Seniors Are Discovering La Fortuna and Arenal

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajeula is at the center of an array of geological wonders. The nearby Arenal is Costa Rica’s most active volcano routinely bursting with lava and ash. La Fortuna draws many senior visitors and recently was selected as “the place to be” for travelers in 2014.

And why not? The Arenal Volcano is one of the main natural attractions found in Costa Rica, which is known around the world as a cornucopia of bio-diversity.

The Arenal Volcano

The volcano, at a height of 3,740 ft, has a crater filled with aqua-blue water and resides within the 29,960 acre Arenal Volcano National Park. La Fortuna lies at the base of the volcano. As darkness descends, senior visitors are in for a treat.

The hammering of eruptions echoes in the distance and soon a river of red flows down from the crater, followed by large puffs of smoke that fill the air above the smoldering lava. Watching Arenal Volcano National Park at night will be one of the highlights of your trip to Costa Rica.

Seniors Enjoy Hot Springs

The volcano’s geothermal activity heats dozens of underground water flumes. Local landowners, tapping into this natural source, have created a number of attractive hot springs. These springs are varied and indulgent (some have water-slides, wet bars and cold pools) and offer senior visitors a perfect way to end a day in Arenal.

In addition to the volcano, La Fortuna also attracts visitors to its 70 meter high waterfall, La Catarata de la Fortuna, and its natural hot springs. The waterfall is about 75 feet high, and plummets into a natural pool of water that is perfect for swimming.

The Tabacon Hot Springs are a relaxing intermission in the midst of the various spectacles, and the Leaves and Lizards Arenal Volcano Cabin Retreat is a blissful end to any day’s excursion. The volcano’s rage bubbles underneath the surface heating the largest collection of hot springs in Costa Rica. On clear days, a tendril of smoke curls out of Arenal’s caldera like the wick of an extinguished candle.

Senior Volcano Watchers

The volcano makes for a unique visit if you have never experienced one up close. The charming little tourist town (about 8,000) has recently become a major destination for volcano watchers from around the world.

The town of La Fortuna is the entry point to the road that connects the Arenal Volcano area to Lake Arenal and continuing on into Guanacaste.

The magnificent volcano put this little, former farming town on Costa Rica’s map. Enjoy riding horses, then consider one of the several horseback tours available on site. There is seems to be something for every senior visitor.

Today the quaint little town and its beautiful surroundings and ample activities make Arenal one of the cornerstone destinations of Costa Rica.  jeb

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