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Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

The Volcano and Town of La Fortuna

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Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Arenal is one of the most beautiful volcanoes on Earth. Known for its imposing height, lush flora great weather and myriad activities and tours to entertainment and delight.


Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

 

Arenal Costa RicaA Must See 

The world-famous Arenal Volcano is an iconic volcano. Notably the classic conic shape towers above La Fortuna in the Northwest of Costa Rica.  Arenal erupted in 1968 after years of being dormant. Currently, it's one of the most visited National Parks in Costa Rica.

It was dormant for hundreds of years until it erupted in 1968. That same year it was declared a National Park, and It has been active ever since. It measures at least 5,300 ft (over 1.600meters). Also, it is cone shaped with a crater spanning 460 ft (around 140 meters), and it's over 7.000 years old. The volcano and national park are located some 90 km northwest of San Jose. 

An Eruption Shakes the Country!

This tragic day will always be remembered in Costa Rica for the death of 87 peasants and three villages. One community East of the crater escaped the furious mountain unscathed. So its inhabitants decided to rename their small town to La Fortuna, which means Fortune, as in their good fortune.  Rivers turned hot, and loud jet engine noises came from the mountain just days before the deadly eruption of 1968.

This mountain had a perfect cone and a large round depression at its peak riddled with fumaroles.  Unfortunately, these warning signs did not draw the attention of the small communities living on the slopes of Arenal.  The Volcano does not have a perfect cone anymore. From a certain angle, it appears to be a structure of twin volcanoes.  A new crater and cone have formed from 40+ years of eruptions and lava flows.  Since then, the volcano erupted about half a cubic kilometer of volcanic material around its flanks.  That’s enough to build a highway that stretches around our planet four times.

 

arenal toursSo Much to See 

Volcanoes also are exciting and mysterious, and this Volcano offers a wide array of exciting activities and tours; waterfall rappelling, hiking, canopy tours and relaxing in thermal hot springs.  Being only  2 1/2 hours from San Jose, this makes it easy to include in your vacation plans.  As one of the most majestic volcanoes in the country, you can be sure that there are tons of Volcano Tours and so much on offer at Arenal.

People from all over the world flock to Arenal National Park. Therefore, many come to catch a glimpse of the volcano and take advantage of the many activities in the area.  Costa Rica Volcanoes are renowned for their beauty, sulfurous lakes, and thermal springs that are a result of the volcanic activity.  Don't miss the many opportunities to enjoy all that is exciting in the area.  Other activities of interest include windsurfing, horseback riding, caving, rafting, hot air balloon rides, and fishing. Take advantage of at least a few of these great tours while enjoying your stay in paradise!

Hot Springs and Waterfalls

The hot magma below Arenal Volcano make it a perfect destination to experience thermal hot springs, and there are many spa treatments and activities to enjoy these mineral-enriched waters. This area also has some of the most breath-taking waterfalls in Costa Rica.  For Example the thunderous La Fortuna Waterfall.  Activities and tours available are numerous and vary from easy, gentle exploration to thrilling, spine-tingling adventures.  Whether you enjoy a gentle trek on mountain trails or wild rappel down a giant waterfall, walking over hanging bridges and zip-lining through the rain forest canopy or soaking in the soothing waters of the hot springs before a gourmet meal.  Arenal has something magical to offer everyone.

Area Hotels & Accommodations 

Now in their third decade as a favorite destination in Costa Rica, The Volcano views have attracted a large number of hotels.  They too, take advantage of its presence from miles and miles away.  Add a beautiful lake to the picture and the green mountains of Monteverde in the background, and you get fertile soil to yield vast amounts of Volcano hotels and resorts for all likes and budgets.  La Fortuna residents also have lost fear towards the high mountain having been spared of Arenal’s fury in 1968. Three other villages were not as fortunate and are not around to tell the story.

In regards to hotels, Costa Ricans try to keep a safe distance from the Volcano.  Still, there’s a correlation between higher accommodation prices and proximity with the volcano’s crater. The Volcanos Hotels either include or are near volcanic hot springs and green jungles.  Volcanic views are a part of every room. These are breathtaking, to say the least unless it's cloudy.  The finer hotels have impressive gardens and natural settings; add some local green iguanas into the equation, and the outcome is a near-perfect tropical Jurassic scene.

Arenal Lake

lake arenal costa rica aquatic adventures at the feet of giants lake arenal  The largest human-made lake in Costa Rica is Lake Arenal.  Providing a perfect mirror for the volcano and sheer natural Costa Rican beauty. Since its human-made creation in 1979 for hydroelectric and irrigation purposes, it was just a matter of time before Lake Arenal tours began. Now it takes its place among giant volcanoes providing aquatic adventures.

The blue hues of Costa Rica's largest body of water are astonishing. The shores have poignant lush greens covering rolling hills.  One exception is the dark rocky grays on volcano's lake-facing side. The beauty from the majestic Arenal Volcano's hard to assimilate during Lake tours. And it’s harder to believe that Lake Arenal provides fun, scenic recreation above two submerged towns, complete with their buildings, roads, cemeteries, and farmland, under 50 meters of deep dark blue waters.

Above all, you are sure to be amazed at the site of this Volcano.

From: $125 - $200

Arenal Nayara Entrance

Arenal Nayara Hotel, Spa & Gardens

The Arenal Nayara Hotel & Gardens provides adults-only, lavish villa accommodations near Arenal in Costa Rica. With a great gourmet restaurant and in-house wine bar, this hotel offers great views of natural wonders, while relaxing on your own private balcony.

Type Boutique Romantic Luxury Volcano Hot Springs

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From: $200 - $300

Tabacon Resort & Spa Jungle Pool

Tabacon Resort & Spa

This sophisticated 103-guest room resort and spa located at the foot of the Volcano provides the perfect combination of spectacular vistas and luxury. It features the famous natural Tabacón Hot Springs (daily entrance included), fine dining and lounging in your choice of five world-class restaurants and bars, 25 pools graduated in temperature, and 10 suite and room types ranging in opulence from regal to superior.

Type Romantic Luxury Volcano Hot Springs

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From: Over $300

The Springs Costa Rica Pool

The Springs Costa Rica – Resort & Spa

The Springs Resort & Spa perches on a mountain ridge one thousand feet above the Arenal Valley, and offers 69 beautifully appointed rooms and villas each with incomparable views of the volcano and lush valley. Sway gently in your hammock on your private balcony, sample culinary delights while dining al fresco, or sip frothy tropical cocktails at one of their spring pools.
With 28 pools including its natural hot and cold springs, four unique dining experiences, and the impressive full service Springs Spa and Fitness Center, The Springs Resort and Spa promises to overwhelm you in every aspect of quality, service and design.

Type Family Friendly Nature Romantic Adventure Luxury Volcano Hot Springs

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From: Over $300

Arenal Kioro Two Bed Bedroom

Hotel Arenal Kioro

The Hotel Arenal Kioro, is a family owned business that offers luxurious rooms with some spectacular views of Arenal. The hotel has fifty-three suites with private terraces, Titokù hot springs and Spa services. They are also committed with the environment, do a great job reducing their carbon footprint.

Type Romantic Luxury Volcano Promos

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From: $200 - $300

Hotel Royal Corin Suite

The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort

The Royal Corin Thermal Water Spa & Resort is a modern, luxurious 5-story hotel with 54 elegantly appointed rooms that offer stunning views from private balconies overlooking the slopes of the towering Volcano Arenal, offering excellent thermal springs, top-notch spa and fine dining restaurant on site.

