National Park Tour
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.
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. Lunch is included at the Peace Lode before you continue your drive to Arenal.
Arenal Volcano Guided Tour
The Arenal Volcano erupted violently July 29th 1968 destroying the region west of its base with hot gases, rocks and later, lava flows. Today the volcano steams quietly and heats local rivers that have been developed into popular hot springs and spas. Forest vegetation is quickly returning and covering the massive rock fragments and lava flows, and rain forest wildlife once again flourishes in and around the park.
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 Organic Farm Experience.
ARENAL VOLCANO HANGING BRIDGES TOUR
The Arenal Mistico Hanging Bridges Park is one of the highlights in La Fortuna. Though this park now has more activities other than hiking, the hanging bridges are still the highlight. The 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) hanging bridges trail has 10 regular bridges and 6 hanging ones with the tallest standing at 148 feet. The bridges allow for spectacular views of the rain forest and Arenal Volcano.
The trail’s design makes you feel like you’re walking deep into the rain forest, rather than in a well-maintained park as you’re immersed in a sea of deep green and surrounded by a symphony of cicadas, tropical birds and monkeys.
Birds such as toucans and mammals like sloths and monkeys are just a few of the many creatures you can run into on the hike. Our clients are extremely lucky to see several animals thanks to the sharp eyes of our guides.
ARENAL ORGANIC FARM EXPERIENCE
A beautiful piece of paradise awaits just minutes from La Fortuna! Immersed in the warm and natural habitat facing the Arenal Volcano and surrounded by rivers and rainforests, we are invited to visit an organic orchard run by a local family. Here you will find, learn about, and taste some of the dozens of seasonal products growing in the healthy and fertile lands, typical of the nearby volcano – including a great variety of tropical fruits, tubers, and spices.
As a bonus, a walk on one of the many trails on this farm offers abundant wildlife sightings of animals that live here! The mix of vegetation, forest edge, living fences and fruit trees, attract animals such as toucans, parrots, sloths, and iguanas! The highlight of this visit for all is a delicious home-cooked lunch prepared by the owners - followed by a fresh cup of coffee and a tasty desert!
A transfer will be provided back to San Jose or on to your next beach destination. We can add some additional days to your adventure at Arenal Volcano to enjoy its natural beauty, amazing wildlife, and plenty of outdoor activities for visitors. So much to do, so little time! Here are a few other activities that your can enjoy during your stay in the adventure capital of Costa Rica!
BEST ARENAL VOLCANO TOURS:
Arenal Volcano La Fortuna Waterfall, Hot Springs Tour, Arenal Volcano Helicopter Tours, Arenal Volcano Canopy Zipline tours, Arenal Volcano ATV Tour, Arenal Volcano Horseback Riding Tour, Arenal Volcano Hike Tour and many more.
These Arenal Volcano Tours can be enjoyed from San Jose, La Fortuna, Tamarindo, Guanacaste and many more areas in Costa Rica.
- 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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