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 Travel Tips
- Do wear sturdy shoes since you cane easily come across snakes and other reptiles.
- Wearing appropriate clothes and carrying water bottles will be helpful.
Entrance Ticket Details For Arenal Volcano
- Admission Fee: The entrance is USD 15 per person.
Arenal Volcano Hours
- The park is open daily from 8:00 am – 6:00 pm.
How to Reach Arenal Volcano
- By taking a shared Van
- Rent a Bike/ Car
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Arenal Volcano Reviews & Ratings
Definitely worth the visit! Arenal is situated in a lush and beautiful landscape. It's Costa Rica! Duh! You'll repeatedly find yourself scanning the treeline for raptors and t-rex. :) Please don't bring plastics or non-vegan items *. Leave the place in equal or better condition as you found it; otherwise, don't come at all *. *(This goes for everywhere in the world.) Enjoy! :)
You will have a better view of this mountain earlier in the year but I was week satisfied with the views that I experienced. Please remain aware that this is an active volcano so heads up! Check the USGS site and you will see that this area is shaking every day.
The volcano is interesting. We were able to see it so we got great pictures. We were on a tour. We were picked up in San Jose. The tour included arenal and a hot springs. It was a long day, too much in the van driving. I would recommend staying near the volcano and enjoying all the activities.
i love it bacas it is beteful im a kid doing a math progitok so i just love it so much
Spent one night and wish it could have been a longer stay. Our suite has a magnificent view of the volcano. It is well appointed with a hot tub no less. The air was 10 degrees cooler than on the coast which gave us much relief. The staff is very pleasant and easy to understand. If you love nature this is a definite destination. It has it all.