Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails

Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails

Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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In our park, you will discover the essence of nature at its peak. Through hiking, you will enjoy breathtaking views and delicious drinks; every moment will be a connection with serenity and natural majesty. You will experience holistic well-being with each step of this unique adventure. Immerse yourself in the beauty of Arenal 1968! Moreover, you will have the opportunity to explore the magnificent lava expelled by the Arenal Volcano in its first eruption in 1968, a unique experience that will transport you to that historic moment. Enjoy incredible 360-degree panoramic views that will allow you to marvel at the impressive volcano and contemplate the serene Arenal Lake. During the journey, animals and plants will be an integral part of your experience, providing you with an authentic encounter with the biodiversity of the region. Observe the local flora and fauna in their natural habitat, making your visit an enriching experience. Once the journey through our trails is complete, you ca
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  • LEMartin30
    Bloomington, Minnesota5 contributions
    A new experience every time
    I have hiked the 1968 trail many times over the years, and each time is a whole new experience because you see different birds and wildlife. The new signage is top notch and makes it impossible to get turned around, and new paths have been cleared to view the lake which allows good bird watching. This is a wonderfully maintained trail and well worth the visit.
    Visited February 2023
    Written March 4, 2023
  • jmalandra
    Toronto, Canada73 contributions
    Excellent views of the volcano
    Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails was a lot of fun to visit. Our family hiked to the observatory tower which gives you a great view of the volcano and surrounding area above the tree canopy. There are numerous trails on-site which range from light walking to challenging hikes. You could really spend an entire day here or like us only a few hours. On the way out we grabbed some smoothies on-site. The drive there gets a bit rough but nothing too bad.
    Visited March 2023
    Written March 24, 2023
  • Georgia M
    Lincoln, United Kingdom270 contributions
    Great hike and brilliant cafe at the end!
    This felt a little less commercialised and off the beaten track compared to other attractions in the area. Not totally remote though, there’s still a welcome desk where they explain routes to you and the cafe at the end is a real treat and offers great views! All in all, a great and different (though not very accessible) kind of hike and we would recommend if you’re in the area! Oh, and the waiter in the cafe was fantastic but I can’t remember his name!!
    Visited April 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written July 28, 2023
  • Will Bayton
    Cambridge, United Kingdom7 contributions
    Good hiking reserve
    A great place to spend a few hours hiking and wildlife watching. We did the red route and it took just over 2 hours, including the time we spent stopping to watch animals. We saw monkeys and loads of birds. The old lava flows are also cool to see.
    Visited December 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written December 5, 2023
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Europe895 contributions
Feb 2020 • Couples
Did the walk (not a hike) and the area of course is nice. But at $17 per person it is too expensive for what it is. Should offer much longer hikes and an information center to tell more about the volcano. Then the $17 would be worthwhile. We did this one as the area otherwise lacks any proper hikes given that the cerro chato trail is not maintained and too muddy to enjoy.
Written February 29, 2020
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Ana100462
Montreal, Canada11 contributions
Mar 2020
There are two trails offered. The longer one (yellow) takes about two hours to complete. Since it leads to where the volcano erupted, you need to climb but we thought it was easy most of the time. It is a great way to spend time in nature and see the damages caused by the 1968 eruption. We had lunch at the restaurant and the six of us were very satisfied with the food and the excellent fresh fruit juices. We only have good words about the service. Thanks to Joseph!
The only thing that we would have liked is a little more explanations on what we come across during the hike but the model at the entrance is a must see.
Written March 9, 2020
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Alex L
Silver Spring, MD31 contributions
Dec 2020
The 1968 Trail was a "moderate" hike and nice adventure through the lower portion of the Arenal volcano. We stayed at Volcano Lodge, and the trip from there was about 15 km or so. Very easy to spot with road signs and our iPhone. The cost was $18/person. There were very clean bathrooms onsite at the base of the trail. Hikers should take water and rain gear. Perhaps a small snack. They should also wear hiking shoes, particularly if they are continuing past the forest trail on to the Lago Trail. The loose rocks on the decent and slippery terrain can be rather difficult at times.

In early December, the temperature was in the mid-70s with no breeze and no rain, though hikers might consider packing a rain jacket and extra set of clothes to change into if the weather turns more wet. After about a one hour hike, trekkers will arrive at a beautiful "summit"/plateau that overlooks the Arenal Lake/valley and provides ideal views of the entire western portion of the volcano. We were unable to view the top of the volcano on the day of our hike due to cloud cover but the views were gorgeous of the lake and volcano nonetheless.

After descending from the overlook, hikers have an option to continue on another one hour hike around the Lago Dos Patos (Duck Lake) or simply take an exit trail back to the entrance. We took the extended trail around the lake, but in hindsight probably wouldn't do it again. The Lake Trail doesn't add much in terms of beauty, wildlife, or flora. It is good exercise, though! There is a wonderful viewpoint at the 1968 Trail's events venue, located not too far (maybe 5 minutes) from the trail entrance. Worth a visit up to that for views, if you have time.

