Arenal Volcano National Park

“Arenal Volcano National Park (PNVA) was established on September 30, 1991. 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.

• Waste (garbage) produced by visitors must be put into the respective collectors for that purpose they are installed in places of public use or shall be removed from the area by visitors, if they are not available garbage collectors in some sites, for reasons of handling.

Post signs, advertisements or make any kind of events in the park boundaries, without authorization from the Arenal Volcano National Park administration is prohibited.

It is prohibited drinking alcoholic drinks and consume any other drug in the park.

It is prohibited within the park to carry firearms, crossbows, knives and / or any other cataloged as weapon by Law No. 7530 on Firearms and Explosives.

Removal or mistreatment of plants or animals and their products is prohibited, as well as the removal of rocks and other geological material.

It is prohibited within the park to carry firearms, crossbows, knives and / or any other cataloged as weapon by Law No. 7530 on Firearms and Explosives.


Smoking is not allowed within the limits of the Arenal Volcano National Park.


It is not allowed to misuse, damage or make vandalism of park infrastructure.

 The use of sound equipment such as radio-recorders, loudspeakers, televisions and any other musical instrument is not allowed.  

Campfires are not permitted. Visitors can use portable gas stoves, only in areas designated for that purpose.

It is absolutely forbidden to climb the volcanic cone and its immediate surroundings.

The entry of pets is not allowed. 

How to get

From San Jose, take the Interamerican Highway west to San Ramon. Then follow the road north through Los Angeles, La Tigra and Chachagua to La Fortuna then take Route 142, 17 km to Tilarán once it reaches the position of the Tourist Police deviates 2 km to the south.


From San Jose, take the Inter-American highway to Ciudad Quesada, San Carlos and from Los Chiles, near the border with Nicaragua. About 4 miles (7 km) before coming to Los Chiles, to detour east on a distance of 19 km.

  • Dock
  • Drinking water
  • Sanitation services (availability of health services for people with different abilities)
  • Self-informative kiosk
  • Tourism services such as food, accommodation, guides, transportation, telephone, internet and other that are offered privately in the

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


Sendero Heliconias: Cubierto de ve- getación, mide 610 metros, es plano y angosto, y desde allí se puede apreciar el cráter.

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 has 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. 

Investment in the Peninsula Trail area: Currently, it is being designed and built a gift shop, a small café, a path for the disabled and a sightseeing type platform at the end of the Peninsula trail, from where you can enjoy the most beautiful sunsets on Arenal Lake.



Open Daily

– 8am – 4pm


• National and resident adults: ¢1.000
• National and resident children: ¢500
• Foreign non-resident adults: $15
• Foreign non-resident children: $5

• Currencies: Dollars ($) and Colones (¢ – Costarican Colons).
• Cash: Bills in good condition.
• DATAFONO: all credit / debit cards are accepted, in case of being foreign ensure to report to your bank you are leaving your country.

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