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Great swimming spot at the bottom. Very touristy but gorgeous. Beware, If there is a flash flood warning, they will have you get out of the water and move to the observation deck.

Great for families as it’s mostly flat but gets you into the forest seeing animals and waterfalls.

Many stairs, lots of wildlife (saw toucans and monkeys) and a very nice waterfall. Price is OK.

Awesome awesome waterfall amazing views excellent little hike up and down not too difficult but a little bit challenging on the way back

Water is beautiful the price is OK and people are fantastic highly recommend

There is two path you can follow. The red one is the shorter ans the easier and leads you directly to the lava flow. The yellow is longer and a little more difficult and leads you to beautiful points of view. Both of the trails starts at the same point. Along the way you can see monkeys, lizards and many birds. Very nice trail. I suggest to save the panorama (where there is a little coffee shop) for the end. Can be slippery when raining.

hiking
3 months ago

Super easy, man made trail, no guide is needed.

The waterfall is breathtaking and extremely strong.

Peaceful hike and probably the best view of volcano along with lava rocks.

Great hike for animal watching.

walking
4 months ago

Beautiful waterfalls and relaxing swim hole to the left .There's alot of fish that'll be swimming around you.

The “trail” is concrete steps down to the waterfall. Cost us $6 (USD) per person. The area is pretty enough, but even when we went on a Monday it was packed. There’s a lifeguard who doesn’t allow people to swim too close to the falls. Very pretty, but we only ended up spending about an hour there.

Stayed at the observatory lodge in February 2016. The facilities were really nice but what made it truly fantastic was the resort was located already in the Arenal Volcano National Park. Saw owls by night and toucans and amazing rainforest birds by day (mostly around sunrise). The trails around the property were really well maintained and very quiet for the most part (maybe timing of our visit). There were really cool hanging bridges to cross over through the rainforest, beautiful gardens, open prairies with crazy views of Arenal in the background sooo close by, and an awesome waterfall you could walk down to just off the trail. The observatory lodge trails are all easy to moderate. The trail to hike up Cerro Chato volcano was pretty difficult and muddy (quick elevation gain in a short distance) but the view up top of the lake in the middle was beautiful.

A nice walk with some decent views of the volcano. Not sure if it would be worth the money back home, but on vacation, it’s a cheap activity that is gratifying.

A lot of steps down, but very nice place to take a dip and a beautiful waterfall reward.

Awesome views of the volcano and lake

Other than seeing a lot of lava rocks on the path and views of the volcano, this was a boring hike. I would not do again

walking
6 months ago

This short trail is honestly not worth the $15/person admission fee. I would have rated it three stars if it were not for the unbearable crowds. We got there right as the gates opened, but the trail was soon overrun with loud tour groups. We found that we were more likely to see interesting wildlife by simply walking along the side of the road. If you are an avid hiker and want to see an interesting volcanic area, I highly recommend Rincon over Arenal.

walking
6 months ago

Stairs down and up. Nothing too challenging.

hiking
6 months ago

Easy and leisurely. Recommend good shoes if you plan on going to the lava area (just a bunch of rocks).

birding
7 months ago

Very straightforward trail with a great viewpoint of the Arenal Volcano. Most days have low visibility, so keep that in mind. Great wildlife viewing opportunities on the trail as well. Very beautiful!

horseback riding
9 months ago

Took a horse back riding tour through the jungle (Awesome) to get to this trail (staircase) down to the waterfall.

paddle sports
9 months ago

Super easy trail. There's options to rent kayaks on the beach. If you paddle out around the bay (South East) you'll find a very nice and private cove. Just don't get trapped by the tide/current.

hiking
9 months ago

Very easy hike. You'll get a nice view of the Volcano. at the top as well as the lava flow paths from the past (look more rocky than anything)

Easy and beautiful views

hiking
Saturday, July 29, 2017

Fun hike to get a great view of Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal. The trail is very well maintained (it is actually raked frequently) and well marked. The Forest Trail is mostly covered, except when you approach the Lava Summit and observation point. The View Point has a Smoothie Stand if you're interested in a tasty, fresh fruit smoothie.

hiking
Tuesday, March 28, 2017

Easy stroll down a well-maintained trail with gradual stair steps. Nice picturesque waterfall that is popular with locals for picnics and swimming. You can swim behind the falls, and even scramble to the top (although it's pretty slippery and dangerous--so be careful if you're feeling daring)!

hiking
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hiking
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