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A research scientist at the College of William & Mary’s Institute for the Theory & Practice of International Relations, Stephen (Steve) Shellman also serves as the CEO and president of Strategic Analysis Enterprises, Inc. Previously, Steve Shellman taught classes in comparative politics as an instructor at the University of Costa Rica.

Volcano enthusiasts visiting Costa Rica will not want to miss Arenal Volcano National Park in Alajuela. Located around three and a half hours from the nearest airport in San Jose, this stratovolcano site also offers several nearby hot springs, heated by the volcano’s geothermal activity. Also nearby is Arenal Lake, which provides almost half of the country’s hydroelectric power.

Arenal Volcano National Park itself includes two volcanoes, the one for which the park is named and the Chato Volcano, whose crater is now collapsed. Arenal Volcano, thought to be dormant, erupted in 1968 and then became one of the country’s most active volcanoes as it sent out blocks of cinder and flowing lava for the 42 years. The volcano remains on the list of active volcanoes, although no recorded eruptions have taken place since December of 2010.