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Activities available in Arenal Volcano area

Arenal Volcano Hiking

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy the most extraordinary view of the Arenal Volcano on a gentle hike along the base of this marvelous “Mountain of Fire”. The Hike begins on the active side of the volcano that takes you through the forest over recent lava flows, and to the destroyed area, now in the process of regeneration. The three and a half hour hike on the trail will take us as close as five hundred meters from the lava flows.

Recommended: Towel, swimsuit, hat, sunscreen and sandals (high heels are not allowed).
Tour includes: Transportation, guide, entrance fee, breakfast, lunch and non alcoholic drinks.

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Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs

Duration: 7 hours

The northern region’s most impressive landmark is the classic conical Arenal Volcano towering over the eastern shore of Lake Arenal. Costa Rica’s most active volcano rumbles regularly and bursts occasionally hurling rocks high into the air. This tour will take us to the Baldi hot spring waters, which are nestled into a lush valley on the northern side of the Volcano. The resort features a series of natural pools filled with thermal waters, beautiful landscaped grounds and a close-up view of the volcano. The volcano heats the River that flows through elaborate grounds complete with colorful gardens.

Recommended: Swimsuit, light clothes, sunscreen, and raincoat.
Tour includes: Transportation, guide, entrance fee and dinner.

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Tabacon Hot spring visit

This tour will take us to the Tabacon hot spring waters, which are nestled into a lush valley on the northern side of the Volcano. The resort features a series of natural pools filled with thermal waters, beautiful landscaped grounds and a close-up view of the volcano. The volcano heats the River that flows through elaborate grounds complete with colorful gardens. After dinner at the resort, you will return to your hotel.

Recommended: Towel, swim suit, sandals, and some dry clothes to change into.
Tour includes: Transportation, entrance fee, dinner.

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Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

Duration: 8 hours

Caño Negro consists of a lake of the same name in the southern sector of the refuge. A swamp and marshland formed by alluvial sediments make up the rest of this protected area. Caño Negro Lake covers approximately 800 hectares and is 3 meters deep and is a seasonal spill-off site for the Frio River. There are three main habitats in the refuge, herbaceous vegetation, mixed seasonal swamp forest and mixed palm forest. The abundance and variety of birds is what justifies establishing this area as a wildlife refuge. Flocks of birds are extremely numerous and during the dry season, it is possible to see hundreds of them perched in some of the trees or along the sandbanks. Among the most prevalent or attractive birds are the Anhinga, Roseate Spoonbill, White Ibis, Northern Jacana, Wood Stork, Jabiru, which is the largest bird in the region and in great danger of extinction, Black Bellied Tree Duck, Cattle Egret, which perches in the hundreds in the trees that line the Frio River and the Neotropic Cormorant, which is the most prevalent bird in the refuge as Caño Negro has the largest colony in the country of this species.

Recommended: Light clothes, rainwear, sunscreen, binocular and hat.
Tour includes: Transportation, guide, and beverages.

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Canopy Tour with / without horseback riding

Duration: 4 hours

Come with us and experiment one of the ways to observe and enjoy, in a safe way, some of the most beautiful Tropical Forests in Costa Rica and the world.
All of our guides are highly prepared in safety, customer service, and nature. They will accompany you at all times ensuring that your vacation time be filled to your utmost advantage. This excursion starts with a comfortably ride seated in an tractor cart, that lasts about 20 minutes. Afterwards we arrive at the observation deck we start a 30 to 45 minute natural history walk where you will see and learn about the tropical ecosystems though one of our specialized guides. Once you are at the first cable, we start the zip line course using high quality equipment which is constantly checked and renewed to ensure its safety and good condition. Our cables are located in such a way that they start from platforms at ground level ensuring that if a tree did fall it will not produce any time laps in the tour. The cables, 10 in total, span lengths of 200 meters up to the longest of 800 meters; each cable offers a different sensation and experience crossing canyons, observing waterfalls, over the tops of trees or leaving from a spectacular observation tower 18 meters high. The Fortuna and Pino Blanco waterfalls, along with the majestic Arenal Volcano accompany us on this trek.
After the zip line adventure, you will visit the Maleku Cultural Rescue Center. In this small representative project you will learn about the traditional dress, cultures, crafts, beliefs, and language of these cultural ancestors of Costa Rica. You will return to the reception desk on horseback riding or tractor, while you enjoy the scenic beauty along the 2 km ride.

