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 builder.
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  • Great views of the volcano,on a clear sunny day. Nice walk up to the view point. Not overly strenuous 
  • Of the places that you must visit if or if, a nature walk to the base of the arenal, a view incredible, and a feeling that cannot be explained be in the skirts of the volcano arenal with its Majesty.
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  • Before we went to Arenal NP, we were already to the Arenal Observatory Lodge (10 $) and Arenal 1968 (10 $). Arenal NP (15 $) has but 1 viewpoint during the hike (and 1 with the car), in the other parks, there are many more viewpoints. The path is easy to run and reasonably flat, only the piece of 50 metres lavafield is straight up. First part you walk between bamboo, rest is forest. The massive ceibo tree on the way back is impressive. If you have to choose, I would skip this park and one of the other two. There you can see more hiking and for money.
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  • Wonderful. The volcano was active while we were there. Attempts to climb the volcano were cut short with an eruption. Gas is an issue when active as is true for all volcanic activity. Don't climb this mountain if active. You could die. In fact, some have. Nice hot springs in the area. Some can be located away from commercial areas if you are willing to explore.
  • Well worth the visit! Enjoy the local wildlife and hot springs. A memorable experience.
  • We hiked the volcano Cerro Chato, is the shorter and inactive volcano right next to the arenal, entrance is about 20$, expensive as everything in Costa Rica; the hike was great; the path is very well visible, be aware, it is quite physically challenging! Apart from the very beginning, the whole way is very muddy and it can get quite steep! More that once we all had to use our hands to literally climb up ! The whole hike (up and down) takes about 2 and a half hour (we didn't go fast at all) all the efforts are definitely payed back by beautiful views, nature and a very suggestive volcanic lake where you can swim into.
  • Very beautiful place. The forest here is mostly new growth but it allows for some great views of Arsenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. Definitely worth a visit on a clear day.
  • We walked to the 1992 lava flow and really enjoyed it. The guide explained the history and we got rant lucky with some nice views of the Arenal peak. Interesting to see the forest try to take hold again after such destruction