Located in the northern region of costa rica, the active Arenal Volcano is the number one attraction in Costa Rica. Arenal’s last major eruption happened in 1968; four hundred years after its previously recorded eruption. Since then, the Arenal Volcano has been erupting continuously spewing lava, ashes and smoke into the air.
Although there is a danger zone regulated by the Costa Rica’s tourism authority and attempting to climb to the top of the volcano is extremely dangerous, visitors can take guided hikes along several popular trails in the surrounding National Park to a safe observation point from which to view the volcano’s lava flows.
Drive: The Arenal National Park is located about 10 miles away from the town of La Fortuna. Visitors can take a taxi from the town or drive, and will encounter signs guiding them to the national park entrance. The last couple of miles of the road are unpaved.