Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands Travel Guide

Arenal, Monteverde, and the Northern Lowlands Sights

Arenal Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal)

  • 1½ km (1 mile) from police station, on road to Arenal Observatory Lodge Map It
  • La Fortuna
  • Park (National/State/Provincial)

Published 06/18/2015

Fodor's Review

Although the volcano is in a resting phase, you might see an occasional plume of smoke. It is still worth visiting the network of three easy trails leading to old lava flows, secondary rain forest, and a lookout point. The park is home to more than 200 species of birds, as well as monkeys, sloths, coatis, deer, and anteaters. A top trail within the park is Heliconias (0.38 mile), which has a lookout point and connects to Las Coladas Trail (1 mile). You'll see hardened lava streams from 1992 and a 200-year-old ceiba tree on El Ceibo loop (1.43 miles) toward the edge of the park. Outside the national park is the noteworthy Cerro Chatto, an inactive volcano which you can hike from a trailhead near La Fortuna Waterfall or from the Arenal Observatory Lodge. Both trailheads start on private land so expect to pay an entrance fee of up to $10. The challenging, steep, and often muddy Cerro Chatto Trail takes about 3–4 hours to reach the crater lake. Old lava flows are also visible on the popular Los Tucanes Trail that begins near the Arenal Observatory Lodge. Guides are available for hire at the neighboring tour office, Arenal 1968. Bring plenty of water.

Sight Information

Address:

1½ km (1 mile) from police station, on road to Arenal Observatory Lodge, La Fortuna, Alajuela, Costa Rica

Map It

Phone:

/ 2460–0620-Regional Office ; /2200–4192-Park Administration

Sight Details:

  • $15 cash only

Published 06/18/2015

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