Tenorio Volcano in Guancaste Costa Rica
The gods must have dipped their paint brushes in Río Celeste while painting the sky goes one myth about the river which lies in the foothills of the Tenorio Volcano.
Tenorio Volcano lies on top of the dividing line between the provinces of Guanacaste and Alajuela in the cantons of Cañas and Guatuso in the Northwest of Costa Rica, and in a volcanic row with Rincón de la Vieja, Miravalles and Arenal. The Daniel Oduber Quiros International Airport in Liberia, Costa Rica, is about an hour and half drive to Tenorio Volcano, and Juan Santamaria International Airport is around three hours from the Volcano. It can be reached via taxi, rental car, tour bus or private shuttle.
Elevation & Size
The highest of the multiple vents of the Tenorio Volcano system sits at 1,913 meters above sea level. Because Tenorio has multiple craters, there is various information on the width of craters in the area. Craters, Vents and Domes of Tenorio include Cerro Barrera, Cerro Montezuma, Olla de Carne, Bijagua, Las Casas Los Herivderos and Los Quemadas.
Type of Volcano
Tenorio Volcano is a dormant andesitic complex volcano. Andesite is the name of the rock which comprises most volcanoes. Tenorio is considered a complex volcano due to multiple areas of ventilation.
Tenorio Volcano has not exhibited activity within ten thousand years. This makes it difficult for volcanologists to determine the point in time that Tenorio was an active volcano. The only activity that has been observed in the area has consisted of earthquakes shared between Tenorio and Miravlles Volcanoes in 1997 and 1999.
By default, the most prominent feature of the Tenorio and Miravalles area is Río Celeste. A sky blue, or aquamarine (debatable), river that makes its way through the 31,876 acres Tenorio National Park. Some of the other activities around Tenorio National Park include hiking, bird watching and thermal hot springs which are available at the Centro Turistico Yökö.
Location: Cañas and Guatuso Cantons, Guanacaste and Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
Elevation: 1,913 meters
Size: various (multiple craters)
Type of Volcano: andesitic complex volcano
Years of Activity: 1997, 1999
Nearby Attractions: Río Celeste, hiking, bird watching, hot springs