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  • Address: Highway 142, La Fortuna 4417, Costa Rica
  • Hours: Open daily
  • Admission: US$10

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Arenal Volcano National Park Tours

Although visitors once flocked to Arenal Volcano for its impressive lava shows, the 5,437-foot (1,657-meter) volcano has stayed quiet since its last eruption in 2010. However, Arenal and the surrounding Arenal Volcano National Park remain a hot spot for visitors to Costa Rica, and is especially popular among those seeking hiking trails, swimming holes, hot springs, bird- and wildlife-watching, and sweeping views of the tropical rain forest. 

The Basics
If your ideal vacation involves hiking or hot springs, Arenal is sure to please. Take a guided hike through the lush rain forest to learn about native wildlife, wade beneath Arenal Waterfall, or soak in Baldi Hot Springs. Although much of the park is open to the public, some portions of the volcano are accessible only as part of a guided tour. And even though the volcano itself is large, hiking is limited to the basal portions for safety reasons, as the volcano still sputters and spews on occasion. The park and surrounding areas are rich in lava-less activities: Combo tours help you make the most of your visit to the Arenal area, pairing a trip to the volcano with nearby attractions such as La Fortuna Hot Springs, Venado Caves, Lake Arenal, and the Peñas Blancas River for activities including zipline and hanging bridge canopy tours, waterfalls and hot springs visits, horseback riding, rappelling, safari floats, and whitewater rafting.

Things to Know Before You Go
  • Arenal Volcano tours from San Jose can last upward of 12 hours.
  • Many tours include hotel pickup and dropoff from the La Fortuna area.
  • Wear comfortable walking shoes suitable for uneven ground.
  • Although the volcano’s summit is closed for safety reasons, there are plenty of hiking trails closer to the base.

How to Get There
Many guided tours depart from La Fortuna, the closest city to Arenal Volcano National Park—about 30 minutes away by car. Day tours from larger cities such as San Jose, Liberia, and Monteverde are best accomplished with a private car, taxi, or professional shuttle service, which keep travel times down to roughly three hours from each. Those looking for more budget-friendly options can take the public bus, but be prepared for a long trip; save travel time by checking for direct routes when possible.

When to Get There
The dry season (March to December) is generally considered the best time to view and explore Arenal; however, that is also Costa Rica’s high tourist season, so expect crowds and higher prices. Travel during the rainy season is better for budget travelers or those seeking a quieter experience. 

Arenal Volcano Eruption History
After nearly 400 dormant years, Arenal Volcano exploded in 1968, burying three villages and wreaking destruction in the area. This eruption ushered in Arenal’s active period, which produced near-constant ash, smoke, and streams of molten lava until its abrupt stop in 2010. The volcano is now considered resting. 

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Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Arenal Volcano Hike

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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
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Extreme Arenal and Cerro Chato Volcano Hike in La Fortuna, La Fortuna, Day Trips
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Extreme Arenal and Cerro Chato Volcano Hike in La Fortuna

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

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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

Location: La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Duration: 9 hours 30 minutes (approx.)

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2-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: Volcano Hike and La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna, Hiking & ... 
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2-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: Volcano Hike and La Fortuna Waterfall

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Enjoy a wonderful outdoor adventure including two great activities in Arenal. If you have limited time or simply you don’t want a full day tour; this one is ...  Read more

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Arenal Volcano Lava Flow Hike and Tabacón Hot Springs with Dinner, La Fortuna, Hiking & Camping
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Hiking at the Arenal Volcano National Park. Enjoy the most amazing and relaxing hotsprings in the world, Tabacón Hot Springs. Enjoy a delicious dinner at ...  Read more

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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

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Arenal Volcano National Park Walk with Optional Hot Springs, La Fortuna, Hiking & Camping
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Arenal Volcano National Park Walk with Optional Hot Springs

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On this hike along the trails of Arenal National Park, you'll enter into the tropical forest and areas which were once devastated by the fury of the ...  Read more

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Volcanos Valley 9-Hour Hike, La Fortuna, Walking Tours
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Volcanos Valley 9-Hour Hike

This hiking tour is approximately 9 hours, getting to know the volcano valley. On this fun day you get to experience all of La Fortuna's nature to the fullest. ...  Read more

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