Arenal Volcano Excursions

Explore the majestic Arenal Volcano with our guided excursions. Hike, relax in hot springs, and witness stunning views. Adventure awaits!

Tips for Visiting Arenal Volcano

Embarking on a journey to the iconic Arenal Volcano is akin to stepping into a different realm — one where the majesty of nature's own sculpting prowess is on full display. This colossal landmark, nestled in the lush landscapes of Costa Rica, beckons to adventurers and peace seekers alike. To enrich your venture to Arenal Volcano, here are several tips that could elevate your experience from memorable to utterly unforgettable.

Choose the Right Time of Year

  • Dry season: Often considered the best time to visit, the dry season spans from December to April. Clear skies and less rainfall increase the chances of uninterrupted volcano views and outdoor activities.
  • Green season: May to November can be wetter but also offers verdant scenery, fewer tourists, and potentially lower prices. Pack waterproof gear if you choose this period.

Dress Appropriately

No matter the season, the Arenal region’s microclimates demand versatile attire:

  • Layering is crucial, as temperatures can fluctuate, especially at higher elevations near the volcano.
  • Sturdy footwear will support your feet during hikes on uneven terrain.
  • Rain gear will protect you against sudden downpours, ensuring comfort on your exploits.

Respect the Safety Guidelines

Arenal Volcano is an active stratovolcano—a fact that adds to its intrigue. Adhere to all posted warnings and remain within authorized areas to enjoy the spectacle safely. Research its activity history to better understand this impressive geological feature.

Stay Hydrated and Energized

Climbing and exploring can quickly deplete your energy reserves. Pack enough water and snacks to keep hydrated and fueled as you venture through the Arenal Volcano National Park.

Opt for a Guided Tour

Discovering Arenal Volcano with local experts can remarkably enhance your outing, and there's none better than our own Happytripz. Our guided tours offer enriching insights, prime viewing spots, and a smoother traverse across this volcanic wonder's various trails and attractions.

Capture the Moment — Respectfully

Photography is a fantastic way to preserve the memories of your Arenal adventure. However, remain mindful of nature and local customs when snapping away. Use the power of images to share the story, but always do so with respect for the environment you're in.

Consider Proximity for Accommodations

Selecting lodgings close to the volcano can provide you with awe-inspiring views right from your window. Proximity also minimizes travel time, allowing for early morning or late evening excursions to bask in the serenity of the volcanic surroundings. Check out accommodations on Google Maps to find a place that matches your preference.

Engage in Multiple Activities

Though the volcano is the star of the zone, the Arenal area is rich with other activities as well. Do not miss out on:

  • Relaxing in the thermal hot springs, heated by the geothermal activity of the volcano
  • Exploring the hanging bridges for panoramas of the forest and volcano
  • Visiting La Fortuna Waterfall, which promises a refreshing swim after a decent hike
  • Ziplining through the canopies for an adrenaline-fueled view of the land
  • Horseback riding along scenic trails that provide a different perspective of the volcano's vastness

Arenal Volcano stands as a testament to the dynamic beauty and power nature wields. Whether you're trekking to the observation points or simply gazing at its grandeur, each moment at Arenal is an opportunity for adventure and contemplation. Keep these tips in mind and join us, Happytripz, for a journey that promises to be as seamless as it is spectacular.

Our Advantages


24/7 Help Desk

Our customer support is ready to assist you 24/7


Wide Range of Excursions

Discover and book from a vast selection of over 100,000 worldwide excursions


Flexible changes or cancellations without any fees

Modify your excursion without any cost up to 24 hours before they begin

Rating 4.7
based on 7244 reviews

Amara Pitts

Visiting Arenal Volcano was a breathtaking experience! The scenic view of the volcano against the lush rainforest backdrop is awe-inspiring. Our guide was incredibly knowledgeable, sharing the history and geology of the area. Hiking the trails with an occasional glimpse of wildlife added to the adventure. Highly recommend for nature lovers!

Kamden Davis

Arenal Volcano National Park is a must-visit destination in Costa Rica! The well-maintained trails make it accessible for hikers of all levels, and the views are simply spectacular. The hot springs nearby offer a perfect way to relax after a day of exploring. It was an unforgettable experience!

Brynleigh Jimenez

The Arenal Volcano area is stunning, with the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. We enjoyed zip-lining through the treetops and ended our day soaking in the thermal waters with the volcano in sight. The local cuisine was delicious, and the people were welcoming. Can't wait to return!

Walker Porter

Our visit to Arenal Volcano was filled with excitement and natural beauty. The hanging bridges offered unique perspectives of the rainforest, and the chance to spot rare birds was incredible. The clear day provided unobstructed views of the volcano's peak, making for great photo opportunities. Truly a highlight of our Costa Rica trip!

Sutton Ayala

Arenal Volcano completely exceeded my expectations. The hike around the base was both serene and thrilling, with occasional signs of volcanic activity reminding us of the power beneath our feet. The guides were very safety-conscious, and the panoramic views from the observation deck were unforgettable. Don't miss this wonder while in Costa Rica.

Bradley Decker

If you're in Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano should be at the top of your list. The landscapes are diverse, ranging from lava fields to lush forests. The volcano itself is majestic, and there's a palpable sense of energy in the air. The guided night walk was a unique way to experience the area's nocturnal wildlife.

Titan Wolfe

Arenal Volcano provides one of the most extraordinary natural settings I've ever experienced. From kayaking on Lake Arenal with the volcano in sight to the rich flora and fauna along the trails, every moment was mesmerizing. The informative displays at the visitor center added depth to our visit. Absolutely outstanding!

Anika Farrell

My family and I chose Arenal Volcano for a day of exploration, and it was a hit with both the adults and kids. The easy trails allowed us to enjoy the hike without any fuss, and seeing the smoke plumes rise from the crater was surreal. It's an enriching experience that educates and entertains.

Arian McDonald

The energy of Arenal Volcano is unforgettable. The hot springs nearby offered the ultimate relaxation with therapeutic waters surrounded by nature’s beauty. Each moment, whether hiking near the volcano or observing the star-filled night sky, was perfect. Definitely add this spot to your itinerary!

Crystal Avalos

Arenal Volcano's commanding presence was the highlight of our trip to Costa Rica. The guided lava field walk was both informative and fascinating. You can really feel the might of the Earth in this place. And the soothing hot springs at the end of the day made our adventure complete. An all-around fantastic visit!