Tenorio Volcano National Park (Costa Rica)

Tenorio Volcano National Park (Costa Rica)

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 19:27
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Tenorio Volcano National Park, in the northern part of Costa Rica, forms part of the Arenal Tempisque Conservation Area and consists of four volcanic peaks and two craters. Thermal springs and small geysers dot the area as do rivers, waterfalls, lagoons and places providing panoramic views.

Tenorio Volcano National Park, in the northern part of Costa Rica, forms part of the Arenal Tempisque Conservation Area (ACAT), which is managed by National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) for the purposes of conservation.

The upper area of the park is dominated by primary cloud forest, while the lower regions are carpeted with rain forest. The Tapir and the rarely seen Puma reside in the area.

The jewel of the National Park is the volcano, from which it receives its name. The Tenorio Volcano was made part of the National Park in 1995 and is located about 26 miles northeast from the town of Fortuna in the Guanacaste Province.

Tenorio Volcano consists of four volcanic peaks and two craters. One of the craters is sometimes referred to as the Montezuma Volcano. Tenorio is 6,287 ft (1,913 m) high. Thermal springs and small geysers dot the area as do rivers, waterfalls, lagoons and places providing panoramic views.

Rio Celeste (Light Blue River) is fed by two colorless rivers, the Buenavista River and Sour Creek. It is notable for its distinctive turquoise coloration. The Celeste River appears blue due to the emission of sulphur from the volcano and precipitation of calcium carbonate. The river also borders several hot springs and has one large waterfall.