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Please present tour voucher to ground operator upon arrival to reconfirm your tour day and to confirm tour departure time and other details. You will have an opportunity to select a preferred tour date at time of booking; however , tours pre-purchased online are not pre-reserved for a specific date. Child rates, where applicable, will display at time of booking and vary according to age.
*** Rates below are subject to change, are for general information and may vary slightly by season and/or hotel selected. Exact prices will be provided at time of booking. ***

Cano Negro by Boat at Rio Frio Tour (min age 6)

 
Cano Negro by Boat at Rio Frio Tour (min age 6)**Available from Arenal region hotels**
After a short bus ride of a little more than an hour, you will arrive to San Emilio Bridge next to Río Frío (Cold River), where a specially designed boat awaits to take you admire the gorgeous scenery of wetlands and pastures of Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge. During this wonderful tour, an expert guide will provide information on some bird’s species that can be seen in this area, especially during the dry season. Birds such as the Anhinga or Snakebird, Roseate Spoonbill, Wood Storks and the Jabiru, the largest bird in Central America and very endangered. Howler, Spider and white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloths as well as some reptiles such as alligators, Jesus Christ lizards, and turtles are some of the species that you can see during this Caño Negro by Boat at Rio Frio Tour. Before concluding, you will reach Los Chiles town, where a bus will be awaiting to take you to a local restaurant to enjoy a delicious typical lunch with fresh fruit, natural juices and coffee.
Activity Level: Active
Operates: Daily
Duration: Approx. 8 hours for activity (approx. 10 hours including transportation)
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Hotel Lobby
Included: Transportation, bilingual guide (English/Spanish), boat expedition, typical lunch, fruits, national juices, bottled water, cookies.
Not Included: Tips, souvenirs.
Recommendations: Wear light clothing and comfortable shoes. Bring a raincoat, camera, binoculars, sunscreen and insect repellent.
Wheelchair Access: No

Horseback Riding to Arenal Volcano (min age 6)

 
Horseback Riding to Arenal Volcano (min age 6)**Available from Arenal region hotels**
Are your ready for an adventure? Just picture yourself at the foot of the mountain, going up through terrain surrounded by trees and cattle fields, crossing through luscious forest areas and enjoying the view of a beautiful iris lagoon. Ascend a little more, and experience a breathtaking view while your horse drinks some water and prepares for the rest of this magical journey. Once at the lookout point, you will be the closest that is allowed to the Arenal Volcano, where you will witness a majestic and unforgettable view. Unfortunately, this is the return point, nevertheless you can be sure that no one will take away the beautiful memories you will create from this amazing experience!
Activity Level: Active
Operates: Daily
Duration: Approx. 2.5 hours for activity (approx. 3 hours including transportation)
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Hotel Lobby
Included: Transportation, guide, horseback riding and entrance fee.
Not Included: Tips, souvenirs, lunch.
Recommendations/Notes: Wear long pants, comfortable clothing, hiking shoes. Bring camera, sunscreen, raincoat and extra money for additional expenses. Maximum weight: 250 pounds. Good physical condition is recommended to participate.
Wheelchair Access: No

Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour (min age 6)

 
Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour (min age 6)**Available from Arenal region hotels**
Located within a rainforest reserve, with more than 600 acres and at only 2.5 miles west of Tabacon, the Arenal Hanging Bridges Tour is one of the newest tourist attractions in La Fortuna. Built with aluminum, galvanized steel and concrete, these bridges, ranging between 5 to 100 meters long, are specially designed by structural engineers with the most demanding safety margins. In addition, an expert and naturalistic guide will help you discover some of the hidden secrets of one of the lushest rainforests in the world. Enjoy a gorgeous circuit of more than a mile on 15 hanging bridges. And, if this were not enough, you also will obtain a breathtaking panoramic view of the Arenal Volcano.
Activity Level: Active
Operates: Daily
Duration: Approx. 4.5 hours for activity (approx. 6 hours including transportation)
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Hotel Lobby
Included: Transportation, guide, bottled water and admission fee.
Not Included: Tips, souvenirs.
Recommendations: Wear comfortable clothing and hiking shoes. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, binoculars, camera and rain coat.
Wheelchair Access: No

Horseback Riding at La Fortuna Waterfall (min age 6)

