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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Arenal Volcano Hike Tour at the National Park
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Arenal Volcano National Park Walk with Optional Hot Springs
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This 1,633 meter volcano has been rumbling and spewing since 1969.
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  • Very good29%
  • Average13%
  • Poor4%
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Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Arenal is very often in clouds. Good chance to see the whole vulcano you have always in the morning. Guide is not necessary. We just got closer by car without entering to the park.

Thank Jakub B
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

We took the volcano hike followed by a visit to local hot springs. It was delightful. Our guide was extremely knowledgeable about the volcano history and the regrowth stages that followed the last eruption. It was absolutely lovely.

Thank Elizabeth R
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I was completely blown away by the view of the volcano. I really wasn't expecting something so out of "Jurassic Park". We had great views of the volcano from our hotel and from Lake Arenal. We walked the 1968 Lava Trail which I highly recommend....More

Thank Pernickety
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Amazing place to visit, having a volcano to close is wonderful view, also you have the choice to go to thermal waters (hot spring), the must is to stay at least two days to get to know the place better.

Thank Carl0s_Hdz
Reviewed 20 September 2017 via mobile

We drove from escazu and it’s a 3 hour drive to get to arenal volcano, the roads are scenic and you will pass through smaller waterfalls. Many adventures stuff that can be done to enjoy your time there, we did a hike and it was...More

1  Thank Leroy D
Reviewed 30 August 2017

Lots of tours to get you to the volcano. They allow you to walk part way up.. its an active volcano so you will likely see rocks shoot out or roll down the mountain ( way up). great for photos. Listen to the guide.. dont...More

Thank travelcato
Reviewed 19 August 2017

A short hike to the foot of the volcano. Not much to see along the way, little signage and view at the end is not much closer to the volcano than other view points in the area.

Thank Karen W
Reviewed 13 August 2017

We drove ourself to the National Park and just followed the trails on the map they gave us at the entrance. It was cloudy at first but later on we got a good view of the top of the volcano. The trails are easy to...More

1  Thank YP717
Reviewed 13 August 2017

You can park up at the side of the road (just outside the Tabacon resort, tip a guy to keep an eye on the car and then walk to the hot springs - but once you get there be aware - the waters are (i)...More

1  Thank Active_FamilyUK
Reviewed 9 August 2017 via mobile

We did the volcano hike as part of a full day tour, including the Hanging bridges and waterfall. It was an easy not too strenuous hike up the volcano. Interesting sites, and a knowledgeable guide about the history of the area and how the volcano...More

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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