Arenal Observatory Lodge
An Explosive Destination!
from the Arenal Observatory Lodge
unused, from 2009
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Arenal Volcano, which lay dormant for centuries, erupted in 1968 and has been continuously active ever since, making it one of the world's most explosive cones. Arenal Observatory Lodge was originally built in 1987 as a Smithsonian Institute scientific research station. Unlike other La Fortuna hotels, this volcano lodge is the only Arenal Volcano observatory situated within Arenal National Park, protected from danger by the deep gorge of the Agua Caliente River.
The volcano lodge sits on top of a ridge overlooking Arenal Lake and the looming volcano only 1.7 miles away.
Here is the volcano at night: