Mirador El Silencio
Mirador El Silencio
4.5
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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  • Brian C
    8 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Beautiful hike!
    Beautiful trail with varied terrain and amazing views of Arenal. Some relatively steep stretches but they didn't last long. We hiked it on our own and may have missed some things without a guide but enjoyed the fact that the trails were not crowded and we mostly felt like we had the forest to ourselves.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 8 July 2023
  • Karen B
    Vancouver, Washington139 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great hiking, mostly in deep forest.
    Our focus was on the beautiful trails, rather than the views, although the views were excellent. (See photo.) We didn’t explore the lava beds (having seen many of those elsewhere) but the number of shady trails, lacking in crowds, was a welcome relief from some of the other places we visited on this trip. We saw only 3 or 4 groups with guides, but mostly saw the occasional people who just like to exercise by hiking in a beautiful place with 8 different trails. If you want to pack a lunch, there are picnic tables near the intersection of Trails 8, 6, and Parqueo 2.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 January 2024
  • David P
    6 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Value
    Went first thing in the morning so beat the crowds and the heat. Fantastic hike through natural rainforest. Great volcano views. Did the longest route #3. Totally worth it. Some steep stairs throughout so beware for those who are a little less mobile. Great value for the $US10 entry fee.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 15 January 2024
  • SuriL
    16 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    The best hike to view Arenal volcano
    This is the hike to do if you want to experience Arenal volcano. El Silencio was not crowded and also the cheapest one ($10 entrance fee) compared to the other parks. The lady at the counter recommended and showed us the route to take (route 3). The trails were clear but the trail signs were not, especially the way to the first viewpoint (tip: take the trail on the right). We were lucky the day we did the hike the weather was great. The views of Arenal from the viewpoints were fantastic. The hike was generally moderate in difficulty but it was challenging on the 1968 Lava Trail. However, it was worth the effort.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 11 February 2024
  • Benjamin Z
    Camarillo, California18 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Uncrowded trails, beautiful rainforest, and amazing views
    This was a great place to hike to experience the rainforest and lava rocks. I enjoyed a nice, quiet solo hike on the trails. It wasn't crowded at all, went through some beautiful rainforest, then up to some of the lava rocks from the 1968 eruption. It was pretty cloudy the day I visited and the volcano was shrouded in the clouds. But on a clear day, I'm sure there are some excellent views. I saw lizards, ants, monkeys, and birds. Trail markings were a little confusing (some places marked as exit, when actually a continuation of the longer trail). For $10, it was definitely worth it. I highly recommend.
    Visited February 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 7 March 2024
  • Grumpy traveller
    14 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Jungle and open fields walk
    Excellent trails and views. Plenty of hills but well worth the effort. Very good entrance fee of approx $10. Saw lots of birds including parrots 🦜. Well worth it and good parking.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 31 March 2024
  • Nick D
    1 contribution
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great time with Isaac at Arenal!
    We had a really great time in both the rain forest and the volcano lava fields. Our tour guide Isaac was EXCEPTIONAL even relating his personal stories and life to the volcano. We felt like we were in good hands the entire time. Thank you Isaac for a great experience! We would recommend both Isaac and this tour to anyone that wants to spend a few hours learning about wildlife and the history of Arenal.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 2 April 2024
  • Leashtotheworld
    Winnipeg, Canada35 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Where art thou 🌋?
    It's more often that the view is obscured by the clouds. If you are lucky to hit a clear day, take it in and cherish it for those who didn't. Even with out the volcano view we enjoyed the forest and its beauty. Was a lot of rain on the day we went so animal activity was minimal. We could hear the howler monkeys at least! We did many of the trails over 4 hrs. Hope to be back on a clear day.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 7 April 2024
  • Ria S
    Orlando, Florida24 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth the trek!
    Trail #6 was well worth the hike up to see the volcano. It was very cloudy on our visit but well worth it! We also hiked trails #1, 3 &4. We did not spot any animals on those trails just some very busy working ants!
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 April 2024
  • CWT
    Ottawa, Canada335 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good place to hike
    We did both the Arenal Volcano National Park hikes and these ones and we preferred Mirador El Silencio. The trail up from Reception was more jungle-y and trails 5 and in particular 6 were more challenging and more of a work out. We took trail #3 (El Tabacon) from the lower parking lot. Then trail #5 (Mirador Lago Arenal) and finished off with #6 (Lava del 68) and #7 (Lago Verde). We took the road back for a total of 5k. The only confusing part was where trails 1,3 and 4 meet up with 5. To take #5, take the trail on the right going up that is marked Exit. There is a cable railing to help you on the tricky parts of the trails. You get good views of the volcano (I think you get closer than the park). They give you a map of the trails. Another plus is the entrance fee is less than the park ($10 US). You need running shoes especially for trail #6. We did not see any wildlife except for a train of industrious ants. We did hear some howler monkeys. If you have little ones, stick to the Arenal Volcano National Park.
