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  • Address: Highway 142
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: US$10

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Arenal Volcano National Park

The most famous national park in Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano National Park protects the still sizzling Arenal Volcano, one of the world’s 10 most active volcanoes.

The park also encompasses 16 reserves and an amazing dozen different ecological zones, proof of Costa Rica’s incredible biodiversity.

A visit to the national park reveals an active cone topped with flows of red lava, belching columns of ash. As you’d expect it’s an unforgettably dramatic sight, especially if you take a visit to the park at night.

Arenal’s 140-metre (460-foot) wide crater was dormant for centuries until catastrophically blowing its top in 1968. The most recent major eruption occurred in 1998.

Practical Info

Arenal Volcano National Park is around 90 km (55 miles) north-west of San Jose, in the central province Alajuela. The closest town is La Fortuna.

Tours & Tickets

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Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

4.5 star rating: Recommended 77 Reviews

Experience Costa Rica’s world-renowned Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs on this exciting full-day trip from San Jose. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 11 hours (approx.)

From USD $119.99

Hanging Bridges Walking Tour in Arenal

4.5 star rating: Recommended 6 Reviews

See the rainforest from up above on this Arenal Hanging Bridges tour! Explore the famous Costa Rican rainforest in Arenal and walk along 15 different bridges ...  Read more

Location: Arenal, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $61.99

Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Don’t miss out on one of Costa Rica’s most popular activities — an Arenal Volcano and Tabacón hot springs tour! The day trip from San Jose includes a ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 13 hours (approx.)

From USD $129.99

Costa Rica ATV Adventure Tour from Arenal

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 5 Reviews

Venture off the beaten path and spend two hours exploring the exotic Costa Rican rainforest on an ATV! Your bilingual guide will lead the way through the lush ...  Read more

Location: Arenal, Costa Rica
Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $64.99

Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall

See the lush landscapes of Costa Rica on horseback! On this 4.5-hour tour from Arenal, ride to La Fortuna Waterfall and take a swim in the natural pool while ...  Read more

Location: Arenal, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

From USD $74.99

Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs

4 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Prepare for an unforgettable experience as you join one of the most popular tours in Costa Rica. From Central Pacific, you'll explore two of Costa Rica's most ...  Read more

Location: Jaco, Costa Rica
Duration: 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $189.99

Peñas Blancas Safari Boat Tour in Arenal

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Experience the Costa Rican rainforest by boat! On this full-day tour in Arenal, observe Costa Rican wildlife in its natural habitat as you cruise down the ...  Read more

Location: Arenal, Costa Rica
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.99

Half-Day Hike to Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica

Hike around one of Costa Rica’s most famous volcanoes on this half-day tour. Get an up-close look at the Arenal Volcano on a moderate round-trip guided hike ...  Read more

Location: Arenal, Costa Rica
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $58.99

11-Day Tour from San Jose: Monteverde Cloud Forest and Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Parks

Explore nature up close on this 11-day tour of Costa Rica, including Tortuguero National Park, Arenal Volcano National Park, Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve ...  Read more

Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
Duration: 11 days (approx.)

From USD $1,258.99

Kayaking Tour on Lake Arenal

See the Arenal region from a unique perspective -- aboard a kayak! Spend a few hours kayaking on the famous Lake Arenal and enjoy rowing past breathtaking ...  Read more

Location: Arenal, Costa Rica
Duration: 3 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.99

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