Arenal Volcano 1968 Eruption History

Arenal Volcano 1968 Eruption History

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 will point out the wildlife that has persevered through the tumultuous mid-century period of volcanic activity.

Featured in:Guided Tours, Nature Walk, Arenal Volcano National Park
3 hrs
Available Days:
Every day
8:00 AM, 2:30 PM
Hotel Transport Included
Mobile Ticket Included
Offered in English, Spanish

After your guide picks you up in an air conditioned shuttle they will give you some background about the environment that you’re going to visit, as well as some information about atmospheric conditions. Sometimes it’s clear enough to get a good view of the volcano, while on other days you’ll find that it’s too misty to see much.

In 1968 lava covered huge swaths of the jungle, and has since hardened into black lava flows, smothering miles of rainforest growth. Now the base of the volcano is host to several different ecosystems, including secondary rainforest and clear, open spaces with relatively thin vegetation.

Along the trail your guide will point out to you volcanic boulders that the volcano shot out during the eruption. You’ll also walk along the edge of Arenal Lake, the largest manmade lake in Central America. During the hike you’ll come to a few viewing points where you will have an excellent view of the volcano.

At the end of the trail your group will reach an observatory with an optimal view of the volcano. Your guide will provide you with a drink before you begin your return journey.

Attraction Visited

Arenal Volcano National Park

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.

Read more:Arenal Volcano National Park

What to Bring

Light clothes, hiking shoes, sunscreen, bug spray, camera, binoculars, and a raincoat.

What's included

Transportation (if requested), guide, bottled water, and an entrance fee.


Many of our tours and activities offer transportation pick up & drop off options from several locations and destinations. Options vary by tour, see “BOOKING REQUEST” for full details.

Traveler Comments

very informative tour guide.


Great guide!

- DENNIS D, MAR 2017

Such an amazing guided tour !!! We wish that we remembered the name of our extraordinary guide. We learned so very much and had the most enjoyable day. It could not have been a more perfect day.

- ASA G, JUL 2016
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.Arenal Volcano 1968 Eruption History32
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