Park Info

Opening hours are from 8 am to 4 pm every day of the year including all holidays.

The grandeur of the volcano is undeniable and this is the first thing you think when visiting La Fortuna de San Carlos, where this natural wonder is located.

Juan Diego Vargas, Park tourism operator believes that whoever visit the area should not miss to visit, in addition to the lava flows that fell in 1992, the impressive ceiba tree over 400 years old and trails along extensive and authentic rainforest, where you can appreciate the wildlife and the protected resources of this park.

“Besides, each visit contributes directly to the conservation of natural resources, since 100% of the entrances income goes to the National Park Fund, which is used jointly to finance all protected areas of the country,” said Vargas.

Arenal Volcano National Park (PNVA) was established on September 30, 1991 by Executive Decree No. 20791-MIRENEM. Subsequently, its surface was extended by Executive Decree No. 21197-MIRENEM (April 23, 1992) and No. 23774-MIRENEM (22 November 1994).

Arenal Volcano National Park
Arenal Volcano National Park

Main Attractions

Heliconia Trail: Overgrown, it is 610 meters, is flat and narrow, and from there you can see the crater.

Sendero Heliconias: Covered with vegetation, it is 610 meters, it is flat and narrow, and from there you can see the crater.

Coladas Trail: It is a flat route of 1.7 km from where you can observe the volcanic cone, Lake Arenal and Tilarán mountain range.

El Ceibo Trail: It is relatively flat and 2.3 km long. Here you can see the great tree of Ceiba pentandra.

Mirador volcanic cone: It is 1.5 km from the entrance control booth and from there you can appreciate the Arenal volcano.


Drinking water, Parking, Sightseeing place, Area for lunch, Sanitation


  • Adults non-resident $15 (12yo and up) / Non-resident children $5
  • Locals/Residents ¢1000 (12yo and up) / National Children ¢500
Arenal Volcano National Park