Arenal Volcano National Park

Northern Lowlands

The Arenal Volcano National Park packs all of Costa Rica's allure into one place: incredible hiking, magnificent views, abounding wildlife and the country's most active volcano. Hiking and horseback riding tours allow you to get up close and personal with this incredible area, which encompasses close to 30,000 acres (12,000 ha) and extends into eight different life zones. Overlooking everything is the imposing Arenal Volcano which sits right inside this wonderful park.

Of the 850 total species of birds identified in Costa Rica, close to all of them, including the endangered resplendent quetzal, can be found inhabiting the area. This provides an excellent stage for excited birders. Also keep your eyes open for moose, white-faced monkeys, jaguar, deer, coati, toucans and snakes like the infamous fer-de-lance and parrot snake.

What distinguishes this park from all the rest, though, is the Arenal Volcano, which is among the worlds& 10 most active volcanoes. Not to worry though, since the last major eruption was in 1968, the majority of the volcanic activity consists of smoldering cinder-blocks and vibrant lava emissions flowing down its side. Park officials will not hesitate to close down the park if they feel conditions are too dangerous, as park visitor safety is the primary concern.

While exploring the park you will see plant life which includes guayabo de monte, laurel, cirri, various species of palms, orchids, heliconias, ferns, strangler figs, bromeliads, and many others. A popular hike is to pass through the park's tropical rainforest to old lava beds and then climb the Chato Volcano (Volcan Chato). Its extinct crater houses a water filled lagoon with a liberating view standing at 3,609 ft (1,100 m) on top of Arenal's little sibling.

Visitors can purchase maps and inquire for information at the park's ranger station which is 10 miles (16 km) west of Fortuna. The park is open from 8 am to 6 pm and there is an entrance fee of $7. Any trip to the park requires a camera and a sense of adventure, as you will see a very active volcano like never before. After a long day, visit the soothing hot springs for some rehabilitating relaxation.

Nearby Activities

 

Arenal 1968 Historical Process

3-in-1 combo|3 hours

Arenal

5.0 / 5.0
Starting At$60
Arenal 1968 Historical Process

This 3-hour walking tour of the base of Arenal Volcano will take you to see some of the evidence that remains of the massive 1968 eruption. Along the way your guide...

5.0 / 5.0
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Arenal 4 in 1 Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs

4-in-1 combo|13 hours

Arenal

4.8 / 5.0
Starting At$225
Arenal 4 in 1 Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs

This 4-in-1 tour features hanging bridges, a trip to the La Fortuna waterfall, a guided hike of the Arenal Volcano national park, and an evening at Baldi Hot...

4.8 / 5.0
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Pure Trek - Chocolate Tour Combo

3-in-1 combo|7 hours

Arenal

4.8 / 5.0
Starting At$180
Pure Trek - Chocolate Tour Combo

This combo tour takes you on an energetic adventure during the first part of the day, and ends with a hands-on chocolate cooking class later in the afternoon....

4.8 / 5.0
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Power Wheels ATV Adventures

ATV Tours|3 hours

Arenal

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$75
Power Wheels ATV Adventures

Get ready to rip around the Arenal area on an ATV. This tour takes you to some of the most beautiful places around Arenal, including rivers, waterfalls, forests,...

4.7 / 5.0
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Safari Float, Waterfall, Volcano & Eco Termales

3-in-1 combo|13 hours

Arenal

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$222
Safari Float, Waterfall, Volcano & Eco Termales

If your time in the Arenal area is limited, or you just like to fit all the action you can into one day, the 4 in 1 Arenal Combo Tour is exactly what you are...

4.7 / 5.0
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Arenal 4 in 1 Tour Safari Float & Tabacon Hot Springs

3-in-1 combo|13 hours

Arenal

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$236
Arenal 4 in 1 Tour Safari Float & Tabacon Hot Springs

If your time in the Arenal area is limited, or you just like to fit all the action you can into one day, the 4 in 1 Arenal Combo Tour is exactly what you are...

4.7 / 5.0
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Arenal 4 in 1 Tour Safari Float & The Springs

3-in-1 combo|13 hours

Arenal

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$248
Arenal 4 in 1 Tour Safari Float & The Springs

This all day, all inclusive outing will introduce you to the best Arenal has to offer and begins with a Safari Float on the Penas Blancas river where there is an...

4.7 / 5.0
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Safari Float, Waterfall, Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs

3-in-1 combo|13 hours

Arenal

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$205
Safari Float, Waterfall, Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs

If your time in the Arenal area is limited, or you just like to fit all the action you can into one day, the 4 in 1 Arenal Combo Tour is exactly what you are...

4.7 / 5.0
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Hanging Bridges, Waterfall, Volcano & Eco Termales

3-in-1 combo|13 hours

Arenal

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$222
Hanging Bridges, Waterfall, Volcano & Eco Termales

The 4 in 1 Arenal Combo Tour is an all day, all inclusive outing, will introduce you to the best Arenal has to offer. This version of the popular combo tour...

4.7 / 5.0
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Bridges, Volcano, Waterfall & Tabacon Hot Springs

4-in-1 combo|13 hours

Arenal

4.7 / 5.0
Starting At$236
Bridges, Volcano, Waterfall & Tabacon Hot Springs

This all day all inclusive tour is perfect If your time in the Arenal area is limited or you just like to fit all the action you can into one day. This tour...

4.7 / 5.0
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Bridges, Waterfall, Volcano & The Springs

4-in-1 combo|13 hours

Arenal

4.6 / 5.0
Starting At$243
Bridges, Waterfall, Volcano & The Springs

If your time in the Arenal area is limited or you just like to fit all the action you can into one day, the 4 in 1 Arenal Combo Tour is exactly what you are looking...

4.6 / 5.0
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Arenal Volcano Hike

2-in-1 combo|4 hours

Arenal

4.5 / 5.0
Starting At$60
Arenal Volcano Hike

During this tour, you'll enjoy a guided hike around one of Costa Rica's most famed attractions, the Arenal Volcano. Along the way, you'll enjoy beautiful views and...

4.5 / 5.0
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Hotel Los Lagos

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Lomas del Volcan

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Lomas del Volcan

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Arenal Observatory Lodge

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The Baldi Resort and Spa

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The Baldi Resort and Spa

The Baldi Resort and Spa is the newest addition to the sprawling Baldi Hot Spring facilities. The Baldi hotel and hot springs are located in the Arenal Volcano area...

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Hotel Arenal Kioro

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Hotel Silencio del Campo

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4.8 / 5.0
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Hotel Silencio del Campo

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Hotel Sueno Dorado

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Hotel Royal Corin

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Hotel Royal Corin

The hotel Royal Corin is a luxury resort in La Fortuna Arenal, with views of the majestic Arenal volcano. This large and modern hotel is a perfect place to stay at...

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Magic Mountain Hotel

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Magic Mountain Hotel

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Hotel Lavas Tacotal

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Green Lagoon Lodge

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