Arenal Volcano

A Geologic Wonder

Arenal Volcano

The Arenal Volcano with its 1633 meters above sea level is a geologic wonder with a perfect cone shape formed around 7000 years ago from the neighbor extinct Cerro Chato. Arenal

The Volcano attracts geologist and biologist all around the world because of its biodiversity and also because, since recently, was the most active volcano in Costa Rica. The volcano has not had any lava eruption since December 2010 but is considered active. It is protected together with Cerro Chato and part of the Arenal Volcano National Park with an area of 12016 ha.

The Arenal volcano National Park belongs to the Arenal Tilaran Conservation Area, which comprises two major attractions for local and international tourism, La Fortuna, a little town in the base of the Arenal volcano and Monteverde Cloud Forest, two of the most visited areas. Both together with other important areas lies within 2040 square kilometers that protects eight of the 12 life zones and 16 protected ranges. The protected area includes Lake Arenal, and artificial lake, the largest in Costa Rica which generates 20 % of the country’s electricity.

Besides the majestic Arenal volcano, there are other attractions in the Fortuna neighborhood that includes, the Fortuna Waterfall, The hanging Bridges, the Arenal Lake, the Celeste River, Venado Caves, and many options of hot springs resorts.

The tour takes an average of 2:30 hours and goes from the lowest to the highest part of the property to a point of view very close to the Volcano Where is possible to observe the whole volcano building from the base to the top and make wonderful pictures.!


An important part of the tour is the visit to our Rancho where riders are welcomed with a hot beverage, agua dulce, and fresh corn tortillas and cheese made every day on the farm

When the weather calls, we serve a cold drink made with our organic fruits, banana, pineapple, papaya, or lime.!

La Fortuna in Arenal has become an adventure destination. Between the major attractions you may enjoy doing a horseback ride on the slopes of the volcano, riding on a private farm and visiting an Organic Restaurant with don Tobias Horseback Ride.Visit Don Tobias

The canopy tours, rafting, biking, rappel, tram, hiking, kayaking, canyoning, fishing, are also very popular activities to do in Fortuna and there are many options where to choose from. You may check the following sites to book any of this activities: Visit Anywhere Costa Rica

To get to Fortuna, the gateway to Volcan Arenal, you may drive from San Jose. The shortest runs throng San Ramon and takes around three hours. The other route pass through Naranjo, Zarcero and Ciudad Quesada and takes four hours.

You may asked for confortable transportation to and from the Arenal Area including shuttles, private services, flights and coaster buses e-mailing to get info to :

If you want to go to Monteverde Cloud Forest or what to visit Fortuna from Monteverde, may do it by Taxi or by boat through the Arenal Lake.

The bus Schedule to and from Fortuna :

Route 211 Fortuna ( Arenal Volcano ) From San Jose, departing every day From Terminal Atlantico Norte at 6:15 am, 8:40 am, 11:30 am, returning 12:45 pm, 14:45 pm. 130 km for a5 hours ride. The cost is $3.76. auto Transportes San Jose-San Carlos company, phone : 22554318.

Route 286 Fortuna from Ciudad Quesada- Departing every day From Parada Municipal at 6:00 am, 10:30, 1:00 pm, 3:30 pm, 5:15 pm, 6:pm, Returning 5:00 am, 8:00 am, 12:15 pm, 3:30 pm. There are 4 different routes and Chachagua departing 6:00 am and 10:30 am, returning 8:00 pm, 12:15 pm is a good option. For any question you may contact San Carlos Company, phone 22554318.