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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

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Address: 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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Arenal Volcano Hike Tour at the National Park
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US$62.00*
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Arenal Volcano National Park Walk with Optional Hot Springs
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US$68.00*
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Two Volcano Extreme Hike in La Fortuna

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Arsenal national park

Mixed review here: pros: we love a hike and this one was great. Got to see a bunch of white faced monkeys moving around in the trees. The lava rocks are cool and views of... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Duxbury, Massachusetts
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Duxbury, Massachusetts
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Mixed review here: pros: we love a hike and this one was great. Got to see a bunch of white faced monkeys moving around in the trees. The lava rocks are cool and views of volcano and lake are nice. Cons- the facilities are not great, signs and trail maps not great which is odd for a country that does... More 

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Toronto, Canada
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Wasn't able to go into the National Park, but could see the Volcano from every view. Was recommended to see it from the observatory and if we weren't pressed for time would've gone in to do some trails and hikes. Stopped at the free natural hot springs afterward. Definitely worth seeing even if for a moment!

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Florida
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

Built as a national park now, it is assumed safe to hike around the volcano, although we heard from local guides that a hike to the crater might not be advisable because of a chance of sporadic gaseous explosions. Landslides in the lower flanks might also cause a hazard sometimes. The perfectly shaped cone can be visible from anywhere near... More 

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Rapid City, South Dakota
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We took the short hike which was about 45 minute (each way) in Arenal National park to go to the base of the volcano. It was beautiful up there. We went in the afternoon so the clouds had started to rise up so we could not see the entire volcano but it was still a nice hike. It was not... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

I went on the Arenal Volcano base tour and found it boring. You hike through new growth, although it is different to the rainforest, and with no wildlife, for 2km. You reach the "peak" by walking on some lava rock and from the peak you will see Lake Arenal and if you are lucky enough some of the volcano which... More 

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Because the volcano erupted, clearing the forest decades ago, all of the tree growth in this area is new and, therefore, does not have the deep rainforest feel you are probably hoping for. The first third of the walk is a path through a bunch of bamboo. Then you walk through more of a forest, and there are some cool... More 

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Winnipeg, Canada
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Definitely would recommend the arenal volcano hike to everyone visiting the arenal area. You get to first handedly walk on a dormant (since 2010) volcano and see the once red hot lava, in its new formation. This hike is preceded by experiencing a breathtaking walk through the rainforest, with its many types of trees, tropical birds and insects. Our guide,... More 

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Cartago, Costa Rica
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

If you ever visit Costa Rica you should take a time to visit La Fortuna in San Carlos. It has a beautiful waterfall and a amazing volcano. Also, it has great hotels for all budgets. Fully recommend this place.

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Mysuru (Mysore), India
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Ideally you should have a guide who can bring the place alive and we had a great guide in Andres. Though the top of the volcano was shrouded with clouds and it rained heavily while we were at the peak, we enjoyed the excursion

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Markham, Ontario
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I rented a car with 3 other friends, and got here bright and early to avoid the crowds. You don't hike to the volcano, but just around the base, which was kinda of disappointing hike. As an active person, the hike was easy though you should dress in long pants and carry buy spray. There will be a stop along... More 

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