Activities Arenal Volcano Zone

Activities Arenal Volcano Zone

Arenal Hanging Bridges/ Puentes Colgantes Tel (506) 2290-0469, fax (506) 2290-0259. E-mail: Hanging Bridges are a tourist development of paths and bridges in harmony with the nature, the natural reservation of almost 250 hectares of Forest Rainy Virgin; located exactly in front of the Volcan Arenal and their Lagoon, with scenic views during the passing of the bridges in the path. The project Hanging Bridges of the Arenal consists of eight (8) fixed bridges whose longitudes oscillate between 8 and 22 meters long, as well as six (6) hanging bridges of elegant design and security, built with the most modern techniques that measure between 48 and 98 meters among the towers. Everything is built in galvanized steel and aluminium of high resistance.


Exploradores Outdoors Tel (506) 2479-7500/ San José Tel (506) 2222-6262, fax (506) 2222-9797/ Puerto Viejo Tel (506) 2750-0641. E-mail: Have daily exits from San José, to the Caribbean Costa and the Volcano Arenal and they offer him the option to begin and to finish to the place of their convenience. If what is looking for is here an extreme trip or a calm scenic exploration the range of expeditions found. The trips include: Transport to and from San Jose – South Caribbean – Volcan Arenal, the breakfast and lunch, guides professionals service, use of the private Center of Exploration: take a shower, rooms to be changed, bar, free store, private parking and the tropical gardens. Pacuare River 1 day: Class III – IV, distances: 30 km, numbers of Rapids 52, hard 4 hours, minimum 12 years of age.


Cocodrilos Valle. Located 200 meters west of the Catholic church of the town, contiguous to Chelas bar. Has more than 20 species different from crocodiles in cages, there is one that measures 3 meters approximately.


Tours Quads Aventura Tel (506) 2479-0606, fax (506) 2479-7311. E-mail: Located 800 meters west of the Catholic church of the Fortune. Schedule of 7:00 a.m to 7:00 p.m every day. Transport private, tours to horse, ATV, with breakfast or lunch, refreshment 75 US$ and 20 US$ additional person. It has insurance Policy of risks of life. Spanish and English speak and they accept credit cards


Canoa Aventura Tel (506) 2479-8200, fax (506) 2479-8219 E-mail: Schedule of office of 7:00 a.m to 09:00 p.m every day. The Safari Float with Canoe of  08:00 a.m and return 1:00 p.m, another exit 1:00 p.m and return 5:30 p.m, includes Transport, guides naturalistic bilingual,  equip in general and lunch cost 49/ 44 US$. Safari float with Kayak 08:00 a.m and return 1:00 p.m, another exit 1:00 p.m and return 5:30 p.m, includes Transport, guides naturalistic bilingual, equip in general and fruits fresh cost 40 US$. Caño Negro the whole day Adventure of Canoe 6:00 a.m and return 5:30 p.m, includes Transport, guides naturalistic bilingual, have breakfast and typical lunch, fruits, entrance ticket to the refuge Caño Negro and  equip in general 120 US$.


Fourtrax Adventure ATV Tours Tel (506) 2479-8444, fax (506) 2479-8455. E-mail: It is a company specialized in adventure activities with more than 25 years of experience. The main activity is the tours or journeys in Quads for mountains, cattle properties, towns rural, and impressive cascades of crystalline waters. The Levels for beginners, intermissions and advanced. Tour of the fortune: In this particular tour you will travel for the tropical forest, meekly located among the city of The Fortune and the exuberant Volcán Arenal where it will be enjoyed the vast flora and fauna inside a natural atmosphere. Duration: 3 hours, schedule: 7:30 a.m, 11:00 a.m and 2:30 p.m, recommendations: light clothes, bathroom dress, shoes tennis, camera and binocular, includes: quads with the whole necessary team, crack, guides bilingual with knowledge of the area, snack, transport from and to their hotel. Prices. 75 US$ for quads ATV (2 person for quads) and 15 US$ additional person.


