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Arenal Volcano

With only 7500 years of age, the Arenal Volcano eruption history is considered young. Located in the northwest of Costa Rica and measures at least 5300 ft. (1600 m), and its great conical shape has a crater spanning of about 460 ft. (140 m). Since 1991, the volcano and surrounding area have been declared National […]


Arenal Volcano

With only 7500 years of age, the Arenal Volcano eruption history is considered young. Located in the northwest of Costa Rica and measures at least 5300 ft. (1600 m), and its great conical shape has a crater spanning of about 460 ft. (140 m). Since 1991, the volcano and surrounding area have been declared National Park. It is now the most famous and most visited National Park in Costa Rica. The park in known to hold the most flora and fauna in the tropical rain forests of Costa Rica.

When it all Began

Recent studies show that the latest activity of the Arenal Volcano took place between 1200 and 1500 A.D. But 1968 was the year of the first ever seen explosion of the Arenal Volcano history. At the time there was no monitoring of volcanos and volcanos had not been widely studied in Costa Rica, resulting in the volcano, to be called “Cerro Arenal (Arenal Peak)” for many years. Years before the explosion, some locals reported changes in temperature of the Tabacón River. The night before the explosion, it was said that the seismic activity was very intense, and the earthquakes throughout the evening brought fear to the locals of La Fortuna and El Castillo. Due to the first explosion, three new craters opened on the volcano.

One of the most Active Volcanoes

Arenal Volcano’s last eruption recorded in October 2010. Although the volcano has not shown any signs of eruption nowadays, it was considered one of the most active volcanoes in the world. Arenal Volcano has become one of the must-see areas of Costa Rica, and the world. Travelers come from everywhere, including photographers, geologists and even locals who visit the famous volcano daily in hopes of witnessing yet another eruption. The natural beauty seen in Arenal is unlike any other. the magical scenery will undoubtedly take your breath away as you visit one of Costa Rica's most beautiful areas. The nearby town of La Fortuna is also a highly visited area near Arenal with a large number of local and foreign visitors.

Arenal Volcano Eruption List

July 29, 1968                                                                       

The first ever seen explosion of Arenal Volcano

June 1975

Several avalanches and four loud explosions came from of the craters

June 1984                                                                             

A new explosive phase began with 3 to 20 explosions

August 1993

A wall of one of the craters collapsed and generated more lava flow per day of steam, water, gasses and ash                                        

March 1994                                                                          

Lava flows started to fill the volcano's crater rapidly

March 1996

Arenal began to produce regular lava flows and explosions of gasses

May 5th, 1998                                                                      

A series of large eruptions occurred spewing massive amounts of lava, rock, and ash on nearby villages

May 7th, 1998

23 eruptions reported that day destroying a large area of forest.

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Tabacon Resort Cascada

The Tabacon Resort and Spa

Bordering Arenal The Tabacon Resort located in the Northern Region of Costa Rica at the base of the Arenal Volcano. It borders the Volcan Arenal National Park with all of its exceptional biodiversity of over 100 species of mammals, over 500 different plant species, 350 different kinds of birds and a multitude of various amphibians, insects, and […]

Type Romantic Luxury Volcano Hot Springs

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The springs resort and spa Piscina

Hotel The Springs Resort and Spa

Experience The Springs Resort and Spa The Springs Resort and Spa is a high-end, luxury resort with only the highest of standards for their guests. The Springs Resort guarantees you an entirely enjoyable and satisfying stay during your vacation. You will be overwhelmed and pleased in every aspect of service, quality, and design of the […]

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Arenal Nayara Rainforest

The Hotel Arenal Nayara

A world of unforgettable comfort surrounded by a gorgeous Rainforest. Simply walking up to the wondrous sight of the Arenal Volcano is an experience in itself. Your stay at Hotel Arenal Nayara will be 100% satisfying.

