ARENAL VOLCANO, SAN CARLOS, COSTA RICA
Rated one of the top ten most active volcanoes in the world! This sleeping giant laid dormant until 1968, when suddenly it awoke in a massive eruption changing the area forever. Today, visitors are able to see daily, and sometimes even hourly, eruptions of smoke, ash and lava – producing an incredible firework display at night! Arenal Volcano is one of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations, truly a national symbol.
The community of La Fortuna, also known as Villa Fortuna or Villa Burio, is located in the valley of the volcano Arenal, bordering to the Rio Burio and the closest town to the Arenal volcano.
The town belongs to the district of La Fortuna of San Carlos, in the Province Alajuela and is situated at an altitude of 300 meters above sea level.
The climate is mostly warm and humid and the temperature is usually between 25 and 30 degrees Celsius, supported by a pleasuring moderate breeze. During the months of November to January it is a little cooler and the temperature varies between 23 and 25 degrees.
The region of La Fortuna is very fertile and allows the nature to appear in lush green and makes it possible to grow a variety of crops, such as papaya, ginger root, oranges, pineapples, sugar cane, beans and cassava root that are being exported to the United States and Europe.
Agriculture and milk and meat production are important sources of income besides the growing tourism.
Something very special and unique about La Fortuna is that the Arenal Volcano is visible from everywhere in the village. You can see lava and gases coming out but without being in danger of an eruption since the volcano is constantly observed from the Smithsonian Institute. The spectacular is especially interesting at night when it is to distinguish the lava.
In La Fortuna you will find all kinds of conveniences such as post office, banks, ATM and Internat services.
The area is one of the most popular tourist destinations in Costa Rica and has a selection of good hotels as well as a great number of restaurants serving both traditional and international food.