On this three-day, two-night itinerary you’ll discover the iconic Arenal Volcano whose steep conical slopes rise out of the vast surrounding rainforest. The journey to Arenal from San Jose includes stops at an authentic Costa Rican coffee plantation and the lush and colorful La Paz Waterfall Gardens.
During your stay in Arenal, you’ll enjoy hikes in the National Park, exploring the Arenal Hanging Bridges, and for a little local flavor, a farm visit with lunch at Arenal Vida Campesina. A transfer will be provided back to San Jose or on to your next beach destination.
- The best lookouts for waterfalls.
- Learn about coffee and Costa Rican culture.
- Look for tropical creatures: sloths, toucans, monkeys, and iguanas.
- Meet the local Gonzalez Family farmers in Arenal Vida Campesina.
- The best organic traditional “farm-to-table” Lunch.
- Make your own Costa Rican tortillas!
- Small groups.
- Go with the best guides!
Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa | Arenal Volcano National Park
This morning you will be met by your driver-host at your hotel in San Jose. Following breakfast, you set off toward the Central Mountain Range where you'll visit an authentic Costa Rican coffee plantation and the La Paz Waterfall Gardens.
The coffee plantation visit introduces you to coffee cultivation and processing. La Paz has a well-designed trail system through its cloud forest that winds alongside the crystal-clear Peace River and leads to viewing platforms - bringing you up close to five beautiful waterfalls. You will also visit the Iguana Bridge, famous for its abundant iguanas. Lunch is included at the Peace Lode before you continue your drive to Arenal.
The main attraction for visitors in this region is Arenal Volcano which rises majestically some 3,000 feet above the surrounding plains. Arenal has occasional rumbles and small eruptions, and a constant emission of steam and other hot gases. It also produces nearly continuous flows of thick pasty lava known as “blocky lava” that breaks off in chunks and can be seen glowing bright cherry red on cloudless nights. The volcano is Arenal Volcano National Park’s centerpiece and it is surrounded by a vast rainforest of several thousand acres which is home to parrots, parakeets, four types of toucans and nearly 400 other bird species, 3 species of monkeys, peccaries and more.
Overnight at your hotel (L)
Tonight, dinner is on your own. You may enjoy a quiet evening meal at the hotel overlooking the lush gardens and if you are lucky, take a glimpse of the majestic Arenal Volcano at night.
Our private bilingual host drivers are selected for their driving skills, knowledge of the country and orientation towards customer service. He/she is responsible for staying with the vehicle while clients are at restaurants, doing hikes or other tours so that all personal belongings left in the vehicle are safe. This service offers you more flexibility in travel time as you can request stops to photograph gorgeous scenery, view wildlife, visit nice local restaurants, meet local people, or take coffee breaks and stretch when you need it.
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