Arenal and La Fortuna: Volcanoes, Hot Springs, Adventure Tours

Great for families, honeymoons, groups and those that like some sort of adventure

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A stop in the Arenal region will satisfy the adventure-seeker and the casual traveler alike. The Arenal Volcano, towering high above the lush countryside, is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America. Its perfectly conical shape is both an ominous sight and the promise of thrilling adventures. Available activities in this region of Costa Rica are white water rafting trips, canyoneering, and rainforest hikes. And in the evening? Enjoy the warm waters of one of the region’s numerous geothermal hot springs. Making the bustling town of La Fortuna your base gives you access to a multitude of natural wonders.

Arenal Volcano

arenal-volcanoeSpending a few days in Arenal Volcano National Park is the best way to get acquainted with the fierce geological forces that shape the region. Arenal Volcano (1,633 m) is a young volcano. Its last major eruption occurred in 1968, when a powerful, devastating flow of magma and toxic gases emerged from a newly formed crater and ran for several kilometers. Although the volcano became dormant in 2010, hiking trails within the park take you across old lava fields. As you scramble through black rocks formed in recent eruptions and follow trails across lush rainforest, catch a glimpse of a tapir, a sloth, or maybe a white-faced or howler monkey. Bird species include parrots, toucans, and rare resplendent quetzals. The local flora is exceptionally diversified, so make sure to bring a guidebook to identify laurel, bromeliad, guayabo de monte, and orchids. The lucky amateur botanist may even spot the endemic Pitcaimia Funkiae, a rare cousin of the pineapple.

Chato Volcano

 

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A stop in the Arenal region will satisfy the adventure-seeker and the casual traveler alike. The Arenal Volcano, towering high above the lush countryside, is one of the most active volcanoes in Central America. Its perfectly conical shape is both an ominous sight and the promise of thrilling adventures. Available activities in this region of Costa Rica are white water rafting trips, canyoneering, and rainforest hikes. And in the evening? Enjoy the warm waters of one of the region’s numerous geothermal hot springs. Making the bustling town of La Fortuna your base gives you access to a multitude of natural wonders.

Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge

The Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge encloses a large, marshy rain forest where the lazy waters of the Río Frío meander. While it can only be visited on a tour, the refuge is exceptional for its biodiversity. Keep an eye open for sloths, caimans, turtles, a wide variety of monkeys and amphibians, and elusive fresh-water sharks. The river overflows from July to November, when migratory birds flock to the refuge. The Jabirus, Central America’s largest bird, is often spotted in the park.

For a more calm and refreshing day, visit Lake Arenal, Costa Rica’s largest fresh water expanse. Strong winds make it particularly favorable for windsurfing and sailboarding, but you can also enjoy boating and fishing here. As elsewhere in the region, the picturesque and imposing silhouette of the Arenal Volcano dominates the landscape.