Arenal Volcano National Park

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  • Address: La Fortuna - El Castillo, Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm Details
  • Phone: +506-22005714
  • Ticket Price: Free
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, National Park, Waterfall, Family And Kids, Volcano

Arenal Volcano National Park - Review

A must visit tourist attraction of Costa Rica, the Arenal Volcano Park was established in the year 1991. Spread across an area of 12,080 hectares, the national park is part of the larger Arenal Conservation Area. Within the park, visitors can explore-

  • Hiking the Arenal Volcano massif (Chato Volcano)
  • Lava flow paths from the years 1968 and 1992
  • Volcanic activity
  • Indigenous flora and fauna
  • The tropical forest surrounding the national park
  • Fortuna Waterfall
  • Cherro Chato lagoon

A drive of around an hour from the city of Alajuela will take you to this beautiful heaven.

Arenal Volcano National Park Information

  • Wear comfortable clothing and sturdy shoes.
  • Carry plenty of snacks and drinking water.
  • Bonfires are prohibited.
  • Littering is a punishable offense.
  • It is prohibited to remove natural resources from the park.

Arenal Volcano National Park Ticket Prices

  • Private companies organize guided tours at the cost of approximately $80 per person.

How To reach Arenal Volcano National Park by Public Transport

  • Renting a 4WD and driving it down is the best way to reach the park.

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  • Arenal Volcano National Park Address: La Fortuna - El Castillo, Alajuela, Costa Rica
  • Arenal Volcano National Park Contact Number: +506-22005714
  • Arenal Volcano National Park Timing: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm
  • Arenal Volcano National Park Price: Free
  • Best time to visit Arenal Volcano National Park(preferred time): 08:00 am - 10:00 am
  • Time required to visit Arenal Volcano National Park: 05:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Arenal Volcano National Park

  • 95% of people who visit Alajuela include Arenal Volcano National Park in their plan

  • 89% of people start their Arenal Volcano National Park visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 5 Hrs to see Arenal Volcano National Park

Wednesday, Thursday and Friday

94.1% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Arenal Volcano National Park

People normally club together Monteverde Cloud Forest Reserve and Costa Rica Descents while planning their visit to Arenal Volcano National Park.

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Arenal Volcano National Park, Alajuela Reviews

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  • This hike is great!!!! We visited with our friends and had some the hike prior in 2015. The price is reasonable and the staff speak some English and Spanish. They provide walking sticks; which I highly recommend taking on you hike. You will see a lot of birds, possible snake and bugs. Take you bug spray and water bottle!! You can request a tour guide to point out animals and birds and they will give you the history of the area.

  • Absolutely worth visiting if you are in the area. I highly recommend doing the two volcanoes tour, you should expect to pay $50-75 for the full day tour through Arenal Jungle Tours. The tour includes hiking both sides of the volcano, 2 hanging bridges, swimming in a waterfall, Tarzan swing, and a light lunch. It was literally my favorite day in La Fortuna. The hike itself is easy and the tour guide stops often to explain things, you do not need to be an experienced hiker to make it. Purchasing directly with the tour company or buying in a group will bring down the price. I highly encourage you not to buy at small vendors or hotels, as you will pay a mark up. It is important to note that any tour will not take you to the top of the volcano. It is possible to hike, but illegal. If this is option you're going for, then take a taxi to the base of the volcano and good luck not getting caught... the fine is about $200 dollars. There can be falling rocks and loose gravel.

  • The view of the volcano was disappointing as cloud surrounded the top and the tour I went on did not stop for long. It might have been better to do the 4KM hike around the volcano. I would recommend trying that because otherwise your enjoyment is entirely dependent on the weather!

  • Beautiful place to spend a few hours. While the park is nice be sure not to miss the La Fortuna waterfall which is inside the national park but a completely different entrance and entrance fee. Well worth spending an additional $ 15.00 USD. Just be aware that there are around 600 steps to climb back to the parking area where you began.

  • Exciting area to visit. There is the park and many commercial and retail venues to fill out ones explorations in this area of Costa Rica. Well worth several days or more of exploring. We visited the rain forest and did the zip lines, stayed in a B and B called Nepenthe, enloued the small time nearby where the butterfly park was. So much more.

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