Arenal Volcano's last big eruption was in 1968, but you can still see the hardened lava flows the eruption left behind. The Volcano is none the less still active, so hikers are not allowed to get too close, but if the day is clear, you will be able to see some smoke coming from the crater.
When you hike through the rain forest, the guide will be able to tell you a lot about the species of ferns and bromeliads that grow in the area. You might have a good chance of seeing some monkeys, tropical birds and leaf-cutter ants along your way.
When the hike is done, you get to unwind in one of the natural heated hot springs in the area (different rates apply). The hot springs are in beautiful landscaped spas that have nicely appointed restaurant where you can have lunch. Visitors are also able to take a place at the wet bar.
Your group will stop for dinner at a restaurant in Tilaran, on your way back.
TransportationPick-up and drop-off at several hotels in Arenal.
What to BringSwimsuit, hiking shoes, binoculars, a camera, sunblock, change of clothes, rain poncho, insect repellent, sandals, a hat and money for personal expenses (including a locker at the spa).
What's IncludedLunch, dinner, water bottles, fresh juice, hike with a naturalist guide and entrance fees for the national park and the hot springs.