Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano National Park

Tenorio Volcano is actually made up of 4 volcano peaks and 2 craters. One of the main attractions is the beautiful Rio Celeste (name means “light blue river”). The light blue waters are caused by the emanation of sulfur and the precipitation of calcium carbonates. Primary cloud forest (mainly on upper slopes) and rainforest (on lower elevations) cover Tenorio Volcano National Park and provide a perfect environment for abundant flora and fauna.

You will find many rivers, waterfalls, thermal hot springs, mud pools, and small geysers in Tenorio Volcano National Park. One trail brings you to the Peace Falls – truly an enchanted spot! Tapir Lake is a favorite spot to observe tapirs drinking in the evening. Many other mammals live in this Park, including pumas, ocelots, cougars, and lots of monkeys!

Trails are well maintained in Tenorio Volcano National Park and range from easy to fairly strenuous, and there is even a trail for children. The ranger station has an interesting butterfly and insect exhibit and is open daily from 8-4 where you will find drinking water.

Activities in Tenorio Volcano National Park include hiking, swimming in the lagoon, and horseback riding on numerous trails. The average temperature is 75 degrees F with up to 200″ of rainfall annually, so pack rain gear and a light jacket as higher elevations get chilly.

Located in the northern part of Costa Rica (100 miles north of San Jose), at GPS 10.673 degrees N, 85.015 degrees W, Tenorio Volcano National Park consists of 31,794 acres and was established in 1976 (although Tenerio Volcano was made part of the park in 1995). This is an easy day trip from either LaFortuna or Liberia.

Note: There is no public transportation direct to Tenorio Volcano National Park. You will need to take a bus part way and a taxi the rest of the way – but this makes it an ideal choice for the hiker or naturalist who wants to experience nature in less crowded conditions than usually found at the more popular Costa Rica volcano areas.

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