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

• Enjoy a soft hike on your own 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. • Your 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.
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  • 2 to 5 hours
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  • 2 to 5 hours
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Day Trips

Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour with Lunch and Dinner

In just one day, it’s possible to visit top Costa Rica attractions like Arenal Volcano, La Paz Waterfall, and Arenal Hot Springs when you book this guided tour from San Jose. All-inclusive private transport smooths over otherwise tricky transportation logistics, and your guide keeps you well entertained and informed as you explore. This tour includes all entrance fees plus two meals, adding up to a great value.
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  • 13 hours
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  • 13 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

Costa Rica Full Day Combo Tour - Zip lining, Waterfalls, Volcano & Hot Springs

Discover many beautiful attractions of Costa Rica on this Combo Tour from San Jose. Fly over the Rainforest Canopy on a zip lining course and rappel down 50 meters (150 feet). Visit 2 beautiful waterfalls in the Rainforest; admire wildlife of Costa Rica at the exotic birds’ viewing point and the Iguanas Center. Learn about coffee of Costa Rica and taste the delicious local cuisine. Participate of a native tribe presentation. Relax in thermal mineral hot springs pools at the base of Arenal Volcano. Lunch and dinner are included.
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  • 13 hours
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  • 13 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day tour from San Jose

See more of the Arenal Volcano region with the convenience of a full-day tour from San Jose. Take a scenic route to Arenal with views of farms, rain forest, and small towns, and stop at a coffee plantation where you can sample coffee and traditional snacks. Stop at a waterfall, look for wildlife, then have the afternoon to soak in hot springs set in a lush garden near the Arenal Volcano.
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  • 13 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

Arenal Volcano Day Tour From Guanacaste

Hike over lava flows with views of Arenal Volcano, then spend the afternoon soaking in natural hot pools on a full-day nature tour to La Fortuna from the Guanacaste region. This 12-hour hiking and hot springs tour includes pickup and drop-off at select hotels, a guided lava hike, entrance fees, a buffet lunch, and dinner.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Day Trips

Arenal One Day & Hot Springs from Jacó

Arenal Volcano is perfect for your vacation in Costa Rica, it will not be completed without visit La Fortuna area
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  • 10 to 12 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Extreme hike near Chato and Arenal Volcanoes in one day

It’s totally possible to see the best of Chato and Arenal Volcanoes on a budget when you plan ahead and book the right guided tour. This one combines a rigorous hike with a chance to swim in a volcanic lagoon, walk across hanging bridges, and see a beautiful waterfall. Lunch is even included at a Costa Rican restaurant for added value.
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  • 10 hours
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  • 10 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Class II-III Rafting and ATV Tour from La Fortuna

This full-day family adventure from La Fortuna combines an ATV tour with a white-water rafting trip. Ride an all-terrain vehicle (single or double rider) through the tropical rainforest against the scenic backdrop of Arenal Volcano. After lunch, you’ll paddle Class II–III rapids on Rio Balsa with your guide.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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ATV TOUR ARENAL VOLCANO

We travel to our private farm where you will start a 100% off-road ride through the tropical rainforest. Crazy turns, jumps and lots of adrenaline running through paths in front of the majestic Arenal Volcano and enjoying the abundant wildlife of the area. BEST SCENERY IN THE AREA IS GUARANTEED!
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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  • 2 to 3 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

Full Day Volcano and Hot Springs Tour from Guanacaste

Complete your trip to one of Costa Rica's top attractions with ease and efficiency on this trip to Arenal Volcano from the Guanacaste region. Travel on a small-group tour of 15 people or fewer to explore Arenal before relaxing in the nearby hot springs. This tour includes all transportation, activities, lunch, and dinner.
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  • 14 hours
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  • 14 hours
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Eco Tours

Afternoon Tour to Arenal Observatory Lodge and Natural Hot Springs River

Visiting Arenal Volcano doesn’t need to take a full day when you visit as part of a guided tour. This excursion takes you on a hike across hanging bridges, to swimming holes beneath a waterfall, and to the Museum at Arenal Observatory Lodge, all before ending the day with a relaxing dip in a hot spring. Efficient transportation and commentary from your guide make this tour both easy and informative.
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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  • 5 to 6 hours
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White Water Rafting

Full Day Class II-III Rafting and Canyoning Rappelling from La Fortuna-Arenal

Experience two thrilling activities in one day on this action-packed full-day tour from La Fortuna. Get your adrenaline pumping as you rappel, climb, and zip-line on a canyoning adventure, then tackle Class II and III rapids as you try white water rafting on the Balsa River. Hotel pick-up and lunch is included.
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  • 9 hours
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  • 9 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Arenal Volcano National Park, Lake, Hanging Bridges, Waterfall, Birds Sanctuary

Private Tour.You needn’t go far at Arenal Observatory to feel nature’s magic – it’s all around you! And with so many things to do here at Arenal area, you will have a Costa Rica rainforest adventure to remember forever.Here, on our 870-acre property uniquely located right between Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal, you can explore rainforest, waterfalls, streams, 11 kilometers (7 miles) of trails, and see an amazing wealth of wildlife. Arenal Observatory is a renowned destination for bird watching in Costa Rica, with more than 500 species of birds noted so far in our forest. Nature rises early in Costa Rica. It is worth it to get early in the mourning to see the howler monkeys and birds that were your alarm clock in the morning.
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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  • 8 to 12 hours
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Day Trips

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Arenal Volcano ATV ADVENTURE and lava flows. Hot Springs Included

