Arenal and Cerro Chato Volcano Hike in La Fortuna

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On this 10 hour guided nature tour our guides take you on a hike in which you get to enjoy La Fortuna´s most spectaculair scenery. You get to know the rain forest at the foot of the Arenal Volcano, see and learn about wildlife and flora, hike through fields of big lava rocks, climb up to the highest scenic viewpoint to see the Arenal and its spectacular surroundings. Go to the Observatory park for a light hike through tropical gardens, pass two hanging bridges, go through more forest to visit a waterfall, learn about the volcano in a museum, see the sun set over the Volcano and Arenal lake from a panoramic observatory deck and go to a hotwater river at night to enjoy a drink and a volcanic mud facial.
Having done the pickup we go on a 20minute drive to a beautiful park at the foot of the Arenal Volcano. The tour starts by hiking the dense forest trails that leads us closer to the Arenal volcano. After about an hour of hilly trails, passing many huge trees, we leave the tropical forest. Reaching an open area you can have your first good view of our tours destination...the Arenal volcano. Crossing some farmland we reach a pretty green lake that lays at the edge of the lava fields. After a short pause we pass the cemetary of the victims of the second explotion of the´68 eruption. We now start climbing a staircase that takes us on top of the lavafields. Follow the trail cut through the sharp rocks we reach the highest existing viewpoint. Standing here you´ll be amazed by what you see: the lavafields, the Arenal lake, the plains of the northern lowlands, endless forest, and of course Arenals massive cone towering over you. Hiking away from the volcano we explore more forest in which we have a good chance of running into wildlife. The guides will be there to show you and tell about the fascinating ecosystem of the rainforest. After enjoying the lunch package we provide we head down to the Observatory park. At the observatory park you can enjoy the panoramic view of the volcano and lake from another spectacular angle. From here we  go on a light hike through gardens, farmland and forest. You pass two hanging bridges and visit the Danta river and waterfall. In the waterfall you can go for a refreshing swim or just relax and enjoy the scene. Leaving the forest, you reach the Arenal scientific Observatory. In it you can see the seismograph and your guide will explain more about the volcano with the help of images and pictures in its small museum. We end the hike at the deck where we hope to catch the sun going down over Lake Arenal. We have some tasty Costa Rican coffee before we get into the bus that will take us to the last part of our day.  To finish the tour, in the most relaxing way, you will be taken to the natural hot water river. You can relax in its soothing warm water for about an hour and you can enjoy a volcanic mud facial and a complementary cocktail. Your tour ends at approximately 7.30pm when you are dropped off at your hotel.

What’s included

  • Lunch
  • Professional guide
  • Pickup and drop-off from hotels in La Fortuna area
  • Cocktail in the Hot-springs
  • Entry/Admission - Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal)
  • Entry/Admission - Cerro Chato (Chato Volcano)

What’s not included

  • Dinner not included
  • Climb the crater of the volcanoes is forbidden


  • See native wildlife in their natural environment
  • All entrance fees included
  • Free hotel pickup and drop-off included
  • Lunch included
  • Vegetarian meal option available
  • Led by a local guide