Arenal Volcano National Park Tours

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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. 
Location
Address: Highway 142, La Fortuna 4417, Costa Rica
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Hours: Open daily
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Admission: US$10
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Arenal Volcano National Park - Admission Ticket

Enjoy a soft hike to the base of the Arenal Volcano taking in consideration a safety distance, to be the witness of the magnificence of its almost perfect conical shape with 5479ft height.The Hike begins in one the trails close to the volcano, this trail will take us through the forest over recent lava flows and the area destroyed in 1968 now in the process of regeneration.Recommendations: light clothes, hiking shoes, sun lotion, repellent, camera, binoculars and raincoat.
  • Duration: 2 hours
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2 Days - 1 Night - Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs from San Jose

Enjoy two can't-miss Costa Rican experiences with a trip to Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and Baldi Hot Springs Resort. This overnight tour from San Jose gives you the chance to watch for lava flowing down an active volcano and then enjoy a relaxing soak in thermal waters. One night of accommodation is included.
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Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs from San José

See volcanic lakes, smoke, and hot springs up close during this full-day, guided tour of the active Arenal Volcano. Once thought to be dormant, this volcano has been active since 1968 producing plumes of smoke and lava ever since. See this massive volcano and relax in the warm waters of its thermal hot springs after enjoying a few cultural stops on route.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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8-Days Costa Rica: Volcano, Tropical Jungles and Cloud Forests

An all-inclusive tour is an efficient and affordable way to visit Costa Rica’s essential highlights in just a week. Transportation, activities, meals, and lodging are included on your visits to Arenal Volcano, Monteverde Cloud Forest, Tortuguero Canals, and more. Plus, traveling with a guide means gleaning lots of insight into local culture and history that you might miss traveling alone. This tour is limited to just four people for a more personalized experience.
  • Duration: 8 days
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US$1,060.00
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2 Days: Arenal Volcano & Tabacon Hot Springs from San Jose

This all-inclusive tour from San Jose makes it easy to experience the majestic beauty and rejuvenating thermal waters of Arenal. Everything is arranged, from transport and a hotel reservation to meals with a view of Costa Rica’s most impressive volcano. All you have to do is choose from one of four outdoor adventures and relax with a soak in one of Arenal's top-rated hot spring resorts.
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Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

Find your bliss with a classic Costa Rican experience that combines a seismic dose of adventure and relaxation! On this full-day trip from San Jose, visit the very active Arenal Volcano and explore its base with a guided nature hike. Then, unwind with a soak in a variety of geothermal pools at the luxurious Tabacón hot springs. The tour also includes a stop at the artisan town of Sarchí, plus delicious lunch and dinner.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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12 Days: Naturally Costa Rica package

Experience Costa Rica without giving a thought to transportation or itineraries during this multi-experience, 12-day, guided, small-group trip with accommodations and skip-the-line access included. Nature-lovers and adrenaline-seekers can visit waterfalls, volcanoes, beaches and more in four different regions and wind down by taking in the sights and enjoying local food and the Costa Rican lifestyle.
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Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs from San José

Head to La Fortuna, home to the Arenal Volcano, on this guided all-day tour from San Jose. Sit back and relax as you travel through diverse plantations and cattle ranches on the roughly 3.5-hour drive. After arriving, enjoy lunch with a view of the volcano. Then, take a dip in the area’s thermal waters and indulge in an optional massage or other treatment.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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11-Day Tour from San Jose: Monteverde Cloud Forest and Tortuguero, Arenal Volcano and Manuel Antonio National Parks

Experience one of the most biodiverse places on the planet with this 11-day  tour of Costa Rica. Cruise through the tropical rain forests of Tortuguero National Park and soak up the sun on the pristine white sand beaches of Manuel Antonio. Discover the unique ecosystems of Monteverde’s cloud forest and relax in natural hot springs at the base of an active volcano in Arenal. The tour includes all transport, park fees, many meals, and 10 nights of accommodation.
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Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San José

Slip into a state of pure bliss among a tropical paradise at the base of Costa Rica’s active Arenal Volcano. On this all-inclusive day trip from San Jose, travel to La Fortuna for fantastic views of the famous peak and an afternoon spent relaxing along the mineral-rich thermal pools of Tabacón Hot Springs. Lunch, dinner, and a stop in the artisan town of Sarchi are all included for a memorable day of ‘pura vida.’
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Combination Tour: Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs

