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 National Park
Tenorio Volcano National Park, in northern 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.
Created in 1995 to protect the Tenorio Volcano, it is one of the country's youngest parks. Taking its name from the Tenorio Volcano, this 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, 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 6,286 ft (1,916 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.
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 snake, vine snakes, as well as many lizards.