Type Nature Adventure Luxury Volcano Hot Springs

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From: $125 - $200

Arenal Springs Resort & Spa Bedroom

Arenal Springs Resort

Arenal Springs offers peace and quiet in a relaxed, comfortable setting on a large property surrounded by lush tropical gardens, the rooms have spectacular volcano views! The hotel also has 3 freshwater swimming pools, a thermal river and 4 hot spring pools with graduated temperatures up to 104 degrees F, and a yoga retreat for revitalizing your spirit. Delight your palette at your choice of an Italian trattoria, an elegant sushi and seafood restaurant, and an open-air restaurant featuring local specialties and including the complimentary breakfast buffet.

Type Family Friendly Volcano Hot Springs

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From: Under $125

Mountain Paradise Hotel Bedroom

Mountain Paradise Hotel

Hotel Mountain Paradise is a luxury Resort with exclusive private bungalows that offers romance and tranquility amid tropical gardens and features personal jacuzzis for you to relax while enjoying the view of the Volcano Arenal in Costa Rica.

Type Family Friendly Volcano

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From: Over $300

Nayara Springs Room Pool Deck

Nayara Springs

Each of the 50 suites and 29 villas at Nayara Springs Hotel & Gardens is a large “casita” set amid lush tropical gardens and designed to provide the utmost in comfort, style and privacy with its own private backyard, outdoor shower and front balcony overlooking the volcano. Enjoy fine dining at 3 gourmet restaurants, pamper yourself at their world-class Acantha Spa, sample fine wines at the sophisticated wine and piano bar, and relax beside one of their large pools.

Type Boutique Adults Only Romantic Adventure Luxury Volcano Hot Springs

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From: $200 - $300

Lost Iguana Resort Bedroom

Lost Iguana Resort

Immersed in 120 acres of property facing the Volcano, The Lost Iguana Resort offers great accommodations for travelers looking to explore the tropical forest or just relax watching the volcano from a private terrace.

Type Boutique Romantic Luxury Volcano

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From: Under $125

Arenal Paraiso Resort Bedroom

Arenal Paraiso Resort

The Arenal Paraiso Resort and Spa Costa Rica is a locally owned, 118-room resort and tropical paradise with amazing views if the Volcan Arenal. Whether you choose their one of their cozy wood cabins, standard room or 2-bedroom family suite (sleeps up to 7 people), you with be able to relax as you explore their 13 natural hot spring and main cold water pools in a family-friendly environment with great views of the volcano. Breakfast Included.

Type Family Friendly Adventure Volcano Hot Springs

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From: Under $125

Arenal Observatory Lodge Bedroom

Arenal Observatory Lodge

Formerly home to the prestigious Smithsonian Institute, this beautiful hotel and eco-spa is located in 870 acres of pristine, private forest commanding breathtaking views of the Volcano, and is the only hotel that is located within the Arenal National Park! The property boasts 7 miles of hiking, horseback riding and mountain biking trails through lush primary and secondary rainforest, past thunderous waterfalls and rolling emerald pastures. Exotic wildlife are frequent visitors including monkeys, anteaters, coatis, raccoons, deer, and more than 400 species of birds – making it a prime destination for birders!

Type Family Friendly Nature Adventure Volcano

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From: Under $125

Montana De Fuego Resort Bathroom & Bedroom

Montaña De Fuego Resort

With some of the most spectacular views of the Volcano, Montana de Fuego Resort and Spa is a great alternative for the traveler that wants the perfect balance between adventure and relaxation offering simple but charming accommodations with terrific volcano views.

Type Adventure Volcano

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From: Under $125

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Los Lagos Resort

This family-friendly 104-room hotel is set on 600 acres of tropical paradise, with 11 pools of graduated temperatures fueled by the Volcano’s natural hot springs. Hotel Los Lagos features a private crocodile and caiman farm, as well as lakes where you can practice your fishing skills. Includes Breakfast.

