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Arenal Volcano: Tours & Tickets

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This 1,633 meter volcano has been rumbling and spewing since 1969.
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Arenal Volcano National Park 21007, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

We walked both the Lava Flow and El Ceibo trails, total about 6-7 km. With a 3 yr old and an 8 month old this took about 3 hours including time taking in the views. The hike is not difficult but carrying a 3 year...More

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank David317317
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

a nice hike through the jungle till you reach the place where the remnants and rocks from the last volcanic eruption lie then a short but stiff climb to view the volcano and arenal lake very much doable but nothing very special about it the...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank takama
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Too expensive for a 3km trekking and see volcanic rocks. Nothing more. There is a lake were you can swim.

Date of experience: September 2019
Thank barbierikab
Reviewed 7 September 2019

I did this hike while visiting La Fortuna.I paid about $35 USD to go with a guided group. The trail wasn't terribly difficult if you are in moderate shape but it is a long hike timewise. Depending on the season, the hike is also extremely...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rbrow018
Reviewed 5 September 2019

The Arenal Volcano is a neat experience. The hiking is relatively easy and you can see the old lava flows. It was rainy the day we went but it was still worth the adventure if you are in the area.

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank snookduck
Reviewed 27 August 2019

In the Arenal Volcano National Park we hiked the Las Coladas trail, and the side trail to the Ceiba tree. It was a nice hike in a nice forest and tall grass area but nothing spectacular. The hike ends at two old lava flow fields...More

Date of experience: August 2019
Thank robert4travel
Reviewed 24 August 2019

You can pretty much see the volcano from anywhere in the area, but going up close lets you see all of the vegetation that has grown from the volcanic rock and experience the magnitude of the last eruption. We went with a tour guide which...More

Date of experience: July 2019
Thank TeamTangerines
Reviewed 9 August 2019

I'm not saying don't do it. It only cost $15 for my wife and I because we did it on our own without the benefit of a tour guide. However, in the end it was just a hike about two miles up the volcano. All...More

Date of experience: August 2019
1  Thank geoaiii
Reviewed 23 July 2019

This was a disappointing hike. We did the Las Coladas (lava flow) trail. We walked on a flat and very muddy trail with tall grasses on either side for a long time. Then we began an uphill climb across the black igneous rocks created by...More

Date of experience: July 2019
1  Thank Devra30
Reviewed 13 July 2019 via mobile

We expected to hike up or on the volcano but discovered the national park was rather underwhelming. A short steep hike up the closer trail/road (best to just drive up in 5min). The volcano was covered in clouds and it’s hard to nice picture since...More

Date of experience: June 2019
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Samantha L
19 May 2019|
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Response from Jasmine38Chichester | Reviewed this property |
Very easy to visit on your own, as we did. Pay entrance fee and park up next to the visitor centre. Not cheap I think it was $16 pp. Several relatively easy hiking trails that are signposted
Audrey B
21 February 2019|
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Response from amitchella | Reviewed this property |
Hello - my 5 year old son did the shorter hike with no problem. During our trip the day was overcast and while humid, there was no sun beating down on us. As I recall the waterfall is nearby. We rented a car and had no... More
6 April 2018|
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Response from Cressy16 |
The hanging bridges, waterfall and park are in three different areas. The kids will be fine in the park, but you may have to carry them. It’s a few K long and there is one uphill ( lava fields with great views) that may be a... More