As recently as October 26th of this year, volcanic ash and vapors could be seen spewing out of Costa Rica’s Turrialba volcano. Located less than 50km from San Jose, the geothermal activity around Costa Rica is quite extensive. Two volcanoes heating up Caribbean travel, in particular, is the Rincon de la Vieja and Costa Rica’s famous and very active, Turrialba volcano.
The Rincon de la Vieja volcano , located in north-western Costa Rica, stands 6,286 ft. above sea level. The volcano was last active in September of 2011, where an eruption propelled volcanic ash and mud over 120 feet from its origin. At that time, government officials limited access to the crater, for the safety of spectators who were flocking to the area to catch a glimpse. As of today, many properties throughout the area offer tours of the perimeter, hiking, horseback riding, ATV excursions and more.
One of the top volcanoes heating up Caribbean travel is Costa Rica’s famous Turrialba volcano. At over 1.5 million years old, Turrialba stands 10,958 ft. tall, in the province of Cartago. In its most recent explosion, on October 26th, it was reported by the Tico Times that rocks as large as 40 cm were propelled hundreds of meters away from the volcano. Temperatures of some rock fragments tested above 500*C, with others testing above 140*C an hour after landing.
One thing remains certain, volcanoes heating up Caribbean travel, as flocks of visitors travel to Costa Rica to see the action. As Costa Rica continues the transition to 100% renewable energy, it is geothermal power which runs much of the country. It is thanks to volcanoes such as the Ricon de la Vieja and Turrialba, that Costa Rica, and much of the Caribbean, continue to thrive as tourism hotspots, all while operating as environmentally efficiently as possible.