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Arenal and the hotel Arenal Country Inn, Wednesday, October 5th

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Map of major roads in Costa Rica.

Map and driving information to Arenal from San Jose.

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Arenal Country Inn - http://www.arenalcountryinn.com/

Map of the Arenal Volcano Area.

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A seven day car rental of Category D ~ SUV (Toyota - Mundo Rent a Car) was delivered to the hotel in San Jose today A good thing as one could never drive on many of the roads without a four wheel drive and high clearance.   Some pot holes were four feet by three feet by a foot deep!  Tomorrow we have a whole day to visit the interesting areas around Arenal Reservoir!  Today we will drive through Grecia and Sarchi as we travel to Arenal.

As we approached Arenal, I told Barbara either the volcano was erupting or there were a lot of clouds around the top of it.  She laughed and said we could tell everyone we saw an eruption and no one would know the difference, they wouldn't know a cloud from volcanic fumes.  As we drove into the hotel area, the guard at the gate said, "The volcano just started to erupt!"  So we had a good laugh as it actually was erupting.

Well talk about luck, while there, we saw two eruptions and both evenings we went on the back side of the volcano to view the lava rocks cascading down the slopes.  Very exciting!

Info: The conical Volcano Arenal is the youngest volcano in Costa Rica and the most active. It is a stratovolcano (also known as composite volcano) like Mt. Fuji in Japan, Mt. Mayon in the Philippines, and Mt. Aqua in Guatemala. The 1657 meters (5,437 Feet, 1 meter = 3.28 feet) high andesitic volcano towers above the eastern shores of Lake Arenal, which has been enlarged by a hydroelectric project. Arenal was constructed by successive eruptions to the NW  (10.463N (1027'48"N), 84.703W (8442'12"W)) of the older Chato volcano, which contains a 500 meters wide summit crater. The earliest known eruptions of Arenal took place about 7,000 years ago, and the two volcanoes were active concurrently until the activity of Chato ended about 3,500 years ago.

Growth of Arenal has been characterized by periodic major explosive eruptions at several-hundred-year intervals and periods of lava effusion that armor the cone. Volcan Arenal  actual eruptive period began with a major explosive Arenal eruption in 1968. Continuous daily explosive eruption activity accompanied by slow lava effusion and the occasional emission of pyro-clastic flows (avalanche of hot gases, rocks and ashes that can travel @ 80 km per hour) has occurred since then from vents at the summit and on the upper western flank. Arenal eruptions are of the strombolian type (name after the volcano Stromboli in Italy: A type of volcanic activity which produces frequent, moderate eruptions.

I took this photo of the Arenal Volcano erupting the first evening as we drove into the hotel.  We thought at first it was just clouds but the gate man said as we entered, "The volcano is erupting again!"  So we of course, agreed!

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Day 4 - Spend a day at Arenal and the surrounding area!

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