Arenal Observatory And Hiking Tour From La Fortuna - Alajuela

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Key Details

  • Mobile Voucher Accepted
  • Hotel pickup Available
  • Free Cancellation
  • Duration: 6 Hrs
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  • Departure Time :
    1:30 PM Hotel pickups commence prior to this time
  • Departure Details :
    La Fortuna de San Carlos, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela
    Traveler pickup is offered
  • Return Details :
    Returns to original departure point
  • Cancellation Policy :
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Tours booked using discount coupon codes will be non refundable.


Enjoy this hiking adventure to see the Arenal Observatory from different angles. Experience a picturesque panoramic view of the volcano, Arenal Lake and the beautiful landscapes. At the end of the day, relax and unwind with a dip in a natural hot water river before returning to your hotel.


  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Led by a local guide
  • Excellent value for money

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Your tour begins at 2:00pm when you are picked upfrom your hotel located in La fortuna. You'll enjoy a 45-minute drive as youtravel to the far side of the volcano where you'll be able to see the Arenal from different angles. You'll be taken to the Observatory lodge. Here, you'll enjoy a picturesque panoramic view of the volcano and Arenal Lake.

You'll then hike through gardens and forests, passing two hanging bridges. You'll visit Danta river and waterfall. Along the way, your guide will explain the ecosystem, the volcanoes and point out the different animals you'll see. Some of the animals you may see include monkeys and tropical birds. You'll visit the Arenal Observatory with its informative museum where you will learnmore about the volcano and its history. You willfinish the hike at the Observatory lodge to watch the sunset over Lake arenal.

On your drive down from the lodge, you may be able to see the red-eyed tree frog. To finish the tour in the most relaxing way, your last stop will be to the natural hot water river where you can relax in its soothing warm water. Your visit here will be for about an hour. You can enjoy a volcanic mud facial and a complimentary cocktail.

You'll be taken back to your hotel by about 8:00pm depending on local traffic.


Professional guide

Pickup and drop-off from hotels in La Fortuna area

Cocktail in the Hot-springs

Entry/Admission - Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)

Entry/Admission - Lake Arenal

Entry/Admission - Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)




Additional Info

Confirmation will be received at time of booking

Most travelers can participate

Children must be accompanied by an adult

May be operated by a multi-lingual guide

Traveler Reviews

  • 30-Jan-2020

    Really great tour! Eric, is an excellent and extremely fun and knowledgeable guide and provided an excellent tour..I highly recommend going

  • 27-Jan-2020

    Eric was brilliant at guiding us through the trails surround the Arenal Observatory. His knowledge of the area was fantastic, and it was obvious he cared about what he did.
    Loved the visit to the hotspring, and the generous portions of cocktails served as part of the experience.

  • 03-Sep-2019

    Excellent tour. Was our first tour of trip so was a great orientation of rain forest. Easy hike on paved ground and very informative. I usually like more physical activities but it was worth taking time to learn details of the rain forest. Ending in hot springs was also fun, although crowded and a popular stop for tour groups. Tour guide excellent.

  • 11-Mar-2019

    The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable of the surrounding of the park and wildlife. I will certainly take more tours with this guide.

  • 26-Feb-2018

    I loved this tour with Red Lava Tours. It was 100 worth the money. We were lucky to have a clear view of the volcano. The trip to the waterfall afterwards was fun do go into the waterfall!!! It's not that cold, but I'd recommend bringing a good towel and maybe a light sweater to wear afterwards. But the highlight was the hot thermal river at the end, with the provided drink. Magical!!

  • 04-Aug-2017

    Danny was the best tour guide ever. Made the experience even better. It started pouring very hard so we were not able to go to the hot springs but red lava was very accommodating and let us go the next day.

  • 21-Nov-2016

    A nice fairly short tour which takes in some of the views from the Arenal Observatory and an informative guided walk through the gardens and national park. Our guide William was very knowledgeable and provided an interesting insight into the ecology, flora and fauna of the area. The trip ends in the hot springs which are ok but not great.
    Unfortunately for us the rain and the low cloud obscured the views of Mnt Arenal itself but it was an interesting trip none the less.

  • 20-Nov-2016

    Great tour for first timers.