La Fortuna: Small-Group Arenal Volcano Expedition

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10 reviews

Activity provider: Ecoterra Costa Rica

La Fortuna: Small-Group Arenal Volcano Expedition

Activity provider: Ecoterra Costa Rica

From US$ 74.75 per person

Hike the trails of Arenal Volcano and enter a tropical forest. See areas devastated by the fury of Arenal Volcano. Discover characteristic flora and fauna with the help of a guide. Then, enjoy some free time at the area's hot springs.

About this activity

Free cancellation
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Duration 3 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pick-up from the following hotels in La Fortuna Town: Arenal Country, Casa Luna Hotel & Spa, Los Lagos, Volcano Lodge, Volcano Inn, Arenal Springs, Arenal Manoa, Arenal Paraíso, Montaña de Fuego, Kokoro, Campo Verde, Carlos Lodge, Tacotal, Kioro, Tabacón, Mountain Paradise, Arenal Nayara, Villas Eco Arenal, Silencio del Campo, Royal Corin, Baldi Hot Springs, La Pradera del Arenal, Magic Mountain, and Lomas del Volcan. For hotels in Area 2 of Arenal, El Tanque Airport, Lost Iguana, Arenal Lodge, El Bosque and the Springs Resort, please pay a supplement of $39 per transfer. This rate is for 1 to 6 people. For hotels in Area 3, Arenal Observatorio Lodge and hotels in El Castillo, Chachagua and Muelle, please pay a supplement of $48.


  • Take a tour of The Silencio Arenal Park and walk past lava flows
  • See areas that have been devastated by the eruptions of Arenal Volcano
  • Get incredible views of the volcano, Arenal Lagoon and the Tilarán mountains
  • Hear explanations of the history, active cycles and geological formation of Arenal
  • Go to the hot springs of your choice for an optional bathe
Full description
The tour begins at your hotel’s lobby, where you will head to El Silencio Private Reserve, in order to reach as close to the Arenal Volcano as permitted by car. From there, you will begin a 1 km walk along a trail of volcanic rock (rated as only moderate in difficulty) to reach the observation point, which is the closest possible distance you can be to the base of the volcano. At the observation point, your guide will provide interesting information regarding the formation of the Arenal Volcano, its periods of activity, and unedited details of its major eruption in 1968, as well as giving you the opportunity to enjoy the incredible views of the Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Lake. Afterwards, you will begin your return trip down the same trail to the starting point. For the next stage of the expedition, you will change scenery and enter into the regenerating forest and small area of primary rainforest found at the base of the Arenal Volcano. This trail is about 1.5 km in length, and with a little luck, you will have the opportunity to discover a large variety of flora and fauna, including toucans, wild turkeys, orioles, wild boars, snakes, and monkeys. After the trails, your driver will be waiting for you with a delicious snack of tropical fruit, before returning you to your hotel in La Fortuna to enjoy the remainder of your stay. If you prefer, you can visit the hot springs of your choice for approximately 3 hours, for an additional cost. After having time to enjoy these natural thermal waters, you will be picked up in a modern mini-van to take you to your hotel.
  • Transportation by air-conditioned van
  • Pick-up from hotels listed in the pick-up details
  • Park entrance
  • Certified nature guide
  • Water
  • Material with supporting information
  • Any additional food and beverages
  • Gratuities
Not suitable for
  • Children under 7 years
  • Pregnant women
  • Wheelchair users
Covid-19 precautions

You must book this activity online because the ticket office is closed

Safety measures in place
  • All required protective equipment is provided
  • All areas that customers touch are frequently cleaned
  • You must keep social distance while in vehicles
  • The number of visitors is limited to reduce crowds
Traveler requirements
  • You must bring your own headphones
  • You must fill out a travel information form
  • You will receive a mandatory temperature check

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Important information

What to bring

  • Comfortable shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun hat
  • Camera

Not allowed

  • Pets
  • Smoking

Know before you go

  • Please bring hiking shoes or sneakers, comfortable clothes, a raincoat, insect repellent, your bathing suit and a towel (for the hot springs)
  •  Bookings can be canceled up to 24 hours in advance at no charge. For cancellations on the day of the tour, a 100% cancellation fee applies
  •  Tours operate with a minimum of 2 paying adults
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 10 reviews

Review summary

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The guide and the tour far exceeded my expectations

February 9, 2022

The guide was knowledgeable and explained us quite a lot of info about the volcano as we went along the trail.

December 11, 2021

A magnificent opportunity to know the details of the Arenal Volcano. Daniela, our guide, is very knowledgeable and patiently answered all of our questions. Both she and our driver were great. Highly recommended !!

August 7, 2021

Product ID: 38137