Arenal Volcano Hike

Take a nature hike around Arenal
Today, you'll enter Arenal Volcano National Park on a two-hour hike. While you can't hike up the volcano itself, you will be able to walk over the hardened remnants of a lava flow from 1968—the year of Arenal's last major eruption. The event was so catastrophic that it transformed some of the region’s topography: lava fields now dominate one side of the volcano.

A network of trails winds through those lava fields as well as the surrounding rainforest. Many of them are shorter hikes, averaging one kilometer and taking only a half an hour or so to complete—although some hikes top out at three kilometers and take over two hours to finish. Along the way, you'll find lookout points featuring prime views of Arenal's iconic peak. The best time to come for a volcano hike is during the drier months between February and April; the lack of rain ensures the trails will be dry and accessible. 

Tours that Include Arenal Volcano Hike

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