Arenal Volcano

This picture-perfect volcano sits high above the rainforest canopy at 1,633 metres above sea-level.

Arenal Volcano

Arenal is a big drawcard in Costa Rica. A picture-perfect volcano sits high above the rainforest canopy at 1,633 metres above sea-level. For now there are no spectacular molten lava night views, but this iconic volcano remains an attractive landmark. There is more to this area than the volcano alone though. The biodiversity of this area is high. Howler monkeys, white-faced capuchins and anteaters are relatively common not to mention the incredible variety of birds that we have come to expect of Costa Rica. Lots of hiking trails exist that will take you through varying landscapes including canopy walkways and luscious thick rainforest.

Reasons to Visit Arenal Volcano

  • Arenal Volcano – Even though you can no longer hike up to the rim of this volcano (safety first) it is still an incredible sight to behold and many visitors flock here for just that. The top is often shrouded in a sphere of cloud which still provides stunning imagery for the photographers amongst you.
  • Wildlife – Traverse through thick rainforest looking for fauna highlights such as deer, tapirs, quetzals and hummingbirds.
  • Canopy Tour – Enjoy a zipline canopy tour, what better way to experience the rainforest from a different angle.
  • White water rafting – If the canopy tour is not enough, adrenalin seekers can also ride the rapids here.
  • Lake Arenal – See the mighty volcano reflected in the clear waters of the lake. An ideal location for a bit of R&R on your trip. It’s also possible to partake in a bit of fishing or try your hand at windsurfing.
  • Hot Springs – No matter the time of year, the springs are always welcome particularly after some of the more strenuous hikes.
  • Horse riding – Experience a different perspective of the volcano from horseback.

Arenal Holidays

Below you will find some Arenal Volcano itineraries that we’ve put together as recommended suggestions. You might find one of these is perfect for your needs as we’ve put a lot of thought into including some wonderful experiences in each of these trips, and we really love what they offer. However, if none of these quite fit the bill for you, do call us and let us know what you’d like. We ready to help you plan your perfect Costa Rica holiday.

Costa Rica Family Holiday

Prices from: £1,325 pp for 15 days
(ex. international flights)
Costa Rica in two weeks! Combining adventure, wildlife and R&R at the beach, and staying in great hotels, there’s something for all ages and oodles of family fun to be had throughout.

A week in Costa Rica

Prices from: £1,380 pp for 8 days
(ex. international flights)
Spend time in 2 of Costa Rica’s top wildlife and activity destinations: Arenal and Manuel Antonio, on this week long concentrated highlights holiday.

Active Costa Rica Holiday

Prices from: £2,150 pp for 13 days
(ex. international flights)

One for adventure lovers and adrenalin junkies, as you raft, swing, hike and climb your way round Costa Rica – a country-sized adventure playground!

Costa Rica Coast to Coast

Prices from: £2,195 pp for 12 days
(ex. international flights)
Traverse this country from the laid-back Caribbean coast through its mountainous hinterland emerging on the beautiful north Pacific shore taking in scenery, culture and wildlife en-route.

Classic Costa Rica Holiday

Prices from: £1,595 pp for 15 days
(ex. international flights)
If you’re searching for the ideal introduction to the variety and abundance of Costa Rica, look no further! This 15-day holiday is a winning combination of locations, wildlife, habitats, activity & downtime, suitable for all ages.

Two of the best

Prices from: £2,740 pp for 10 days
(ex. international flights)
Take your time to get to know two contrasting areas: Arenal in central Costa Rica with its mighty volcano, and the unspoilt Golfo Dulce on the southern Pacific coast.

Costa Rica Beaches & Volcanoes

Prices from: £1,495 pp for 15 days
(ex. international flights)
See the different faces of Costa Rica. Relax on the Caribbean coast, head inland for some action and adventure as you marvel at the volcanoes and then finish off at the stunning Pacific coast.

Galapagos & Costa Rica Holiday

Prices from: £5,980 pp for 17 days 
(ex. international flights)
A real treat for nature lovers, pairing close-up wildlife encounters in the Galapagos Islands with outdoors adventures in Costa Rica. Not to be missed!

Costa Rica Selfdrive holiday

Prices from: £1,140pp for 8 days
(ex. international flights)
A 3-centre holiday combing nature, activity and adventure and spanning rainforest, cloudforest and coast – an excellent introduction to Costa Rica’s many attractions.

Places to Stay

Arenal has a good selection of places to stay, but it does tend to get busy in peak season so it is advisable to book early.

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Modest, Arenal

Arenal Kioro

Arenal Kioro

Mid-range, Arenal

Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

Arenal Springs Resort & Spa

Mid-range, Arenal

Casa Luna

Casa Luna

Mid-range, Arenal

Lomas del Volcán

Lomas del Volcán

Modest, Arenal

Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens

Nayara Hotel Spa and Gardens

Deluxe, Arenal

Nayara Springs

Nayara Springs

Ultimate, Arenal

Volcano Lodge

Volcano Lodge

Modest, Arenal