Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal, La Fortuna de San Carlos

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Take a hike through the lush flora surrounding an imposing peak at Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal. The trails take you through dense forest, past giant trees, and across lava fields, all the while Arenal, Costa Rica’s most active volcano, smolders above. You cannot go beyond a certain point, due to the liveliness of the volcano, but the surrounding trails are mostly flat and suitable for adults and children alike. Make sure to wear sturdy boots to traverse the rugged ground over the lava flows, and remember to bring a camera to capture memories of the area's colorful wildlife. Put Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal on your schedule, and learn what else deserves a visit by using our La Fortuna de San Carlos trip app .
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  • September 29, 2017
    The road from Tabacon to the entrance of the park is an adventure if you don't have a 4x4 but it can be done. Once you get there is it $15/pp to get in and then you have limited hikes/walks you can do...  more »
  • September 18, 2017
    Arenal Volcano National Park, actually serves one thing, that is, show from their viewpoints on the volcano and Arenal lake, rest, is a park that does not have much flora or fauna that offer visitors. It has a cost of $15 entry for foreigners, opens at 8:00 in the morning and not close any day! It wasn't bad visit to the place but it was not the best Park we visited, although it must be said that if you're in the area it is not for nothing bad idea visit it! There is no need Guide, which Yes, don't forget insect repellent, sunscreen and a good shoes!
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  • September 15, 2017
    here you can truly hear the sounds of the rainforest, great views!! recommendable to visit both sides of the park (ask at the entrance)  more »
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  • May 22, 2017
    We went on an excursion to this park, and frankly weren't happy with the small amount of time we were able to spend in this seriously INCREDIBLE place. The landscaping near the hotel and gorgeous, as well as the views. Trekking through the forest would have been amazing, but our group was only about to walk a short trail along the edge. Next time we are in the area we plan to spend at least a full day or two. Amazing weather shifts and stunning beauty.
  • June 29, 2017
    Great National Park. Pay the small tourist entry fee and hit the trails. You're greeted with some easy, flat walking trails, a few steps up to viewing points of the volcano and some fantastic wildlife watching if you're lucky. The entrance gives you a trail map but it's all really well signposted so you can't get lost. The volcano is usually shrouded in cloud, so you've got to be lucky to get a good view.
  • July 5, 2017
    Volcano views very cool. Don't go by yourself, go with a group. Guy at the entrance ripped us off. Fee was $15 USD, he charged us 34 colones for 2 people, basically double the price. When we confronted him on the way out he denied it. Also try not to take a taxi there from town, they'll rip you off. Best bet to prob go with a tour group in town.
  • June 22, 2017
    Really cool place. We saw an eyelash viper and tons of spiders. Great trails. Great park.
  • April 17, 2017
    A magnificent part of the planet that is not so remote you can't make a simple overnight of it. Lots of food and drink k stops around the lake, less gasoline. The Arenal Observatory Lodge is a long way in but worth every kilometre and dollar.

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