Local Activities

Local Activities

Day Trip Suggestions

We have put together a number of local tours and activities, so you have something different to do every day. If there are any other things that are not listed and you are interested in doing, just ask and we will be more than happy to help you. For prices and reservations please contact our concierge at the Welcome Center El Castillo.

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Horseback Tour

Ideal to enjoy the nature and fantastic landscaping, riding along the hills overlooking El Castillo, with stunning views of the Arenal Lake and the Volcano and immersing in the rain forest and local farms until you arrive to a waterfall in the middle of the jungle, where after a short hike you can swim in its crystalline waters before going back to the stables.

Volcano Hikes

Hike the rain forest trails and explore the Lava Fields of the original eruptions of 1968 at the base of the Arenal Volcano in the “Arenal 1968” private park. The trails are clean and well-marked, so you can easily access the lava trails in a self-guided mode. If you prefer to hire a guide let us know.

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Hanging Bridges

Either on you own or accompanied with a specialized naturalist guide hike through a combination of suspended bridges and trails around the rain forest, observe picturesque waterfalls and gorgeous look out points, all while learning about the biodiversity of Costa Rica.

Zip Lines

There are several companies that offer thrilling Zip Lines adventures, stretching across canyons and in between treetops, the exhilarating adventure of zip lining down the primary forest and open areas with panoramic views of the Arenal Volcano & Lake and the northern plains.

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La Fortuna Waterfall

Just 10 minutes away from downtown La Fortuna, and after a short hike down the 500 steps, you can swim in the refreshing waters of La Fortuna River while contemplate the stunning and powerful 200ft high waterfall.

Kayaks on Lake Arenal

Experience the scenic and beautiful Lake Arenal from the unique perspective of a Hobie Kayak. The Lake Arenal area offers incredible kayaking opportunities with its ample spaces, and in our fantastic pedaling kayas you can easily cruise the lake hands-free to take photos or enjoy your favorite drink!

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Fishing on Lake Arenal

Fishing Lake Arenal is an experience of a lifetime for the serious angler or novice. Lake Arenal is world-famous for a spectacular fish called the rainbow bass, or guapote, in Spanish, as well as other types of fish. Tour includes top-quality equipment, tackle and lures, snacks and drinks and experienced bilingual guide, all in a comfortable boat fully equipped with bass seats, life vests and safety gear.

Spider Monkey Canyon

Rappel down the rainforest waterfall and then scramble through the natural river obstacles below. “Spider Monkey Canyon” offers several different types of rappels, a small Tarzan swing, a Hanging Bridge and a Zip line, snacks are also included in the package.

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ATV´s Tour

You will start out in open plans where you can warm up with your quad. Then quickly start your ride through the tropical rain forest. Crazy turns, wild jumps and a lot of fun and adrenaline running through your body. In the 2 and ½ hours ride you will visit observation points where you can take pictures and cross rivers to wash some of the mud off.

White Water Rafting at Balsa River

Experience the excitement and adrenalin of white water rafting on this half day adventure on the class 2/3 Balsa River, Enjoy up to 2 exhilarating hours of white water action on this beautiful tropical river. Get wet and wild through the rapids. Enjoy a swim, some fresh tropical fruits and cold drinks followed by a hearty Costa Rican lunch at a local farm, a traditional country estate with the aim to let visitors experience the genuine and peaceful way of Costa Rica life.

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Safari Float in Peñas Blancas River

Our sustainable safari will take us to see the best landscapes along the forests of the Peñas Blancas River. The great variety of flora and fauna are the main attractions and we will enjoy the peace and harmony of nature in the Northern region of Costa Rica. We will have the opportunity to visit Don Pedro’s farm, where we can observe the lifestyle of the Costa Rican farmers and enjoy a delicious homemade snack.

Caño Negro Wild Life Refuge

Caño Negro is one of the most amazing trips with incredible bird watching and wildlife in Costa Rica. The 2 ½ hours trip by boat takes you on the ¨Rio Frio¨ River, part of the wild life refuge. You will see Egrets, Herons, Monkeys, Caimans, Iguanas, Bats and more. Lunch is included with the tour.

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Butterfly Conservatory

The Butterfly Conservatory is a Nature Regeneration Project dedicated to the preservation, growth and study of the rainforest, with focus on butterflies and other tropical rainforest species of the Arenal region of Costa Rica, it hosts one of the largest collections of butterflies and frogs in the country.

Arenal Eco Zoo

The Arenal Eco-Zoo features one of the best collections of reptiles and amphibians in Costa Rica, along with a butterfly habitat and insect zoo. This tour is a positive, fun learning experience for people of all ages.

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Don Juan Coffee & Chocolate Tour

Learn about interesting aspects of cocoa and chocolate, from its origin and history, participating in all the production process, from the harvesting of the fruit, drying and grinding of the seed, also the developing of the traditional drink of our ancestors, and of course enjoying a high quality organic chocolate.

Also learn about the history of coffee in Costa Rica (considered one of the best in the world), particularities of the Costar Rican coffee cup and join us to learn in a fun way about the whole process of coffee, from the seed to the cup.

Hot Springs

Thanks to the Arenal Volcano’s geothermal activity, there is a number of natural hot springs throughout the area. Warm and soothing, these springs offer visitors an ideal way to relax after a day spent exploring Arenal. There are different styles and price ranges for all the budgets, our Concierge will help you choose the best option for your family.

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