    Visited April 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 22 April 2024
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Susan M
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
Loved our hike at Mirador El Silencio. We took the outer loop, which offered a variety of conditions… shady forest, sunny stretches, rolling hills and very steep steps. This hike is rigorous in spots, and I was grateful the trail was dry! Take lots of water, you’ll need it! Enjoyed some beautiful views, and met lots of friendly cows, but sadly, no wildlife. Despite the map, we still took one wrong turn. Fortunately, another group had a guide, and he got us going in the right direction. Would be so easy to improve the trail signage… Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a challenging hike at the Arenal volcano, Mirador el Silencio is a great option!
Written 29 May 2024
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CWT
Ottawa, Canada335 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
We did both the Arenal Volcano National Park hikes and these ones and we preferred Mirador El Silencio. The trail up from Reception was more jungle-y and trails 5 and in particular 6 were more challenging and more of a work out. We took trail #3 (El Tabacon) from the lower parking lot. Then trail #5 (Mirador Lago Arenal) and finished off with #6 (Lava del 68) and #7 (Lago Verde). We took the road back for a total of 5k. The only confusing part was where trails 1,3 and 4 meet up with 5. To take #5, take the trail on the right going up that is marked Exit. There is a cable railing to help you on the tricky parts of the trails. You get good views of the volcano (I think you get closer than the park). They give you a map of the trails. Another plus is the entrance fee is less than the park ($10 US). You need running shoes especially for trail #6. We did not see any wildlife except for a train of industrious ants. We did hear some howler monkeys. If you have little ones, stick to the Arenal Volcano National Park.
Written 22 April 2024
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Ria S
Orlando, FL24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Trail #6 was well worth the hike up to see the volcano. It was very cloudy on our visit but well worth it! We also hiked trails #1, 3 &4. We did not spot any animals on those trails just some very busy working ants!
Written 12 April 2024
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Leashtotheworld
Winnipeg, Canada35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Friends
It's more often that the view is obscured by the clouds. If you are lucky to hit a clear day, take it in and cherish it for those who didn't. Even with out the volcano view we enjoyed the forest and its beauty. Was a lot of rain on the day we went so animal activity was minimal. We could hear the howler monkeys at least! We did many of the trails over 4 hrs. Hope to be back on a clear day.
Written 8 April 2024
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Nick D
1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We had a really great time in both the rain forest and the volcano lava fields. Our tour guide Isaac was EXCEPTIONAL even relating his personal stories and life to the volcano. We felt like we were in good hands the entire time. Thank you Isaac for a great experience! We would recommend both Isaac and this tour to anyone that wants to spend a few hours learning about wildlife and the history of Arenal.
Written 2 April 2024
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Grumpy traveller
14 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
Excellent trails and views. Plenty of hills but well worth the effort. Very good entrance fee of approx $10. Saw lots of birds including parrots 🦜. Well worth it and good parking.
Written 31 March 2024
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Laura R
7 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
The path is not super well marked, we got turned around along with at least 2 other families. Once we figured out the path we needed to take, it was worth the frustration as we got to see white-faced monkeys up close!
Written 30 March 2024
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wanderlust
88 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We unfortunately were not lucky and it was very rainy on the day we went, so the clouds were low and we couldn't see the volcano at all. The trails were pretty, but not at all well marked and the map at the beginning was not good (it did not seem to match well with the actual breaks in the paths). That said, we still enjoyed strolling around the park and ended up seeing a lot of the paths available!
Written 12 March 2024
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Benjamin Z
Camarillo, CA18 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
This was a great place to hike to experience the rainforest and lava rocks. I enjoyed a nice, quiet solo hike on the trails. It wasn't crowded at all, went through some beautiful rainforest, then up to some of the lava rocks from the 1968 eruption. It was pretty cloudy the day I visited and the volcano was shrouded in the clouds. But on a clear day, I'm sure there are some excellent views. I saw lizards, ants, monkeys, and birds. Trail markings were a little confusing (some places marked as exit, when actually a continuation of the longer trail). For $10, it was definitely worth it. I highly recommend.
Written 7 March 2024
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Salman Z
6 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Absolutely fantastic hike. Great volcano views. The trail marking is not thd best so you have figure out using thr map provided. I ended up going on a side trail that had me go through a her of cows lol. Gun and exciting place for sure. Incredible biodiversity.
Written 2 March 2024
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