Arenal Volcano Area Activities and Tours


White Water Rafting
SARAPIQUI RIVER - This tour travels on the Sarapiqui River from La Virgen to Chilamate and features class III rapids. An excellent choice for your first Costa Rican rafting trip, the river winds through a lush rainforest which is home to toucans, cormorants, kingfishers, howler monkeys and more.

After rafting, you'll enjoy the relaxing beauty of the Selva Verde restaurant and lodge where you can shower and change clothes before heading back to your hotel.

TORO RIVER - The exhilarating full day tour down the Toro River features class IV+ rapids and is recommeded for people in excellent physical condition and with prior rafting experience. From the beginning of the tour, you'll be challenged by technical rapids and thrilled by beautiful landscapes.

Along the way, you'll see cliffs, great waterfalls, and lush tropical vegetation. This 10 mile tour is perfect for lovers of rafting and nature. You must be at least 14 years old to participate in this tour.
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Canopy Tours

Sky Tram
ARENAL SKY TRAM & CANOPY ZIP LINES - This exciting half day tour begins at the base of a mountain near Lake Arenal. The tour begins with a gondola ride to the top of the mountain where you'll find the first platform mounted in trees in the nearby rainforest.

From the top, you'll zip from platform to platform on a total of 7 different cable lines, some up to 600 feet long! The tour includes transportation, guides, and entrance fees.

ARENAL HANGING BRIDGES - This tour is a more tranquil take on the traditional canopy tour where you'll walk on trails and bridges that bring you close to the birds, flowers, and lush vegetation of the rainforest of Costa Rica.

The bridges are located within the corridor followed by birds migrating between North and South America, offering visitors a unique birdwatching adventure. The hanging bridges are sturdy and easy to walk on. The 3 hour tour includes a guide and transportation.

COSTA RICA CANOPY ARENAL - You'll begin this tour on horseback with a 40-minute ride to your destination. The journey then continues with a short walk through the forest with a guide who will point out local flora and fauna.

Then you'll soar over the forest floor suspended by a series of cables that stretch from platform to platform thorough the dense rainforest canopy. The tour lasts around 5 hours, and includes transportation, a guide, and entrance fees. Participants should be in good physical condition.
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Nature & Hiking Tours

Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge
CAÑO NEGRO WILDLIFE REFUGE - The full day tour along the Rio Frio begins at the small town of Los Chiles near the Nicaraguan border. While on the river, you'll search for sloths, caimans, lizards, tropical birds, monkeys, and more in the surrounding rainforest and wetlands.

This is an amazing learning experience as your guide teaches you about the abundant wildlife, vegetation, ecology and culture of the region. A typical Costa Rican hot lunch is included as well as transportation, entrance fees, and a tour guide.

CERRO CHATO HIKING TOUR - This unique hiking experience is recommended only for expert fitness levels. You'll hike through lush rain forests and pasture lands, and be amazed by spectacular views.

The tour begins at Old Observatory Lodge after passing by the Arenal National Park, Volcano, and Lake. Relax at the top of the hill before continuing down the opposite side. Your reward at the bottom is a swim in the magnificent and powerful Fortuna Waterfall.

The day includes approximately four hours of steep trail hiking, two hours of swimming and 45 minutes of transportation time. The tour also includes a guide, waterfall entrance fees, and lunch.

CELESTE RIVER HIKING TOUR - This tour begins with a typical Costa Rican breakfast en route to the trailhead in Tenorio Volcano National Park. Upon arrival, you'll embark on a 4 hour hike through the tropical rainforest. You'll arrive at "Los Teñíderos" of the Rio Celeste, the site where two streams of water come together to form a unique blue color that gives the river its name.

