since the pre-Hispanic period, the Arenal area has been favored by settlers, because of its optimal ecological conditions. Diverse archeological studies carried out in the area, report evidence of the existence of indigenous occupations since 4.000 A.D. until the Spanish arrived. On the 29th of July 1968, after 400 years, the Arenal Volcano began a period of activity opening up three craters on the western flank.  Crater A, located at 100 meters provoked an explosion of lava (boiling clouds), that devastated 12 Km2, removing the populations of Pueblo Nuevo and Tabacon and also caused the death of approximately 87 people. In the month of September, of the same year lava began to flow from Crater C, at a height of 1450 meters. This crater is still active, characterized by consistent lava explosions and constant gas emissions.

 

 

LAVA ERUPTION 1968

 

LAVA ERUPTION 1992