Volcanoes in Central America
With volcanoes spread throughout its highlands, Central America is one of those rare destinations in the world that still provide visitors with revelatory experiences. Stark silhouettes rise above the mountainous landscape and only few visitors will return home without pictures of these giants in their collection of snapshots. Let's explore a few of the highlights:
Guatemala - Agua, Fuego & Acatenango Volcanoes
Perhaps the most frequently photographed volcanoes in Guatemala, these three peaks watch over the sleepy, colonial town of Antigua Guatemala. The forested cones of Agua and Acatenango attest to their slumbering old age, while the bare peak of Fuego and the small ash clouds rising from its summit are evidence of continuing activity. Our tours include bird watching, hiking and mountain-biking for all levels and ages. For more about Guatemala's volcanoes click here!
Costa Rica - Arenal Volcano
The mighty Arenal Volcano emits small volcanic explosions every few minutes, with larger eruptions occurring occasionally. Most of the recent activity has been on the north flanks, where lava and pyroclastic flows have stripped the mountain of vegetation. The area surrounding Arenal Volcano is tourists and provides for many hotel and activity options.
Guatemala - Pacaya Volcano
The closest to the capital of Guatemala City, Pacaya volcano is an active, unpredictable volcano! It recently dumped tons of volcanic sand on Guatemala City which is 18 miles away! Tourists can climb this volcano up until the crater! For more about Guatemala's volcanoes click here!
Costa Rica - Poas Volcano
Poas is another of Costa Rica's most active volcanoes, close to the capital of San Jose. The colorful summit craters comprise a popular attraction, and are accessible by vehicle. One of two summit crater lakes, Lake Botos, is cold and clear, and last erupted about 7,500 years ago. The other is warm and acidic and has been the site of frequent eruptions since the first was reported in 1828. Eruptions often feature geyser-like ejections of lake water. For more about Volcano Poas click here!
Guatemala - Toliman, Atitlan & San Pedro Volcanoes
These three majestic volcanoes towering above Lake Atitlan form the natural dam that contains the famous Lake. At night, spectacular displays of lightning can be seen beyond their peaks from Panajachel. A smaller volcano called Cerro de Oro, on the south side of the lake once contained a Maya fortress in its crater. For more about Guatemala's volcanoes click here!
Nicaragua - Mombacho Volcano
Mombacho is Nicaragua's most impressive volcano. Now extinct, it is totally covered by a rich ecosystem and is inhabited by mammals, birds, reptiles and 750 species of flora. Travelers can reach the peak on foot where a small museum and a restaurant have been built.