Things to do in Arenal Volcano National Park

Top Things to Do in Arenal Volcano National Park

Things to Do in Arenal Volcano National Park

Top Attractions in Arenal Volcano National Park

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  • County-Hunter
    Tacoma, WA2 996 contributions
    We wanted to see the La Fortuna Waterfall, but we are older and not in the best of shape so decided to pass on the 533 step climb back up. We were able to see the waterfall from a platform before the downhill and we also took a short, paved nature walk called the Orchid Trail where we saw orchids. Maybe not enough to justify the entrance cost but when you are in La Fortuna only once in your life, you take advantage of such things.
    Written 13 August 2022
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  • Eleanor S
    San Jose, CA10 contributions
    Bridge #3 is the highest and bridge #6, the longest but the bridges at Mistico are definitely worth the visit, especially with a guide who has trained eyes to look out for monkeys, birds, and other cool rainforest life.
    Written 8 July 2022
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  • RachelRoamsAround
    Tacoma, WA217 contributions
    I am so glad I chose to visit Ecotermales! With multiple hot springs in the area, you have choices and I think I made the right one! I booked the evening time, 5-9. You can enter anytime between then. I arrived about 6 pm. My mom was with me but doesn’t swim but she could enter the property and just enjoy the grounds.

    Everything was very clean. You get a towel and a locker and there’s bathrooms with showers and toilets so you can change.

    All of the pools were amazing. When I first arrived there was more people but not enough to feel crowded. By 7:09 it had cleared out and I was one of the few left. Very relaxing. My only regret is not going every day I was in Fortuna!
    Written 6 August 2022
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  • Miyoshi M
    Los Angeles, CA39 contributions
    This hotel was so beautiful. The rooms look ok. It's the outside and hotsprings that are the best. The food at the bar was good. The resturant was whatever. The staff was really serious about towels, so I suggest, bring your own towels foreal! I would come back to the hot springs but I would stay in a different hotel.
    Written 27 July 2022
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  • Miyoshi M
    Los Angeles, CA39 contributions
    They do amazing work here at Proyecto Asis. My friend and I bought donations. The customer service is awesome, the workers are friendly and very knowledgeable about the animals. I will be back!
    Written 27 July 2022
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  • Stephanie99
    Central New Jersey486 contributions
    The park is really nice with some good marked trails. We took one up to a view point of the volcano and lake Arenal. If the weather is cloudy, it’s probably not worth going to due to limited visibility. We lucked out and had a clear sunny day with excellent views of the volcano and could even see the steam coming out of the top. I’m sure a visit would have been even better back when the volcano was regularly erupting, but c’est la vie. (Side note, if you have been to Volcanoes National Park in Hawaii, this park does not pale in comparison, but is above experience if visiting the area).
    Written 9 April 2022
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  • Karl Nicles
    Spring Lake, MI10 contributions
    We really enjoyed this tour. Local ownership with better pricing.
    Our tour guide Alex, was fantastic! He went out of his way to make sure we saw as much wildlife as possible. We saw quite a few sloths including a baby, an owl, poisonous dart frogs, lots of different birds, bullet & leaf cutter ants.....
    Written 14 August 2022
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  • bryney
    columbus10 contributions
    A great view of the volcano. Lots of activities. Perfect spot in CR. Our food at La Mansion was the best. It was hard to find a good local restaurant so ask a local tour guide. We could not find any ATM to dispense dollars. They had two banks but neither could allow us access to cash.
    Written 8 January 2022
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  • Chris I
    Etobicoke, Canada23 contributions
    Cost vs Experience, one of the best tours we’ve ever been on.

    Absolutely breathtaking. The caves, stalactites and stalagmites are just stunning. Seeing the bats and scorpion spiders (misnomer: it’s actually an insect, not a spider) was really fascinating and so so cool! Months later, we still talk about this life experience often, and tell the story to our friends.

    If you are interested, but a bit nervous or claustrophobic, you do have the option of staying in some larger caves and passages. The entrance cave and first couple big rooms are like almost the size of a small movie theatre / extremely large mansion living room. So you *do not* have to do any tight squeezes if you don’t want to. We would strongly recommend coming, even if you are only comfy in the larger rooms. It’s still so fascinating to see. Book a private tour, and explain you don’t know if you want to do the squeezes, and want a private guide that will work with you. It would be a short tour, but for the cost, we would totally recommend seeing these amazing caves. Contact them early if possible to arrange, but if not possible, just show up with a small group and pay for a private guide yourself, it will be reasonable!! Don't skip it just because you're nervous!! Trust us!! : )

    BUT, you should *totally* do the squeezes!! It’s the best part!! All of the full tour is designed for beginners, *not* for serious cavers. So the squeezes are very short in length, and then you pop out and are able to stand up again. Imagine putting a small cardboard box on the floor in your living room. Crouch down, crawl through, stand up again in another room. It’s a tiny room, like a closet, but you can stand, and feel not “trapped in”. You *will* end up with people both in front and behind you. If this causes some anxiety, just talk to the guide before hand, explain you need a bit of room, and for the next person NOT to enter the squeeze until you’re out to the next room.

    It was a very deeply impactful experience, both from an excitement / interest perspective, but also emotionally / spiritually. We’re extremely grateful and humbled to have been able to travel these passages, and see these wonderful things.

    Our guide was super cool, professional, but also friendly and chill, with a great sense of humour. He made the trip a blast, and kept us relaxed, and zero pressure all the way through. He was very supportive when one on our group had a bit of an anxiety situation, and he quickly was able to get them back relaxed, laughing, and they enjoyed the rest of the tour immensely.

    Important: Strongly recommend you book directly with the owners, and drive here yourself. They provide their own, trained, on-site, amazing guides. Additional high fees for outside guides ***are not required***. Only use one if you need their help with transportation to / from, and then, it should only be a cab fare, not a jacked up rate for a “special guided tour” !!!

    Tip well!! They deserve it, after that long tour!! : )
    Written 30 June 2022
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  • lukas
    Vilnius, Lithuania2 contributions
    Fantastic, unforgettable experience. Really hard and adventurous climb, especially because we did during hard rain
    Written 29 April 2022
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  • County-Hunter
    Tacoma, WA2 996 contributions
    Right before my trip to Costa Rica, I came down with plantar fascitiis which made walking/hiking quite painful, especially over uneven surfaces. Since we had already prepaid for our guide and hike, we modified it. We were able to drive up high to a viewpoint where we walked around absorbing the views and then walked back down the road to the parking lot. So, we were able to get some good pictures and enjoy a little bit of what the full hike offered.
    Written 13 August 2022
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  • Gerhard67
    8 contributions
    Easy access after parking the car on the side of the road (current "parking fee" of the type "official inofficial": 2000 colones ). We walked up a little and found some nice pools and places where we spent a couple of hours. Pleasantly warm and lots of water coming down! Clean.
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • ARNPceleb
    Miami, FL13 contributions
    This was part of a tour to The Arenal area. The facility is very good, clean and comfortable. They have different jacuzzies, pool, wet bar pool area. The nature is beautiful here with flowers and trees to decorate the area. The service was very good. You can use the full bathrooms, towels and lockers
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • Trina
    1 contribution
    Great swimming in the hot springs but Gustavo at the wet bar was the best! Good bar food, great cocktail selection and fun atmosphere
    Written 8 August 2022
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  • Tenkster
    Paddock Wood, UK69 contributions
    Well worth a visit if you’re in the area, after all it is free! Quite busy but plenty of spots to seek out. Parking on the side of the road with a local to guide you in and will keep an eye on your car for a few dollars. Water shoes or similar a must.
    Written 15 August 2022
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