Arenal Volcano National Park
Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano National Park

Open daily
La Fortuna, Alajuela, 21007

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 since 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 ziplining, horseback riding, rappelling, and whitewater rafting.

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Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, Hot Springs Full Day Tour
Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, Hot Springs Full Day Tour
$95.00 per adult
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Amazing tour
My wife Laura and I (Victor) had an amazing time in this tour. Diego, he is such an amazing guide with so much knowledge, and made our tours very fun and interested. Would definetely recommend this tour to anyone visiting the Arenal/Fortuna area.
Victor_M, May 2024

Things to know before you go

  • Arenal Volcano tours from San Jose can last upward of 12 hours.

  • Many tours include hotel pickup and drop-off 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.

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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.

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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 season, so expect crowds and higher prices. Traveling during the rainy season is better for budget travelers or those seeking a quieter experience.

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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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Frequently Asked Questions
The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
What are the nearest attractions to Arenal Volcano National Park?
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