Tenorio Volcano: Tenorio Volcano National Park (Costa Rica)
Tenorio Volcano National Park, in northern Costa Rica, forms part of the Arenal Tempisque Conservation Area and consists of four volcanic peaks and two craters. Thermal springs, small geysers, rivers, waterfalls, and lagoons, along with panoramic views, dot the area.
Tenorio Volcano consists of four volcanic peaks and two craters. One of the craters is sometimes referred to as the Montezuma Volcano. Located in the Cordillera de Guanacaste, Tenorio rises to 1,916 m (6,286 ft) in elevation.
Tenorio Volcano National Park
Tenorio Volcano National Park, in northern Costa Rica, forms part of the Arenal Tempisque Conservation Area (ACAT), managed by the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) for conservation. It is located northeast of the town of Fortuna in Guanacaste Province.
Tenorio Volcano National Park includes 12,867 ha (31,795 acres) of land. The elevation ranges from 30 - 1,916 m (98 - 6,286 ft).
Created in 1995 to protect the Tenorio Volcano, it is one of the country's youngest parks. The jewel of the National Park is the volcano.
Taking its name from the volcano, the National Park boasts stunning river views. Thermal springs, small geysers, rivers, waterfalls, and lagoons dot the area.
Rio Celeste (notable for its distinctive turquoise coloration) is fed by two colorless rivers, the Buenavista River and Sour Creek. Its coloring is due to the emission of sulfur from the volcano and the precipitation of calcium carbonate. The river also borders several hot springs and has one large waterfall.
Flora and Fauna
Primary cloud forests dominate the upper area of the National Park, while the lower regions are carpeted with rainforests.
The park's birds include tody motmots, bear-necked umbrella birds, sunbitterns, trogons, toucans, toucanets, crested guans, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, rufous-necked tanagers, and much more.
Mammals that inhabit the park include pumas, jaguars, margays, ocelots, tapirs, tayras, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, capuchin monkeys, sloths, and many more.
There are many amphibians, including blue jeans dart frogs, red-eyed leaf frogs, and smoky jungle frogs. In addition, there are many reptiles, such as eyelash pit vipers, fer-de-lances, jumping pit vipers, boa constrictors, hog-nosed pit vipers, parrot snakes, vine snakes, as well as many lizards.