Type Family Friendly Adventure Volcano

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From: $125 - $200

Baldi Resort Bedroom

Baldi Resort

At the foot of the towering, iconic slopes of Arenal, Baldi Hot Springs Hotel & Spa is one of the most popular hot springs hotel resorts in La Fortuna. Using heat from underground rivers warmed by a lava chamber deep within the heart of Arenal, these naturally heated healing waters fill 25 luxurious and beautifully landscaped mineral pools to 12 increasing temperatures and are ideal for relaxation, pleasure and entertainment for families and couples alike.

Type Family Friendly Nature Volcano Hot Springs

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From: $125 - $200

Rancho Margot Bedroom

Rancho Margot

Recognized as the first carbon neutral lodge in Costa Rica, Rancho Margot is a one-of-a-kind slice of eco- paradise that invites guests to enjoy sustainable living at its purest. Situated in the village of El Castillo near the shores of peaceful Lake Arenal, this lodge takes a holistic view of responsible tourism in the nation’s adventure capital. Featuring 17 lovely bungalows, spring-fed pools and onsite yoga classes, Rancho Margot offers a relaxing retreat to escape and unwind yet is close to all the local attractions.

Type Nature Adventure Sustainable Ecolodge

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From: $125 - $200

Hotel Linda Vista Bedroom

Hotel Linda Vista

The Hotel Linda Vista is located in the perfect location, as a guest you will have panoramic views of the majestic Volcano and the beautiful Arenal Lake. From this hotel you can enjoy Costa Rica’s famous natural wonders in comfort and have great service from the Linda Vista staff.

Type Family Friendly Volcano

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From: $125 - $200

Greenlagoon Lodge Bedroom

Greenlagoon Lodge

Green Lagoon Falls Park & Lodge, a 2013 winner of TripAdvisor’s Award of Excellence, occupies 400 acres in a lush mountain top of North Western Costa Rica. Its private trails lead to a Lagoon in the crater of an extinct volcano. As a guest of the Resort, you will enjoy complimentary access to the entire glorious expanse of Cerro Chato Volcano.

Type Boutique Romantic Luxury Volcano

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From: $125 - $200

La Mansion Inn Bedroom

La Mansion Inn Arenal

A boutique hotel with 17 private villas featuring outstanding views of the Arenal Lake. With private gardens and terraces and a full stable, the hotel is perfect for a private getaway or honeymoon.

Type Boutique Romantic Luxury Volcano

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From: $200 - $300

Volcano Lodge Pool

Volcano Lodge

This hotel is in a prime location for viewing the unforgettable majesty of Volcan Arenal. It features 52 superior rooms each with private patio overlooking the volcano, and 12 suites that in addition have a private hot springs pool and mini-beach. Continental breakfast is included.

Type Family Friendly Adventure Volcano

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From: Under $125

Hotel Arenal Lodge Bedroom

Hotel Arenal Lodge

Set on an amazing property right on the mountainside, this hotel offers some of the best views of the volcano while enjoying the nice cool breeze and the amazing wildlife all around the area.

Type Family Friendly Adventure Volcano

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From: Under $125

Hotel Magic Mountain Pool

Hotel Magic Mountain

Providing elegant, spacious hotel accommodations at a convenient location close to the plethora of available activities and tours available in Arenal and La Fortuna, Magic Mountain Hotel in Costa Rica has a sports bar, excellent restaurant, swimming pool bar and 42 rooms with stunning views of the Volcano.

Type Family Friendly Volcano

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From: $125 - $200

Hotel el Silencio del campo Hot Springs

Hotel El Silencio del Campo

Hotel El Silencio del Campo is perfectly situated to give you the most breathtaking view of the world-famous the Volcano Arenal surrounded with colorful gardens and the lush tropical rainforest.

Type Family Friendly Nature Volcano

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From: $125 - $200

Hotel Kokoro Bedroom

Arenal Kokoro

Situated near one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica, you will find the family-run boutique Hotel Kokoro. Right by the Volcan Arenal, the Hotel Kokoro offers a variety of rooms, from eco-villas to tree houses. Relax while enjoying gorgeous views of the volcano from the hot springs, explore the hotel’s jungle property, or treat yourself to a nice meal or massage at the spa!

