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Arenal Volcano Trail is a 2 mile out and back trail located near San Ramón, Alajuela, Costa Rica that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching.

Length 2.0 mi Elevation gain 242 ft Route type Out & Back
Kid friendly Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Forest Views Wildlife Fee
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Note: $15 admission fee.

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Tatiana Kp
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Amazing views, at least 4 different trails around the volcano.

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Laura Braden
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Hiking

Went with a tour group so it was a bit crowded just due to us! But the view from the lava field is amazing. We were fortunate to have a perfectly clear day with a stunning view of the volcano

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Toni Morrison
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Running

Not sure why this is listed as moderate. It’s short and easy but decent. Groomed trails, beautiful location.

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Laura Heidenreich
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We hiked this trail on a Sunday morning. it was not too crowded and we were able to see howler monkeys, a coati, lizards and interesting insects.

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Fahmida Tariq
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very easy hike...not much to see or experienced..

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Jerry Zhu
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Hiking

The marked trail doesn’t afford good views, being in tall reeds / woods almost all the way. Lots of tourists too. Not much wildlife viewing. Very easy and still nice. Much better is the shorter hike directly up slope to a shelter, shown as the short white path toward east on AllTrails map. Less traffic, saw a river of army ants, cute birds, orchids , and almost constant view of the volcano.

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Hiking

amazing

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Orrosta Orrosta
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Walking

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.

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Elizabeth Ross
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Hiking

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

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Sean Lahav
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Bird Watching

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!

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Frank Orta
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Hiking

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)

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Priscilla Butterfield
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First to Review

Easy and beautiful views

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Alfred Guo
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Nick Wentzell
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Willy Calderón
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Jocelyne Delabays
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Ryan Morrow
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Ryan Morrow
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Emily Devlin
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Robert Spinney
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Doug Arscott
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Kristina Talbert
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Krista Turner
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Josh Sands
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Richard Philp
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Lilly Lieu
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