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Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano Hike

Before Arenal's active period in 1968, a lavish canopy of vegetation once covered the cone of the volcano. Today, the green area is located at the east side of the mountain, and other pockets of verdant jungle can be seen on the north and the south of the volcano.

This easy and manageable hike will allow you to enjoy the most extraordinary view of the Arenal Volcano as you walk along the base of this marvellous 'Mountain of Fire'. The hike begins on one the trails close to the volcano, which will take you through the forest over recent lava flows and the area destroyed in 1968, which is now in the process of regeneration.

The trek takes about two and a half hours and the whole tour approximately four hours.

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Other experiences in Arenal Volcano

These activities are designed to give you the most authentic experiences around where you're staying. We work with local guides, who use their knowledge and often a resident's eye to show you the main sights and more out-of-the-way attractions. Our specialists can suggest tours and activities, such as cooking classes, that will introduce you to the local ways of life.

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    Arenal Hanging Bridges Natural History Tour

    Follow the hanging bridges through the Arenal rainforest canopy and the walking trails along the forest floor to spot numerous bird, animal and plant species. Clearings and open spaces in the forest canopy offer a glimpse of the magnificent Arenal Volcano in the distance.

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  • Arenal Rainforest Sky Tram and Trek
    Aerial tram, Costa Rica

    Arenal Rainforest Sky Tram and Trek

    Arenal Rainforest Sky Tram and Trek

    Enjoy a peaceful gondola ride above the Arenal rainforest and take in the breathtaking views of the volcano and the still, blue lake. Choose to return back to your starting point the same way or via the Canopy Tour; an exhilarating zip line through the forest canopy.

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  • Arenal Volcano National Park Tour
    Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica

    Arenal Volcano National Park Tour

    Arenal Volcano National Park Tour

    Embark on a journey of exploration through the beautiful Arenal Volcano National Park, spotting unique flora and fauna along the way and learning about the activity and history of the still-active Arenal Volcano.

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  • Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge
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    Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

    Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

    The Cano Negro refuge itself is located 25 kilometres south of Los Chiles in the northern area of the Alajuela province, approximately a two hour drive from Arenal. It has been declared a site of international importance for the nesting of migratory birds and occupies an area of 9,969 hectares in the Río Frío Basin.

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  • Cerro Chato Hiking Excursion
    La Fortuna waterfall, Volcan Arenal

    Cerro Chato Hiking Excursion

    Cerro Chato Hiking Excursion

    Ascend through dense primary forest, which is home to a huge variety of flora and fauna, to the summit of Cerro Chato - Arenal Volcano's 'older brother'. Finish this half day walk with a refreshing swim at La Fortuna Waterfall.

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  • Eco Termales Hot Springs
    Volcan Arenal, Costa Rica

    Eco Termales Hot Springs

    Eco Termales Hot Springs

    The Eco Termales hot springs are a beautiful sanctuary surrounded by nature. The smallest of the hot springs in the Arenal area, Eco Termales is perfect for privacy and relaxation.

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  • Half Day Quad Bike Tour
    Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

    Half Day Quad Bike Tour

    Half Day Quad Bike Tour

    This half-day quad bike tour combines adrenalin and adventure with incredible wildlife and tropical forest, all set within the shadow of the majestic Arenal Volcano.

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  • Lake Arenal Kayaking Excursion
    Crossing Lake Arenal, Costa Rica

    Lake Arenal Kayaking Excursion

    Lake Arenal Kayaking Excursion

    Take to the water of Lake Arenal in your own kayak and explore the shores to spot a multitude of different bird species, and perhaps hear the unmistakable call of a howler monkey.

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  • Peñas Blancas River Floating
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    Peñas Blancas River Floating

    Peñas Blancas River Floating

    Drift silently along the Peñas Blancas river, which winds through lush, verdant forest, and see a huge variety of wildlife including monkeys, sloths, iguanas, tortoises, crocodiles and several types of birds.

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