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Arenal National Park

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  • Photo of Arenal National Park
  • View of Lake Arenal
  • Capuchin monkey, Arenal National Park
  • Rainforest below Arenal volcano
  • Arenal volcano
  • Nesting toucan, Arenal
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When I was in Costa Rica, some friends and I went to hike Arenal National Park. We got lost on the trails and, as night fell, we couldn’t find our way out. We had no food, water, or even a flashlight. After hours and hours of searching, we found a road. Following the road we connected with the main road and waited. Someone came by and picked us up. On the way, we saw the volcano and it’s nightly fireworks. It was a scary experience but one of my favorite.

Written by  Matthew Kepnes.

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“Arenal National Park”

'Costa Rica's Arenal National Park has the most active volcano in the country. It was believed to be dormant until a major eruption in 1968. The park is next to the country's largest hydroelectric project, the Arenal Lake Dam. Primary cloud forest and… Read more...

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I heard Quetzals were seen in Monteverde when I was there, but I didn't see them. Monteverde has many suspension bridges above the canopy, making bird-watching easier.

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Thanks! Looking forward to it.

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Arenal National Park - a highlight of Costa Rica

The Arenal region features Costa Rica's most active volcano as well as ample opportunities for spotting wildlife.

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Trying to see Quezacotals (? sorry about spelling - I mean the birds) Any suggestions of where I'll be able to spot them?

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