Don’t miss out on two of Costa Rica’s most alluring natural attractions by taking this 13-hour tour of the Arenal Volcano National Park and the Baldi Hot Springs from San Jose. Stop in the bohemian town of Sarchi, travel through landscapes replete with mango groves and pineapple farms, and eat lunch overlooking the magnificent Arenal Volcano. Then, soothe your muscles in the thermal waters of the Baldi Hot Springs before enjoying dinner. Entrance fees, and hotel pickup and drop-off in San Jose are included.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Arenal Volcano Lava Flow Hike and Tabacón Hot Springs with Dinner

Get up close and personal with Costa Rica's active Arenal Volcano on this combo hiking and hot springs tour that offers a rejuvenating mix of adventure and relaxation. Trek around the remnants of the peak's famous 1968 eruption, scrambling over hardened lava flows and taking in spectacular views of Arenal Lake and Monteverde's mountains. Then, reward your efforts with a soak in the natural thermal pools at Tabacón Hot Springs, where waterfalls and lush tropical landscaping make your cares seem a world away. Finish the day with a delicious dinner at the resort's restaurant.
  • Duration: 6 hours
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Arenal Volcano Lava Trail and Baldi Hot Springs with Dinner

Learn about the wildlife that makes the Arenal area famous on this 6-hour tour from La Fortuna. Hike for 2.5 hours down the Arenal 1968 Trail, learning about local wildlife and the infamous 20th-century eruption as you go, and then relax in natural pools at the Baldi Hot Springs. This tour includes a guide with extensive knowledge about local wildlife and culture, round-trip transportation from your hotel, and a buffet dinner.
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10-Day Costa Rica Highlights: San Jose, Tortuguero, and More

On this guided 10-day tour, discover some of Costa Rica’s must-see attractions, including the Tortuguero Canals, San Jose, the Arenal Volcano, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. This set itinerary takes the guesswork out of planning an extended stay and offers enough free time to explore on your own. The tour includes all lodging, most meals, and transportation, and begins and ends at the San Jose International Airport.
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Arenal Volcano and The Springs from San Jose

No trip to Costa Rica is complete without a trip to Arenal Volcano, one of the most famous natural attractions in all of Central America. Learn about the volcano before heading to relax in the nearby hot springs on this day trip from San Jose, which makes it easy to see this top Costa Rica attraction on a tight time budget.
  • Duration: 13 hours
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Rappel and Rafting Combo Tour in La Fortuna

Challenge yourself mentally and physically while enjoying the renowned wilderness of the La Fortuna area on this 9-hour combo rappelling and rafting tour. Descend down a series of tropical waterfalls before rafting down Class II and III rapids on the Balsa River, all with the assistance of a guide who helps ensure your safety and entertainment. This tour includes round-trip transportation from your hotel and a typical Costa Rican lunch.
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Arenal Hanging Bridges- Eco Farm and Luxury Hot Springs from San Jose

Without the convenience of a private tour, you’re likely to miss out on some of the Arenal area’s natural attractions. This guided tour from San Jose eliminates the hassle of slow public transportation and shows you top sites in the Arenal area in just one day—including the popular hanging bridges, a sustainable farm, and natural hot springs—plus provides useful information from your personal tour guide throughout.
  • Duration: 14 hours
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Arenal Volcano Hike at the National Park from Arenal

Visit Arenal Volcano National Park in La Fortuna during this guided day tour. Learn about the history of the volcano, which had been believed to be dormant until it erupted in 1968, from your guide. The park is a popular attraction for bird lovers and includes one of the country's most elusive birds, the endangered resplendent quetzal. Plus, catch views of the volcano from Arenal Lake.
  • Duration: 8 hours
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4-Day Arenal Adventure from San Jose with Drop-Off at Liberia Airport

Embark on a 4-day Arenal Adventure from San Jose, with drop-off at Liberia Airport. Set out from Costa Rica's capital city to La Fortuna, where you'll start the following day with a thrilling zip ride through lush rainforest canopy. Continue your outdoor activities on a Class II and III white water rafting trip down the Balsa River, keeping an eye out for playful monkeys, colorful toucans and lazy sloths as you go. This multi-day tour includes some meals, comfy lodgings and drop-off at Liberia International Airport for your flight home.
  • Duration: 4 days
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8-Day Costa Rica Natural Wonders Guided Adventure Hike

Explore nature attractions in Costa Rica with this 8-day adventure-packed hiking tour. Starting in San Jose, you’ll head to the impressive Toro Waterfall. From there, tackle some semi-challenging terrain on the way to the Cerro Chato Volcano near Arenal, followed by a possible dip in the pools of the Fortuna Waterfall. The tour also includes a visit to the Tenorio Volcano National Park, where you can spot wildlife. Finally, hike in the mountains of Quepos along the Costa Rican coastline.
  • Duration: 8 days
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