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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  • This park has several hiking routes that will take you near the volcano’ top, into the forest to look at the Ceiba petandra and near the monkeys. I will recommend taking food and water with you (pleas...  more »
  • We visited the park with the expectation of having views close to the volcano, the reality is that at the entrance to deliver you a small map so you take different paths and views are not best that when you're on the road already that not raise sentences the volcano, and that have the luck that there are no clouds to at least have a good view and make a photo. Visit time depends on yourself, you can see the shortest path in a matter of half an hour or stroll along all the paths that will take you two or three hours relaxed.
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  • The trails in the National Park found them very normalitos, in our opinion, is a ride that is not worth the $ 15 per person which costs. In addition, the views of the volcano are not especially best which can be from the Tabacon Hot Springs Road, for example, on a good day without clouds. Later we learned that there are excursions outside the park with which you can move part of the volcano and we were told that they are most interesting. In this area, the National Park trails are very loose, the loosest of our route through the country... on the other hand loved the fortuna waterfall and the visit to the hot springs.
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  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Really cool place. We saw an eyelash viper and tons of spiders. Great trails. Great park.
  • 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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