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Arenal Springs Resort

The Arenal Springs Resort

Rooms at Arenal Springs Resort Arenal Springs Resort features colonial style rooms. Also, with all the amenities that one can expect from a 60-room mountain retreat. Too, six rooms specially designed for the disabled. All of our rooms have been built facing one of the best views possible of the Arenal Volcano.     Volcano View […]

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Hotel Arenal Kioro Volcano View

The Hotel Arenal Kioro

Arenal Volcano National Park The Hotel Arenal Kioro, a five-star hotel located on over 27 acres at the base of the magnificent Arenal Volcano National Park.  There is also a private hot thermal spring located just 2 miles (3 km) off property for guest’s private enjoyment. Just a quick 7-minute trip away from the hotel. The […]

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Mountain Paradise Hotel y Volcán Arenal

The Mountain Paradise Hotel

Luxurious Resort at Mountain Paradise Hotel Considered as one of Arenal’s luxury hotels, Mountain Paradise Hotel invites you to take part and enjoy a real paradise. Offering you the perfect balance between nature, service, simplicity and style. Located nearby Arenal Volcano. Hotel Mountain Paradise guarantees you a spectacular view of the volcano in every room onsite. Also, […]

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Royal Corin Resort Vista

The Royal Corin Resort and Spa

The Luxurious Royal Corin Resort This high-end hotel is the perfect fit for you if you are looking for a comfortable and luxurious stay. Truly one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano. With spectacular views of the volcano. Royal Corin is perfectly situated near the Arenal Volcano and the town of La Fortuna. […]

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la mansion inn Lago Arenal

The Resort la Mansion Inn

Exclusive Arenal Resort La Mansion Inn Arenal is an exclusive and small luxurious resort overlooking the Arenal Lake of Costa Rica. Here you can take some time to yourself, and relax in the most outstanding combination of pleasure and adventure. It is also the ideal starting point to visit some surrounding locations like the; Arenal volcano, the Hotsprings, and […]

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Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel Arco iris

The Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel

The Cloud Forest Close To San Jose Located in the center of the capital San José and the Arenal Volcano. The Villa Blanca Cloud Forest Hotel in the perfect location. Less than an hour away from the city of San José and the Juan Santamaría Airport. Yet situated in one of the most beautiful and tranquil areas […]

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Arenal Paraiso Resort Lodge

The Arenal Paraiso Resort

Incredible Volcano Views The Arenal Paraiso has 21 standard and 55 deluxe bungalows. Surrounded by lovely manicured gardens and great views of majestic Arenal Volcano. This large Arenal resort hotel has three large swimming pools. Also, on-site hot springs, spa, hiking trails and a canopy tour right on the property. Arenal Paraiso Bungalows You won’t want […]

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Arenal Observatory Lodge Cerca De Laguna Arenal

The Arenal Observatory Lodge

Private Nature Reserve The Arenal Observatory Lodge sits in a private nature reserve in the heart of one of Costa Rica’s numerous natural areas. Rich volcanic soil supports primary and secondary rainforest. Waterfalls and crystalline rivers offer sparkling jungle refreshment for the soul. A well-marked, manicured trail system provides easy access to the property’s breathtaking […]

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Hotel Montana de Fuego en Noche

The Hotel Montana de Fuego

View Arenal Volcano Hotel Montana de Fuego is located in La Fortuna, San Carlos. One of the most beautiful regions of Costa Rica with a view of Arenal volcano. The hotel also takes advantage of the natural beauty of the area. Firstly, Montaña de Fuego emerges as a peaceful oasis with magnificent vegetation and diverse fauna. […]

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Lost Iguana Resort Piscina

The Lost Iguana Resort

Arenal Newest Hotel The Lost Iguana Resort is one of Arenal’s newest hotels offering luxury accommodations in the rain forest. The resort’s 100-acre property overlooks the Arenal Volcano located near La Fortuna, Costa Rica. A premiere, upscale retreat nestled gently in the jungle. The Lost Iguana Resort only offers rooms with large private balconies overlooking the […]

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Los Lagos Hotel Vista de Volcan Arenal

The Los Lagos Hotel

View Arenal Volcano If you are looking for paradise during your Costa Rica vacation, then Los Lagos Hotel Spa & Resort is the perfect place for you. Los Lagos Hotel is a hot springs hotel. In fact, having the largest natural outdoor area among all the hotels in the zone. The resort is situated very […]

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Baldi Hot Springs Waterfall Pool

The Baldi Hot Springs

Hot Spring Heaven Sitting at the very base of Arenal Volcano lies Baldi Hot Springs Hotel & Spa. The resort consists of 25 different steamy pools welcoming you into the tropical paradise of Baldi Hot Spring Resort. The site is filled with tall tropical gardens, all natural pools, and swim up bars. Some of the 25 […]

