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Arenal Volcano Tours & Trips

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Get "just close enough" to an active volcano that glows red from lava flowing down its slopes at night, and billows ash into the heavens during the day. Arenal is Costa Rica's adventure capital where you can hike, ride horses, zipline, rappel, spelunk, paddle or pedal through lush rainforest and tropical rivers and lakes before heading to the volcanically-heated hot springs to soak off your adventures. Just a couple of hours north of San Jose, Arenal is easy to include in a tour package or add on to an existing tour of Costa Rica. Below, we've selected the top ten tours in the Arenal area which can either be part of a larger packaged tour of Costa Rica, or extensions of 1/2 day to 3 full days. Contact one of our Costa Rica travel specialists for help planning your adventure to Arenal. 

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Costa Rica Escape$110349Mar 28, 2023This hand-crafted 9-day luxury tour of Costa Rica takes you on a thrilling helicopter ride over Costa Rica's volcanoes, then to La Paz Waterfall, …
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Arenal Highlights & Activities
This active volcano inspires many of our most active Costa Rica tours and extensions. Highlights include:
  • Mountain biking - gear & bikes are provided and routes range from beginner to advanced on gravel roads & trails through the rainforest and around Lake Arenal.
  • Visit exclusive hotsprings - Tabacón Thermal Resort / Spa
  • Explore the rainforest - hiking, crossing suspension bridges, and 4x4 rides are just a few ways to experience this tropical jungle.
  • Rappel down waterfalls ranging from 45-145 feet
  • Zipline through the jungle
  • Discover the Venado Caves & "La Papaya" rock formation
  • Horseback ride around the base of the volcano & La Fortuna Waterfalls
Fast Facts about Arenal 
  • Elevation: 5,479′
  • Last eruption: 2010
  • Location: Alajuela Province, Costa Rica
  • Age of rock: 7,000 years old
  • Largest modern-day eruption: 1968
  • Classification: Stratovolcano

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