This active volcano is rich in geological and biological activity resulting in an abundance of hot springs.


One of Costa Rica’s most notable natural features is the Arenal Volcano. Although the volcano entered into a resting phase in 2010, it is still a stunning sight. Located in the fertile Volcano Country Region, Arenal and the town of La Fortuna are less than a four-hour drive from San Jose. The bustling town of La Fortuna, with its dramatic view of Arenal Volcano, is a hotbed for eco-tourism. Wildlife encounters are common on hikes through Arenal Volcano National Park and various private reserves, where local guides enlighten visitors about the native flora and fauna.

Arenal is also known as the adventure capital of Costa Rica, and for good reason. Travelers can dive head-first into an exciting world of waterfall rappelling, whitewater rafting and canopy tours. Of course, there’s plenty on offer for those seeking rest and relaxation: volcano-fed hot springs dot the region, day spas promise to knead away sore muscles, and volcano-view hotels offer the perfect backdrop for picturesque contemplation.

Numerous operators specialize in adventure tours, from horseback riding to tranquil safari floats. Birders and wildlife enthusiasts will enjoy Arenal’s hanging bridges, where a series of suspension and fixed bridges meander through the treetops, offering panoramic views of Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal and the dense jungle below.

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