Tour Descriptions below
Plus other tours offered from Arenal area

ARENAL TOURS

Waterfall Rappelling

& Combo Tours Available with ATV, Rafting, Horseback Riding, Hotsprings

We use La Fortuna’s most popular Canyoning & waterfall rappelling operators. Its high safety standards have enabled people of all ages and abilities to enjoy Canyoning for over 17 years. On the half-day Canyoning tour, you will be picked up in air-conditioned vans and taken on a short drive to the canyon outside of La Fortuna. You’ll then drive up a mountain in open-air 4x4 trucks, and experience views of the nearby towns and the Arenal Volcano. When you reach the canyon rancho, your guides will provide high-quality equipment and safety instructions. Then you’ll be led on a short hike through the gorgeous rainforest trail that provides just a taste of what you are about to experience - a once in a lifetime experience surrounded by the pulsing, wild, jungle. Keep your eyes open for a chance to see toucans, sloths, monkeys, and other exotic wildlife. When you come to the end of the trail you’ll dive right into Canyoning with the first and highest rappel! Your charismatic and professional guides will make you feel right at home and help you every step of the way. From there on, you’ll be entertained by a series of rappels and activities like rock climbing, the “Monkey Drop”, and more - you will get wet! After Canyoning, you’ll head back to tour headquarters and gardens to enjoy a delicious organic Costa Rican lunch. Your guides will also show you the photos they took that day over coffee and cookies before driving you back to your hotel.

Your Canyoning experience includes 4 Rappels (3 waterfalls and 1 rock wall), Monkey Drop (zip line and rappel) and a Rock Climb in a beautiful rain forest slot canyon. This tour is for young & old and everything in between! This Tour Company is the leader in Waterfall Rappelling in Costa Rica! We believe in doing one thing and being the best at it and for us, that's Canyoning. Come enjoy this fun tour with great guides, spectacular views and beautiful trails throughout! From children to adults and people with experience, you will have a blast!

Start Your Waterfall Rappelling Tour

Rappelling tour:

· 8:00 AM Pick up time at Your Lodge.

· 4 Rappels (3 waterfalls and 1 rock wall).

· 1 "Monkey Drop" (Zip Line with rappel).

· Rock Climb.

· Water proof jackets.

· Hiking on beautiful trails in the canyon between rappels.

· Transportation to and from your hotel within the La Fortuna area.

· Bilingual professionally trained guides.

· High quality gear used in rock climbing and Canyoning.

· Professional Photographer (Photos available for purchase after tour).

· Delicious Costa Rican style lunch (Vegetarian upon request).

What to Bring:

· Quick dry clothing (synthetics work best).

· Adventure sandals (shoes that can get wet, dry quick and have good traction when wet).

· Change of clothes for after the tour.

Duration: 4 hours Begins: 7:30am, 1:00pm Please Bring: Quick-dry clothing, secure shoes, change of clothes and towel Included: Professional bilingual guides, waterproof jackets, delicious Costa Rican lunch, high quality gear, photographer Age Requirements: 5 and up
 

ARENAL VOLCANO TOUR

The Arenal Volcano tour starts with a drive to the active Western side of the volcano. Once there you will embark on a hike on the Toucans Trail which traverses the rainforest and crosses over a large lava flow from 1992. It is possible to observe a great variety of plants, wildlife, and magnificent lava rock formations. Once on the top of the lava flow, you will have a beautiful view of the Arenal Lake. The hike ends up at a viewpoint, where if the weather allows, you will be able to see red hot lava rolling down the side of the volcano (3 pm tour only). During the tour, our experienced guides will provide interesting and educational information regarding the history of the majestic mountain and the Arenal Volcano National Park. The tour concludes with a relaxing stop at the mineral hot spring. (Stop at hot springs is optional, entrance fee not included)

Departure time: 8:00 am and 3:00 pm

Arrival time: 12 noon & 6:30 pm (longer if you stop at the hot springs)

Included: Bilingual naturalist guide, transportation in an A/C bus, park entrance fee and beverages.

What to bring: Comfortable clothing, hiking boots or tennis shoes, binoculars, camera, sunscreen lotion, insect repellent and rain gear (during the rainy season).

