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Volcanic tourism

To erupt or not to erupt?

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Costa Rica is on the Pacific Ring of Fire which is where most of the world's earthquakes and volcanic eruptions have occurred during the last ten millenniums. In Costa Rica alone there are more than sixty volcanoes. Only few are active, though. Arenal volcano erupted massively in 1968 and was active until 2010. The lava flowing down its sides and the plumes of ash rising from its top had tourists flocking to the area.

Arenal has been resting the last few years but it remains as one of Costa Rica's tourist attractions. If you had only a week and wanted to visit all the "must-visit" places in Costa Rica, most travel agents would include Arenal or the close-by town of La Fortuna to your travel plan. This is also where I'm headed for the weekend.

Arenal is a stratovolcano, meaning it's one of those cone-shaped, high and symmetrical volcanoes that have eruptions from the top. You know, the kind of volcano you'd have drawn as a kid. Keep your fingers crossed for clear skies and I might get a nice view of the volcano. I'll be sure to share a photo with you here if that happens. If the weather does not favor volcano sightings, you'll just have to visualize the natural hot springs I'll be floating in instead.

Rainforest bliss

Rainforest bliss

While Arenal may have gone to rest, another volcano called Turrialba, just 30 km from the capital San Jose on Costa Rica's central highlands, has been active since 2010. It has erupted several times in 2016 and has often made international news.

As recently as on Nov 10th, 2016 - just a day before my flight from Miami to San Jose - Turrialba spew gas and vulcan ash to the height of more than one kilometer. It wasn't severe enough to make the news but caused several international flights to be cancelled. I only learned this from a fellow traveller who had been stuck in Miami and was reassigned to the same fully packed San Jose flight I took.

Oh, and the writing: one page since last report. The rainforest took over.

Posted by sussesimis 13:12 Archived in Costa Rica Tagged planes volcanoes travel_plans

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