You’ll delve deep into the jungles of Costa Rica on this adventure package, which provides a scenic introduction to the country’s rainforests, waterfalls, and volcanoes. The package is for five days and four nights.
(Airport transfers to and from the hotel are included)
Day 1: Arrive and settle in at your hotel.
Day 2: Zipline along the longest ziplining cable in La Fortuna, over the waterfalls and through the dense jungles of Costa Rica on a canopy tour. You’ll also swim in La Fortuna Waterfall. Listen as the indigenous Maleku people share their culture with you.
Day 3: Trek to an observation deck with sweeping views of Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake, then visit Danta Waterfall. The day concludes with a soak in natural hot springs with cocktails.
Day 4: You’ll take a wildlife-watching trip to Caño Negro, one of the most protected areas in Costa Rica. Lunch will be provided.
Day 5: Depart for the airport.
Hotel Lavas del Arenal is tucked away in the Costa Rican jungles, just a few miles from Arenal Volcano National Park. On clear days, you can even catch a glimpse of the volcano from the outdoor swimming pool. Newly constructed rooms feature private bathrooms and free WiFi, plus microwaves, refrigerators, and coffeemakers. The hotel, which was named one of Costa Rica’s top 25 bargain hotels by TripAdvisor, borders a small nature reserve filled with lush tropical foliage and native wildlife, including parrots and howler monkeys.
La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Until very recently, Arenal was Costa Rica’s most active volcano. It’s dormant now, but the surrounding region is no less stunning, with hiking trails, fertile rainforests, whitewater rapids for kayaking, and a lake that’s perfect for watersports. And many tourists still come to see the volcano, which punctuates the varied topography of Arenal Volcano National Park.
The park contains a diverse ecosystem near the center of Costa Rica. Birders come here from all over the world to glimpse some 850 species of feathery friends, including the rare and striking Resplendent Quetzal. The rich landscape is marked by waterfalls and a few rivers ideal for whitewater rafting, most notably Rio Toro. The park is also a prime spot to take a scenic hike through dense cloud forest by way of hanging bridges.
A more rugged trek awaits at Sendero Coladas, or Lava Flow Trail, which leads to a field of jagged volcanic rock that formed after the eruption decades ago. Due to its geothermal activity, the park is also home to a number of natural hot springs. These therapeutic springs are a nice spot to unwind after a hike or a sing-off with a howler monkey.
The best airport to fly in/out of is Juan Santamaría International Airport (airport code: SJO), which is about 70 miles away. Although airfare costs are not covered in the trip price, airport transfers to and from the hotel are included in all package deals and options.