PENAS BLANCAS RIVER

Experience the peacefulness of the forest traveling on the Peñas Blancas River with the opportunity to observe many different animals such as monkeys, sloth, iguanas, tortoises, crocodiles and numerous bird species. Our boat doesn’t use a motor so that you can enjoy the sounds of nature as we paddle down the river offering you the best opportunity to take photos. You will be accompanied by an experienced naturalist guide who will explain many fascinating details about the trees, plants, birds, and animals. This tour, which includes a stop for beverages and tropical fruits, takes only a half-day and is specially designed for people with a limited amount of time.

Departure time: 8:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.

Included: Bilingual naturalist guide, transportation in an A/C bus, lifejacket, beverages, and fruits.

What to bring: Light, comfortable clothing, sandals or tennis shoes, binoculars, camera, sunscreen lotion, and insect repellent.

TOUR TO THE VENADO CAVES

For those who don’t mind getting wet and muddy, this fascinating underground adventure will take you through a labyrinth of passages and chambers in which you will see an interesting rock formation called, “La Papaya,” stalactites, stalagmites, bats, spiders, and proof that the caves were at one time at the bottom of the ocean. The caves are located only 45 minutes from La Fortuna.

Departure time: 8:00 am & 1:00 pm.

Included: Bilingual naturalist guide, rubber boots, helmet, flashlight, transportation in an A/C bus, and beverages.

What to bring: Light comfortable clothes, sandals or shoes if you don’t mind getting wet, binoculars, camera, sunscreen lotion, insect repellent, a change of clothes and a plastic bag for wet clothes. A change of clothes and a plastic bag for wet clothes.

The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

is considered to be of the best sites on the continent for bird watching. In addition to an abundance of birds, Caño Negro is also home to many exciting animals, such as sloth, three types of monkeys, caimans, lizards, bats, and a variety of flora native of the wetlands. Our tour to this beautiful region leaves from La Fortuna and travels approximately 1 hour and 45 minutes to Los Chiles, a rustic village just three kilometers from the Nicaraguan border. Then we begin our boat ride to the wetlands. On the way up, you will see many bird and animal species. Around noon we will stop along the river for a typical Costa Rican lunch before heading back to Los Chiles to take the bus back to La Fortuna This tour can be done also on Kayaks or Canoes.

Departure time: 7:30 a.m. Return: 3:30 p.m.

Included: Bilingual naturalist guide, transportation in an A/C bus, picnic lunch (vegetarian food available upon request) and beverages.

What to bring: Light, comfortable clothing, sandals or tennis shoes, binoculars, camera, sunscreen lotion, and insect repellent.

BIRDWATCHING WALK

Birds are most active early in the morning in the late afternoon as the day cools into evening. Join us for one or both of these walks in the La Fortuna area or near your hotel, for an amazing display of tropical birds. You will have the opportunity to see toucans, parrots, oropendolas, colorful tanagers and parakeets. For the more experienced birdwatcher, we can focus on looking for Royal Flycatchers, White-fronted Nun birds, Cinnamon Woodpeckers and other less commonly seen species. We will tailor the tour for you. We will wrap up the tour by listing and discussing the birds we have seen.

Departure time: 5:30 am and 3:00 pm.

Includes: Bilingual naturalist guide, transportation in an A/C bus and beverages.

What to bring: Light, comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, binoculars, camera, sunscreen lotion, insect repellent and rain gear (rainy season).

COMBINATION TOUR WITH HANGING BRIDGES

This tour, which begins at 7:30 am, gives you the opportunity, in a single day, to sample the attractions that have made the Arenal region famous. To start the tour you will visit the hanging bridges option consists of a hike on a 1.9 mile (3.1 km) trail on which you can enjoy the rainforests flora and fauna. The trail crosses nine fixed bridges and six suspension bridges and is laid out at a maximum grade of seven degrees so that anyone can walk it. Our next stop is the La Fortuna Waterfall. From the trailhead, you will hike approximately 15 minutes before reaching this majestic waterfall where you can swim or just enjoy it’s beauty. Lunch is next and Lava Rocks Restaurant is the place.

Following lunch you’ll have the opportunity to rest until 3 pm before embarking on the volcano hike. We will choose one of several trails depending on which side of the volcano the lava is coming down and on all the trails you will see a wide variety of plants and wildlife. On the Tucanes trail you will have the opportunity to walk on a lava flow and on all the trails at the end of the hike you will watch the sunset, waiting until dark in hopes of seeing and hearing the glowing chunks of lava tumbling down the side of the mountain, a sight you won’t soon forget. You’ll end the day with your choice of a relaxing dip in the world-famous The Springs Hot Springs followed by a buffet dinner or a visit to Baldi Hot Springs & buffet Dinner at Baldi.

