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Top Hiking Trails in Arenal Volcano National Park

By Viator, January 2018

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One of Costa Rica’s top hiking destinations, Arenal Volcano National Park offers a range of hiking trails that wind through wildlife-rich rainforest and old lava flows, all anchored by one of the world’s most active volcanoes. Here are your options for trails in and around the park.
 
Los Heliconias — 0.6 miles (1 kilometer)
The most popular of four marked trails within Arenal Volcano National Park, this short hike starts at the ranger station and leads to a lookout with spectacular views over the volcano, Lake Arenal, and lava flows from former eruptions. At under a mile, it’s an easy and quick option for kids and those with limited time or mobility. 
 
Las Coladas — 1.24 miles (2 kilometers)
Mostly flat and easy to navigate, this trail wraps around the base of Arenal Volcano and offers views of the southernmost lava fields—rocky remnants of the volcano’s last major eruption in 1992. Always use caution when crossing the lava beds, as the boulders can be slippery and sharp.
 
Los Tucanes — 1.86 miles (3 kilometers)
Picking up where the Las Coladas Trail ends, this scenic trek winds through secondary rainforest and additional lava beds. Along the way keep an eye out some of the hundreds of bird species found in the park, including the endangered and elusive quetzal.
 
Los Miradores — .75 miles (1.2 kilometers) 
Starting at park headquarters, this leafy route takes you through the rain forest to the shores of Lake Arenal.
 
Cerro Chato
The lesser-known (and dormant) cone of Cerro Chato has two hiking trails that begin near the famous La Fortuna Waterfall, about two miles (3.2 kilometers) southeast of Arenal Volcano. More difficult, these trails are best suited for experienced hikers, but the view of an emerald green lagoon that fills the collapsed crater is well worth the extra effort.
 
Arenal Observatory Lodge
Anyone can pay about $15 for a day pass to access the trails at this private lodge, which include the strenuous Lava Trail and the Laguna Volcán Chato, leading to the Cerro Chato crater lake.

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Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Arenal Volcano Hike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 13 Reviews

This tour includes 3 different activities: The Volcano hike, La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Hanging Bridges. You will enjoy a secondary forest right in the ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $137.00
Two Volcano Extreme Hike in La Fortuna, La Fortuna, Day Trips
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Two Volcano Extreme Hike in La Fortuna

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 21 Reviews

This extreme hiking tour is approximately 10 hours, getting to know Cerro Chato, the Arenal Volcano and so much more. On this intense and fun day you get to ...  Read more

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Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

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3-in-1 Arenal Combo Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall & Volcano Hike

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Designed with an outstanding combination for you to explore the best of the wonders surrounding the volcano. This tour is for those who love hiking and walking ...  Read more

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4.5 star rating: Recommended 177 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

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Arenal Hanging Bridges Hiking Tour

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Arenal Volcano Hike Tour at the National Park

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 4 Reviews

Starts with a hike in the National Park. It is possible to observe plants, wildlife and lava rock formations. You will have a beautiful view of Lake Arenal ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
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Arenal Volcano Hike - Tabacón Hot Springs from Arenal

After hiking the Arenal Volcano Park trails,  you will be invited to enjoy of the ever famous hot springs to relax and enjoy the water which is naturally ...  Read more

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 7 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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Río Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal, La Fortuna, Hiking & Camping
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Río Celeste Waterfall Hike from Arenal

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Discover the celestial blue waters of Tenorio Volcano National Park on this day trip from La Fortuna. Trek through a jungle, learn from an expert guide about ...  Read more

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Arenal 1968 Park Hiking Tour with Hot Springs, La Fortuna, Hiking & Camping
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Arenal 1968 Park Hiking Tour with Hot Springs

3.5 star rating: Worth doing 5 Reviews

Combine activity and relaxation on a hiking and hot springs tour from Arenal. First, you'll enjoy an easy hike in Arenal 1968 Park , where you'll gain ...  Read more

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From USD $125.00

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