Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Arenal Volcano National Park

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) attracts nature lovers and adventurers with its lush scenery and wide range of outdoor activities. Hike through the jungle and on a lava flow trail, across hanging bridges and up the slope of the dormant volcano. The first recorded eruption occurred in 1968, when lava and ashes destroyed three little towns on its west side. The last explosion happened at the end of 2010. In the absence of spewing lava, get your adrenaline pumping with some waterfall rappelling or ziplining. See Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and all La Fortuna de San Carlos has to offer by arranging your trip with our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip planning app .
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  • Arenal Volcano national park facilities are somewhat deteriorated. The entrance to the Park has a cost of $15.00 x person. It is very expensive for what the Park offers. It has the main viewpoint and a path that you can see a ceiba tree and a viewpoint overlooking the Lake and volcano. From the central square of La Fortuna, you have a beautiful view of the volcano without having to pay.
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  • We have visited the national park on its own. With only one card, camera and a good pair of shoes we have walked the long route to the 1992 lava flow. It is recommended that early because then you have the biggest chance to see animals. It was apparently our lucky day because the camera has overtime turned. We saw after 5 metre stroll all the first snake and we also have spinning in all gradations seen (some were really large). We have also many butterflies, lizards, dragonflies and birds seen. Also the tropical vegetation is beautiful and the sounds of the forest make the picture (on a single noisy American after). Tip: you want to go early, in the course of the morning the first hordes of Americans to explore the park and who are noisy. They run mostly through the park without attention to detail. Here we really disturbed. Walking the route from right to left (counter-clockwise) most tend to the path the other way around. The path past the Ceibo tree brings you at one point in a staircase. About this is nothing. Walk this yet but eventually because you will get a beautiful view of the volcano as a treat. In short, highly recommended!
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  • The hike takes about an hour or so up to the lava field if you are not in a hurry. It's not like there are all kinds of critters at every step, but the forest and the scenery up at the end is very nic...  more »
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  • Absolutely beautiful! We came during the beginning of the wet season and it couldn't be a more perfect time! It was warm and sunny morning thru to 3pm then light rain for the night and everything was freshly green and fresh the next morning!
  • On a Spanish class field trip from America we hiked the 1968 lava trails. It was pretty neat. Bring lots of water if you plan on going, it's very steep and you'll probably get thirsty.
  • Ordered the molten chocolate lava cake. Was way too hot and not at all what I expected. Service was slow and terrible. Loud atmosphere. I guess the view was adequate.
  • My first volcano experience. Not as big as I had in my mind for some reason. Still a wonderful site.
  • Beautiful volcano that is so big it takes over the town! Heats the water into hot springs and is an iconic land mark in La Fortuna
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