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Rancho Margot Mountain y Volcán Arenal

The Hotel Rancho Margot

Rancho Margot Near Arenal Rancho Margot invites their guests to enjoy sustainable living at its finest, at the first carbon neutral lodge in Costa Rica. They will offer you a one of a kind eco-paradise in one of the most beautiful areas in Costa Rica. Also, Rancho Margot is situated in the small village of […]

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Arenal Volcano Lodge Pool view

The Arenal Volcano Lodge

Arenal Volcano Lodge Location The Arenal Volcano Lodge, located in La Fortuna de San Carlos and Lake Arenal. Perfect views of the world famous Arenal Volcano. Just four hours from San José and near the Tabacón Hot Springs. The Lodge offers some of the best views of Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica. The property’s surrounded by exotic […]

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Hotel Arenal Lodge

The Hotel Arenal Lodge

Hotel Arenal Lodge Location Hotel Arenal Lodge located high on a hillside above Lake Arenal. The direct view of Arenal Volcano and the surrounding National Park from the hotel is fantastic. Also, situated on a 2000-acre property in some of the most incredible rain forest terrain on earth. This lush setting is home to the […]

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Hotel El Silencio del Campo

The Hotel El Silencio Del Campo

Paradise on Earth Located in La Fortuna, Hotel El Silencio del Campo will honestly feel like paradise as you step into their beautiful and colorful property. Take a look around you and prepare to be blown away by the spectacular view of the world-famous Arenal Volcano. Located in the heart of the Arenal area. El Silencio offers […]

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Chachagua Rainforest Hotel

The Chachagua Rainforest Hotel

The Chachagua Rainforest Hotel and Resort Escape in the beautiful and magical rainforest at the Chachagua Rainforest Hotel Resort. Stay in one of the finest hotels in Costa Rica. A sustainable resort in the heart of the tropical rainforest facing the beautiful Arenal Volcano. Chachagua Rainforest Hotel will bring you into a world of luxury, hospitality where […]

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Magic Mountain Hotel Vista

The Magic Mountain Hotel

Beautiful Magic Mountain Hotel Come and relax in the beautiful Magic Mountain Hotel. One of the newest hotels in the area, with a neatly polished finish, rooms that spur envy from the competition. Also, a restaurant that can compete with the best and fast and well-mannered service, this hotel is one to have in mind […]

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Casa Luna Entrance con balcón

The Casa Luna Hotel and Spa

Eco-Friendly If you are looking for an environmentally friendly, peaceful and nature oriented vacation, then Casa Luna Hotel & Spa is your true paradise. The hotel was build using reforested wood, contaminant-free paint, recycled plastic roofs. Also, it has installed an energy-saving electrical system, keeping their eco-friendly promise to their guests. Feel at peace with nature […]

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Hotel Kokoro Arenal Cabina

The Hotel Kokoro Arenal

Hotel Kokoro Arenal Volcano Located in one of the most beautiful areas of Costa Rica. Here lays the boutique Hotel Kokoro right by the Arenal Volcano. Hotel Kokoro Arenal is perfect for both family vacations and a romantic trip with that special someone. The hotel also has an extensive meeting and conference rooms with projectors, perfect […]

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Canyoning

The Adventure of a Lifetime Your Arenal Canyoning adventure begins with a short 30-minute 4×4 drive into the tropical rainforest. Just outside the town of La Fortuna, located in the shadow of the majestic Arenal Volcano. You’ll trek through the forest on magical trails that lead deep within the canyon and to the area’s most […]

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Wakeboarding in Arenal

Wakeboarding in Arenal If you plan on visiting the Arenal area anytime soon, why not add a little adrenaline to your experience with some of the best Wakeboarding in Arenal! The Lake Arenal is a 33-mile freshwater lake and has no swimmers, boaters or anything to disrupt your Wakeboarding practice. The lake is calm, the […]

