The Arenal Volcano Park is one of the most visited parks in Costa Rica. This volcano used to be one of the most active of the country, where you could see lava streaming down the sides of the volcano, however, since 2010 it’s only spewing steam and gas, even if still active.
The area where the park is located and also the Tabacon and Pueblo Nuevo towns were once destroyed by the explosions when the volcano erupted in 1968; as you will see this section has very little vegetation due to this. On 1992 there was another smaller eruption that reached only the surroundings of the park and left a lava flow which you can touch, see and walk on.
This National Park has up to 12.000 ha (29.692-acre) with very different kinds of trails, we can visit the “Toucans trails” or the “Colada 1968” the which are relatively short with 2 and 3.4 km each. In both of them, we can walk through secondary rainforests and the lava fields and if lucky, spot mammals like monkeys, reptiles, insects and one of the broadest variety of birds in the country including toucans and trogons. Or go through different hiking trails with amazing viewpoints.
This light hike is not very difficult since most of the area is flat providing the perfect combination of leisure and an informative tour perfect for families or those who want to enjoy a calm day. We will finish our walk with a fresh beverage and an amazing view of the Arenal Volcano.