Volunteers built the new lookout point in Tenorio Volcano National Park

The volunteers transported 3 tons of materials with plastic wood, locally made from recycled material.  

The beauty of Tenorio Volcano may be appreciated from a privileged spot thanks to the work of 30 volunteers who dedicated one week to build a new lookout point, encouraged by ProParques.

They had to carry 3 tons of materials for 2 kilometers in the middle of the mountain through muddy trails because of the heavy rain that gave them a break the very last day of work of an intense week.

Students and teachers of the Technical High-School of Upala and the European High School, located in San Pablo of Heredia, together with the inhabitants of the park’s buffer zone were receptive to ProParques’ call.

Their job was not easy at all but not even the rainy and humid weather, the long and hard work days defeated the volunteer’s spirit of dedication. The toughest part was to carry the materials since in order to get to the lookout point they had to walk 2 kilometers in a steep slope; this is why the volunteers had to either divide into relief groups or carry 3 tons of materials. 

The work entails an investment of $11,000.00 that includes materials and design. It will be contributed by tourism business owners of the area, explained Maximo Cisneros, a team member of ProParques who coordinated the work of volunteers.

"The lookout point offers a fantastic view of Tenorio Volcano and of an almost unspoiled mountain to the other side, it seems like the mountain opens up to let us see its beauty with a panoramic view of the volcano", described ProParques’ representative

20-year lifespan

The plastic timber used to build the lookout point is made in Costa Rica from recycled materials and besides the good looks, it offers durability and is resistant to harsh climates, so its lifetime is about 20 years and requires no special maintenance.  

The previous lookout point had been built with timber of very high quality but it didn’t last more than 5 years because of the weather and during the Easter Week of 2011 it finished falling apart. Therefore, the park rangers got rid of the remaining pieces in order to prevent accidents. 

Tenorio Volcano National Park spans an area of 18,000 Hectares and numerous local and international tourists come to the park attracted by the beauty of its astonishing vegetation and fauna.

In addition to the Tenorio Volcano, the park offers two unique rivers with clear waters that produce a chemical reaction when both rivers unite, changing the water color to deep light blue; as a result, Rio Buenaventura is known as Rio Celeste. Visitors may also enjoy the hot springs coming from the volcano and discover in the mornings the footsteps of a jaguar near the trails. During the summer season visitors will find tapirs surrounding the guava trees.