Throughout the past few days, if you Googled Costa Rica, most likely there would be, at least, a dozen articles and news about the Turrialba Volcano eruptions… Correct?
Well! Living in the Central Valley, you could not miss the news. And the ash.
However, there are some myths that we want to address, at Camino Travel, not to create false expectations about the volcano, the eruptions and the ash itself.
The ash covered the Central Valley
False. There is ash all over, yes… but it more like dust.
Like you see in the picture. It is not like gray snow leaving everything coated in two inches of ash. No. If you expect a re-creation of Dante’s Peak… It ain’t gonna happen here.
The volcano looks very impressive from San José.
False. You cannot see the Turrialba Volcano from San Jose. You have to drive for about an hour and a half to two hours to see it.
It is quite dangerous to be in the Central Valley now
False. Costa Rica has more than 112 volcanoes. Every now and then one or two of them gets into activity and puts out a big show. But, unless you are in the very surroundings of the crater of an active volcano is not dangerous.
There will be a massive eruption
False. We have very efficient professionals monitoring the volcanoes permanently and, volcanoes, are, in fact, predictable.
.There will be more activity coming from the Turrialba Volcano yes.
A huge eruption followed by an earthquake?… Ahhmmm no.
Most likely activity will remain the same for quite a while.
You will probably enjoy: Volcanoes, Volcanoes, not so bad after all!
You can hear the rumbling from the volcano all over the Central Valley.
False. You cannot listen to the volcano from the Central Valley… If you hear any rumbling, there is a storm somewhere near.
Turrialba Valley (The nearest region to the Volcano) seems to be the most dangerous place to be in Costa Rica
False. Because of the rotation of Earth, the winds are carrying the ashes to the West or the South of the volcano. From Turrialba, you can see the eruptions but will barely see any ash from it.
If you are in the Central Valley now, you can’t breathe because of the Turrialba Volcano eruptions
False. Yes, every now and then there is a faint sulfur aroma. And right after the intense eruptions, people with respiratory problems may have issues. In general, what specialists have recommended for these cases is to use masks.
But, yes, you can breathe.
There is a danger of having rocks falling in the Central Valley because of the Turrialba Volcano eruptions
False. Rocks have been falling, in the surrounding of the crater. And actually, none can get to that area right now. Not even the volcanologists.
But rocks will not reach the Central Valley. Not even close!
Costa Rica is so small, that wherever you are you are in danger because of the volcano
False. The ash has been blown to the West and South of the volcano, which means, yes, the Central Valley and the Central Pacific Coast, where is barely noticeable. The rest of the country only gets the news.
Whenever you go to Costa Rica, there will always be a volcano erupting
False. This is an excellent opportunity to see, in a safe way and from pretty far away the magnificence of nature. It is not a usual sight at all.
All airports closed because of the Turrialba Volcano eruptions
False. There were canceled flights. Some airlines decided to cancel their flights last Friday because of the volcano eruptions.
But, more than 40 airlines are working without a hiccup in the Juan Santamaría International Airport (SJO). In the Liberia Airport, they only read the news of an eruption, somewhere close to the Central Valley.
12. The media is making a big dramatic fuzz out of this
Yes, and no. It is a unique event for Costa Rica and even the World.
If you are in the right place at the right time, the sight is impressive and you will probably never forget the feeling.
However, yes, in Costa Rica there are all sorts of jokes about how the media is overreacting and making a huge thing out of a process that happens in Costa Rica, every now and then.
The Turrialba is the new Arenal Volcano.
It might be. It has everything! Great hotels, beautiful rainforests, a fantastic adventures infrastructure and the mighty volcano spewing ash. It might be…
We are following up closely the development of the events monitoring the well-being of our clients and to keep you informed truthfully.
Written by Olga Sáenz-Carbonell for Camino Travel