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Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Arenal Volcano 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 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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  • Although the volcano is now dormant, it is still a spectacular sight, so long as it’s not obscured by clouds which can happen frequently. The Arenal area is very touristy which takes away from the... 
    Although the volcano is now dormant, it is still a spectacular sight, so long as it’s not obscured by clouds which can happen frequently. The Arenal area is very touristy which takes away from the...  more »
  • Hiking trail inside the park, fairly well marked. Did number 4, lots of birds to view, ends in a pile of lava rock. Views of the volcano hit and miss with the clouds 
    Hiking trail inside the park, fairly well marked. Did number 4, lots of birds to view, ends in a pile of lava rock. Views of the volcano hit and miss with the clouds  more »
  • We came here as part of a multi tour package with ecoterra. We enjoyed a short hike along a section of it (east face) learning the history of this volcano. We came Dec 4 and managed to see 85% of.....  more
    We came here as part of a multi tour package with ecoterra. We enjoyed a short hike along a section of it (east face) learning the history of this volcano. We came Dec 4 and managed to see 85% of.....  more »
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  • The view of the Arenal volcano is good. We got to see many animals and different plants and trees, and we have learned a lot about the volcano. The views of this volcano are absolutely stunning, when the clouds permit you to see it and easy trails to explore (about 6 km in total) that wind through the forest and provide some beautiful viewing points of the volcano. To really benefit, you need to go when the volcano is visible, one up to a view point of the volcano and lake Arenal you can go by car and the second view point you should walk 1:30 -2 hours and after that you can take the car to see the lake about 15 minutes away from the volcano and you should be aware because part of the road isn’t paved and there’s a ton of high bumps. Tickets $17 adults and $5 for kids Keep in mind. You don’t have to go to this park to see the volcano. It’s visIble from many points around the city.
  • Absolutely beautiful to see. The guided hike we did took 3-4 hours. We were under the impression that we would be able to climb the actual volcano, but you are only able to see it from a viewpoint. Not a super difficult hike, some stairs and elevation but overall pretty simple. Saw many beautiful plants during the hike through the jungle and a beautiful view of the volcano!! For sure worth seeing if visiting La Fortuna :)
  • Amazing views, vistas, and vibe was all around. Enjoy the vistas from all sides, the hikes, the towns and the community.
  • If you go to Arenal, take a tour of the volcano. We learned a lot about the volcano, the fact that it's dormant now, it's eruption, the craters, lava rivers, plants wildlife. Wear good sneakers or boots!! We took our tour with EcoTerra and they were amazing!
  • Went hiking to the base of the mountain. Good views. Was lucky with a clear day! Good guide and had a break with a helping of pineapple!

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