Arenal Volcano

National Park

This active volcano is one of the most representative at promotional tour of Costa Rica and raised in July 1968 after 500 years of dormancy. Currently, it remains active and is characterized by the emission of lava flows on an ongoing basis that look particularly spectacular at night. 

The Arenal Volcano National Park is a living laboratory because of its rich geological and geomorphological and complexity in the development of biological processes, from pioneer vegetation to primary forest. It has a very diverse flora and fauna, including its four life zones: Very Humid Tropical Forest (transition), Montano Rain Forest, Lower Montane Rain Forest (transition), premontane wet forest (transition). 


Home Flora

Among the most conspicuous are: Guayabo Mount, Bait, Ceiba, Cirri, Laurel, Higuerones, Pilon, Cecropia, Balsa, different species of palms, heliconias, orchids, ferns and bromeliads including endemic species: Pitcaimia Funkiae.


Principal wildlife

Tepezcuinte, tapir, deer, jaguar, Sahin, coati, howler monkeys, red and white face, a variety of snakes. Birds like parrots, sergeants, orioles, brown magpie, parrots, hummingbirds, bird bell, quetzals.


Colonizing species

In the Arenal Volcano National Park, you can find different developmental stages of soil and vegetation can be observed colonizing plants such as orchid Epidendrum.



The Arenal Volcano National Park is located about 150 km from San Jose in the mountains of the Cordillera de Tilarán and the northern plains region, 15 km from the community of La Fortuna and 40 km from Ciudad Quesada.