 
Horseback Riding at La Fortuna Waterfall (min age 6)**Available from Arenal region hotels**
Begin this fascinating tour by Costa Rica's countryside on a horseback ride of almost 4 miles to La Fortuna southeast. On the way you can witness the local way of life among family farms, cattle ranches, and cultivated fields. After an hour and a half you will reach the place where your horses will take a rest, but the adventure continues with a hike along the rainforest. Monkeys, sloths and different kinds of birds, like toucans and oropendolas, are just some of the diverse wildlife that you can observe on the path to the waterfall. At 70 meters high, La Fortuna waterfall offers wonderful scenery. And at its base there is a natural pool, where you can take a refreshing dip in its turquoise waters, before the return journey.
Activity Level: Moderate
Operates: Daily
Duration: Approx. 3.5 hours for activity (approx. 4 hours including transportation)
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Hotel Lobby
Included: Transportation, guide, horseback riding and entrance fee.
Not Included: Tips, souvenirs.
Recommendations: Wear long pants, hiking shoes, swimsuit. Bring a towel, camera and binoculars.
Wheelchair Access: No

Danaus Night Adventure (min age 6)

 
Danaus Night Adventure (min age 6)**Available from Arenal region hotels**
An invaluable experience that can only be enjoyed under the stars! The Danaus Night Adventure is a unique night walk, a unique experience to get to know and enjoy some of the activities that animals such as sloths, spiders, armadillos, porcupines, amphibians, alligators and nocturnal birds like the Chocuaco, perform every night. You will have an encounter with the ecosystem overnight, and discover a different side of it. The expert guide will provide you with information about the natural history of some of the species and their environment.This adventure focuses on the areas of conservation and education of this beautiful ecosystem.
Activity Level: Moderate
Operates: Daily (note: this tour occurs at night)
Duration: Approx. 2 hours for activity (approx. 3 hours including transportation)
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Hotel Lobby
Included: Transportation, guide, entrance fee, snacks.
Not Included: Tips, souvenirs.
Recommendations/Notes: Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, insect repellent, bring camera and extra money for additional expenses. Activity not suitable for people with heart conditions, recent surgeries or similar conditions.
Wheelchair Access: No

Hiking to Rio Celeste & Tenorio Volcano (min age 8)

 
Hiking to Rio Celeste & Tenorio Volcano (min age 8)**Available from Arenal region hotels**
The Hiking to Rio Celeste & Tenorio Volcano tour is a journey that will take you to the very depths of the Tenorio Volcano, a mysterious and enchanting manifestation of hidden power, that transforms the union of the Buena Vista and Roble rivers into a sky blue stream, giving birth to one of the most extraordinary phenomena in nature: The 'Light Blue River'. Along the way, you will find hot springs, bends of heavenly tranquility and a waterfall of singular beauty, all surrounded by a wide variety of flora and fauna. Also, before heading back to your hotel, enjoy an exquisite and well deserved lunch to finish off this fulfilling hike.
Activity Level: Active
Operates: Daily
Duration: Approx. 5 hours for activity (approx. 8 hours including transportation)
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Hotel Lobby
Included: Transportation, guide, entrance fee, lunch.
Not Included: Tips, souvenirs.
Recommendations/Notes: Wear long pants, hiking shoes, bring camera, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellent, raincoat and extra money for additional expenses. Minimum age to participate: 8 years. Good physical and medical condition in recommended to participate.
Wheelchair Access: No

Safari Float (min age 6)

 
**Available from Arenal region hotels**
Flow by the peaceful waters of Peñas Blancas River and be surrounded by the incredible flora and fauna of Costa Rica’s rainforest. On board a quiet inflatable boat, you will have the opportunity to hear the sounds of the nature and observe the different animal species, such as monkeys, lizards, crocodiles, sloths and many kinds of birds. While you paddle by the river, an expert guide will talk about the kinds of vegetation, the geographical location, and some stories from the nearby towns. Do not forget your camera to take incredible pictures of Peñas Blancas River’s scenery.
Activity Level: Mild
Operates: Daily
Duration: Approx. 4.5 hours for activity (approx. 5 hours including transportation)
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Hotel Lobby
Included: Transportation, naturalist guide, fruit & bottled water.
Not Included: Tips, souvenirs.
Recommendations: Wear shorts, t-shirt, swimsuit and sandals. Bring sunscreen, insect repellent, waterproof camera, binoculars, towel and raincoat.
Wheelchair Access: No

Venado Caves Tour (min age 8)

