Arenal Volcano, San Jose

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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
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About Arenal Volcano, San Jose

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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Things to Know Before Visiting Arenal Volcano

  • 33.94% of people who visit San Jose include Arenal Volcano in their plan

  • 77.06% of people start their Arenal Volcano visit around 08 AM - 09 AM

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

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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.

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Arenal Volcano, San Jose Reviews

  • If you go to Costa Rica - chances are you will spend some time at this ultra popular tourist spot. You will love it. Make sure to allow an evening of soaking in one of the volcanic hot springs.

  • Other than that it's in the rainforest and therefore you can hardly ever see the top like in pictures, it's really cool. Walking on the lava fields was really interesting, but you can't get very close because the volcano is active.

  • Arenal and the nearby La Fortuna were on my bucket list for a very long time. One of the best trips I've ever taken, hands down. I did a hike on a great day as well and swimming in the lagoon was amazing.

  • This was our first trip to CR in May 2010, and lucky we went when we did as it was the last year it was active at the time I’m writing this, AND we were lucky enough to have clear days without clouds for a perfect view. We stayed at the Arenal Observatory Lodge. It was hands down the COOLEST thing laying in bed at night with all your lights off, you have a wall of windows in front of you with a picture perfect Volcano right in front of you, and you watch the volcano spewing hot balls of fire as they roll down the side of the volcano. There’s another one! Look honey, there’s another one! It was really amazing to watch Mother Nature in her finest glory. Now, from where we were the “fire boulders” didn’t look very big. However, after speaking with a guide, we were told those balls of fire that we see from where we are, at a safe distance, are actually the size of BUSES spewing from the volcano and rolling down the side of the mountain. What an incredible thing to see, and to see it at night from the vantage point of your bed is pretty darn amazing. We are going back to CR next year, and I was disappointed to hear the volcano is no longer active. At the resort, there were monkeys galore which included howler monkeys - entire clans of monkeys traveling by in the treetop canopy with their young hanging on their backs, I was in complete awe. We saw a myriad of birds (a guide with a trained eye is helpful to spot them), and hummingbirds galore right off our deck. The nature and fauna here is absolutely glorious... everything is HUGE, the trees are like skyscrapers. Truly an amazing trip. We stayed a few days in Arenal, went on an awesome rafting trip in LaFortuna and then drove back to San Jose to drop off our car rental and then took a commuter flight over to Manuel Antonio for more amazing things to see in the national park - sloths, more monkeys, birders paradise, HUGE toads, too much to list, and of course beautiful beaches. Careful of the rip tides in CR though, very dangerous. Can’t wait to go back, it’s a beautiful country and the people here are wonderful. Pura Vida!

  • Make sure to see it at night. Watching the lava flow is incredible....especially if you can do it from one of the nearby hot springs.

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