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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 National Park Walk with Optional Hot Springs
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Arenal Volcano Hike Tour at the National Park
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Two Volcano Extreme Hike in La Fortuna

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This park was amazing!

Arenal Volcano National Park was our first stop in Costa Rica and it was amazing! The park is situated right at the bottom of Arenal Volcano and it is majestic! the hike through... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 3 days ago
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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Saint Paul, Minnesota
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Arenal Volcano National Park was our first stop in Costa Rica and it was amazing! The park is situated right at the bottom of Arenal Volcano and it is majestic! the hike through the park is family friendly and quite pleasant The best for us was the observation point on an old Lava field, great spot for a selfie with... More 

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Kettering, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This area is lovely. The volcano, the waterfall, the nearby towns, its a fantastic place to visit. So much to do. If you like extreme sports, nature or anything in between its here. The hot springs are fantastic. Visit and enjoy!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

1966 trail worth the price. It's a fairly easy trail for anyone that isn't too old or disabled. Nice touch leaving walking sticks for people to use. The decent was a bit tricky. It's a circular trail. It might have been easier if we went counter clockwise. We did the shorter trail and it was a good workout for us.... More 

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Culver, Indiana, United States
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

Took a trip to the volcano for photo opts on atvs.. was a very interesting trip. Had a great time and a lot of perfect pictures of the volcano. I posted my pics on facebook and one of the businesses near the volcano took my pic and used it on their page! Loved the area.

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We circumnavigated Arenal (you can't climb it anymore, but you can do the Cerro Chato trail on neighbouring Chato Volcano if you want a challenge) and did the 1968 lava flow route. It was well marked throughout and we didn't need anything other than the piece of paper with a route map on that we were given at the entrance.... More 

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Farmington Hills, Michigan
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

The volcano was once active( and still is) and the story behind it is a great one. My family of four hired a private guide to take us around the volcano and explained the history, the prior eruption that wiped out hundreds of people and thousands of residences, and created lake Arenal. The guide pointed out flora and birds, and... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is a short but steep hike to the summit. If it rains it gets very slippery. Pack a poncho or a waterproof. Given the location it can also be a lottery with visibility. Non the less for walkers an enjoyable trek.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I have been twice but both times I did not see the fabled lava. I did a tour up to the volcano onto the lava field and heard rocks tumbling down. It was cool but no lava. I still think I would try to go again in the hopes of seeing the lava.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago

The map is a bit misleading. The park ranger said it would take maximum 2 hours... with stopping to take pictures every once in a while, it took 4hours. We did the full loop. The path to the Ceiba tree is much longer than it appear on their drawing. Also - if you want to hike the lava flow, one... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Arenal volcano was a long 3,5 hours drive from Samara where we stayed. We negotiated some modifications to the trip, so we drove alone with the driver. I think this is the best option since you could stop whenever you like, as well as visit more. This plus entry fees to the Arenal park and Baldie hot springs costed us... More 

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