Costa Rica’s Arenal volcano is located in the district of La Fortuna, canton of San Carlos, in the province of Alajuela. It has a height of 1,670 meters above sea level. The volcano is located within the Arenal Volcano National Park. It began its last and current period of activity in 1968, on July 29 at 7:30. Since that date it emits gases and water vapours, with some explosions emitting pyroplastic materials and sometimes loud rumbling. For this reason and its frequent activity, make this volcano the most active in Costa Rica.
Arenal Volcano is a conical-shaped volcano stratum, located about 8 km from La Fortuna. It has an area of 33 km2. It is distinguishable from considerable distance. It can be seen from different villages in the canton of San Carlos such as Aguas Zarcas, Pocosol, La Fortuna, La Palmera, Cutris, Venado, Florence and even Ciudad Quesada, and cantons such as Guatuso and Los Chiles. Geologically it belongs to the Sierra de Tilarán and is considered the nearby Chato volcano as its brother.
It is one of Costa Rica’s most well-known volcanoes nationally and internationally and one of the most visited.