Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Arenal Volcano National Park

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Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) attracts nature lovers and adventurers with its lush scenery and wide range of outdoor activities. Hike through the jungle and on a lava flow trail, across hanging bridges and up the slope of the dormant volcano. The first recorded eruption occurred in 1968, when lava and ashes destroyed three little towns on its west side. The last explosion happened at the end of 2010. In the absence of spewing lava, get your adrenaline pumping with some waterfall rappelling or ziplining. Take a look at our El Castillo tourist route planner to schedule your visit to Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal) and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • August 13, 2017
    We drove ourself to the National Park and just followed the trails on the map they gave us at the entrance. It was cloudy at first but later on we got a good view of the top of the volcano. The trails...  more »
  • August 13, 2017
    You can park up at the side of the road (just outside the Tabacon resort, tip a guy to keep an eye on the car and then walk to the hot springs - but once you get there be aware - the waters are (i) HO...  more »
  • August 9, 2017
    We did the volcano hike as part of a full day tour, including the Hanging bridges and waterfall. It was an easy not too strenuous hike up the volcano. Interesting sites, and a knowledgeable guide abou...  more »

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