Volcano Arenal / La Fortuna
Arenal Volcano National Park is located within the larger Arenal Conservation Area, which protects some 16 reserves between the Tilarán and Guanacaste mountain ranges. Arenal plays a large role in Costa Rica’s power production. Lake Arenal, which rests at the base of the Arenal Volcano, supplies 12 percent of the country’s hydroelectric energy. On the opposite side of the lake, wind farms catch strong gales that whip across the Tilarán mountain range, while the Miravalles Volcano Geothermic Plant taps into the area’s volcanic activity for electrical power.
At the base of Volcano Arenal lies the pristine pueblo of La Fortuna. In La Fortuna, you will find a wide variety of shopping outlets, hotels, and restaurants.