Arenal Volcano

The small town of Fortuna de San Carlos, with its approximately 5,000 residents, is located 250 meters above sea level at the foot of the six-kilometer-distant Arenal volcano, which is best viewed at sunset from a bench on the plaza. Until the 4980s, there were hardly any tourist accommodations in the village. Today it has some 20 hotels and inns, and virtually every private home rents rooms during the peak season. The Cataratas de Fortuna, a waterfall, plunges off the mountain about five kilometers from the town. Signs along the marked path which begins at the village church show the way. By car the waterfall is reachable along a rocky road that is not exactly a pleasure to drive. From the road a steep trail (10 minutes on foot) leads to the bottom of the idyllic, narrow waterfall.
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