Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna Surroundings Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal
Created in 1995, the Arenal Volcano National Park is found in the rugged Cordillera de Tilarán. The main attraction in the park is the Arenal Volcano, reaching 1,633m/5,356ft. There is a wide range of biodiversity in the park, and an approximate half of all Costa Rican birds, reptiles, amphibians, and mammals can be found somewhere within its boundaries.
Opening hours: 8am-10pm
Guides: Guided tour available as optional extra.
Arenal Observatory Lodge
Originally a private observatory established in 1987, this is the only lodge within the Arenal Volcano National Park boundaries. The lodge is found on a macadamia nut farm on the south side of the volcano. Many researchers from around the world have stayed here to study the active volcano.From the lodge there are excellent views of the volcano and Arenal Lake in the opposite direction. Many hikes can be taken from the area, including some to waterfalls, as well as old and recent lava flows. The lodge is a good choice for accommodation, and there are varying options.