The Tenorio and Miravalles Volcano area is located in northern highlands along Guanacaste's eastern border with the Alajuela Province. With many rivers, waterfalls, dense dry tropical forests, rainforests, and primary cloud forests, the area hosts an abundance of wildlife.
The scenic Tenorio Volcano, which stands 6,287 feet (1,916
m) tall, is considered dormant. Yet the surrounding terrain is dotted with
geothermal activity in the form of thermal hot springs and geysers. The area is
perhaps best known for the mystical Rio Celeste, a fascinating river with a
unique and strange blue hue, generated from a chemistry of sulfur and calcium
Tenorio National Park is part of the Tenorio Volcano and Miravalles Protected Zone, which includes a second dormant peak, Miravalles, to the west. At 6,653 feet (2,023 m), Miravalles is the tallest peak in the Guanacaste region. This volcano still produces enough heat to supply the local power plant with energy.
"We loved our casita in the forest. Laguna Azul was amazing. Well worth the hike."
– Apr 2015
"A visit to the Tenorio Volcano National Park is a real hike but definitely worth it. "
– Jan 2014
"We had a brief stay there but we enjoyed ourselves very much. It is a nice area to explore, not touristy and we felt very safe there. The local people were very nice."
– May 2013
"We felt safe in this area, like all the other areas. Not too touristy, good for nature lovers, locals were GREAT!"
– Nov 2012
"Hugo said it was remote and relaxing and he was so right. There are quite a few local activities available there and Joel, the owner of the Celeste Mountain Lodge has information to assist you if you are looking for hikes, tours, adventures, etc. The National Park there is lovely!"
– Jun 2012
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