Type Boutique Nature Volcano

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From: $125 - $200

Chachagua Rainforest Hotel & Hacienda

Chachagua Rainforest

Chachagua Rainforest Hotel & Hacienda is the perfect place for those seeking to immerse themselves in Nature, with splendid rainforests, raging volcano, waterfalls and lagoons all around them, come and learn about sustainable living.

Type Family Friendly Romantic

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From: $200 - $300

Arenal Manoa Views

Arenal Manoa

 Arenal Manoa in La Fortuna, relax and enjoy the views of Arenal Located in La Fortuna, the Arenal Manoa Hotel & Hot Springs Resort, offers you not only with the most breathtaking views of Arenal but also with the comfort, privacy, peace, and harmony you are looking for in your vacations. The natural beauty surrounding […]

From: Under $125

Hotel Casa Luna Bedroom

Casa Luna

Casa Luna Hotel and Spa is an eco-friendly lodge with modern rooms and suites, and excellent Spa and restaurant, nestled in the tropical rainforest gardens with views of the Volcano.

Type Family Friendly Volcano

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From: Under $50

Kalambu Hot spring giant waterslide

Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park

Kalambu is a reasonably priced option that provides a full day experience just five minutes from La Fortuna and close to all of the area hotels and other attractions. With so much to do at the park – a day at Kalambu is a perfect family excursion!

Duration: Full Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Swimming Suit Towel Waterproof Camera Sunscreen Comfortable Clothing Fast Drying Clothes Water-Sandals

What is included: Entrance Fee

Type Water Relaxation Family Friendly

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From: $75 - $100

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Baldi Hot Springs

A fun and unique destination, Baldi offers numerous different activities that will make it a must do activity while in Arenal! Conveniently located near most of the Arenal hotels, Baldi offers a beautiful location full of tropical gardens, waterfalls and exotic plant life to enjoy in addition to the legendary hot springs.

Duration: Full Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Swimming Suit Towel Waterproof Camera Extra Clothes Sunscreen Water-Sandals

What is included: Meal Entrance Fee

Type Water Relaxation Family Friendly

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From: $75 - $100

Tabacon Hot Springs Natural River

Tabacon Hot Springs

The thermal springs and the tropical gardens at Tabacon are unique in the Arenal Region and unparalleled in the world.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Swimming Suit Towel Waterproof Camera Water-Sandals

What is included: Transfer Entrance Fee

Type Relaxation Nature Romance

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From: Over $100

Costa Rica Waterfall Rappelling Experience

Gravity Falls – The Best of Arenal

Waterfall rappelling is one of the most fun and exciting ways to spend a day immersed in nature.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Adventurous

What to bring: Waterproof Camera Extra Clothes Fast Drying Clothes Sneakers Water-Sandals

What is included: Guide Meal Transfer Equipment

Type Adventure Water Nature

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The La Fortuna Waterfall

The falls crash down 200 feet or 65 meters giving great views the whole way down. At the bottom of the 480 step trail, there is a quiet jade colored pool with soft sands and surrounding boulders that turn a vibrant turquoise hue as the water gets deeper. This pool makes a great swimming hole. It has clear waters, and you can see silvery darting river fish energetically chasing food that happens to fall in the water. The pond provides a perfect backdrop for photographing the La Fortuna waterfall with green foreground and gently drifting currents.

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Swimming Suit Towel Camera Waterproof Camera Extra Clothes Insect Repellent Drinking Water Shorts Sneakers Hiking Shoes

Type Water Nature Family Friendly

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From: $75 - $100

Club Rio Costa Rica Kayaking

Club Rio Multi-Adventure

The Club Rio Multi-Adventure is an awesome way to spend the day! This is a full day adventure pass which allows you to choose from two of the following main activities – Inflatable River Kayaking, River Tubing, Horseback Riding, a Wildlife Preserve for rescued animals, Guided Nature Tour, or Climbing Wall and Ropes Challenge Course.