Includes: All transportation and entrance fees, naturalist guide, lunch, dinner, cold drinks, and equipment.

What to bring: Comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, insect repellent, bathing suit, camera, and binoculars.

Places visited: Arenal Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and choices of Tabacón Hot springs, Baldi Hot Springs, Ecotermales, Paradise Hot Springs or The Springs Hotsprings resort.

COMBINATION TOUR WITH ECOCENTRO DANAUS

This tour begin at 8:00 a. m. and is a new alternative for visitors to see Fortuna area looking for a different natural experience; a combination creates for lover nature. At Danaus Eco-Center, our first stop, you will enjoy and learn about the natural history of butterflies of Costa Rica, like Blue Morpho, Monarch, Owl butterfly, Swallowtail, poison dart frog, and many more. You will also see a great variety of tropical plants and traditional crops, organically farmed in the gardens. Our next stop is in La Fortuna Waterfall. This waterfall has a huge swimming hole with large rocks nearby, perfect for a rest after an invigorating swim. Then we drive back to town to have lunch at “Lava Rocks Restaurant.”

About 3:00 p.m we start the tour of the volcano. We have a choice of natural trails to take which depend on wich side the lava is flowing down. From any of them, you will see a great variety of plants, wildlife, the magnifecence of Arenal formed lava rock and the surrounding forest. We walk up the lava flows and watch the sunset as we await darknes to see and hear the glowing rocks of lava tumbling down the side of the mountain. A sight not to be missed.

A full active day! Now, put on your bathing suit again to relax in the thermal waters of Tabacón Resort or Baldi Hot Springs for a few hours and have dinner there.

Includes: All transportation, entrance fees, naturalist guide, lunch, dinner, cold drinks and equipment.

What to bring: Comfortable clothes, hiking shoes, bug repellent, bathing suit, camera and binoculars.

We visit: The butherfly farm, Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Spring.

Chato Peak which is known as the Arenal Volcano’s brother is a dormant volcano. You will hike up its west side and down into the crater where a beautiful lake is located. From here you’ll hike up out of the crater and down the East side to La Fortuna Waterfall. This tour is very strenuous and is for serious hikers only.

Included: Transport., naturalist guide, beverages, sandwiches & entrance fees to parks.

What to bring: Long pants, hiking shoes, insect repellent, camera and binoculars, insect repellent, camera and binoculars.

Walking time: Approximately 4 ½ hours.

Departure: 8:00 a.m.

Return: 3:00 p.m.

Recommended: For people in excellent physical shape.

HIKING TO RIO CELESTE

We leave early in route to Rio Celeste, we’ll arrive at the Tenorio Volcano National Park, where 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 continue our hike through the jungle to seek out the volcano’s furnace vents that expel gases of extremely high temperatures. On our descent, 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.

Included: Transportation, naturalist guide, beverages, lunch and entrance fee to park.

What to bring: Long pants, hiking shoes, insect repellent, camera, and binoculars.

Recommended: For people in excellent physical shape.

Chato Peak

which is known as the Arenal Volcano’s brother is a dormant volcano. You will hike up its west side and down into the crater where a beautiful lake is located. From here you’ll hike up out of the crater and down the Eastside to La Fortuna Waterfall. This tour is very strenuous and is for serious hikers only. Included: Transport., naturalist guide, beverages, sandwiches & entrance fees to parks.

What to bring: Long pants, hiking shoes, insect repellent, camera and binoculars, insect repellent, camera and binoculars.

Walking time: Approximately 4 ½ hours.

Departure: 8:00 a.m.

Return: 3:00 p.m.

Recommended: For people in excellent physical shape.

The night walk

takes place at the “Ecocentro Danaus” or “EcoCentro Oasis” smalls reserves whose focus is conservation and education. A visit to the center at night will afford you the opportunity to see some of the areas more prominent nocturnal animals in action such as sloth, caimans, spiders, frogs, bats, butterflies and birds and also the way these species interact with each other and the center’s vegetation. Our guide goes by giving you every detail about what you see and hear. This hiking can be done during the day also.

Departure time: 5:30 pm

Includes: Transportation, guides, entrance fee, and drinks.

What to bring: Hiking boots, insect repellent, and long pants.

