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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 2023-2024

10 Best Luxury Arenal Costa Rica Day Trips & Tour for 2023-2024

Trip NameFromDaysNext DepartureSummary
Costa Rica Quest$17668Jun 10, 2023This 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$19829Jun 10, 2023Enjoy 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 Family Vacation$28439Jun 10, 2023Enjoy this 9-day Costa Rica adventure tour from San Jose to Arenal Volcano, Monteverde cloud forest, the rainforests of Manuel Antonio National Park, …
Costa Rica's Mountains and Beaches$22566Jun 10, 2023Explore Costa Rica's beaches and mountains on this active 6-day vacation. From wildlife viewing, zip-lining, rainforest canopy tours to relaxation …
Costa Rica Highlights$18096Jun 10, 2023Explore Western Costa Rica's highlights during this 6-day vacation. From river rafting, exploring the hanging bridges of Monteverde, watching for …
Coast to Coast Multisport$266010Jun 10, 2023Explore Costa Rica from coast to coast on this active 10-day multisport vacation. From river rafting, snorkeling, kayaking, and canyoning to …
Ecotermales Hot Springs$152½Jun 10, 2023Unwind after a long day's adventure as you soak in natural hot springs, heated from the Arenal Volcano. Surrounded by rainforest, the location …
Waterfall Rappelling and Canyoning Adventure$126½Jun 10, 2023This 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$124½Jun 10, 2023Today 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 …
Hanging Bridges, Zipline and Aerial Tram$115½Jun 10, 2023This 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 …
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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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