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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I went to the viewpoint as part of a tour. It initially was hidden from view from fog but it cleared up for beautiful views of the volcano. If you go to Fortuna it’s worth a stop to look at.

1  Thank jmccoy2008
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Reviewed October 6, 2018 via mobile

We were lucky as the sky was clear and we were able to enjoy beautiful views of the volcano. There are two zones to visit, Peninsula Zone and Volcano Zone. The ticket is USD 15 per foreigner and you receive Nothing in exchange, just a piece of paper with a mini map.
If you explore volcano zone you will find one trail that will take around 3 hours but it’s very easy to walk. Don’t miss the Ancient Ceiba when you return as it is beautiful!.
Good luck as if it’s cloudy it’s very difficult to see the volcano!.

Thank adrianlmarano
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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

This year was our second time visiting the volcano. My mom and I had visited in November of 2015 and at that time we were able to see the volcano with a bright sunny day it was very clear. On our recent visit the weather was very different, cloudy and misty. We were told it is currently winter there which would explain the cloudy weather. The volcano was still beautiful and I'm glad we got to see it both ways.

The hike to the area where you can take great pictures is not too bad. There were cows and lovely vegetation in the surrounding area.

The tour guide should us some rocks at the bottom that were use in a movie which were pretty cool.

Thank Jatania M
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Reviewed September 2, 2018 via mobile

You need a tour guide to see this volcano to understand about the eruption and what has happened to the area after the eruption to present day. There are walks you can take, but they can be an hour to 3 hours. Or you can go to the look out point.
We were lucky to have a very clear warm day, so got great photos.

1  Thank Julie H
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Reviewed August 29, 2018 via mobile

If a national park charges entrance fees of $15 per head, I do expect something in return. After all, most national parks in other parts of the world are free for the public to enjoy! The Arenal Volcano National Park is an utter disappointment. You get a tiny black and white paper with 2-3 basic trails that lead you along the foot of the volcano, walking through high vegetation that obstruct any view, the endpoint being the remains of the 1992 eruption. Skip this one and save the money. Go to Mistico instead.

Thank Dubaier_2012
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Reviewed August 25, 2018

First things first. There is no need to hire a guide to visit the national park. It is just a short ride from La Fortuna. The main road out of La Fortuna (142) is fine, but the side road (Calle Real el Castillo) leading to the park is a series of potholes. Not treacherous, just need to drive carefully. Admission is $15 per person. A map is provided upon paying admission. The trail is VERY easy to follow. The trail leads to a lava field and view of the volcano. From the same point, turn around and enjoy the views of the lake. Then follow the trail around to El Ceibo, an enormous "tree of life". Allow about 3 hours to visit. If you hustle, you can cut it down to 2 hours.

Thank luv4phood
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Reviewed August 19, 2018 via mobile

We did the trek. It was a nice hike. The bridges were nice to stop and take in the rainforest. The on-site restaurant was also great. Good food with wonderful views.

Thank Sweet_deenie
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Reviewed July 27, 2018 via mobile

Spent 50 usd to enter with no views of the volcano, crappy roads and no hikes of less than 3 miles. Not worth the money or car ride

1  Thank Sandra A
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Reviewed July 24, 2018 via mobile

This is something you need to see when you visit La Fortuna. The vulcano is super beautiful especially when you come closer. Try to get a guide because this will give you the opportunity to learn more about the history of the Vulcano and Costa Rica as well. We had the pleasure of being guided by Edwin who was super nice and had a lot of interesting things to tell about Costa Rica and it’s nature!

3  Thank Caroline B
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Reviewed July 19, 2018

Wow! This is such a beautiful park! We drove around the other sector first, but the Peninsula Sector is where it's worth spending your time (unless Arenal is in view). The path is so well maintained. The restrooms are very nice and clean. I loved the watch tower and the lake view at the end. You should definitely walk both of the trails. We took the "direct" route out and then took the "jungle" trail on our way back. We saw black vultures, a flock of montezuma oropendola, and tons of insects.

Thank Bridget W
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