Arenal Volcano National Park is found within the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area located in north-western region of Costa Rica. Inside the park are the Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal, the Lake Arenal Dam, and another volcano called Cerro Chato or Mount Chato as it has already been inactive for 3500 years. Unlike Cerro Chato, the Arenal Volcano used to be dormant until it had a major eruption in 1968. Since then, there has been constant volcanic activity in the area specifically in the volcano’s Crater C. There is presently lava flow of andesite basaltic compostion, gas emissions, and explosions of pyroclastic materials.
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Arenal Volcano Views
If you plan on hiking in Costa Rica, a visit to Arenal National Park is an absolute must to experience the breathtaking beauty of Central America's natural landscape. The park is home to the spectacular Arenal Volcano, this colossal landmark, set in the depth of a lush tropical rainforest, will leave you in a sense of awe as you bear witness to its perpetual stream of rising smoke and the flow of the crimson lava creeping from the precipice. Listen carefully and you will even hear the deep earth-shaking rumblings of this prehistoric titan. Many view-points tout their views of the volcano, and if you can spare the time while hiking in Costa Rica then an overnight stay is highly recommended.
Smokes of Arenal Volcano
While you cannot hike to the highes points of the volcano itself, there are many tours offering you the chance to hike around the base and view this spectacular landmark from every perspective.
El Parque Nacional Arenal es considerado como una zona de recarga acuífera, cuyas aguas drenan al Embalse Arenal para la utilización en la producción de energía hidroeléctrica y en los proyectos agropecuarios del Distrito de Riego de Moracia. En este Parque Nacioanal el principal atractivo es el Volcán Arenal, con las explosiones ocurridas a partir de 1968 se formaron tres cráteres nuevos y activos.
Our most popular tour picks up in your hotel around 5:15 am to arrive at Arenal Mundo Aventura Natural Park by 5:30 am, and ends around 9:30 am, after a delicious light breakfast of fresh fruit, juice, and coffee. The circuit trail combines tree plantations, a gallery forest alongside on of the important rivers of the area, a regenerating forest with open grasslands and pastures, and small brooks which permit the observation of typical open area birds, in addition to aquatic and wooded area birds.
Departure time: 05:15 hrs.
Return time: 10:00 hrs.
in our trails
Las Pavas trail
We invite you to visit our property, where we can enjoy a great variety of birds, mammals and beautiful flowers as well as trees along 1.6 km.
During the tour you will find informative signs about the local fauna and flora.