Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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This 1,633 meter volcano has been rumbling and spewing since 1969.
Duration: 1-2 hours
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  • Mynelle H
    39 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Glad it didn't erupt!
    We loved walking the Heliconias Trail to the Coladas trail to view the Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. I walk with a cane, and was able to complete the walk with my family, even though a few parts were rocky and inclined. We did not take the longer El Ceibo trail which was reputed to be muddy. It is a great place to go and we could see Lake Arenal in the distance. As we went to La Fortuna first, we were able to do this later in the afternoon. Everyone we met along the trail was so friendly and helpful. They encouraged us or cautioned me as to what to expect on the trail.
    Visited August 2023
    Written 13 August 2023
  • guerrero1920
    80 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Meh
    I went what I went for, walked around a bit and left. I wasn't that impressed tbh, but if you tack on some other excursions with this it'll be worth the trip to Fortuna. It was relaxing and the warm air with warm rain felt amazing.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 13 November 2023
  • The_Wanderer1992
    Columbia, Maryland2,538 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Morning Hike
    My husband and I went to Arenal National Park for a morning hike. Tourists pay $16.95 USD per person. We found two people able to help at the park reception. They spoke little English. Also at the park reception is a restroom. The national park features a few different hiking options which are on rocks or dirt trails. Some animals are able to be spotted. At the end of the trails, you can climb up a steep hill with lava rocks to view Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake. The trails could be done in less than 3 hours, so I'd definitely recommend not spending the entire day at the national park. It gives great views, but other spots around the La Fortuna area give just as good of views as the volcano.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 November 2023
  • 53Ruta_R
    Chicago, Illinois477 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cloudy conditions
    There were several trails of which the one I opted to take included the portion where the 1992 eruptions occurred. The rock conditions are of questionable safety. Since it was overcast and rainy, saw nothing ( top of volcano that is)
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 3 December 2023
  • Dale B
    10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth it.
    Absolutely stunning views, although there were a lot of people the way it’s spaced out you didn’t really see them. Which was very lovely. We saw some unique birds, other than that our luck was not there for the crocodiles and monkeys but that’s ok. The grounds were very well maintained and the cafe at the end was a view in its own. We took the long path which was about 5km, most of it was very moderate but there are a few spots you really want to watch your step, the really tricky parts have rope to assist if you need it. We didn’t do a guided tour but heard it was very informative.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 29 December 2023
  • Hollyo41
    Burlington, Canada56 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Arenal Volcano
    Amazing sight from La Fortuna, but so impressive top close! Worth a visit, 3 trails to choose from, something for every fitness level, and timeline. Beautiful park, great photo opportunities(on a clear day), lots of wildlife. Great cafe at the end of the hike, beautiful views of the volcano and the lake, great food/drinks.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 6 March 2024
  • Neil T
    Calgary, Canada16 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great half-day hiking!
    I would recommend visiting Arenal Volcano National Park for a morning / afternoon of easy to moderate hiking. We were a family of 4 adults & 2 children. The drive to the car park / entrance / visitor centre was fairly easy and Google maps was reliable for us. The hikes / trails all start from behind the parking lot / centre. The staff on duty did speak a little English ( which was better than our Spanish! ) but with clear maps which can be photographed we did not feel the lack of common language created any safety issues. They do not have paper copies of the trail routes for environmental reasons ( well, it just creates litter really ) and we liked this. Also, the three hikes are very clearly marked with distinct underfoot trails and signage. Our group hiked the 'red' trail which is the longest of the three hikes. It is moderate for effort but very doable in low rise trainers / hiking shoes. You will enjoy some great topography and hike over land which is probably younger than yourself! Some neat wildlife too. Overall, a great half- day of outdoor hiking!
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 April 2024
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baytravel
san francisco100 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
We entered Arenal Volcano National Park at 10AM. Yes, there was a line of cars at the pay booth so it took approximately 15 minutes to get in. After parking, we decided to come back later as we weren't feeling up to the hike at that moment due to an exhausting flight/drive the previous day. We came back at 2:30 PM, the last ones allowed in as the park closes at 4:00 PM. We hiked Las Coladas trail which was relatively easy except for some rocky parts after going up the stairs. So why am I only giving this 2 stars? The view at the top of the trail is definitely pretty. You see the water and is a close as you can get to the volcano. But I can't say the hike itself was pretty or exceptional.

