We at Arenal Carmela Hotel can arrange tours and activities to keep you busy during your stay with us. Below are some of our guests’ favorites. Some can be done on your own, others are organized by the Hotel, in cooperation with the best tour operators from the town of La Fortuna.
THE ARENAL VOLCANO AND LA FORTUNA
Costa Rica’s geological origin is volcanic. The three mountain ranges are comprised of multiple volcanoes. Arenal volcano is located in the province of Alajuela, a three-hour scenic drive from downtown San Jose. It rises to 1,600 meters -5,478 feet- and is the final point of the Guanacaste mountain range. The separation between this and the Tilaran mountain range is marked by the Arenal depression and Arenal lake.
In 1958 and 1993, the Arenal Volcano’s activity increased significantly with almost daily explosions of rock and lava. Today, colossal lava rocks that were spewed over the landscape can be seen throughout the area. The grumbling of its inner activity can be heard almost every day and, at night, you can actually witness the spectacular liquid lava trail from the cone and see its explosions.
Elevations range between 1,000 to 1,633 meters (3,200 – 5,300 feet), the habitats found there are the tropical highland forest (cloud forest), tropical lowland wet forest (rainforest) and streams. A gravel road leads to the park entrance.