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La Fortuna

La Fortuna, San José, Pérez Zeledón, Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano

Since I was a child, I’ve had a fascination with volcanoes. The power, the destruction they can potentially cause and the sheer beauty of a volcano erupting enthralled me and I always wanted to see one for real. I got that chance a few months ago when I visited La Fortuna in Costa Rica and stayed at Arenal Observatory Lodge at the foot of Arenal Volcano.

Part of the volcano came into view a before I actually reached the resort but it was mostly covered in fog and only a small portion of it was visible. It wasn’t until I awoke the next morning and opened my curtains that I finally saw the mighty volcano and its entirety towering over me. Arenal, with it’s perfect cone-shaped peak looked like something right out of National Geographic Magazine, so beautiful yet so powerful in the destruction it could cause in the town below if it erupted and apparently it is still considered an active volcano with recent activity.

I didn’t get to see any lava spew from the columns of Arenal but I still felt privileged to see an active volcano up close and personal and to be able to enjoy a nice dip in some hot springs that are warmed by the surrounding volcanic activity, a wonderful stay at the Arenal Observatory Lodge and a guided nature hike into the surrounding rainforest near the volcano!