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Arenal Lake, Costa Rica

Published February 15th, 2012

Positioned within Costa Rica’s fertile northern lowlands, the Arenal Volcano is an unavoidable presence while traveling within this part of the country. It is tall and imposing and has a reputation that precedes itself. Arenal’s perfectly symmetrical shape makes it a sightseer’s dream, while its abundance of outdoor activities makes it an easy place to check things off your “must-do in Costa Rica” list.

Until 2010, it was Costa Rica’s most active volcano. Much to the enjoyment of its visitors, Arenal spewed enormous amounts of lava, gas and ash on a regular basis. That eruptive cycle – which began with the infamous eruption of 1968 – ended recently. In October 2010, Arenal entered into an indeterminate resting phase. For the time being, visitors will be unable to watch the much-loved explosions, although that could change within a matter of months or years. Travelers to Arenal will still enjoy its bountiful sights, sounds and activities— there are mountains to be hiked, lakes to be fished and rivers to be floated. As one of the country’s most scenic and accessible areas, it is a requisite stop on any tour of Costa Rica.


Costa Rica as seen from Arenal Observatory Lodge.


Costa Rica / Arenal Observatory Lodge

  • January 5th, 2012
  • Canon EOS rebel T2i
  • 190mm / f/5 / 1/160 sec


  • January 6th, 2012
  • Canon EOS rebel T2i
  • 55mm / f/5.6 / 1/125 sec


Costa Rica
Heading to Arenal Volcano, we had to drive through an area I dubbed "Cloud City." Several rainbows appeared and disappeared as we drove through the mountains. This is one.

  • January 4th, 2012
  • Canon EOS rebel T2i
  • 18mm / f/3.5 / 1/3200 sec


View from Arenal Observatory Lodge.

  • January 7th, 2012
  • Canon EOS rebel T2i
  • 50mm / f/1.8 / 30 sec

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