One of the most notable of the natural features in Costa Rica Tour would be the Arenal Volcano. The magnificent volcano can be found in the Arenal-Volcano National Park that spans over 29,960-acres. Even though this volcano went in a state of rest in year 2010, which means that the eruptions stopped, this site is still beautiful. This volcano rises above the surrounding rainforest at its base. The immediate areas around the volcano offer a variety of outdoor activities such as the canopy tours, hiking, waterfall rappelling and whitewater rafting along with the friendly and welcoming town of La Fortuna where guests always feel welcome.
The Arenal Volcano National Park, consists of mainly rainforest and features 4 distinct and beautiful life zones, harbors and an expanse of flora-and-fauna. Almost 75% out of total amount of bird species are identified in Costa Rica. The other animals are inclusive of snakes, deer, coati, boa constrictor, capuchin monkey, sloths and the Fer-De-Lance Snake. The plant life is also very varied and includes the bromeliads, ferns, heliconia’s, orchids, palms, cirri and laurel.
Arenal’s smaller as well as far older sibling, known as Chato Volcano adjoins Arenal. The Volcano, is situated at 3,740 feet and was last active around 3,500 years back with a crater filled with stunning aqua-blue water. The Arenal Volcano National Park, offers numerous walking trails and is open daily from 8am to 6pm.
The quaint town of La Fortuna is a short 4 miles away from the Arenal Volcano and 16 miles from Ciudad and 75 miles from San Jose. This town in itself is warm, central and small and a location that offers visitors with simple access to Arenal park along with all its amenities which makes the stay for guests extremely pleasant.
There are hotels both outside and inside the town, with many that are spread across the countryside situated at the volcano’s base. La Fortuna is the home to great places to have a meal or buy groceries, along with an assortment of bars, shops and banks. Activities in this area are countless. For example, you can take part in horseback rides throughout the nearby hills or whitewater rafting on the Penas Blancas, Balsa and Toro rivers. Each of the rivers are different in scenery and intensity, where participants are able to choose from exciting class IV rapids or a relaxing safari float.
Other water sports are also available on Lake Arenal which includes kite surfing, fishing and canoeing. The inland diversions offer waterfall repelling and hiking along with hanging bridge and canopy tours. The La Fortuna Waterfall, offers a 230-ft cascade that drops into a misty pool, located 3-miles to the south of La Fortuna. The geothermal activities of the volcano, heats up a number of the underground water-flumes and the local landowners have tapped into these natural sources, where they have created a variety of hot springs.