Duration: Full Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Swimming Suit Towel Camera Extra Clothes Sunscreen Insect Repellent Fast Drying Clothes Long Pants Hiking Shoes Water-Sandals

What is included: Equipment

Type Adventure Water Nature Family Friendly

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From: Over $100

San Carlos Nicaragua Castillo

Day tour San Carlos Nicaragua

Enjoying a one-day or half-day tour of one of Nicaragua’s many tourist destinations. They feature Nicaraguan culture and traditions, exotic plants and animals, volcanic wonders, sightseeing, a variety of art exhibits, shopping, and plenty of beautiful photo opportunities.

Duration: Full Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Camera Insect Repellent Sneakers

What is included: Guide Meal Transfer

Type Cultural Water Nature

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From: Under $50

Windsurfing in Arenal Lake

Lake Arenal Windsurfing

Lake Arenal is to high wind bump and jump sailing what Hookipa is to wave sailing! The only difference is we don’t have the reef and the rocks, so you’re safe to concentrate on having fun!

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Swimming Suit Towel

Type Adventure

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From: Under $50

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Bijagua Biking Tour

Bike through the rainforest and enjoy awesome views of Arenal Volcano and its lake. This is an out and back ride starting by Arenal National Park. We’ll bike on the gravel road along the south shore of Lake Arenal, famous for the abundant wildlife and stunning scenery.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Camera Sunscreen Insect Repellent Comfortable Clothing Hiking Shoes

What is included: Guide Transfer Equipment

Type Adventure Nature

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From: $75 - $100

Horseback Riding Arenal Volcano

Horseback Riding to Monteverde

There are several ways to get between Arenal and Monteverde. This may, however, be the most exciting and picturesque way to make the trip. It involves a combination of driving, boating and horseback riding, and thus provides travelers with a pleasant mixture of road, water and land.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Adventurous

What to bring: Sunscreen Long Pants Secure Shoes

What is included: Guide Snack Transfer

Type Adventure Nature

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From: $50 - $75

Venado Caves Exploration

Venado Caves Costa Rica

The Venado Caves Tour will bring out the spelunker in anyone! In a mysterious subterranean world deep within the Earth you with see a natural environment that makes you feel you are on another planet: one that is filled with shimmering stalagmites and stalactites, deep echoing caverns, ancient fossils, and bizarre underground creatures.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Adventurous

What to bring: Extra Clothes Fast Drying Clothes Sneakers

What is included: Drinks Transfer Equipment Entrance Fee

Type Adventure Nature

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From: $75 - $100

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Arenal Sky Trek

Get ready to get your blood pumping! With Sky Trek, you take an open-air tram to dizzying heights above the rainforest floor before getting off at the towering observation deck for spectacular views of Lake Arenal and the Volcano .

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Adventurous

What to bring: Sunscreen Sneakers

Type Adventure Nature Family Friendly

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From: $75 - $100

Arenal ATV Fun

Fourtrax ATV

Venture off the beaten path and spend two hours exploring the exotic Costa Rican rainforest on an ATV! Your bilingual guide will lead the way through the lush rainforest and countryside surrounding the base of the famous Volcano Arenal.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Adventurous

What to bring: Swimming Suit Camera Insect Repellent Drinking Water Comfortable Clothing

What is included: Guide Drinks Meal Transfer Equipment

Type Adventure

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From: $75 - $100

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Rainforest Canyoning Costa Rica – Get Wet and Have a Blast!

Canyoning is becoming increasingly popular sport in Costa Rica, and the Lost Canyon in Arenal is a great spot to give it a try. In the Lost Canyon, Arenal you will by completely immersed in a wild tropical rainforest as you go to the top of a sheer canyon waiting and rappel down thundering jungle waterfalls!

