Tenorio Volcano: Tenorio Volcano National Park (Costa Rica)

Tenorio Volcano: Tenorio Volcano National Park (Costa Rica)

Tue, 11/13/2018 - 19:27
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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 and small geysers dot the area as do rivers, waterfalls, lagoons and panoramic views.

Tenorio Volcano

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), which is managed by the National System of Conservation Areas (SINAC) for the purposes of conservation. It is located northeast of the town of Fortuna in the Guanacaste Province.

Created in 1995 to protect the Tenorio Volcano, it is one of the country's youngest parks. Taking its name from the volcano, the National Park boasts stunning river views and plenty of opportunities for wildlife adventures.

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).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 which was made part of the National Park in 1995.

Thermal springs and small geysers dot the area as well as rivers, waterfalls, lagoons and lookouts providing panoramic views.

Rio Celeste (Light Blue River) is fed by two colorless rivers, the Buenavista River and Sour Creek. Rio Celeste is notable for its distinctive turquoise coloration. 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.

Birds that inhabit the park include tody motmots, bear-necked umbrella birds, sunbitterns, trogons, toucans, toucanettes, crested guans, woodpeckers, hummingbirds, ruffous-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.