This active volcano is one of the most significant for its promotional level in Costa Rica鈥檚 tourism; it showed its first activity in the year of 1968, when it devastated the towns of Pueblo Nuevo and Tabacón. Currently, it remains active, characterized by the emission of permanent lava flows, which are spectacular to watch, especially during the night time hours.



It鈥檚 located in the surroundings of the Arenal reservoir, between the mountain area of the region of Sierra de Tilarán and the Lowlands of the North Region, 15 km from the community la Fortuna and 40 km from Ciudad Quesada. It belongs to the Arenal-Tilarán Conservation Area.

** Photo Rodrigo Montenegro


The most important attraction is its permanent volcanic activity, the look-outs, and the reservoir.

This Park is a living laboratory, for its geological and geomorphologic richness and the complexity of the development of biological processes, from pioneer vegetation to a primary forest.

Its flora and fauna are very varied, including four life zones: Very Moist Tropical Forest (transition), Pluvial Montane Forest, Pluvial Montane Low Forest (transition), Very Moist Pre Montane Forest (transition).

Among its main flora we find: trees as guayabo del monte (terminalia oblonga), ceiba (ceiba pentandra), cirrí (mosquitoxylum jamaicense), laurel (cordia alliodora), higuerones (wild fig/ficus spp), pilón (hieromyna alchomeoides), guarumo (trumpet tree/cecropia spp) and balsa (ochroma lagopus).

Its main fauna includes the following species: paca, tapir, deer, jaguar, peccary, coati and monkeys.


General information, restrooms, potable water, trails, parking area, look-out to the volcano. On the surroundings there are gastronomy and lodging services.

** Photo Juan Amighetti


  • Keep your ticket.
  • The areas surrounding the trails are on a recovery period, specially the lava trails. Please, remain on the trail and cooperate with the recovery processes.
  • Respect the prohibitions of going into the dangerous areas for your own safety.
  • No pets allowed.
  • No fires allowed for your own safe.
  • No stereos, radios, etc. allowed for the constant emissions and resonance of the volcano.
  • In case of an emergency, consult the park rangers, they will be willing to help you.

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