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Combo Tour

Country: Costa Rica
City: Central Valley
Duration: 10 Hour(s) - 0 Minute(s)
Tour Category: Full Day Tours

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We take the Pan-American Highway towards the city of Alajuela. In the route, we will go by the Agriculture Monument, the Monument to Juan Santamaria, and the famous Mango Park. As we ascendí towards the volcano we will stop for a brief explanation of our golden bean, and the coffee and then continue our trip through fern, flower, and strawberry farms.

There is a noticeable change in temperature and vegetation, preparing us for the pleasure of the exuberant cloud forest of Poas Volcano.

At the Volcano, we will have time to observe the impressive main crater with its sulfur fumaroles. Then we will hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon which will allow us to learn about the different ecosystems in the park.

We will continue our trip towards the Caribbean, stopping to discover La Paz Waterfall Gardens, a natural park where we will walk through many spectacular trails which will take us to the White Magic Waterfall, the most spectacular one in the area.

Inside the park, we will also visit the largest butterfly observatory in the country which is known as the house of collections of tropical jewels and the impressive hummingbird gallery, serpentarium, old house, birdhouse & frogs exhibit Once we have finished our walk we will take a delicious buffet lunch and then begin our return trip to San Jose.

This Tour Includes:

A/C Transportation, a bilingual Tour Guide for breakfast and Lunch

Please Bring: Sunblock, binoculars, and a camera.

Please wear Shorts, a T-shirt, Tennis shoes, Jacket and Hat.

Explore More About Arenal Volcano Park of Costa Rica:

Arenal Volcano National Park is located within the larger 504,094-acre (204,000-ha) Arenal Conservation Area, which protects some 16 reserves between the Tilarán and Guanacaste mountain ranges. This area contains a great wealth of geologic and biological complexity, as evidenced by the active and incredible Arenal Volcano.

In contrast, Arenal is Costa Rica’s most active volcano, and since July 29, 1968, its lava flows have been consistent. On this day in 1968, three craters burst open along the volcano’s western flank. “Crater A” measured 1,000 meters across and set off a pyroclastic flow of toxic gas and hot rocks that spread 12 km, devastating the towns of Pueblo Nuevo and Tabacón. In doing so, it killed 87 people. In September of the same year, “Crater A” began again to emit lava and remained the most active crater until 1973.

In 1973, the eruption activity migrated to “Crater C.” This crater remains active to the present day, and is characterized by lava that is of an andesite basaltic composition, with explosions that contain pyroclastic materials and gas emissions. During the days, you can see smoke and cinder blocks billowing from Arenal’s top, while at night you can watch the fiery-red lava pour down its steep sides.

Within the national park, short trails (3.4 km and 2 km) pass through both secondary forest and lava fields from previous eruptions. The park rangers keep a close eye on the volcanic activity, and will not hesitate to close trails or portions of the park if they feel that it is unsafe.

Arenal plays a large role in Costa Rica's power production. Lake Arenal, which rests at the base of the Arenal Volcano, supplies 12 percent of the country's hydroelectric energy. On the opposite side of the lake, wind farms catch strong gales that whip across the Tilarán mountain range, while the Miravalles Volcano Geothermic Plant taps into the area’s volcanic activity for electrical power.

Arenal’s climate is variable. Both the Pacific and Atlantic oceans influence its temperature (which oscillates between 21°C and 27.5°C) and annual rainfall (which averages between 3,500 mm to 5,000 mm). The rainy season lasts from May to January, while the dry season runs from February to April.

What animals are you likely to see while exploring the Arenal Volcano National Park? You might spot deer, tapir, howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys, snakes, or birds like parrots, orioles, and brown magpies. Plants include various species of palms and bromeliads (including the endemic specie Pitcaimia Funkiae), guayabo de monte, bait, ceiba, cirri, laurel, higuerones, fungi, orchids, and ferns.

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