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
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, National Park, Waterfall, Family And Kids, Volcano

About Arenal Volcano National Park, Alajuela

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Arenal Volcano National Park

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

  • 88.6% 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

94.07% 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.

People also prefer to start their day with Arenal Volcano National Park.

* The facts given above are based on traveler data on TripHobo and might vary from the actual figures

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Arenal Volcano National Park, Alajuela Reviews

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  • We had a nice and a bit lonely (if yo go early in the morning, you can avoid crowds) hike trough Arenal volcano national park. We took the public bus from Fortuna and hiked to park to hike in park.. 😁 all in all-managable. Our slow hiking took us about 2,5-3h, i don't think it's a whole day activity even with kids.. I do recommend to wear proper shoes and to take some snacks and water with you. And a rain jacket to, as weather is changing. After hike you can check out /hitchhike to free hot water springs or opt out for some of the beautiful but pricey hot spring resorts.

  • A stunning place to visit, even on a cloudy day. The views are amazing and the surrounding forest and lava rock trail make a good hiking trail. The climb can be a little step in places but it's well marked and overall easy to get round.

  • It is a nice enough park walk. Not at all challenging. I don’t see the need for a guide. Read up on the Volcano before you go and perhaps about the flora and fauna. We saw no wildlife though did hear some interesting bird calls. Vista was nice but not spectacular. You actually cannot get close to the Volcano as you are simply at its base and not very high up. It must be said though- for $15USD per person one would expect working toilets and some running water. One woman said the toilets were the worst she had encountered and I wouldn’t use them. The men’s apparently were no better. When I tried to tell a worker they were all clogged she did not respond. Definitely a blight on the park.

  • Good views. Nice walking trails. Little parts were challenging, where you had to climb the lava rocks, but otherwise easy. We saw some birds and heard lots of sounds.

  • If you are just looking for a easy stroll through the woods, then this place will not disappoint you. But if you are looking for a real hike, I would skip this place. Not worth the money. At the point of old lava flow there were good views of both volcano and lake Arenal. Otherwise nothing much to see here.

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