The volcano Arenal is one of the seven active volcanoes in Costa Rica, but since some 6 years, there is unfortunately no lava to be seen. However, due to its more active past, the volcano has become one of the most famous travel destinations in Costa Rica. At the foot of the Arenal you will find the vibrant town of La Fortuna with many nice restaurants and bars.
In the area there is a lot to do for both nature lovers and adventure seekers. Pay a visit to the Arenal National Park and walk over solidified lava or explore the area on horseback. The scenic route along the Lago Arenal, or Lake Arenal is a great drive and it’s nice to have lunch or a cup of coffee in one of the little restaurants with beautiful view on the lake.
If you are more adventurous, Arenal has much to offer. In the vicinity of the volcano you can go kayaking, book a canopy or rappel tour. In the evening you can relax at a luxury hot spring resort. The springs are naturally heated by the Arenal volcano.
A very popular full day tour is the Volcano Valley Hike. During this rather intensive, but extremely cool tour you hike along two volcanoes, a waterfall, and you’ll enjoy the sunset from a large terrace with a beautiful view of the volcano. Before returning to your hotel, you relax in a natural hot spring with a local cocktail.
We stayed at a beautiful lodge with nice views on the jungle. Personnel was super friendly and they took great care of us. Nice tours and while having our meal, you can spot all kinds of birds and butterflies. Fantastic!
We stayed in a nice hotel with comfortable rooms and a private garden, centrally located and helpful staff. There was lots to do in the area, we therefore definitely would have liked to stay a little longer!
We booked the Volcano Valley Hike. It was a beautiful tour during which you were shown around a nature reserve and visited a waterfall. It however had little to do with the volcano, which we had expected. The hotsprings in the evening were really super fun.
We have also been to hanging bridges to experience the jungle in a different way. Great you can decide your own pace, because they offer a selfguided tour. Well worth it. More about our adventures can be found on our blog.
The kids were happy to stay in La Fortuna, so they could get a great pizza :-). Great stay with a really nice (but very rainy) hike. We unfortunately did not see the volcano and there was no sunset, but we were accompanied by two fine guides and we had much fun in the natural hot spring with our mud mask and cocktail.
Nice place with a view of the volcano!
Welcoming staff who gave us many tips on what to do in the area.
We stayed at a nice bed & breakfast just outside the town centre of La Fortuna. Great place! You can make nice hikes from hotel. Our cottage nr 12 was great, because you have a clear view of the surroundings and the Arenal volcano.
We hiked in the Arenal national park and recommend a visit to the Arenal Observatory Lodge.. There is not only a great restaurant and observatory, but you can also make various nice walks: over the suspension bridge to the museum, to the botanical garden, the frog pond and a longer walk to the waterfall and through the woods.
A tip: Go and eat at the delicious Lebanese-Italian restaurant ‘Que Rico’.
For us the Arenal area was too touristy, but our cottage, breakfast and service were excellent! Here you can spot beautiful hummingbirds in the garden.
The Baldi hotsprings we thought were also rather touristy. Food and drinks there very expensive. Hot springs were nice laid out, but to us it was a bit boring.
For my daughter and me one of the highlights during our holiday were the hanging bridges in Arenal. Rick thought that whitewater rafting on the Rio Saripiqui and the Extreme volcano hike in Arenal were his absolute highlights.
We booked the volcanic hike, a really nice hike for all ages. There were even a few small children aged 8 and 10 hiking with us. Due to the large amount of rain we did not spot many animals, but the trip was great!
Our hotel was really nice, lots of privacy, excellent breakfast. We made a very adventurous hike in the pouring rain. There was lots of mud, and we had to climb over tree trunks.
Wet to the bone we ended our survival trip. No volcano seen, but that did not spoil the fun! We hiked with a nice group and our guides were great. Afterwards we had a drink in a lovely warm river where you could truly relax, before returning to our hotel.
Our cottage was perfect: clean and comfortable. Due to the weather we only saw the Arenal volcano once, great sight for our kids. We also enjoyed the hotsprings in Baldi. There were many Costaricans, so we could experience the local family life, which was very nice.
We really enjoyed our hotel, there were hardly any guests, we also got the room with the best view of the volcano 🙂
Trip to the volcano that you booked for us was superb! Really enjoyed it, both us and the kids. We had to hike through the mud in the rain, but we still had a great time and relaxed ending of the tour in the hot springs with mud mask and coctail.
Edventure once again selected a nice hotel for us with view of the volcano. We could see it for exactly three minutes and then the Arenal disappeared in the clouds…..We really enjoyed the nice and quiet surroundings of our hotel.
In La Fortuna we’ve see and done a lot: we hiked a lot, went rafting, booked a canopy tour and the Volcano Valley Hike. That was really cool, really a must! It was a pretty tough trip, but with a nice ending in natural hotsprings. We really would have like to stay a little longer in La Fortuna, there was so much to see and do!
If you do not know what tours to choose, remember you can also book ‘combo tours’. You can combine a canopy tour with a visit to the hanging and a ride in the aerial tram all in 1 day.