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14/28.- Arenal National Park, the Arenal Volcano

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The best time to go on an excursion to the volcano is late in the afternoon. You will find agencies in La Fortuna that organize tours to the lava flows. There are two main observation points.

El Silencio Observatory is on the east side of the volcano. You can get there walking or in a minivan. The walk will take you around one hour. You should get to the observatory half an hour before sunset. It is when it gets dark that the lava and glowing rocks are visible.

On the west side of the volcano is the El Mirador Observatory, which can only be accessed on foot. If you take a good guide, he will show you details of the fauna and flora that you may miss on your own.

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