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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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This 1,633 meter volcano has been rumbling and spewing since 1969.
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  • Average13%
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Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Reviewed yesterday

We were picked up at the hotel by our guide, Abelardo (Lalo), who took us on the hike. He was very knowledgeable and pointed out different plants, species, trees, etc. We couldn't see the Volcano as it was rainy. After all, we were in a...More

Thank Sandra S
Reviewed yesterday

We decided to go to La Fortuna in the morning, then Tabacon Resort in the afternoon, and all the while keeping a lookout for the moment the Volcano came out of the clouds. When it did, it was worth it. You can't help but to...More

Thank Getbehead
Reviewed 2 days ago

The best part of the trip was taking the longer route back where we basically saw the tree of life, it is masssssiiiiivvveee. Wish I could add a picture here. That was worth going to the volcano. You only get to go to the base...More

Thank Wener V
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Both hikes will take you less than a day. The first is to a view of the volcano - this is dirt and rocks but not challenging until the very end to see the view - this part will only hard for someone unable to...More

Thank Drmomtravel
Reviewed 1 week ago

We visited town La Fortuna where this volcano is located. It is beautiful but you need to be a little lucky to get a clear sky to enjoy it in fullest. We took a cab from our hotel to reach this spot instead of a...More

Thank Dibyendu D
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came here on a cloudy but mostly dry afternoon in July to visit Arenal. Entering, I was surprised to pay $15 per person to enter the park (local Ticos pay about the equivalent of $2). We were handed a paper map with some trails...More

2  Thank Mark F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We came to Costa Rica 15-20 years ago and visited on an overcast day when the volcano was shrouded in clouds so we never really saw it. This time it was clear, in full view and absolutely amazing. While we've visited volcanoes in Hawaii and...More

Thank romadaro
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just looking at the volcano can be breathtaking. We did the Arenal 1968 hike while there. It was amazing to see the lava flow fields. A very nice hike, strenuous at times.

Thank LGL57
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

We enjoyed our 5 hours walking around the national park, but be warned that if you go by public bus it's a good half hour from the bus stop to the entrance.

1  Thank Ann C
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Good amount of hike! View to Volcano is ok! Great to have the conversation with Guide and see paths where lava flowed. May not be appropriate for family with small kids as hike steps are steep,

Thank YSGM
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Stephanie R
23 April 2017|
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Response from YeovilSarah | Reviewed this property |
I would ask the hotel when you get there - they should have all the info you require.
19 March 2017|
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Response from MLG1958 | Reviewed this property |
Yes. I believe it is called the 1962 Trail, or something like that. You do not need a guide. It's about $10 to enter the park. If your goal is a good hike with good views, no guide necessary. We saw very few people with... More
7 February 2017|
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Response from Debdeep R | Reviewed this property |
Light jacket won't be bad, but it is going to be hot and humid. Carry a rain jacket instead. We carried a rain buster jacket something like this (Look for "Columbia Men's Watertight II Front-Zip Hooded Rain Jacket" in... More