A walk along the excellent routes to discover our townLa fortuna san carlos with view of Arenal Volcano

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This ride takes us on an old road connecting the Arenal Dam with the main entrance to Arenal Volcano National Park.  From there we go towards the village of El Castillo, biking on a quiet lane surrounded by dense forest and cattle farms.

Along the ride we see howling monkeys, coatis, and birds like toucans, Egrets and king fishers. Well stop for a picnic on the shore of Lake Arenal where its possible to swim. The volcano is visible during all of the ride and we can usually hear its activity while we bike.

The Arenal Lake

Is an artificial reservoir located in Costa Rica formed after the construction of a dam in 1979 taking advantage of the existence of a small lake of the same name.

It is located near the Arenal Volcano and Monteverde Cloud Forest at coordinates 10.53, -84.93. The towns of Tilaran and La Fortuna, in the provinces of Guanacaste and Alajuela respectively, are the largest and most important nearby.

On its surface, is the largest lake in the country. It is approximately 30 km long and about 5 km at its widest point, with an area of 85 square kilometers. Its depth varies between 30 and 60 meters, depending on the season.

Lake Arenal is the key point in which an ambitious hydropower generation is based in Costa Rica and currently produces energy for most of the country.

During construction, the communities of Arenal Viejo and Tronadora were completely flooded when the expansion of the lake was made.

wildlife

There are two main dominant fish species in the lake, crushed fish and sea bass. Among the most common birds in the lake are the hummingbird and the woodpecker.

Widespread rain and cloud forests growing around the lake contribute to “feed” by providing showers. The forests of the region are home to a rich biodiversity composed of 2,000 species of plants, 120 species of mammals and 300 species of birds. The jaguar, the quetzal and the tapir

The Arenal volcano in Costa Rica is located in the district of La Fortuna, San Carlos canton in the province of Alajuela. It has a height of 1,670 meters. The volcano is located within the Arenal Volcano National Park. Initiated its past and present period of activity in 1968, on July 29 at 7:30. Since then constantly emits gases and water vapor, with some explosions emission of pyroclastic materials and sometimes loud rumblings. For this and his frequent activity, make this the most active volcano in Costa Rica

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