One and only ATV tour in the La Fortuna that you can drive till the botton of the Arenal Volcano and see the old lava flows. Drive your quad trought the forest till get to the Arenal Park. VIP service, brand new quads and profetional guides.Also you will hae the chance to meet the Malekus, who are natives from Cost Rica, on the way the quads will stop for 20 minutes at the tibe to take pictures and buy souvenirs.Once you finish the adventure visit the Hot Springs at Montaña de Fuego Resort. 100% included as an added value
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  • 3 hours
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  • 3 hours
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Tours Arenal Volcano with Baldi Hot Springs

Experience the natural beauty, and cuisine of Costa Rica on a full-day tour. Comfortable transportation takes you from your hotel to the artisnal town of Sarchi. Continue through the lush Costa Rican countryside past groves and plantations to La Fortuna, where you have lunch overlooking Arenal Volcano. Later, unwind and enjoy the rejuvenating benefits at Baldi Hot Springs. After a buffet dinner, relax on the way back to your hotel.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

Arenal Volcano National Park Adventure

This tour will simply amaze you, it starts with a short boat ride from the Arenal Lake Dam to the entrance of “La Península”, this path will take us through the forest in the most recent national park trails area, we will hike with amazing views of the Arenal Lake and enjoy fantastic lookouts, this trail is special for birdwatching and nature photography.Then we’ll go to areas that were once destroyed by volcanic activity and are now in the process of regeneration, a hike through the “Coladas Trail” will take us all the way to experience what no long ago were lava flows. Nature, geology and volcano history all in the hands of our professional guides.Arenal Volcano before the active period started on 1968 was covered by a lavish canopy of vegetation, the people who climbed Arenal’ s summit told that inside the crater there were big trees and they slept in places where there was some heat due to small steam outlets.
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  • 4 hours
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  • 4 hours
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Bus & Minivan Tours

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The sloth trail in La Fortuna, Arenal Volcano

This is a unique trail where finding sloths are not so complicated and besides that, there is the chance of observing beautiful birds, frogs, plants, and some insects.
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  • 90 to 120 minutes
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  • 90 to 120 minutes

Hiking & Camping

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Arenal Volcano Trail 1968 and Hot Springs

The travellers can enjoy of two important attactions in La Fortuna in one day. Also they can relax in the hot springs place
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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  • 6 to 7 hours
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Ports of Call Tours

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Tour Catamaran Tucan Arenal unforgettable tour on Lake Arenal.

Catamaran Tucan Arenal, capacity for 150 people, all permits and insurance policies per day, all safety regulations, on-board entertainment, music, karaoke, 2 slides, diving ramp, kayaks, jetski.DRINKS OF ALL TYPES.We organize the one-day tour with ground transportation from the dam to different attractions such as suspension bridges, canopy, waterfalls, rappelling, hot springs and much more THIS UNDER THE PRIVATE TOUR MODE AND ALL INCLUSIVE.
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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  • 4 to 6 hours
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Nature & Wildlife

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ARENAL VOLCANO HIKE + THERMALS experience

Visitors can enjoy the natural park and them go theterminal waters of the hotel Montaña De fuego resort and spa
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  • 6 hours
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  • 6 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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Arenal Volcano hike Experience + Baldi Hot Springs ( dinner included)

Best guides, best transportation. Our company offers real experiences and we are focused on service.Overview Hiking on Arenal Volcano is the best way to appreciate the volcano’s power and beauty alike. This guided tour takes you down a network of paths ranging from easy to difficult—talk to your guide to choose the path that’s right for you. No matter what you pick, your guide shares stories and information about the volcano throughout the hike and points out features like wildlife and dried lava flows that you might miss on your own. - Arenal Volcano guided hike - Guide helps you choose a trail that’s right for you- Great way to learn about local wildlife- Multiple departure times throughout the day to fit your schedule
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  • 5 hours
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  • 5 hours
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4WD, ATV & Off-Road Tours

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ARENAL VOLCANO ATV ADVENTURE + HOT SPRINGS INCLUDED

We will cross rivers and mountains in a tour full of adrenaline, and we will enjoy beatiful landscapes and mud at the same time
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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  • 2 hours 30 minutes
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Bus & Minivan Tours

Slothies and Birds

You could say that the sloths are one of our emblematic animals of the fauna of Costa Rica.
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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  • 1 to 2 hours
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Full-day Tours

Arenal Volcano: Oxcarts - Volcanic Trails and Hot Springs

Get picked up from your hotel and get on the Panamerican Highway to go into rural, charming towns. Visit a working oxcart Factory and enjoy the artisans working. Have an experienced certified naturalist tour guide. Find here the best souvenir shopping place of Costa Rica. Go through rainforests roads into La Fortuna Walk on old lava trails and rainforests while seeing the massive Arenal Volcano. Visit the best hot springs complex in the area. Enjoy getting in warm healthy swimming pools. Delight in some great Costa Rican meals.
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  • 12 hours
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  • 12 hours
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Day Trips

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Costa Rica Adventure Combo Tour

Do several adventure activities in one day on this Costa Rica Adventure Combo Tour. Fly over the rainforest canopy on a 9 cables zip lining course; rappel down to the Arenal River on a 50 meter-high rappelling line and participate of an indigenous tribe presentation performed by real native people from a local tribe. Go on a white water tubing tour and experience lots of adrenaline on the rapids of the Arenal River. Ride a horse at the base of the impressive Arenal Volcano and relax at the end of your tour in thermal mineral waters of the Arenal Hot Springs.
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  • 14 hours
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  • 14 hours
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