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Arenal National Park

Arenal National Park is located about 2 hours north of San Jose, and is best known for its volcanoes and lake, which have made it one of the most visited destinations in Costa Rica. The park has two volcanoes: Chato, whose collapsed crater contains an emerald lagoon surrounded by forest, and the perfectly conical peak of Arenal. The park is most directly accessed from the town of La Fortuna where many hotels can be found.

Arenal Volcano has been considered one of the most active in the country, and was previously been believed to be dormant until a major eruption in 1968 which destroyed a local town. It neighbours Lake Arenal, a picturesque man-made lake built to provide water the the country's largest hydroelectricity project, the Arenal Dam. Arenal is one of the most popular tourist areas in Costa Rica, meaning that there is an excellent choice of hotels, activities and local services, although those looking for peace and seclusion may find it quite busy. Arenal also offers its visitors a wide variety of activities such as hiking at the volcano, walking on the hanging bridges, hot springs (of which many hotels have their own), zip-lining and horseriding opportunities as well.

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Arenal National Park
Excursions & Attractions

Arenal Volcano Hike & Hot Springs

Hike through the tropical vegetation on the slopes of the Arenal Volcano and learn all about the Mountain of Fire.

Arenal Hanging Bridges

Cross the hanging bridges of Arenal to discover the tropical rainforest canopy up close.

Cano Negro & Rio Frio

Cruise past the banks of the Rio Frio, a biodiverse area home to exotic wildlife and vegetation.

Zip Wire

An unforgettable experience as you enjoy an adrenaline-fuelled ride through the forest canopy.

River Rafting in Costa Rica

A high octane way to enjoy the flourishing rivers of the region, on rapids to suit varying experience levels.

4x4 exotic quad ride

Ride 4x4 quad bikes through the tropical jungle to exotic plantations and a spectacular waterfall.

Accommodation
in Arenal National Park

Arenal Lodge

The Arenal Lodge is considered as a perfect spot for watching unforgettable eruptions and lava flows.

Arenal Nayara Resort

The Arenal Nayara Resort provides an exclusive retreat in which you can relax amidst the view of the Volcano.

Arenal Springs

Surrounded by an exuberant tropical forest, the Arenal Spring offers modern comfort casitas overlooking the Volcano.

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