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Adventurous

What to bring: Swimming Suit Waterproof Camera Extra Clothes Sunscreen Fast Drying Clothes Sneakers Water-Sandals

What is included: Guide Snack Meal Transfer Equipment

Type Adventure Water Nature Family Friendly

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From: $50 - $75

Costa Rica Ziplining Arenal Canopy Fun

Canopy and Adventure Tour

Moving through the rain forest, above the Arenal River Canyon, our tour offers all our clients an unforgettable encounter with nature.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Adventurous

What to bring: Camera Sunscreen Insect Repellent Long Pants Hiking Shoes

What is included: Guide Transfer Equipment

Type Adventure Nature Family Friendly

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From: Under $50

Mountain Bike Costa Rica expedition

Mountain Bike Costa Rica Expedition

This is a challenging intermediate ride along the southern shore of Lake Arenal. You’ll bike through the rainforest and enjoy awesome views of the Volcano and its lake Arenal. This is an out and back ride starting by the Volcano National Park.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Sunscreen Insect Repellent Comfortable Clothing Sneakers

What is included: Guide Snack Meal Equipment

Type Adventure Nature

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From: Over $100

Fishing Lake Arenal big fish

Fishing Lake Arenal

Lake Arenal is next to the Volcano, one of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations. Lake Arenal Fishing Tours – the premier fishing guide service on Lake Arenal.

Duration: Full Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Swimming Suit Camera Sunscreen Fast Drying Clothes

What is included: Drinks Snack Transfer Equipment

Type Water Relaxation

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From: Under $50

Arenal Hanging Bridges Jungle View

Arenal Sky Walk

Sky Walk offers visitors a 3.6km (2 mile) trail system through primary rainforest that includes 5 suspension bridges, 2 observation points and 2 waterfalls. The tour is for all ages and the trail is in fine condition but it is a hiking tour and visitors need to be capable of walking for about 3 hours and through slight elevation changes.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Camera Comfortable Clothing Sneakers

Type Educational Relaxation Nature Family Friendly

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From: Over $100

Arenal Volcano Tour view

Arenal Volcano Tour

Arenal is a magical, diverse destination with enumerous activities and tours for you to explore its rushing rivers, thundering waterfalls, abundant tropical rainforests, steep canyons, and relaxing hot springs.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Swimming Suit Towel Camera Binoculars Comfortable Clothing Shorts Raincoat Hiking Shoes Water-Sandals

What is included: Guide Meal Transfer Entrance Fee

Type Relaxation Nature Family Friendly

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From: $50 - $75

Costa Rica Rafting Adventure

White Water Rafting Tour Costa Rica

This half-day rafting adventure is perfect for people of all ages and abilities. The Balsa River has class II and III rapids, which are fun and engaging but not dangerous.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Swimming Suit Towel Waterproof Camera Extra Clothes Sunscreen Fast Drying Clothes Sneakers Water-Sandals

What is included: Guide Snack Meal Transfer Equipment

Type Water Nature Family Friendly

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From: Under $50

Arenal Hanging bridges

Arenal Hanging Bridges

Hanging bridges are a new way of discovering the hidden secrets of Arenal, as you walk right into the jungle throughout a 2 mile circuit. A naturalist guide will accompany you and point out animal and plant species along the way. You will also see some of the most stunning vistas of the Arenal volcano.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Camera Comfortable Clothing Raincoat Sneakers

What is included: Guide Equipment

Type Educational Nature Family Friendly

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From: $50 - $75

Arenal Volcano Hot Springs

Arenal Volcano Hike and Hot Springs

This Volcano tour starts with a drive to the Western side of the volcano. It is possible to observe a great variety of plants, wildlife and magnificent lava rock formations.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Camera Sunscreen Insect Repellent Comfortable Clothing Hiking Shoes

What is included: Guide Drinks Transfer Entrance Fee

Type Water Relaxation Nature Romance

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From: $50 - $75

Sky Tram Lake View

Arenal Sky Tram

Share a ride on the marvelous Sky Tram gondolas that ascend effortlessly through the stunning rainforest. Take advantage of the endless views as you are able to stop the tram at any point. This feature provides you with a once in a lifetime opportunity to capture the beauty of the rainforest and the tropical birds nearby.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Camera Insect Repellent Comfortable Clothing Jacket Hiking Shoes

