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||Destinations Costa Rica
After having lain dormant for over 400 years, Arenal Volcano erupted violently on July 29, 1968, wreaking havoc on the local population and creating a “lava-scape” for miles around its base. Arenal Volcano is the most active volcano in the western hemisphere and its presence dominates the northern town of La Fortuna. If Poas and Irazu have only whetted your appetite for volcanoeas, Arenal will make you drool. The farmland around is a deep green, primary and secondary forests blanket the midlands, and towering above it all is classically cone-shaped Arenal - smoking, rumbling, spewing car-sized boulders and spitting red-hot lava that lights up the night sky.
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||The Arenal Observatory Lodge crowns a ridge overlooking Arenal Lake and the looming volcano only 1.7 miles away, all within the refreshing ambiance of a working 870 acres farm that includes 400 acres in reforestation and 270 acres of natural forest, all surrounded by the tropical splendor of the Arenal National Park. Arenal Lake is the largest in Costa Rica and offers excellent sport fishing.