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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. 

8 Best Arenal Costa Rica Day Trips & Tour for 2024-2025

10 Best Luxury Arenal Costa Rica Day Trips & Tour for 2024-2025

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Costa Rica Quest$18318Apr 15, 2024This exciting 8-day tour of Costa Rica takes you to Tortuguero National Park, rafting on the thrilling Sarapiqui River, and up the slopes of the …
Adventure Pacifica$22459Apr 15, 2024Enjoy a 9-day version of our classic Adventure Pacifica tour. Experience all that Costa Rica has to offer with opportunities to hike, raft, search …
Costa Rica Highlights$25266Apr 15, 2024Explore Western Costa Rica's highlights during this 6-day vacation. Glide through the Arenal Rainforest Reserve on the Skytram & Skytrek Tour. …
Costa Rica's Mountains and Beaches$24678Apr 15, 2024Explore Costa Rica's beaches and mountains on this active 8-day vacation. From wildlife viewing, zip-lining, rainforest canopy tours to relaxation …
Costa Rica Escape$117109Apr 15, 2024This 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, …
Costa Rica Family Vacation$30769Apr 15, 2024Enjoy this 9-day Costa Rica adventure tour from San Jose to Arenal Volcano, Monteverde cloud forest, the rainforests of Manuel Antonio National Park, …
Coast to Coast Multisport$271210Apr 15, 2024Explore Costa Rica from coast to coast on this active 10-day multisport vacation. From river rafting, snorkeling, kayaking, and canyoning to …
Hanging Bridges, Zipline and Aerial Tram$152½Apr 15, 2024This 4-hour tour uses the Sky Tram gondolas to get to the popular suspension bridges and canopy ziplines. You are accompanied by a bilingual guide …
Waterfall Rappelling and Canyoning Adventure$121½Apr 15, 2024This full-day tour takes you into the rainforest on a 4x4. Then you'll have lunch, get briefed, and hike to the first waterfall. From there, you'll …
Horseback riding near Arenal$130½Apr 15, 2024Today you'll enjoy a 2-hour horseback ride through farmland at the base of the Arenal Volcano. This tour includes a combination of riding, hiking and …
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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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