 
**Available from Arenal region hotels**
This fascinating Venado Caves adventure, located just 45 minutes away from La Fortuna, is an immersion into an underground world that you won't want to leave! The route will take you through narrow passages and incredible mazes, crossing streams and rooms where you'll observe the famous rock formation called "La Papaya" along stunning stalactites and stalagmites that will leave you astonished. Also, keep your eyes wide open as arachnids and bats are common in this place and you don't want to miss them!
Activity Level: Moderate
Operates: Daily
Duration: Approx. 3 hours for activity (approx. 5 hours including transportation)
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Hotel Lobby
Included: Transportation, guide, entrance fee, safety equipment, snacks.
Not Included: Tips, souvenirs, lunch.
Recommendations/Notes: Wear comfortable clothes, long pants, hiking shoes. Bring a change of clothes, towel and extra money for additional expenses. Minimum age to participate: 8 years. Activity not suitable for people with heart conditions, claustrophotiba, recent surgeries or similar conditions.
Wheelchair Access: No

Arenal Volcano Tour (min age 6)

 
Arenal Volcano Tour (min age 6)**Available from Arenal region hotels**
This fantastic Arenal Volcano Tour allows you to enjoy one of the most extraordinary landscapes in Costa Rica, walking through the foothills of this wonderful colossus.The hike starts in an area near the southwest sector of the volcano, this path will lead you through the mountain over petrified lava flows and the area destroyed in 1968, after a devastating eruption that is now undergoing a regenerative process. Wrap yourself with history, beauty and magnetism that surround this beautiful volcano.
Activity Level: Moderate
Operates: Daily
Duration: Approx. 3 hours for activity (approx. 4 hours including transportation)
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Hotel Lobby
Included: Transportation, guide, entrance to the National Park, snacks.
Not Included: Tips, souvenirs, lunch.
Recommendations/Notes: Wear comfortable clothing, hiking shoes, sunscreen, insect repellent. Bring camera, binoculars, raincoat and extra money for additional expenses. This activity is not suitable for with heart conditions, have undergone recent surgeries or similar health conditions.
Wheelchair Access: No

Half Day Rafting Trip at Balsa River (Class II/III) (min age 10)

 
Half Day Rafting Trip at Balsa River (Class II/III) (min age 10)**Available from Arenal region hotels**
Dare to live an aquatic adventure full of adrenaline! Go down through Balsa river’s rapids with this exciting rafting tour; pass by its most popular points, known as the “Morning Coffee" and "Rock around the Croc," to reach quiet fluvial pools next to the canyon, just in the middle of the rainforest, at only 30 minutes from La Fortuna. At the beginning, expert guides will explain safety measures and give you some tips about the right way to paddle. Once with your life-jacket on and helmet fastened, the adventure begins! With a little bit of luck, and if you pay attention, during the route you can watch some of the great wildlife diversity of this region such as monkeys, sloths and tropical birds like ospreys and toucans. Definitely, there is no better way to combine an aquatic adventure and Costa Rica's natural wonders. As the locals say: Pura vida!
Activity Level: Active
Operates: Daily
Duration: Approx. 4 hours for activity (approx. 4.5 hours including transportation)
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Hotel Lobby
Included: Transportation, guide, tropical fruit, lunch.
Not Included: Tips, souvenirs.
Recommendations/Notes: Wear shorts or swimsuit, sandals or water shoes. Bring sunscreen, towel and extra clothes. River rafting classification: Class II/III.
Wheelchair Access: No

White Water Rafting (Class IV) (min age 10)

 
White Water Rafting (Class IV) (min age 10)**Available from Arenal region hotels**
The amazing Whitewater Rafting Class IV tour, begins with an exciting series of 45 rapids class 3 and 4. You'll paddle for about 3 hours, through an uncharted tropical canyon full of wildlife, waterfalls and tropical birds, a complete wild adventure! You will work as a team; both you and your guide will travel the waters, passing through the exotic rapids, filled with fun and adrenaline, such as La Pina Colada and Devil's Elbow, they're as fantastic as their names! You'll have the best day of your life in Costa Rica.
Activity Level: Active
Operates: Daily
Duration: Approx. 3 hours for activity (approx. 5 hours including transportation)
Pick Up/Drop Off Location: Hotel Lobby
Included: Transportation, safety equipment, bottled water, snacks, lunch.
Not Included: Tips, souvenirs.
Recommendations/Notes: Bring swimsuit, towel, a change of clothes, sunscreen and extra money for additional expenses. Wearing sandals is not recommended. Minimum age to participate is 10 years old.
Wheelchair Access: No

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