The tour then heads to the "ollas" - openings in the earth where you can extract healing mud and take a dip in the natural hot springs. On your descent, you'll pass the Rio Celeste waterfall. Your final reward is a delicious Costa Rican lunch. The full day tour includes transportation, a guide, entrance fees, breakfast, lunch, drinks, and cookies. Participants should be in good physical condition.
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Arenal Tours

Tabacon Hot Springs
ARENAL VOLCANO & TABACÓN HOT SPRINGS - This unforgettable tour begins with a trip to the active side of the Arenal Volcano to observe the tumbling lava rocks and spewing gases with a guide to teach you about the activity and history of the volcano.

As evening settles into the area, you'll make your way to the beautiful Tabacón Resort. Here, you'll be soothed by the irresistible hot springs and you'll be in awe of the sight of the volcano at night. The 6-hour tour begins at 2 PM and includes transportation, a guide, entrance fees, and dinner.

DAY HIKE TO ARENAL VOLCANO - This day hike through the rainforest is one of the best ways to experience the mighty "Mountain of Fire." Hike through diverse flora and fauna to the famous lava wall where you will walk on lava rocks from ancient times and observe lava boulders tumbling down the flanks of Arenal.

You could get the chance to see the glowing cinders from the crater and hear the booms from gas eruptions as your professional guide educates you on the activity and history of the marvelous volcano. Participants of this 5-hour tour should be in good physical condition. The tour includes transportation, a guide, and entrance fees.
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Caving and Canyoning

CANYONING - Are you ready to go big? Enjoy an invigorating canyoning tour near the Arenal Volcano where the rugged, mountainous terrain is ideal for incredible canyoneering complete with huge, breathtaking waterfalls! This unique adventure combines rappelling, down-climbing and river tracing in a deep, tropical canyon.

Your guides will start off with a thorough safety demonstration to explain important rappelling and down-climbing techniques. You will be provided high-quality technical climbing gear such as a harness, helmet, gloves and you will get to practice your first descent on a mini 15-ft waterfall, just to get the hang of things. Then you'll move down the river and rappel down a series of about 6 waterfalls, each bigger than the next. The best is saved for last - a huge 200ft guided rappel!

This adventure is perfect for those looking to experience the thrill of descending breath-taking waterfalls in a deep, jungle canyon while taking in the beauty of the rainforest! Recommended for ages 13-55 in good physical condition.

VENADO CAVES - These ancient caverns were once submerged in the depths of the ocean before rising to the surface thanks to the movement of tectonic plates. You'll explore the stalactites, stalagmites, and corals of these natural wonders in an amazing underground adventure.

The tour includes treks through narrow passageways and winding caverns, so participants should be in good physical condition and should not suffer from claustrophobia. You'll also get wet and muddy while you wander through subterranean streams. The 5-hour tour includes transportation, a guide, and entrance fees.
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Safari Float Tour

Safari Float Tour
Enjoy a leisurely float down the scenic Peñas Blancas River with a naturalist guide who will point out a wide variety of trees, birds, monkeys, and other wildlife along the way.

This relaxing sightseeing trip is a great way to enjoy nature without the noise of a motor boat. The tour includes transportation, fruits and refreshments as well as a guide.

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Mountain Biking

Mountain Biking
This unique mountain biking experience travels through the area where the forest, the Arenal Volcano, and the Arenal Lake meet. It begins at the Arenal Lake Dam and then heads into the forest. Along the way, you'll see many different birds like toucans, herons, and falcons, and maybe even howler monkeys and raccoons.

When the trail ends, you'll find yourself at the entrance of the national park where you'll head back on the main road. The half day tour includes transportation, fruit, refreshments, and a guide.
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Horseback Riding

Arenal Horseback Riding
One of the best ways to explore the beauty of Costa Rica is from the back of a horse. This tour begins with an easy ride from La Fortuna to the entrance of the waterfall bearing its name.

Then you'll descend on a short but steep hike through dense forest with lush vegetation. The hike ends at the base of the crystal blue pool fed by La Fortuna Waterfall where you'll be rewarded with a refreshing swim. Participants should be in good physical condition for this tour which includes transportation, a guide and horse ride.
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