We thought the view of the volcano was better from a distance at the church/park in the center of La Fortuna. When we first arrived at this location, we were disappointed because we couldn't see the top of the volcano. But wait, within a few minutes we could see the clouds shifting and voila we saw the entire top. Then back came the clouds and we would would see it differently. We got a bigger kick watching the clouds move around the volcano for 30 minutes, for free, than we did hiking the trail at the national park for $15 pp. I would have preferred to do a picnic lunch or sunset dinner at this park in La Fortuna and spent the national park fee on another activity.

p.s.- Don't forget the bug spray at the national park. I must have missed a spot on my wrist because I was bitten and it blistered too. A nasty bite.
Written 2 April 2020
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hks84
Scottish Highlands, UK24 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Couples
Seeing as there is virtually no info available on the web, I hope people manage to read this before they make the same mistake we did.

We foolishly thought that paying $15 would give you access to all the trails in the area. It doesn't. You get access to 3 very small trails (the longest is only 3k) and there's no interpretation/information boards and very bored looking rangers. We were so disappointed.

"1968" is actually a private park which confusingly is right beside the "National Park". 1968 is where you can walk over the old lava flow of the last major eruption. It's $17 to get in but the staff are amazingly informative and helpful, there's a lovely cafe, and almost 8k of trails (which have much more information and dramatic scenery).

If you want to visit both, and money is no problem, then go for it. But if you only have one day go to "1968". Far better value for money!
Written 20 February 2020
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The_Wanderer1992
Columbia, MD2,538 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
My husband and I went to Arenal National Park for a morning hike. Tourists pay $16.95 USD per person. We found two people able to help at the park reception. They spoke little English. Also at the park reception is a restroom. The national park features a few different hiking options which are on rocks or dirt trails. Some animals are able to be spotted. At the end of the trails, you can climb up a steep hill with lava rocks to view Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake. The trails could be done in less than 3 hours, so I'd definitely recommend not spending the entire day at the national park. It gives great views, but other spots around the La Fortuna area give just as good of views as the volcano.
Written 24 November 2023
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Maria S
63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022 • Family
We visited as a family as part of a two week road trip and stayed in the area for 3 days . There’s plenty to do around the national park . You never get tired of seeing that stunning volcano view . We stayed just outside La Fortuna which was an ideal location for visiting all the main attractions. We booked most of our trips at local tour centres in La Fortuna . We did a great volcano treat to the base of the lava flows where we were lucky to get a great view of the peak ( an achievement indeed.)
Our day also included the hot springs and lunch The local tour guides were such fun, clearly proud of their country and made our experience all the more memorable.
We visited La Fortuna waterfalls independently as we had a car ( a 15 min drive away)This is a must, a truly stunning trip. View the cascade from afar to get the true perspective of its rainforest location then walk the 500 steps to the river below . We swam in the pools around the waterfall . It was truly wonderful.
Lastly we spent an afternoon at Arenal lake and hired kayaks for a couple of hours. There’s plenty of wildlife to spot and it’s also a very peaceful area to explore . When we were there it was particularly quiet . We just drove around the lake until we found a local kayak hire place . It was all very easy to organise, no pre booking required .
Overall Arenal seemed to us a calm and peaceful area of outstanding beauty. Three nights minimum is needed to see the main attractions .Don’t worry if it pours with rain, you will still have a superb time .
Written 4 August 2022
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liverpool1023
London, UK1,141 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
The park comprises two parts - a short circular hike around 3 to 4 km long at the base of the volcano and a short paved walk along a nearby peninsula jutting into Lake Arenal.

The first hike takes you to a rather underwhelming rubbly lava flow from an eruption in 1992. It then goes on to a 400 year old, 30m high Ceiba tree. The tree is impressive; it huge butressed roots look like they’ve been carved in stone.

The second walk is only around 1.2 km out. It is paved by a wide strip of asphalt. A tower along its way provides a great view back to the volcano.

