Arenal

Arenal Volcano is an active andesitic stratovolcano in north-western Costa Rica around 90 km northwest of San José, in the province of Alajuela, canton of San Carlos, and district of La Fortuna. The Arenal volcano measures at least 1,633 metres high. It is conically shaped with a crater 140 metres in diameter.

Elevation: 1,670 m

Last eruption: 2010

Prominence: 813 m

Location: Alajuela Province, Costa Rica

Age of rock: 7,000 years old

Did you know: Growth of Arenal has been characterized by periodic major explosive eruptions at several-hundred-year intervals and periods of lava effusion that armor the cone.

Arenal a volcano of wonders

You haven't truly been to Costa Rica until you've been to Arenal — it's everything you've heard and more, especially if you love outdoor adventure! From trekking around the massive Arenal Volcano National Park — home of the namesake Arenal Volcano, to zip lining through the rainforest, you'll have to go out of your way to find boredom in Arenal, which makes it a great destination if you're planning a family adventure vacation.

If this is a getaway for just the two of you, plan a trip of adventure, culture, and romance Get a rush of adrenaline when you careen over rapids or rappel down a waterfall. Sample delicious treats as you learn how chocolate goes 'from bean to bar' — you won't believe how fruity cacao beans turn into the decadent indulgence you know and love. Horseback riding leave you a little sore? Slip into one of Arenal's hot springs, and let your muscles relax as memories of stress fade away. Arenal hotels are some of the nicest in the country on the high end but

Home to an impressive assortment of plants and animals, the cool and mountainous region of Arenal will remind you of all of the amazing things you can do when you're free to explore the world at your own pace.

Here are some of the things you can do in Arenal Volcano

hotsprings

For a day of refreshing family fun, the hotel has two water slides with continuous water flow from the forest. One of them will offer a thrilling ride, going through a tunnel before the final splash at the big swimming pool. And for the kids, there are two more pools; one for the little ones, with a waterfall flowing from a fake volcano; and another pool for older children, with a water slide just for them.

Hiking and hangging bridges

Discovering the wonderful secrets hidden in this forest means finding a wildlife sanctuary; the high density of biodiversity makes our trails a unique place for observing species spotted along the way.

When going on the self-guided tour, pay special attention to the different layers of the rainforest, from the treetops, the understory, and the forest floor; this way you will be able to appreciate many of the species housed by this spectacular biological corridor.

Zip Lineing

An authentic adventure in the rainforest that is full of adrenaline and in harmony with the environment.

 

A 3 km (2 miles) zip line adventure trail takes you to the Pino Blanco waterfall, surrounded by canyons up to 120 meters high (360 feet). The Arenal Volcano and Cerro Chato will be waiting for you.

 

Enjoy the only zip line tour that allows you to fly above the La Fortuna Waterfall, across a 980-meter cable (over a ½ mile!), at a spectacular height. 

Raffting la Fortuna

Discovering the wonderful secrets hidden in this forest means finding a wildlife sanctuary; the high density of biodiversity makes our trails a unique place for observing species spotted along the way.

When going on the self-guided tour, pay special attention to the different layers of the rainforest, from the treetops, the understory, and the forest floor; this way you will be able to appreciate many of the species housed by this spectacular biological corridor.

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