Recommended: Long pants, hiking shoes, insect repellent, sunscreen, hat and binoculars.
Tour includes: Transportation, guide, equipment, fruits juice and water.

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Celeste River and Tenorio Hiking tour

Duration: 7 hours

During the day, enjoy a visit to Celeste River and Tenorio Volcano.
We leave early in route to Rio Celeste, we’ll arrive at the Tenorio Volcano National Park, were we’ll begin our 5 miles hike (approximately 4 hours) through the tropical rain forest. We’ll arrive “Los Teñideros” of the Rio Celeste, the site where two streams of crystalline water come together and form the heavenly color blue that gives the river its name. We’ll return through trails, rich with ecological wonders that lead us to the “OLLAS” openings in the earth, beautiful of admiring; we can take dip in the natural hot springs all while observing the attractions of Tenorio Volcano. We’ll continue our hike through the jungle to seek out the volcano’s furnace vents that expel gases of extreme high temperatures. On our decent we will get to see the spectacular Rio Celeste waterfall whose color makes it one of a kind! Our final reward is an exquisite lunch at the end of our journey.

Tour includes: Breakfast, Celeste River One Day tour (Transportation, guide, lunch and entrance fee to the park), lodging and hotel taxes.

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Cultour

Tour begins at 8:00 a.m. when a trailer picks you up in the town of “La Fortuna”. During the tour we will learn about the relationship and interaction of the inhabitants with the Arenal Volcano, its effects on land prices, the traditional way of living, agriculture, cattle breeding and its history, living fences and much more. Around 8:40, a hike at Ecocentro Danaus to see frogs, snakes, butterflies, lots of birds and talk about natural history of the tropical rainforest. After Danaus we will make a very interesting visit to a Costa Rican family which welcomes us with a “cafecito” and fresh homemade bread, and some of their our everyday living stile. Close to their home we will find the “Pulpería” de Sonafluca”, the local rural grocery store, where the participants can buy soft drinks or snacks, if they wish, and interact with the owner and local clients. At Sonafluca’s Primary School, the children will present a selection of local folk dances and information about the educational system in Costa Rica. We will be able to have a very nice interaction with the children.
Finally, about 1:30 p.m. we will arrive to a site full of history, culture and traditions: “La Casona Río Fortuna”, where you will be told about some aspects of its 100 years history, the vicinity and its inhabitants. Surrounded by a natural ambiance and the majestic view of La Fortuna River and the Arenal Volcano, we’ll be delighted with a traditional lunch prepared at the house where we started before returning to your hotel.

Recommended: Insect repellent, rain coat, binoculars, camera, light clothes and walking shoes.
Tour includes: Transportation, guide, coffee break and typical lunch.

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Pure Trek Canyoning

We start off the adventure by assisting you into your "Petzl" harness and giving you the "Piranha" rappelling gear, "Pro-Tec" helmet and gloves. Next, your professionally-trained bilingual guides will give you a thorough safety talk about proper techniques and rappelling moves. Then we do a practice rappel down an easy, 15-ft. waterfall, so you can get the hang of it.
Keep in mind, you′ll be using some rock climbing moves as we make our way through this gorgeous slot canyon - some parts of the canyon are less than 5-ft. in width! Remember to use your arms, legs and "bum!" You′ll descend down 5 more waterfalls until you get to the grand finale... the biggest waterfall over 210-ft high. The water will splash all around you as you make it to the bottom, feeling incredibly exhilarated. It′s then a short 10-minute walk up the side of the canyon to where your tropical fruit and water await you and then you get treated to a delicious home-cooked lunch.

Tour includes: Rappel equipment, transportation, tour guide and lunch included.

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Horseback riding to La Fortuna Waterfall

Duration: 5 hours

This mounted tour will take the tourist by horse through a trail full of Mango, Teca and Pochote tree plantations while the bilingual guide explains the importance of these products for the Costa Rican economy. After the ride, a hike through the forest will take us to the Fortuna Waterfall, a beautiful and impressive 70 meters high. The visitor will be invited for a swim in the natural lagoon and a delicious home-style lunch will be waiting after this amazing horseback ride. After lunch it’s time to relax and enjoy the swimming pool or take-in the beauty of the Hacienda.