Written 23 January 2020
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Lori S
11 contributions
2.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
I have never submitted a poor review but today was disappointing. I had read the reviews and I didn’t have high expectations but I was ok with the just the hike and a couple of views. The day started by a huge line up to enter and only one staff member at ticket booth. This was compounded by other tourists parking and walking past the car queue to be served first at the window, further frustrating patrons in vehicle. The park was grossly under staffed and from what I can see very low maintenance. The only restrooms were at the main gate so after 21/2 hr hike not including 45 min in line I wished there was a restroom at the final viewing site which had a pavilion . I wonder what they spend the $15 pp entry fee on? When we left at noon, there was NO LINE UP and 2 staff manning ticket windows. Go figure

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Written 20 January 2022
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TangoNY
Great Neck, NY1,498 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Friends
It’s a beautiful volcano mountain. Unfortunately when we visited one of the resorts nearby in the end of December 2021, the weather was pretty usual for La Fortuna area - rainy or cloudy. We could not even see the Arenal in 4 days we stayed right in front of it. Just bear this in mind. Also, the local driver told us that most people don’t regard weather channel here in Costa Rica seriously as the weather changes rapidly at times. Be ready for rain and shine. We would still recommend to visit the Arenal Volcano area if you are in Costa Rica to explore the country.
Written 28 December 2021
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mvanroy
Merelbeke, Belgium752 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
There are different hiking options in the proximity of Arenal Volcano, including the very successful Arenal 1968 Volcan trail which starts a few hundred meters before the entrance of the actual national park. Based on reviews, however, it seemed that although the price for this trail was almost double compared to the national park, it didn’t give much added value or better views on the volcano. For that reason, we decided to hike in the Parque Nacional itself (15 USD entrance fee). There are three parking areas here, P1 is immediately at the entrance, P2 is 600m further and is the biggest parking area where the actual signed path starts and then P3 another 600m further for an additional view point (and some interesting information boards).
The hike we did starts at P2, is approx. 5 km long and is rather diverse. It can be shortened (approx. 2 km) if you only follow the yellow trail (path 4) back and forth to the lava fields, but the red loop (path 5) gives for sure added value to the hike. This path goes deeper in the forest and gives you a better view on fauna (e.g. we have seen the yellow eyelash viper in the deep forest and the white-throated magpie jay around the parking area) and flora (e.g. the big 400y old tree Ceibo).
At the end of the trail (4&5), there are some stairs to the lava field. This part is not so long (and a bit more challenging) but it ends with spectacular views on the volcano and the lake.
Written 13 July 2023
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RachelL
Mount Prospect, IL30 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
We entered the park and did the forest trail, and as a hike it was nice but it was quite challenging and didn't really give us a chance to enjoy the surroundings because it was super muddy and we spent most of it trying not to slip and break an ankle (we were wearing good shoes but it had been raining quite a bit in the previous days). There was not much wildlife although we did get to see the cebu tree up close which was really neat. The day (and all the days we spent in La Fortuna) were cloudy so we didn't get the greatest view of the top of the volcano but our guide showed us some photos taken from his back yard (he lives just a few minutes away), and those were amazing so we made do. Overall, I would say there are tons of places nearby with gorgeous views of the volcano and beautiful places to hike so I might not put this at the top of the list for must do places to visit.
Written 30 December 2021
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Neil T
Calgary, Canada16 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
I would recommend visiting Arenal Volcano National Park for a morning / afternoon of easy to moderate hiking. We were a family of 4 adults & 2 children. The drive to the car park / entrance / visitor centre was fairly easy and Google maps was reliable for us. The hikes / trails all start from behind the parking lot / centre. The staff on duty did speak a little English ( which was better than our Spanish! ) but with clear maps which can be photographed we did not feel the lack of common language created any safety issues. They do not have paper copies of the trail routes for environmental reasons ( well, it just creates litter really ) and we liked this. Also, the three hikes are very clearly marked with distinct underfoot trails and signage. Our group hiked the 'red' trail which is the longest of the three hikes. It is moderate for effort but very doable in low rise trainers / hiking shoes. You will enjoy some great topography and hike over land which is probably younger than yourself! Some neat wildlife too. Overall, a great half- day of outdoor hiking!
Written 7 April 2024
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