The volcano is some distance from San Jose, but it is worth the trip to visit one of Central America's most impressive ... More
The volcano is some distance from San Jose, but it is worth the trip to visit one of Central America's most impressive volcanoes. In the night, the view is awe-inspiring thanks to the red-hot rocks that the volcano spews into the air. You can stay in the village, Fortuna, to take advantage of the night views, or take a day trip from the capital to visit the Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal.
Definitely the best place in Costa Rica to do canopy. It is a bit pricy for tourists, but well worth the money. As you fly above the tree tops you can hear the volcano gurgling in the background, and you have the most spectacular view of the laguna around its base. At night the hot springs are a must, as is trying to catch a glimpse of the cascading lava.
omg this place was so wonderful. the tours are wonderful and the people are too. this place is not expensive. i recommend that you go horseback riding up to the volcano. its so beautiful and fresh. seeing an actual volcano and lava was a first. their are so many different wildlife to explore. hiking was fun. you could even camp! if your looking for a fun time, now you know where to go ta;)
when i went in may 2009 i stayed at this ahmazing hotel something along the name of sping and spa resort!!! it is known for theirmany natural heated (by the valcano) pools.(u can go thier just for the day if you want.) we had an ahh mazing beautiful 2 floor room with hamocks.. paddio.. 2 bath rooms with 2 showers and a jacuzi.. 2 flatscreen tvs 2 huge beds, nd more!!! the whole wall was glass window and looking out that window was volcan arenal....at 2am i woke up for a quick second and saw the valcan ERUPT!!!!! the say it is very very!! rare to see it and i was so happy i saw it on the last night i was their...WHAT A GREAT SIGHT TO SEE!!
Beautiful place with amazing people. Sites are amazing and the hiking is refreshing. Listen and you can hear the mountain. Stay as close to the top as you can and you'll enjoy your stay more. Go to Montiverde after leaving Arenal.
In January I was 3 days in the Arenal area. This place definitely should be on your To-Do list for Costa Rica.
Our trip was an organized tour from the travel agency Expediciones Tropicales. Our tour guide picked us up from our hotel in San Jose and drove on to La Fortuna.
In the afternoon we visited Baldi Hot Springs. There we could relax in twenty swimming pools filled with thermal water and different water temperatures. That was a real relaxing experience.
We had a lot of luck with the weather by day. There were only a few clouds which didn’t hide the volcano. So we could enjoy a beautiful view of the Arenal volcano.
Unfortunately at night it was badly clouded so that we couldn’t see from our hotel the lava flow. Therefore we took a taxi which drove us to the other side of the volcano. There we could see the fascinating spectacle despite the clouds. It was really amazing!
We stayed at Arenal Volcano Inn. I can highly recommend this hotel. The hotel complex is really beautiful, has an excellent Italian restaurant and the bungalows are lovely and well appointed.
The city La Fortuna is very nice. You can find there a lot of other hotels, restaurants and shops. But also many travel agencies where you can book local tours. I can recommend a horseback riding tour to the volcano. That was an impressive excursion. There are also many other possibilities to arrange your leisure time. So enjoy your time there!
We loved Arenal and had a wonderful time in Fortuna. We stayed at Los Lagos and had views of the volcano and lava flow from our rooms. The volcano was covered with clouds the first day we were there (Feb 18-21, 2008) but they cleared by the second day. Baldi was nice and the canopy and horseback riding tours at Los Lagos gave some great views along with a fabulous adventure! I am glad we visited Arenal.... we enjoyed it far more then Poas... but less then Montezuma.
I was able to get down to Costa Rica in October as part of a group of students. Arenal is amazing, especially if you can see it at night (on the active side...on the other side from La Fortuna). You can actually see molten rocks cascading down the mountainside and breaking into more and more rocks...amazing! The hot springs are great around there too, I would definitely recommend Baldi Hot Springs, about 20-30 pools of varying temps. Loved it, and can't wait to go back!
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