**This hike can be done also during the day and it is recommended it for all the ages.

Schedules on day time: 8am & 1pm.

ARENAL LAKE ON KAYAK

Depart from La Fortuna at 8:00 a.m. or 1:30 p.m. to enjoy a pleasant morning of kayaking on Lake Arenal and breathtaking views of the Arenal Volcano. On your trip you may observe different species of birds like the “Flycatcher”, “Kingfisher”, “Great Blue Heron” and “Anhinga” and may also possibly hear the Howler monkeys!

Departure time: 8:00 am & 1:30 pm

Included: Bilingual naturalist guide, transportation in an A/C bus, picnic fruits, and beverages.

What to bring: Light, comfortable clothing, sandals or tennis shoes, camera, sunscreen lotion.

ATV Tour ARENAL AREA

Quads Aventura le da la oportunidad de disfrutar no solo de aventura y diversión, sino también te permite The Quads Adventure ATV tour not only gives you the opportunity for adventure and fun but also includes nature and unique views of the majestic Arenal Volcano. The trail you will traverse goes through pastureland at the base of the volcano from which you will have numerous opportunities to view the volcano before eventually arriving at Lago de Los Lirios (Lilly Lake) which has the distinction of being the only lake in the area that contains sulfur residues from the volcano. From there you will continue on the trail passing through Tropical Humid Forest giving you the opportunity to observe the area’s flora and fauna before arriving at lookout point where we will have drinks and fruit for you. From this lookout point you will enjoy one of the best views of the volcano and some of its most recent flows as your expert naturalist guide tell you about the volcano’s history and characteristics. After two hours of combining adrenaline with nature you will return to where you started on the ATVs. Here you will get to see and learn about crocodiles, frogs and the area’s beautiful butterflies.

Includes: Guide, fees, snacks & insurance.

What to bring: Comfortable clothes, closed shoes, repellent, sunscreen.

Departures: 8:00 a.m. / 11:00 a.m. / 2:30 p.m

HORSEBACK RIDING TO LA FORTUNA WATERFALL

Starting the horseback ride through our 560 hectares (1400 acre) farm at an elevation of 400 meters (1200 ft.) MSL, accompanied by a professional and bilingual guide, riding a well-trained horse accustomed to non-experienced and experienced riders alike, you will enjoy this adventure. The first hour will take you through open spaces until you reach the Fortuna River where we ford the river in an area that is safe for the horses and riders, after which we reach the main road that reaches the waterfall, where we must travel along this public road for about 15 minutes until we reach the falls. Once at the main entrance we may enter and descend to the base of this great and beautiful waterfall where you may swim or simply take pictures. We can visit this waterfall on car for those who do not like to horseback.

Includes: Entrance Fee to Waterfall, beverages & local guide.

What to bring: long pants, closed shoes, swimsuit, sunscreen & repellent.

Departures: 8am & 1pm.

Hike to 1968 Private Reserve

Reserve 1968 receives its name due to the date of the first eruption of Arenal Volcano colossus. This large-scale eruption left a huge backlog as a result of basalt on the flanks of the volcano. In a walk of about 30 minutes on the trails of this private reserve we can see the dry lava caused by these early explosions, we can also enjoy a majestic view of Arenal volcano, which is going to be very close to us, but at a prudent distance and safe to admire all its splendor and beauty.

Departure time: 8:00 am and 3:00 pm

Arrival time: 12 noon & 6:30 pm (longer if you stop at the hot springs)

Included: Bilingual naturalist guide, transportation in an A/C bus, reserve entrance fee and beverages.

What to bring: Comfortable clothing, hiking boots or tennis shoes, binoculars, camera, sunscreen lotion, insect repellent and rain gear (during the rainy season).

Note: Hot Springs are not included; there are several choices depending on it.

HORSEBACK RIDING TO THE ARENAL VOLCANO

The adventure begins when you ride the horse to the base of the most active volcanoes in the world. This is a good combination of horseback riding, primary and secondary forest, cattle farm, and beautiful scenery. During the trip, you pass by one of the more interesting places around the volcano. Also you can appreciate many species of birds, a great variety of butterflies, wild animals, and a great diversity of lush plants of the tropical rainforest, then you continue riding through the rain forest, next to a natural lake, where the awesome landscape, the whisper of the wind, and the silence make us value our existence and the wonderful Mother Nature… and do not forget the permanent image at the mysterious Arenal Volcano. This tour is highly recommended for adults and children over the age of ten, unless they have previous horseback riding experience.

