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What a walk!

Am not sure I'd call it a hike but a long walk around the base and up a little way towards the... read more

Reviewed 5 days ago
London, United Kingdom
Rocky hiking trial!

Arrived later in the afternoon with time of only completing one trail, we took the most popular one... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Orlando, Florida
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Suggested duration: 2-3 hours
Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
+506 2462 1212
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Reviewed 5 days ago

Am not sure I'd call it a hike but a long walk around the base and up a little way towards the volcano. I suspect much of the enjoyment depends on the quality of the guide and we were fortunate, our guide spoke good English...More

Thank 123sel123
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Arrived later in the afternoon with time of only completing one trail, we took the most popular one recommend by the family who owns the area. The family also mentioned that they would allowed us to come back the next day to do the other...More

Thank KhrizJustTravels
Reviewed 1 week ago

After looking at reviews, we decided to vist Arenal 1968 instead of the Arenal Nat'l Park. Most people have said that 1968 is kept better, the view of the Arenal volcano is closer, and the park is open later than the Nat'l Park. Still, the...More

Thank MarkLinton
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I’m a good hiker, but this isn’t the States any more. You’re hiking up lava fields from the 1968 Arenal eruption. There’s no handles. There’s loose rocks. It’s high and hard. But worth it.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This is a hike that is good for everyone, from children to seniors. Not difficult but still invigorating. Walking sticks were provided, which I had not used before but found to be helpful. Saw lava rocks, great views of the volcano & Lake Arenal. Guide...More

Thank ScoutAdventures
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Good views and an easy walk. Good wildlife and guide did a nice job explaining area and history. Nice afternoon.

Thank cscout1114
Reviewed 17 August 2018 via mobile

Nice enough walk but was sold to us as a hike (sorry can’t recall name of operator) and it’s really not a hike.

Thank Toniams2018
Reviewed 13 August 2018 via mobile

We loved hiking the lava trails and did the longer hike twice during our visit. Beautiful scenery, trail was challenging but not too intense. Saw snakes, lizards, frogs, birds and leaf cutter ants. Would recommend as an adventure with a workout. The trails are well...More

Thank Angela B
Reviewed 30 July 2018

We did both the national park and this trail. This one is more difficult with some steeper ascends and descends but nothing over the top. My kids did the trail in running shoes in the rain. Hands down better views of the lava fields....

Thank Ross N
Reviewed 28 July 2018 via mobile

We did our trekking under the heavy rain, however it's a nice activity, easy to do even with children (under good weather condition of course). Very well organized, people working there were very nice, smiling and helpful.

Thank T H
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21 September 2018|
Response from Alejandro Z | Reviewed this property |
We did the trip on our own, but we were told we would hire the guides in La Fortuna.
4 June 2018|
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Response from Karen Z | Reviewed this property |
I believe there are no guides locally to pick. We pre arranged a tour with a guide. Although it is easily marked and you can walk by yourself, the guide was a wealth of information and that really made the trail amazing.