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Arenal Volcano

Arenal Volcano National Park, Costa Rica

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4.5 out of 5
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  • Arenal VolcanoAmbassadorPro 2014
    Monica Suma
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    4 Jan 02, 2014

    Once I arrived in La Fortuna in Arenal, I was told the volcano cannot be visited up close due to its potential danger and past incidents of people unexpectedly losing their lives. So, I didn't. The view from the ground however is beautiful, especially the drive from Arenal to Guanacaste, as you drive along Lake Arenal on the winding streets. Must do in the area is the Tabacon Hot Springs!

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    André Kuik
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    4 Nov 28, 2013

    You can take a nice walk near the volcano and there are a lot of things to do in the area of ​​this volcano.

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    Kim R
    5 Nov 24, 2013

    One of the world's truly actve volcanos - best seen at night from one of the local hotels - many to choose from. But if you can splurge on one that has the hot springs included, do it! And if you are travlelling with kids, sometimes the hotels that include the Springs in their price work out to cost the same. Do your math. We like Tabacon.... its one of the originals, but their customer service is great and they respond to emails within an hour for reservations.

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    Joe P
    5 Jan 27, 2014

    Great area to spend a couple of days. Lots of activities like zip-lining, white water rafting, ATV, hot mineral springs, waterfalls, fishing, and lots more. About a 90-120 minute drive from our house.

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    Travis Katz
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    3 Apr 06, 2014

    Everyone tells you to go see the volcano when you come to Costa Rica. I was disappointed both times I did. The top of the volcano was in the clouds the whole time we were there, which is apparently quite common. We went on a tour at night where you are supposed to be able to see the glow of the lava. Nothing. Not what I would call a must do - although if you are here, go to Tabacon Hot Springs nearby. There is also a pretty amazing waterfall in the vicinity.

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    The Garcia Family
    5 May 30, 2013

    Not only a spectacular volcano, but also all sorts of exciting activities: the Tabacon Hot Springs (a must visit, bring your swim suits!), zip lining (Eco Glide), horse back riding to a waterfall (Alberto’s Horses), canyoneering and repelling (Desafio), and ATV riding.

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    Dixie C
    5 May 28, 2013

    This is Costa Rica's most active volcano. While there, you must also go to Tabacon's Hot Springs. This is where you can sit in several nature heated hot tubs and see breathtaking views of the volcano. Also, while you are there, you can visit LaFortuna waterfalls which is just 3 miles from town.You can see magnificent waterfalls cascade into the rainforest and have the opportunity to hike and swim in the river.

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    Jacquetta B
    5 May 25, 2013

    Tabacon Hot Springs is one of Costa Rica's top destinations. The new Shangrala garden is mystical, hot river winding through beautiful lush jungle landscape with beautiful natural pools accented by oriental statues, soft spa music playing from
    the very air itself. There are luxurious canopied beds to rest upon, take a nap between pools. The rest of Tabacon is wandering jungle paths, through hot water falls, water slide, swim up bar and a great spa. The restaurant is world class.

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    Shirley L
    5 May 20, 2013

    About four hours from Casa de Abuela, the Arenal Volcano National Park has beautiful hot springs parks with lush vegetation. And at last report Arenal was still having lots of activity.

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    JJ
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    5 May 18, 2013

    A beautiful view from our bed at the base of Arenal volcano in central Costa Rica. On sunny days the entire volcano can be seen with smoke seeping out. Most often it is surrounded in haze caused by the clouds caused by the volcano itself.

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Description:

Arenal Volcano is an impressively active volcano in Northern Costa Rica. It lends its name to a national park that encompasses the rainforests surrounding its base. The volcano is a very popular tourist destination, as its explosive lava flows are an impressive sight after dark and the fertile soil it creates has led to an area of high animal and plant diversity.
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