We recommend you bring long pants, a hat, insect repellent, sunblock, and a camera.

We will provide poncho in case of rain and an experience guide.

Departure time: 8:30am / 1:30pm (3 hours approx.)

MONTEVERDE ONE DAY TOUR

This is a great chance to visit the world-famous Monteverde Cloud Forest and visit the best attractions of it in just one day. You’ll be picked up at your hotel around 7:30 am and take the pathway towards the Arenal Lake; we drive around the lake with amazing panoramic views of Arenal Volcano and Tilarán volcanic range. On our arriving in Monteverde you will have the choice of doing either the Canopy Tour or the Hanging bridges at Selvatura Park, followed by lunch and a visit to the Hummingbirds garden, the butterfly farm or the insect museum where you will be able to see some of the flora and fauna indigenous to the area. Our guide is a very important part of the tour in order to know what is hidden in this marvelous place in our country. From here you will return to La Fortuna with memories you won’t soon forget.

Includes: Transportation, entrances fee, naturalist guide and lunch.

What to bring: Hiking shoes, camera, binoculars, jacket and raincoat.

RAFTING RÍO SARAPIQUÍ CLASE III

The seven and a half miles trip on the Sarapiquí River takes place between the community of La Virgen and Chilamate in Sarapiquí. It is a trip especially suitable for beginners and intermediates. It includes a very safe section formed by rapids followed by crystalline ponds. Along the journey one can enjoy four class III and about 20 class II rapids All of which have a good technical level. Our trip start by picking up the passenger in their hotels in the Arenal area as of 9:00 a.m. During the journey, the guide will provide full details of the different towns we go through, their lifestyle, the characteristic of the natural environment and general information about their socioeconomic activities. Around 10:30 a.m we will arrive to Tirimbina in La Virgen de Sarapiquí. The 7.5 miles trip starts after listening to a safety talk given by the tour leader. The Sarapiquí River is characterized by its clear, almost pollution- free water thanks to the fact that not only few people live nearby but also its riverbanks are protected. Throughout the vibrant journey they will enjoy swimming and refreshing themselves in several peaceful ponds in addition to the thrill of defying rapids such as “gringo hollow”, “confusion”, “deer”, “roller coaster”, “air force” and among others. Half way to the journey, we will stop on the river and eat tasty tropical fruits of the season, prepared and served by our guides. At the end of the rafting trip after three fantastic hours filled with fun, the tourist can get dry and change their clothes before enjoying a hot lunch in our facilities on the river bank.

Finally we start the trip back to the same rout and to La Fortuna around 3:30 p.m.

Included: Transportation, guides, fruits, lunch and equipment.

Departure: 9:00 a.m. from Fortuna.

What to bring: Strap sandals or tennis shoes, extra clothes, towel, bathing suit.

JUAN CASTRO BLANCO NATIONAL PARK

Juan Castro Blanco National Park is beloved by avid bird watchers and is a great place to see unspoiled rain forests. The park’s extensive trail system traverses over 35,000 acres and allows for wildlife viewing up close. Dedication to preservation makes it possible for visitors to view a variety of birds, mammals, reptiles, and amphibians.

Even though the park is popular, it offers a low key setting in which to view an array of birds and mammals. The park is home to 233 bird species and 57 mammal species. Bird watchers are treated to sitings of peacocks, quetzal, black turkeys, and falcons. Several monkey species found in Costa Rica are also in the park.

SKY TREK & SKY TRAM FROM LA FORTUNA

Sky Tram

To have a great adventure on the Sky Trek, you must ride on the Sky Tram first, in order to reach the highest point of the Arenal Reserve. Then you will start the adventure, full of adrenalin over the top of the wonderful trees. Sky Trek consists in a zip line system that shows you the Arenal rain forest and its landscape from a different perspective; taking into account your safety with a completely innovated system. The tour includes 8 cross-sectional cables that together have a total length of 2.8 Km. with a distance from 30 to 760 meters, and from 20 to 200 meters of height. The cables go on through the trees and also above them, where you may see the gorgeous Arenal Volcano, if the weather allows it.

SKY TREK

During the Sky Trek tour you will be always with two qualified guides who are credited by the Costa Rica Tourism Board. In addition, the first two zip lines are practice cables; after them, you may choose if you want to continue on the Sky Trek, or go back on the Sky Tram. Schedules: from 7:30am to 2:30pm.

