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Arenal Observatory Hike
Activities in Arenal

Arenal Observatory Hike

  • English and Spanish
  • 6 hours
  • Hotel pick up

Explore the Costa Rican rainforest, see the imposing Arenal volcano up-close and enjoy a relaxing dip in the river. A fantastic, nature-filled day!

Arenal Observatory Hike

After picking you up from your hotel, we’ll start our journey towards the Arenal volcano. Our route will take us to the highest part of the volcano, and from there you’ll be able to take in the incredible views of not just the volcano, but also the namesake lake. 

As we hike, you’ll be able to admire the volcano from different perspectives, and we’ll explore gardens and forests and cross hanging bridges until we reach a waterfall and the River Danta.

At all times, you’ll be accompanied by a naturalist guide, who’ll give you information about the area and its native animals. If you’re lucky, you’ll even be able to see some of these, such as the monkeys and the tropical birds. One of our missions will be to try and spot the famous red-eyed tree frog.  

Next, we’ll enter the Observatory museum, where you’ll find out more about the history of the Arenal volcano. Then, our tour will finish on a high as we take a trip to the natural thermal river where you can take a dip, bathe in the volcanic mud and enjoy a typical Costa Rican cocktail.

Once the tour has come to an end, we’ll drop you back at your hotel.

Important Information

The tour includes hotel pick up and drop off from the main hotels around Arenal. If your hotel is further than La Fortuna or the main road leading to the Arenal volcano, the local tour provider will get in touch regarding a convenient meeting point. 


Adults Children between 6 and 11 years old Children under 6 years old
US$ 40
US$ 20
  • Adults

    US$ 40
  • Children between 6 and 11 years old

    US$ 20
  • Children under 6 years old


More Information


6 hours.


This is a bilingual (English/Spanish) guided tour.


Hotel pick up and drop off.

English and Spanish speaking guide.



When to book?

Book as soon as possible to guarantee availability, especially during public holidays and festivities.

You can book up to 2 days before (Arenal local time) if there are still places available.


Once your booking has been confirmed, you will receive an email containing your booking voucher. Please print it out or download on your smartphone/tablet to show on the day of the activity.

Frequently asked questions

  • Q - How to book?

    A - To reserve the activity, choose the date and complete the form on this page. You will receive your confirmation immediately.

If you still have more questions, check out our section on frequently asked questions. If you need help to book an activity or have any enquiries, please contact us.


No (not suitable for people with reduced mobility).

US$ 40
No hidden fees or surcharges
Free cancellation up to 6 hours before the service starts


Free! Free cancellation up to 6 hours before the activity starts. If you cancel under this time or do not show up, you will not be refunded.