What is included: Guide Drinks

Type Nature Family Friendly

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From: $50 - $75

Safari Adventure Float Kayaks

Costa Rica Safari Adventure Float

This gentle river trip takes you along the banks of the Arenal’s Peñas Blancas River where you will be able to see rare tropical birds such as Toucans, Oropenolas, Kingfishers, as well as, playful monkeys, loping caimans, and mny more!

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Camera Extra Clothes Sunscreen Insect Repellent Fast Drying Clothes Sneakers Water-Sandals

What is included: Guide Drinks Snack Transfer

Type Educational Water Nature Family Friendly

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From: $75 - $100

Arenal Hot Springs

Arenal Hot Springs

You will be able to sit in the thermal waters with incredible views of the Volcano while relaxing looking at the tropical gardens surrounding the pools.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Moderate

What to bring: Swimming Suit Towel Camera

What is included: Transfer Entrance Fee

Type Water Relaxation Family Friendly Romance

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Canopy Tour Combination- Arenal Maximum Adventure

Maximize the experience with a Canopy Tour Combination Costa Rica and especially the Arenal area have so many things to offer. Therefore it is always a good idea to do a combination of tours – this maximizes the experiences! Fortunately, I got the chance to do a Canopy Tour Combination with Arenal Mundo Aventura.

Activity level: Adventurous

What to bring: Insect Repellent Comfortable Clothing Secure Shoes

Type Adventure Nature

Activity

Jeep Boat Jeep Arenal To Monteverde

Green Mountains a Blue Lake and a Huge Volcano for a Travel Day There’s a special way of traveling in Costa Rica between Volcan Arenal in La Fortuna and the cloud forests of Monteverde that will place you on a scenic winding rural road over land.

Duration: Half Day

Activity level: Easy

What to bring: Waterproof Camera Binoculars Hiking Shoes

What is included: Guide Transfer

Type Adventure Nature

Activity


Arenal Facts:

Sleeping Giant: Arenal entered into a resting phase in 2010 After 43 years of being Costa Rica’s most active volcano.  Scientists claim that it is still alive and well, just “sleeping.”

Perfection: It’s a stratovolcano. This means it has a tall, conical form, built by many layers of hardened lava, pumice, and ash.  It is nearly symmetrical.

Big and Bad: In 1968, the first and largest recorded eruption in Arenal’s history killed 87 people. It also buried three villages (Tabacón, Pueblo Nuevo, and San Luís).  It has become one of the most visited National Parks in Costa Rica.

Twins: A second cone has grown up next to the original cone, resulting in the two volcanic peaks.

Bigger, not Better: Arenal’s second volcanic mountain is taller than the first. (1633m vs. 1720m).

Underwater Relics: The old towns of Tronadora and Arenal were relocated and flooded, becoming underwater ruins in 1978.

Costa Rica’s Atlantis: As of 2013, Lake Arenal is approaching its lowest levels in 19 years.  This is a result of severe lack of rainfall and increased electrical output, and ruins (including parts of wood and concrete homes) of old Tronadora and Arenal are emerging from the lake

Water Power: Lake Arenal’s hydroelectric dam produces 12% of Costa Rica’s electric energy.

Plane Crashes: Two small planes have crashed on the side of the Volcano.

Arenal Restaurants

Eat in the lap of a Volcano. Truly a once in a lifetime experience, in doesn’t get much better than this. We have put together a list of the top ten restaurants to quench your appetite. From the perfect steak house to eating local cuisines. There are even Vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options. Look up at Arenal from your seat and sip on your coffee made from coffee beans grown not far away. Whatever your splendor is we are sure to cater to it on your next trip to Arenal Costa Rica


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