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Costa Rica Volcano Tour: The Ultimate Adventure

There’s nothing like getting up close and personal with an active volcano! Your yen for adventure travel can be satisfied when you add a Costa Rica Volcano tour to your vacation itinerary.

Costa Rica Volcanoes

Costa Rica is part of the Pacific Volcanic Belt, nicknamed the “Ring of Fire.” As such, the country boasts 200 volcanic formations, with most of them being inactive or dormant. However, several  volcanoes regularly rumble and blast their lava and ash. Five on an adventurer’s must see list are the Arenal, Irazu, Poas, and Rincon de la Vieja.

Volcanoes are not just an amazing example of Mother Nature’s power. Volcanoes serve an important function because their eruptions enrich the surrounding soil. As a result, the land in Costa Rica is unusually fertile. No wonder, then, that the rainforest is so lush and the crops of bananas, pineapples, coffee, sugar, and rice are so plentiful.

Why tour an Active Volcano in Costa Rica?

Quite simply: the areas where the volcanoes are located offer stunning views. Rain and cloud forests are home to beautiful examples of vegetation and fascinating species of wildlife.

Visiting an active volcano is thrilling, to be sure. Mother Nature’s majesty and power is certainly on display at these sites in a dazzling array of biodiversity. Due to volcanic activity, many areas feature natural hot springs—great for soaking muscles tired from hiking up the mountains!

Nearby the volcanoes are recreational areas where you can hike, take a whitewater rafting tour, kayak, swim, ride horses, trek on your mountain bike, or make a camp.

Tips for getting the most out of your Costa Rica Volcano Tour

  • Plan your time according to the activities that interest you at the volcano destination
  • Wear sturdy shoes for hiking
  • Apply bug spray and bring extra along with you
  • Wear a hat and apply/bring sunscreen
  • Make sure your camera is fully charged so you don’t miss capturing any moments
  • Bring a ziplock bag so you can stow your electronics inside if it starts to rain
  • Pack a suitable snack (fruit, energy bar, water)

For more Costa Rica packing tips: see this article.

Check out this video from National Geographic as their team travels to the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica:

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