Arenal Volcano Walk
Arenal, Costa Rica
The best way to get as close as possible to the spectacular Arenal Volcano is to walk the reserve’s easy series of trails, which will take you through secondary rainforest and former lava fields. The park is known for its diverse wildlife.
The walk around Arenal Volcano starts with a drive to the active western side of the volcano. Once there you will embark on the Toucans Trail, which traverses the rainforest and crosses over a large lava flow from 1992. It is possible to observe a great variety of plants, wildlife and magnificent lava rock formations. While exploring the park you will see plant life which includes guayabo de monte, laurel, cirri, various species of palms, orchids, heliconias, ferns, strangler figs, bromeliads, and many others. Most of Costa Rica’s 850 identified bird species can be spotted within the park’s borders, including the endangered and elusive quetzal. Once on the top of the lava flow you will have a beautiful view of the Arenal Lake. Finish with an optional visit to the nearby mineral hot springs (entrances additional).