Arenal Volcano

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  • Address: Arenal Volcano, Alajuela Province, San Carlos, Costa Rica, San Jose
  • Timings: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm Details
  • Ticket Price: 8243 CRC
  • Time Required: 08:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, Hiking Trail, Family And Kids, Lake, Volcano

Arenal Volcano - Review

Standing tall at a height of 5480 feet above MSL, the Arenal volcano is the most active volcano in Costa Rica and is around 7,500 years old. Up until 1968, the volcano was dormant with dense vegetation concealing its terrain and the nearby village settlements. The 1968 eruption damaged the town of Tabacón and three more craters were formed from it.

The National Park where the volcano is located is a sight to behold with lush green trails that show a majestic view of the fire-breathing dome. The park is home to 131 species of mammals and 135 species of reptiles. The pathways do make for a memorable hike through the park as you spot different species of monkeys, jaguars, raccoons, sloths, snakes like boa constrictors and vipers and iguanas. The place is also loved by bird watchers to spot hummingbirds, chestnut mandibles and trogons among others.

The lake located at the peak of the old crater is a common ground for fishing

Arenal Volcano Information

  • Do wear sturdy shoes since you cane easily come across snakes and other reptiles.
  • Wearing appropriate clothes and carrying water bottles will be helpful.

Arenal Volcano Ticket Prices

  • Admission Fee: The entrance is USD 15 per person.

Arenal Volcano Opening and Closing Hours

  • The park is open daily from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.

How To reach Arenal Volcano by Public Transport

  • By taking a shared Van
  • Rent a Bike/ Car

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  • Arenal Volcano Address: Arenal Volcano, Alajuela Province, San Carlos, Costa Rica, San Jose
  • Arenal Volcano Timing: 08:00 am - 06:00 pm
  • Arenal Volcano Price: 8243 CRC
  • Best time to visit Arenal Volcano(preferred time): 08:30 am - 10:00 am
  • Time required to visit Arenal Volcano: 08:00 Hrs
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Things to Know Before Visiting Arenal Volcano

  • 63.8% of people who visit San Jose include Arenal Volcano in their plan

  • 74.48% of people start their Arenal Volcano visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

  • People usually take around 7 Hrs 30 Minutes to see Arenal Volcano

Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday

95% of people prefer to travel by car while visiting Arenal Volcano

People normally club together Tabacon Hot Springs and Costa Rica Descents while planning their visit to Arenal Volcano.

People also prefer to start their day with Arenal Volcano.

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

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Arenal Volcano, San Jose Reviews

  • Great hiking. You can feel the heat of the volcano right through the soles of your shoes. There are plenty of other options for hiking in the area, including a seldom visited caldera.

  • Very cool area, a must see. Was foggy when in the area but still spectacular. A must stop destination

  • 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!

  • Beautiful volcano which you can see throughout all of La Fortuna. Unfortunately it is closed for hiking because it is still in activity and has a very moving landscape with a definite risk of avalanche. Climbing it has been defined by some as "a suicide mission", and only "really really crazy people" would think of doing it.

  • Beautiful and incredible volcano within a very well preserved national park. Climbing it is virtually impossible and YOU WILL GET IN TROUBLE if you try to hike up the volcano. If you’re into slightly less illegal and dangerous hikes, I recommend the crater lake volcano next to Arenal called Cerro Chato.

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