La Fortuna Waterfall Guided Hike.

Located into a spectacular rainforest and over 70 meters high, the Fortuna River Waterfall is an attraction hard to miss on your visit through La Fortuna. Born from the river that carries the same name, this cascade shares its boundaries with the Arenal-Monteverde protected area, housing wealth of wildlife and becoming very important for the conservation of tributaries that feed drinking water to surrounding towns. Our guide will accompany you and point the most important details of this rich area, where we have the option of watching the beautiful waterfall from the view point, or walk about 300 meters in a very steep but safe pathway and get very close to it. Is allowed to swim in the river, but not near the waterfall. It will be difficult to forget!

Note: The walk is only recommended for people in regular shape.

Departure time: 11:30am. Arrival time: 14:00 aprox.

Included: Bilingual naturalist guide, transportation in an A/C bus, reserve entrance fee and beverages.

What to bring: Comfortable clothing, hiking boots or tennis shoes, binoculars, camera, sunscreen

The Maleku Indigenous Cultural Tour

We pick up our clients at the hotels at the specified time to take the pathway that will take us to one of the most important agriculture zones in Costa Rica: the Northern Plains. We drive for about one hour to get to the Indigenous reservation set by the government, in this reservation we find three Maleku communities known as El Sol, Margarita and Tonjibe. We will visit Tonjibe community where we will meet a local family, which as the rest of families had to adapt themselves to a new life style to survive and keep their traditions and culture intact, because their ancient life style it is against the new environmental government laws such as their homes materials, their diet and medicines; but even so they are working on to preserve the most of their traditions such as their language, dances, diet, dressing, and the use of natural medicines. That is why they are opening to tourism for visiting their homes to watch their life style and also by selling their handcrafts; this cultural encounter involves a visiting to one of their traditional houses, a walk thru their graveyards to know how they used to bury their family members in the past; also we will walk thru a botanical garden where they get their medicines from different plants that they use; and a performance of one of their traditional tribal rituals to end with a typical Maleku lunch. After that we get back to the hotel.

What to bring: Hiking shoes or tennis, camera, sun block, repellent.

We include: Water bottle, guide, admission fee to the park, lunch and transportation.

Río Toro Class 3-4 Full-Day Rafting

The mighty Río Toro – the closest class 3-4 river to the Arenal Volcano. The adrenaline-packed Río Toro explodes with a series of over 45 continuous class 3-4 rapids – you’ll paddle 3 hours through unexplored, tropical wilderness in a deep canyon with waterfalls, exotic animals and tropical birds. It’s all about teamwork as you and your Costa Rican river guides negotiate exciting rapids with names like Morning Coffee, Piña Colada and the Devil’s Elbow – for your best day in Costa Rica!

Includes: transportation, guides & safety kayaker, tropical fruit, delicious home-cooked Costa Rican lunch & an exclusive, small-group tour experience.

What to bring: a big smile, a sense of adventure, clothes to get wet in, secure shoes & dry clothes for after the trip – you can enjoy this exciting adventure rain or shine!

Canyoneering “Rappel at Waterfalls”

We start off the adventure by assisting you into your “Petzl” harness and giving you your “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

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WHAT YOU’LL NEED TO BRING: secure shoes (tennis shoes, Keen or Teva-style,) clothes to get wet in & change of clothes for after the tour.

WE PROVIDE: transport to/from your hotel, professional & very fun, bilingual guides; high-quality, brand-name equipment; gloves & water.

White Water Rafting Class II &III at Balsa River

The day begins with a pick up and transport from your Arenal area hotel. It’s a short 30-minute drive to the river; from there, you will meet your guides and be given equipment. The professional guides will go over safety rules and provide instruction on how to use the rafting equipment. Once all participants feel comfortable and are ready, the trip will begin.

You’ll enjoy over 2 hours of exciting whitewater action. As you float down the Balsa River, you’ll pass through scenic forests and have the opportunity to spot wildlife. You will paddle through crashing rapids and emerge on the other side smiling and wet. The journey ends at the San Carlos Bridge, where you can swim and enjoy beer, soda, fruit, and other snacks. After relaxing here, you’ll be driven back to your hotel.

This tour departs daily at 10:00-10:30 AM and returns at 3:00-3:30 PM. Please note that no pregnant women are allowed to participate in this tour.

