The Sleeping Giant

Arenal Volcano National Park is one of the most visited destinations in all of Costa Rica. The main attraction is of course the mighty Arenal Volcano which can be seen for miles in every direction and towers above the local landscape. Guided hikes usually depart in the morning and afternoon, however we recommend an early or late afternoon start to take advantage of sunset views.

The tour begins with a hike through the rainforest skirting the base of the volcano. Naturalist guides provide information on flora and fauna as you walk along easy going trails moving closer towards the sleeping behemoth. Learn about the history of the volcano including the devastating eruption of 1968 and the efforts of the community as well as the wildlife to rebuild and recover since.

Before sunset the tour comes to two observations decks providing spectacular views of the volcano as well as Lake Arenal and Arenal's smaller and extinct neighbor Cerro Chato. Arenal Volcano was once one of the country's most active until recently going dormant in 2010. It still serves as a reminder of the awe inspiring power of nature lurking just below the surface we walk on.


Duration: 2 hrs

Departures: 7:30am and 1:30pm

What to bring: comfortable walking/hiking shoes, camera, binoculars, bug repellent, rain gear.

Whats Included: transportation, naturalist guide, park entrance.

Recommended ages: 8 - 65


Escapitos would love to help you book your Arenal Volcano National Park hiking tour. Our reservations department will answer any questions you may have about the tour before booking, provide convenient payment options, and ensure that your reservation is confirmed with the local tour company following payment as well as 48 hours prior to your departure. We'll coordinate transportation pickup and drop off from your hotel in the region, combine and schedule with additional tours/activities to maximize your time, and even arrange diner afterwards to take the hassle out of your busy days in paradise!

We are are confident that you will find our rates comparable with our competitors in addition to providing a level of personalized customer service you may not be accustomed to when working with larger booking sites. Then again, we're not your average booking agency, and to us, you're more than just another reservation. 

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