Tour operators offer several options to experience the area. Afternoon hikes or horseback rides through the lush rain forest with an experienced guide are a great way to spot animals and flowers. Relaxing at several hot springs is an entertaining way to wait for the lava. Budget travelers can find $10 night tours from town, but remember lava sightings are not guaranteed.
During the rainy season, afternoon thunderstorms are common and strong. Take rain gear for hikes and dry clothes in a waterproof bag for after a soak in the hot springs.
Locals can provide an informative history of the area. Only consulting the dictionary once, I learned all about Arenal from a worker at the hostel. He told me that a few years ago rumbles were felt in town and they have evacuated 3 times in the past, but right now "she is not a menace, she is our friend".
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From journal Copiously Rich Costa Rica
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July 5, 2006
From journal Lava in La Fortuna
December 25, 2005
From journal Tabacon Hot Springs
December 2, 2005
From journal 10 Days to see All of Costa Rica
Chapel Hill, North Carolina
November 27, 2005
From journal 25th Anniversary in Costa Rica
by Nanah D
March 25, 2004
Visitors that stay overnight at Arenal are more likely to see the volcano erupt at night when it is clear. There are hotels there with balconies that face the volcano and have a wakeup call service for guests wishing to see volcanic activity. There are various hotels and B&Bs for all budgets and after speaking with other travelers who made the trip, it is highly recommended that one stay overnight.
The volcano is frequently in the clouds by afternoon and the best viewing is night or early morning. By the time most day tours arrive from San Jose, the mountain is clouded over.
From journal Costa Rica: Nature's Sanctuary