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Rainforest Hike

If you want to combine Volcano experience with a rain forest hike you should chose that. But: Less... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
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Scenic but rocky lava

We hired a tour guide to take us on the path. It is well marked so I think it can easily be done on... read more

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“lava fields”(16 reviews)
“great hike”(20 reviews)
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
+506 2462 1212
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Most Helpful Positive Review
Reviewed 15 August 2016

This trail is part of the Arenal National Park. To get to it, if coming from La Fortuna, turn left just before the dam bridge. If coming from along the lake, turn right just after crossing the dam bridge. It is about 10 minutes down...More

5  Thank nevillcanada
Most Helpful Critical Review
Reviewed 19 December 2017

Be aware you can't climb to the top of the volcano .. the summit is the top of the lave flow, not ½ way up. Nice walk, lots of interesting animals, but nothing better than you get at the hotels. Bring some sturdy boots as...More

2  Thank davidindurham
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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

If you want to combine Volcano experience with a rain forest hike you should chose that. But: Less animals than the others here saw, but plants, trees etc were magnificent.

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Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

We hired a tour guide to take us on the path. It is well marked so I think it can easily be done on your own. With a guide, I always learn more. It is a beautiful hike with scenic vistas, but it is rocky...More

Thank Marykan
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Am not sure I'd call it a hike but a long walk around the base and up a little way towards the volcano. I suspect much of the enjoyment depends on the quality of the guide and we were fortunate, our guide spoke good English...More

Thank 123sel123
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Arrived later in the afternoon with time of only completing one trail, we took the most popular one recommend by the family who owns the area. The family also mentioned that they would allowed us to come back the next day to do the other...More

Thank KhrizJustTravels
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

After looking at reviews, we decided to vist Arenal 1968 instead of the Arenal Nat'l Park. Most people have said that 1968 is kept better, the view of the Arenal volcano is closer, and the park is open later than the Nat'l Park. Still, the...More

1  Thank MarkLinton
Reviewed 23 September 2018 via mobile

I’m a good hiker, but this isn’t the States any more. You’re hiking up lava fields from the 1968 Arenal eruption. There’s no handles. There’s loose rocks. It’s high and hard. But worth it.

1  Thank sclatanoff
Reviewed 22 September 2018

This is a hike that is good for everyone, from children to seniors. Not difficult but still invigorating. Walking sticks were provided, which I had not used before but found to be helpful. Saw lava rocks, great views of the volcano & Lake Arenal. Guide...More

Thank ScoutAdventures
Reviewed 19 September 2018

Good views and an easy walk. Good wildlife and guide did a nice job explaining area and history. Nice afternoon.

Thank cscout1114
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Nice enough walk but was sold to us as a hike (sorry can’t recall name of operator) and it’s really not a hike.

Thank Toniams2018
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

We loved hiking the lava trails and did the longer hike twice during our visit. Beautiful scenery, trail was challenging but not too intense. Saw snakes, lizards, frogs, birds and leaf cutter ants. Would recommend as an adventure with a workout. The trails are well...More

Thank Angela B
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Rahim H
21 September 2018|
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Response from Marykan | Reviewed this property |
This is easy to do, but all major companies (Defasio) will pick you up from your hotel and escort you.
4 June 2018|
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Response from Karen Z | Reviewed this property |
I believe there are no guides locally to pick. We pre arranged a tour with a guide. Although it is easily marked and you can walk by yourself, the guide was a wealth of information and that really made the trail amazing.