Recommended: Insect repellent, rain coat, binoculars, camera, swim suit and towel.
Tour includes: Transportation, guide, and beverages.

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Arenal Lake Kayaking

Duration: 4 hours

This day you will be enjoy of kayaking on Arenal Lake and breathtaking views of the Arenal Volcano.
After a short drive, you will get to the Arenal Lake. Our guides will give you the equipment such as life jacket and a paddle. Then the tour begins with an orientation to paddling. You will learn basic paddle strokes, safety and rules of the water.
Once on the water, our guides will lead you along the shoreline for an incredible view of the volcano. On your journey you may observe different species of birds like the Great Blue Heron, Kingfisher, Flycatcher, Anhinga and may also possibly hear the Howler Monkey. After this tour you will be return to the hotel.

Tour includes: Transportation, guide, picnic fruits, beverages.

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Mountain Biking

Duration: 4 hours

For those who want to exercise in an area where the forest, the Arenal Volcano and the Lake meet, this tour is a must. We will pick up the tourist at the hotel, and take them to the Arenal Lake Dam where the tour starts. At one side of the lake the bicycles await us where we will mount them and take the old trail into the forest, pedaling through the Arenal Volcano park. On this trail we will have the chance to see a variety of birds, monkeys, and other wild life.

Recommended: Insect repellent, coat, binoculars, camera, swim suit and towel rain.
Tour includes: Transportation, guide, and beverages.

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Sky Adventure

Duration: 4 hours

Discover the rainforest from the tree tops and enjoy an amazing ride on the Sky Tram. Sky Tram and Sky Trek are located within the Arenal Reserve where you can enjoy the panoramic view of Arenal Lake while you discover the adventure of the canopy tour.

Recommended: Light clothes, tennis shoes and long pants.
Tour includes: Transportation, guide, entrance fee and beverages.

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Hanging Bridges at Arenal

Duration: 4 hours

Arenal Hanging Bridges is a new tourism attraction in La Fortuna, only 4 km west of Tabacón within a 250 hectare (618 acre) reserve of primary forest. Visitors who love nature can enjoy 15 bridges from 5 to 100 meters long, featuring user friendly design along 3 km of rain forest trails paved with blocks to prevent slipping. The bridges are built of aluminum, galvanized steel and concrete, to ensure maximum security for their visitors. They were designed by structural engineers with the most demanding safety margins in the world.
Guided by a naturalist, this areas natural history will open the doors to a fascinating and colorful Tropical Rain Forest world. The imposing vistas of the Volcano from the hanging bridges over the forest make a perfect combination for an unforgettable experience.

Recommended: Light clothes, tennis shoes and long pants.
Tour includes: Transportation, guide, entrance fee and beverages.

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Fourtrax ATV Adventure

Duration: 4 hours

Enjoy the adventure of the tropical forest. Experience the thrill of traveling on your own ATV into the mountains and enjoy the spectacular mountain views and the tropical rainforest as you travel through rustic unpaved roads and typical towns.

Recommended: Light clothing, swimming trunks, sneakers, camera and binoculars.
Tour includes: All Terrain Four-Wheel Vehicles (ATV`s) fully equipped, safety helmets, experienced bilingual guides, terrific local snacks during the tour, and round-trip transportation.

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White water rafting on the Sarapiqui River

Duration: 9 hours

This stunning rainforest river is an excellent choice for a first rafting trip in Costa Rica. The scenery is spectacular, the rapids are moderate, and the wildlife would have any Audubon Society member babbling ecstatically. The upper section of the river, with a gradient of 90 feet per mile and tight boulder drops, provides all of the scenic attractions of the lower section, with expert-level paddling as well. The lush vegetation and thick tree canopy along the narrow, winding river are home to toucans, cormorants, kingfishers, howler monkeys, hummingbirds and much more. Rapid expansion of banana plantations is threatening the water quality and aesthetic beauty of the entire Sarapiqui region. At the same time, sand and gravel extraction are increasing in the area. It would be a tremendous loss if this beautiful river corridor were substantially degraded by these two activities. You'll have fun going through exciting rapids interspersed with tranquil pools and taking in the stunning tropical forest scenery.

Recommended: Towel, swim suit, sunscreen, sandals, some dry clothes to change into (you will get wet!!).
Tour includes: Transportation, guide, equipment, breakfast and lunch.

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