We completed the entire hike at a modest/amateur pace in about 2 hours and then went and soothed our feet in the thermal pools at our hotel.
Written December 11, 2020
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Vince L
Chelmsford, UK45 contributions
Feb 2020
I walked in late february in the morning during intermittent rain. The path is clearly marked and easy for someone of average fitness. However I did not see much wildlife. Some coatis climbing down from a tree and a toucan, and a few small lizards. maybe there are too many noisy trekkers? I spoke to a couple of guys who had done the trek a preious day and had a much better experience. Thats nature for you! Dont pay for a guide. Just turn up and pay at the gate.
The cafe is amazing with fantastic views, great food and a super view of the Volcano on a clear day. Also lots of great birds on the feeders! However although it was the dry season, we only saw the top of the volcano once in 5 days due to low clouds and showers. It is a rain forest after all! The staff were great and took photos of us all too.
Written March 6, 2020
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Nicole O
Delta, Canada1 contribution
Mar 2023 • Couples
It is mind blowing how much there charging for a hike! Yes a walk around a volcano. It is disgusting!!
They must be clearing 10k a day for the amount of idiots that pay this price.
What are they paying there employees and maintenance crews.
Probably nothing there Probably volunteers!!
We came to Costa Rica from canada to enjoy crazy wild nature but not break the bank at the same time!
Written March 16, 2023
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BrandyeG
Austin, TX127 contributions
Mar 2021 • Family
This place was amazing! We also hiked the 3 trails in the Arenal National Park but we liked this best. No tour needed and it’s on private land. Parking lot very safe. The full loop was 4km and took us about 3 hours, although we stopped to watch the birds and hang by the lake a lot. We saw so many birds, lizards, frogs and butterflies. The well marked, easy trail takes you through part of the 1968 lave flow as well as primary & secondary rain forest, with close views. It’s beautiful! At the end there is an observation deck with restaurant and cold drinks. Bathrooms are clean and grounds are well maintained. My 9 year old did this trail with ease, as did I.
Written March 29, 2021
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Kristy C
Orlando, FL10 contributions
Dec 2022 • Couples
Great view of the Arenal volcano! This private park costs $2 more than the park operated by their national government, so the total cost as of Dec 2022 is $19 per person.

The hiking trail is intermediate with several areas where you are hiking over rocks of mixed sizes; it is recommended to have hiking shoes and/or shoes with a strong grip. There are also trails with varying inclines.

Mid-trail you will find a lookout where you can see the Arenal volcano and a majestic view of Lake Arenal.

At the end of the trail, you are rewarded with another beautiful view of the volcano in a gorgeous garden-like setting that surrounds their cafe. This is a must stop to sit back and enjoy the scenery. The cafe even has a second level just for staring out at the Arenal volcano, and is the perfect little stop if you have a tripod for photos.

Great place to check out if you are in the area!
Written December 10, 2022
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KingTheWanderlust
Orlando, FL372 contributions
Jul 2022
I had low expectations of this place, because it seemed "touristy" when we pulled in and had to pay (kind of like entering Disney World). But wow, it BLEW us all away! We were virtually alone on the trails through the gorgeous flow of lava rocks from the 1968 eruption (we did both of the trails and found them fairly easy and very well maintained - it took us maybe 2.5 hours or so for all of it). The beauty and scenery is just gorgeous, and the whole place is immaculate. We had an elderly friend with us, and the staff was so kind and drove her in a golf cart up to the shaded snack area to wait for us - she loved it, because the views from there are great too! The staff is super friendly. I wouldn't hesitate to recommend or go back here - it was seriously one of the prettiest hikes I've ever been on anywhere in the world (reminded me of Hawaii's Na'Pali coast hike).
Written July 22, 2022
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Lorena D
Glasgow, UK3 contributions
Mar 2021
The best service we've had since arriving in Costa Rica. The staff are very well-organised and knowledgeable about the area, and in particular Luis (Sp?) helped us with our taxi driver and was absolutely outstanding.

Very gentle hike suitable for all, with stunning scenery and a real variety of flora and fauna to see - we saw several toucans and brightly coloured lizards as well as all manner of insects and beetles. If you want to see the top of the volcano, go on a clear day. We saw a lot of it, but not the very top, unfortunately. We didn't see any monkeys but were told that they're quite common around the longer 6K hike.

There is a cafe by the end of the trail at the viewpoint which again we got amazing service at. Very attentive waiter who gave us great food recommendations and the coffee was truly delicious. I really have nothing bad to say about this place, a great relaxed way to see the volcano and the wildlife!
Written March 30, 2021
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gkcummings
Santa Barbara, CA30 contributions
Apr 2021
We walked through the lava fields through beautiful scenery. We encountered a troop of howler monkeys while hiking and there is a scenic lake about 3/4 of the way.The hike took about 90 minutes at a moderate pace.
Written April 18, 2021
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