One of Costa Rica's most popular and notable regions to visit is the Arenal Volcano. This impressive volcano resides within the 29,960-acre Arenal Volcano National Park. Although the volcano entered into a resting phase in 2010 (the eruptions have paused) it’s still a stunning sight towering over the rainforest that surrounds its base. Made up mostly of primary rainforest, the Arenal Volcano National Park encompasses four different life zones and harbors a tremendous amount of flora and fauna and thus offers a wealth of activities – including whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling, hiking and canopy tours – as well as the friendly town of La Fortuna.
Two to four nights
Best time to go:
Arenal presents a varied climate with mean temperatures ranging from 68 to 85F. The region may be visited year ‘round, dry season extends December-April. During wet season, expect warmer temperatures, and frequent afternoon showers.
• Rafting: Float the Peñas Blancas River or choose a thrilling whitewater ride on the Toro and Sarapiqui Rivers (Class II-IV)
• Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge: Three different habitats to spot many bird species and mammals.
• Volcano Tours: Hike lava fields in full view of Arenal Volcano.
• Horseback Riding: Most popular excursion is La Fortuna Waterfall
• Hot Springs: Tabacon Hot Springs is the most popular
• Mountain biking
• Canopy tours