Arenal Area offers many nature wonders that are unique. While in other places the landmarks are huge skyscrapers or statues, in Arenal instead, you’ll find out that they are mostly ancient trees, waterfalls and rivers! With this Nature Lover’s package, you can discover part of that beauty of these lands in half of a day. As there are many ways to get surrounded by Arenal’s magic, the first activity can be chosen according to your preferences between Hanging Bridges and Safari Float followed by the awesome Fortuna Waterfall.
Arenal Hanging Bridges is one of the most popular attractions around the Arenal Volcano region, famous for giving travelers the chance to admire nature from a different perspective. Here you’ll find 2 miles of trails through rainforest, which includes 14 bridges from 5 to 100 m long. Six of them are hanging bridges and some are over 70 meters high! Due to the location you might see toucans, monkeys, coatimundis, agoutis, and a vast array of species of birds from low and high lands. In addition, you’ll discover a refreshing 60 feet waterfall in the middle of the jungle. Plus, if the sky is clear, you’ll enjoy breathtaking views of the Arenal Volcano as you stand in the lookouts.
This is a 6 km (3.7 miles) trip where you will experience the wonders of the rainforest while you slide down the Peñas Blancas river in a raft. As you paddle, different animals such as monkeys, sloths, crocodiles, iguanas, and basilisks might stand right aside your raft waiting to be seen. This adventure offers a completely different experience since most journeys to explore the forest are done by walking. In fact, as the hydric resource is indispensable for every living creature, you can expect to find many species along the course of this river.
La Fortuna Waterfall
The second part of the morning will elapse at La Fortuna Waterfall. This place is located within a biological reserve which is actually part of the Arenal Volcano National Park and that’s why its environment might let you spot different animal species like snakes, coatimundis and a variety of birds. After a short hike, you’ll head to the base of that impressive water body which jumps from a height of 210 feet, falling in a deep green pond. Once there you’ll have the opportunity to swim in the fresh waters of La Fortuna River or simply delight yourself with the beauty of the landscape.
There are some other attractions you can enjoy such as the The Orchid Trail where you will find a natural exhibition of about 150 different types; perfect to illustrate the amazing behavior of these plants. Another attraction is the open-air butterfly garden which is a very different concept since it promotes the role of this insects in the biological reserve ecosystem.
Pick up at Hotel
Our team will pick you up at your hotel or lodging place around 7:30 a.m. Pick up times vary depending on your location and it will be provided upon reservation.
After a 30 minutes ride, we’ll get to our next adventure which can vary depending on what you picked: Safari float or Hanging Bridges hike. In the first stage, you’ll slide down the river for about 3 hrs. On the other hand, at Hanging Bridges awaits a naturalist hiking adventure which is going to last around 3 hours as we hike along 3 km.
Activity 2: La Fortuna River Waterfall
We’ll get to the facilities of La Fortuna River Waterfall around 11:00 a.m. Here, you will have about 1½ hr. to discover the wonders of this lovely place.
After such experience, we’ll drive 30 minutes back to your hotel. “Hasta luego”!