Tour Includes: transportation to and from your hotel, bilingual certified guides, lunch, snacks, drinks, and towels.

What to Bring: quick-dry clothes, swimsuit, sunscreen, and secure shoes.

ATHICA Canopy Tour

Your tour will begin with a warm welcome and a brief safety speech, after which your equipment will be put on and carefully checked by our bilingual guides, all of which are certified. This certification provides you extra assurance that you will be completely safe at all times since the guides are fully trained in first aid, vertical rescue, and have ample knowledge of the Flora and Fauna of this beautiful country. Enjoy this thrilling aerial adventure of approximately 3 km, starting from a tower 13 meters high and glide your way down 8 cables made with the best galvanized stainless steel, ranging from 80 meters to 750 meters in length, with an average height of 38 meters. Speeds will top 60km per hour! Each of our 14 platforms, 5 of which are constructed in extraordinary trees, were strategically designed at varying heights to allow our clients to observe the rainforest from different angles and photograph the awe inspiring scenery.

Hours: We offer flexible tour schedules from7:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., to best accommodate to the needs of our valued clients. However we have our departures times at: 8:00

Horseback Riding to Combine with your Athica Canopy Tour

For horse-lovers and those who wish to enjoy the most fascinating scenery in the Arenal Conservation Area, our one hour horseback ride is the perfect combination to your canopy adventure. This tour is apt for beginning and expert riders. Your safety is of vital importance to us. Our professional, experienced, bilingual guides will carefully choose the right horse for you and give you all necessary instructions to teach you to control your horse. All of our horses are calm, manageable, and well trained for this type of activity. Our clients will enjoy speeds apt for the least experienced of the group, or have the opportunity to join a group that better matches their riding level. Inform your guide of your level of experience, and follow all given instructions, in order to assure that you fully enjoy this adventure, that will leave you speechless. The trails gradually go up through the farmlands, where you will discover the biodiversity that surrounds you including a variety of ferns, bromeliads, woodlands, sugar cane, green pastures and an excellent view of giant trees such as the “Higueron”. Finally, we will reach the Silencio Observation Point, where you will have the opportunity to view the magnificent Arenal Volcano and its dry lava trails from prior eruptions.

Schedule: Our horseback ride can be arranged for any time you’d like, either before or after your canopy zip line adventure.

To Bring: Sunglasses, sunblock, and insect repellent for your added comfort and protection. Our experienced guides would be happy to help you in any way they can to assure you have an unforgettable experience.

Includes: Horses, equipment, guides and drinks.

Poás Volcano & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

As you wander the trails of La Paz Waterfall Gardens your senses will delight at the five waterfalls that line the trail. With the construction of Waterfall Gardens, guests are afforded views from platforms above, below and in front of the falls for great waterfall photo opportunities. The La Paz Waterfall is the most famous waterfall in Costa Rica where visitors often stop on the road to take photos on their way to Sarapiquí or Arenal but the best waterfalls are actually above the La Paz waterfall along a steep canyon accessed by our safe hiking trails making these five waterfalls the most easily accessible waterfalls in Costa Rica. Combined with a hike to the Poás Volcano National Park, the biggest crater in Costa Rica. Poás is active, but we can't expect to see a full-fledged eruption or even any lava flow here, the activity consists of gases and volcanic sediment ponds that our guide will point out at the time we are just next to the crater. Into the park it is possible to appreciate a special kind of flora and fauna and the views of the central valley are just spectacular.

Schedule: 7:30 a.m. To 6:30 p.m.

Includes: Transportation, fees, equipment, guides, lunch and drinks.

To Bring: Comfortable clothing (long sleeves), closed shoes and camera.

Arenal Ecoglide Canopy Tour

Experience the peacefulness of the forest floating down the Frío River with the opportunity to observe plenty of wildlife along it. Many different animals such as monkeys, sloths, iguanas, turtles, caimans and numerous bird species can be spotted. Our boat doesn’t use a motor, so, you can enjoy the sounds of nature as we paddle down the river offering you the best opportunity to take marvelous photos. Our naturalist guide will help you to find the secret living treasures of this world and describe them to you. At the end we will share a very unforgettable experience with a real Costa Rican Family while eating some homemade snacks at their farm and practice some Spanish with them (Spanish Lessons are free!!!).

Departure time: 07:30 and 13:00.

Returns: 12:00 and 17:00.