Duration: Half Day

What to bring: Swimming Suit Waterproof Camera

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ATV Adventure Tour

ATV Costa Rica Adventure Discover Arenal and La Fortuna on this adrenaline filled ATV Costa Rica Adventure! Savor the powerful presence of Arenal Volcano. Ride through exotic tropical plantations of banana, papaya, yucca, avocado, black pepper and fruit trees. All under the professional guidance of your experienced bilingual guides. Travel through the tropical cloud forest […]

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Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Fast Drying Clothes Hiking Shoes

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The Venado Caves, Arenal National park

Venado Caves In 1945 a Costa Rican farmer from the village of Venado fell into a hole. At that point, he discovered, now known as the Venado Caves. Originally discovered by the Guatuzo tribes, the caves date back between 15-20 million years to the Miocene period.  For millions of years, they have hidden away under […]

Duration: Half Day

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The Penas Blancas River Safari Float

A Unique Penas Blancas River Tour Enjoy the rainforest and observe wildlife on this relaxing and unique river tour! The tour begins with a short 20-minute drive to the beautiful Penas Blancas river in an air-conditioned van. From here, you’ll start the boat trip on inflatable rafts. They will travel through a slower moving section of […]

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Swimming Suit Towel Waterproof Camera Extra Clothes Comfortable Clothing

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Lake Arenal Windsurfing Tour

The Best Lake Arenal Windsurfing While traveling in or near Arenal, you will find a variety of adventures waiting for you. There are so many opportunities for adventure experiences here that it will be difficult to try them all. One of the most popular and well-trusted tours in the area includes three things: water, speed, and air. […]

Duration: Full Day

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What to bring: Swimming Suit Towel Extra Clothes

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Lake Arenal Fishing Tour

At the largest human-made lake in all of Central America Lake Arenal fishing attracts anglers from all over the world looking to do some inland fishing in beautiful Costa Rica. This lake is fed by a variety of rivers that keep it stocked with rainbow bass and tilapia. This fantastic fishing excursion will offer you […]

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Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Camera Comfortable Clothing Fast Drying Clothes

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The Club Rio Adveture Tour

Fun Filled Day at Club Rio Known as one of the best tours near the Arenal Volcano. The Club Rio Multi-Adventure Package makes for a fantastic day! Each day pass includes your choice of two different activities. You can choose river tubing, inflatable kayaking, horseback riding, mountain biking, nature tours of wall climbing. After your chosen […]

Duration: Full Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Swimming Suit Towel

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The Cano Negro Wilflife Refuge

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge and the Rio Frio Part of the ambitious Costa Rican government commitment to conservation and preservation, this park is one of the hardest places to get to independently, but access is readily available through a variety of tour companies. Known as one of the most important wetlands in the world, the […]

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Camera

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The Arenal Volcano Hike and Hot Springs Tour

Hike through the Tropical Rainforest Your guide will pick you up at the hotel where you’ll begin a 15-minute ride to a private refuge on the far west side. There your Arenal volcano hike will begin. The hike lasts about an hour and a half and takes you through the dense tropical rainforest. Also, with […]

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Camera Sunscreen Insect Repellent Comfortable Clothing

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The Arenal to Monteverde Horseback tour

Arenal to Monteverde Love horses? Travel from Arenal to Monteverde the old fashioned way, via horseback! An incredible way to get between these two popular destinations. This horseback ride is recommended for horse lovers and adventurers of all levels. Your guides will take a very scenic and safe trail along the Arenal Lake. It offers fantastic views […]

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Camera Sunscreen Drinking Water Comfortable Clothing Sneakers

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The Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour

8 Fixed Bridges and 6 Hanging Bridges The Arenal hanging bridges or the “Puentes Colgantes” are one of the areas most amazing attractions. A series of eight fixed bridges and six hanging bridges represent one of the most successful and ambitious environmental projects in Costa Rica. Located in one of the busiest corridors for bird migration. Visitors experience […]

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Camera Binoculars Comfortable Clothing Raincoat Sneakers

Type Adventure Nature Family Friendly

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Arenal Canopy Tour Having Fun

The Arenal Canopy Tour Combination

A Rainforest Adventure Experience the rainforest like never before on one of Arenal Volcano’s most exciting tours! This Arenal Canopy tour is combined with a horseback ride that’ll take you to the zip-lines. Feel the adrenaline rush as you fly from treetop to treetop through a system of cables. This tree top canopy tour is not only […]

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

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