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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  • The trails here offer stunning scenery and great views of the volcano. Would definitely recommend visiting here if you're in La Fortuna  more »
  • Our intention was to hike up to the Cerro chato but it was closed that day due to police trying to secure the area for natural life. It was a big bummer because was our last day in Arenal. ended up hi...  more »
  • The park trails are very straight forward and pretty easy to follow without a guide. We brought a package that includes a guided tour of the trails which was good for spotting wildlife and pointing ou...  more »
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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.
  • 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.
  • Great hike. The online and brochures won't tell you that the Volcano is usually covered with clouds, but the locals and guides are so helpful and incredibly kind for someone that doesn't know their language very well.
  • Arenal is nice stratovolcano. It is worth seeing. On that place you can realize the power of nature.
  • We did the shorter hike as we had people with us that couldn't do too strenuous of a hike and we were on the clock. It was a very nice hike. Took about an hour and a half. There is plenty of plant life and different viewing angels of the volcano to keep it interesting. While I think that $10 a person is a bit steep, it was well kept.