Tenorio Volcano and Miravalles Protected Zone
Tenorio Volcano’s main peak reaches a height of
6,286 feet (1,916 m). Volcanic activity has formed boiling hot
springs and geysers in the surrounding area. At mid-elevation, the rainforest and cloud forest provide
lush habitats for the region's wildlife. Large felines such as cougars,
ocelots, and jaguars live here, as well as tapirs. Tapirs are rare animals that resemble a pig with a long snout. A virgin forest extends to Tenorio's summit, lining the banks of
the lake that fills the volcano’s crater.
There is a ranger station at the foot of the volcano that provides some information regarding
the area. You can find accommodations in the nearby village of Bijagua,
including eco-friendly lodging and B&Bs. Local tour guides can take you on
horseback riding treks, as well as nocturnal tours, hikes to hanging bridges,
and bird watching tours. There are a few spas around Bijagua that have natural
hot springs. Visit these to experience firsthand the heat generated by the
Tenorio's sister volcano,
Miravalles, is 6,653 feet (2,028 m) tall. It is the highest peak in the
Guanacaste Mountains (Cordillera de Guanacaste). Miravalles has earned protective status due to its surrounding
tropical vegetation and geological activity – steam-spewing fishers, sulfur
springs, and bubbling mud pools.
The Institute of Costa
Rican Electricity (ICE) has built a geothermal energy plant near the Miravalles Volcano that converts steam to electricity. You can visit ICE for a guided tour.
Tours and Activities Inside the Tenorio Volcano and Miravalles Protected Zone
Flora and Fauna of Tenorio Volcano and Miravalles Protected Zone