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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  • In the middle of well signposted trails, wildlife and flora are superb. The lava flows at the foot of the volcano is faced to the Lake are remarkable landscapes.
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  • Services and amenities are not what the park is focused on. The park is focused on the natural state of the area. There is a restroom and map at the entrance. From there, you head on trails to explore...  more »
  • Downsides were we didn't see as many animals as we would have liked to. It may be worth hiring a guide for this reason. Sort of wish we had done that. The cabok tree was super cool. The lava fields ar...  more »
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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