Included: Bilingual naturalist guide, transportation in an A/C bus, lifejacket, beverages, fruits, homemade snacks and some surprises.

What to bring?: Light, comfortable clothing, sandals or tennis shoes, binoculars, camera, sunscreen lotion and insect repellent.

Recommended for a family trip.

Guided Arenal Combo Community Culture Nature Tour 6 in 1 Day Tour with Adv.
Tours of Community, Culture and Nature Family Combo tour
This Combo features 6 activities all in 1 day, near the Arenal Volcano!

This is a great Areal Combo tour for those interested in getting to know the rural culture near the Arenal Volcano and at the same time, understand and contribute to local conservation efforts.

This Costa Rica family tour is a combination of some of the best things to see and do in our Arenal Community. This Arenal Combo tour is focused on both giving and receiving. Visit the La Fortuna Waterfall that supports local community projects. Learn about Costa Rican agricultural methods and taste traditional food like handmade tortillas and freshly squeezed sugar cane juice. This is a great tour for the socially-conscious and families who want to leave Costa Rica with a memorable cultural experience.

La Fortuna Waterfall: Start the tour off with an informative tour to the La Fortuna Waterfall. The La Fortuna Waterfall is a local attraction and highlight for many people's visit to the La Fortuna area. Entrance fees to the La Fortuna waterfall go to help many community projects such as the development of the local sports complex and community-wide water treatment plant.

2) Local Farm and Sugar Cane Mill: Then, head to a local family farm where you will get to spend some time to learn about Costa Rican agricultural processes and their efforts in conservation. Your tour guide will greet you and give you an introduction and history about this sustainable, family farm. Start off the tour with an opportunity to see a variety of animals - some that you may not have ever seen before: monkeys, marmocets, cute donkeys, water buffalo and cows. Most of these animals are an important part of this farm – and find out how bulls help make sugar cane juice!

Then make your way through a winding path full of fruit trees, pineapples and medicinal plants. You will get to see the native medicinal plants of Costa Rica, from Melessa, a sleep aid, to Juanilama, a plant well known to ease stomach problems. You’ll then make your way to a covered wooden seating area where you can stretch your legs and learn a little bit about the Trapiche Sugar Mill, a traditional and beautiful method of making sugar cane juice that requires zero electrical energy. Pure sugar cane juice alone is delicious but it can also be fermented and turned into a strong and delicious sugar cane alcohol that we call "guaro" or "contrabando." You’ll get to try both before heading on your way to see the rest of the farm. Pass by beautiful tropical birds, peasants and peacocks and even a friendly and curious deer will come up to the fence to say hello. As you walk through the maintained and flat trail you’ll see the beauty that surrounds the garden paths with vibrant tropical flowers, sweet lemon and mango trees, and the awe-inspiring Arenal volcano in the background. Everyone loves to visit the pigs, especially children. There is a litter constantly being born so chances are you will get to see babies as well. The pigs supply the meat the family uses to cook meals for themselves and visitors and the methane gas they produce is used as fuel for the gas stove for cooking.

3) Delicious Homestyle Lunch: When you finish your tour you’ll be greeted by a lovely buffet of food right from the farm complete with handmade tortillas and fresh Costa Rican coffee.

4) Arenal Volcano Hike: From there, it's time to get up close and personal with the Arenal Volcano on a nature walk along the base of our behemoth and iconic Arenal Volcano. Your guide will point out interesting flora and fauna found in the primary and secondary forests there.

5) Hot Springs: And to finish off your evening, it's time to relax and enjoy local hot springs. There are many different pool temperatures and therapeutic minerals to help sooth your body.

6) Traditional Dinner: After a long day of exploring our community and getting to know about our culture and conservation efforts, you will be treated to a plentiful dinner at the Eco Termales Hotsprings.

This is 6 in 1 tour because you get to 1) go to the La Fortuna Waterfall 2) Visit a Local Farm 3) Have a delicious lunch 4) Hike the base of the Arenal Volcano 5) Enjoy local hot springs and 6) Finish with a traditional, natural dinner. You will love this Arenal COMBO tour. For us, the Community Culture and Nature COMBO is the best tour in La Fortuna for families and children. It makes for a long, but culturally-enriching day in Costa Rica.

WHAT TO BRING: camera, binoculars, insect repellent, sun block, sturdy hiking shoes, swimming suit and towel, rain gear. This tour includes lunch and dinner

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