Costa Rica's rainforests and volcanoes are a remarkable sight. Arenal is one of the world’s most active volcanoes and a fascinating spectacle with red-hot rocks tumbling down its steep slopes and ash columns rising above the vast crater. Nearby, the picturesque La Fortuna Waterfall is a 70-metre ribbon of water, which falls into a natural swimming hole, surrounded by lush tropical forest. At beautiful Caño Negro, take a river safari through the rainforest to spot birds, waterfowl and a host of exotic animals, and then climb through the mountains towards Monteverde Cloud Forest. Take a fascinating bridge walk through the forest canopy, home to more than 100 species of mammals, over 400 species of birds and thousands of insect and plant species.
- Hike to La Fortuna for a leisurely swim
- Visit the volcanoes in Arenal
- Cross the cloud forest of Monteverde
Start your Journey
Once you arrive to Arenal you will check in to your hotel for a 2 night stay. In the afternoon you will join an adventure La Fortuna Waterfall, this tour begins by descending the 500-meter trail to the magnificent Waterfall. Renowned for its 60 meter (197 feet) high falls and its crystal clear waters, along the trail, you will observe plants, trees, and animals, which inhabit the area. You can choose to swim in its refreshing waters, take amazing photographs, or simply relax and take in all of the beauty of the La Fortuna Waterfall. When you visit the La Fortuna Waterfall you not only get to enjoy this marvelous natural wonder, you will be helping to Support the Development Association of the community 100% of the entrance fee goes towards social projects to benefit schools, nutritional centers, the orphanage, our roads and more.
At the end of the afternoon, escape to a natural paradise, with all the necessary comforts to make your experience memorable. Surrounded by the peace and serenity of the rainforest, and sheltered by the impressive Arenal Volcano. During your stay, you will enjoy the pleasure of feeling the natural energy coming from the veins of the Arenal Colossus; heat the sources from which the thermal water pools are born, ranging from 37 ° C to 41 ° C (99 ° F to 106 ° F). The natural hot springs perform a relaxing massage on your entire body before sitting down for an enjoyable evening meal.
After breakfast you will meet at the agreed time and be transferred from your hotel to discover the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. This is a well-known name between the tropical biologists. It is a haven for animals and birds and a beautiful way to see fauna and flora in a close and personal way. In this experience, you can always find in the area significant populations of resident and migratory birds, two and three-toed sloths plus groups of howler and capuchin monkeys. Also reptiles like green iguanas, basilisks, turtles, crocodiles and spectacled caymans.
The Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is a Ramsar site, endangered as it may be by the surrounding massive plantations. On your river safari your professional tour guide will give you entertaining and interesting information about the natural history of this dynamic and intense place. As you finish the boat ride to the most remarkable wildlife refuge in Costa Rica, you will enjoy a delicious traditional Costa Rican lunch.
Arenal to Monteverde
This morning after breakfast you will check out ready to depart to your next destination, the pristine Cloud Forest of Monteverde, so called because of its high altitude and the clouds that go through the forest. This will be a transfer by boat and land on a fast and newest way to go to the Monteverde area. You will aboard into a very comfortable pontoon boat for a 30 to 40 minutes (aprox.) ride to Río Chiquito, a little town at the other side of the lake. A minibus ride will finish your transfer to get to the hotel in the Monteverde area, sometimes during the rainy season this transfer could take longer.
During the afternoon, visit Selvatura Park and immerse into a unique experience by enjoying a great combination of suspension bridges and platforms built in the Cloud Forest that offers you an opportunity to explore the forest canopy in a safe and easy manner. You will have the opportunity to discover the exuberant tropical forests of Costa Rica from all perspectives, enjoying magnificent views.
After breakfast, the day is at your leisure before you check out and depart for your next destination or for the airport.
- Meals as specified
- All entrance fees and tours as specified
- Accommodation in 3 and 4 star hotels/lodges
- Soft drinks, bottled water or alcoholic beverages
- Extras charged to rooms
- Tips and gratuities
- Departure taxes approx $28 USD
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