Rios Tropicales Powered by Flow Tel/fax (506) 2479-0075. E-mail: Located in the Hotel Villas Vilma, 2 Km west of the Catholic Church of the Fortuna, highway toward the Volcan Arenal. Open of 07:00 a.m to 09:00 p.m every day. Description of the tours:   Floating Safari in kayak or boat in the River Peñas Blancas 55 US$. The journey in the river is very calm and it doesn’t have rapids of white water, this section is classified as class I and II. You can appreciate the Flora and Fauna of the area, is ideal to observe Monkeys, Iguanas, Lazy, Crocodiles and diverse Ave of the region.


ATV Arenal Tours Tel (506) 2479-9883/ 2479-9167/ 2479-9597. E-mail: Located 2 km of The Fortune in the hotel la Pradera, highway to the Volcano, to 10 minutes of the thermal waters of Tabacon and 5 minutes of the thermal waters of Baldi. Exit after an explanation on the handling and measures of caution, toward the Waterfall the Fortuna; then to Jauri to observe different plantations, they continue to the town of The Guaria looking for the Río Arenal where there will be refreshment and a bathroom, then to return to the base and their respective hotel. It has a line of Honda 350cc and with 17 available units. Exits: 07:30 a.m, 11:00 a.m, 02:30 p.m. Duration 3 hours, they pick up 20 minutes before the hour, they have 2 minibuses, costs 75 US$ for ATV and 20 US$ for additional driver.


Baldi Hot Springs Termales Tel (506) 2479-9651/ 2479-9652/ 2479-9117. Located 4 km west of the Fortune, highway Volcan Arenal. This paradisiacal place offers to its clients roomy privacy 25 swimming pools of thermal waters certified by the M.S., three waterfalls of thermal waters, 4 swimming pools of cold water, jacuzzi, natural sauna, spa Aqua, 15.000 square meters of swimming pool of thermal waters, 3.5 hectares of area of tropical gardens, 3.5 km traveler of paths among the gardens. Will also here 2 restaurants, 3 humid bars and a souvenir. The special rates for national 16 US$ i.v.i, children smaller than 5 years discount 50%. It is a company 100% Costa Rican.


Las aguas Termales Titokú Tel (506) 2479-7156. Located 4 km West of the Fortuna. Open of 10:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m, every day. Is an unforgettable experience with the combination of thermal waters and snack services. Maximum capacity: 40 people for shift, offers eight pools type Jacuzzi with capacities from 6 up to 20 people maximum; each pool, with different temperatures. Besides a reception, it salts of wait, snack bar, bathrooms with access to people with handicap, dressing room and lockers.


Termales Los Laureles Tel (506) 8306-7674/ 8369-5831. E-mail: Located 7 km West of the Fortuna. Open of 10:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m, every day. With 4 hot springs swimming pool slides, picnic zone with B.B.Q ranch’s, bathrooms and dressing rooms, great view to Arenal Volcano, parking zone.


Puree Trek Canyoning Tel (506) 2479-1313/ 2479-1315, call USA & Canada 1-866-569-5723. E-mail: Carries out tour packages or of one day. Volcano & Beach for 8 days/ 7 nights in Volcan Arenal & Playa Manuel Antonio from 754 US$ for person. The essential Costa Rica 13 days/ 12 nights national park Tortuguero, Volcan Arenal, Monteverde & beach Manuel Antonio from 1.167 US$ for person. The Canyoning Waterfall Rappel: includes 5 rappel (4 waterfalls and a walk has more than enough rock), transport to and from hotel, guides bilingual professionals, lunch typical, hard 4 hours, exit 7:00 a.m to 12:00 m.d.


Reserva Privada El Silencio Tel (506) 8388-3821/ (506) 2479-9189. E-mail: Located 1 km west of the Tabacon River, highway to the Volcan Arenal. Entrance to the park by highway to the town. Schedule of 7:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m, every day. Cost of the entrance 3 US$. Each tourist travels the paths self-employed. It is forbidden to extract plants, stones and forbidden to smoke. Has 2 km of journey. Here will be able to observe three species of monkeys (claws, cariblancos and Congos), pavas, lazy, all type of birds. There is a green lake.


Gabino Aventure Tel (506) 8301-9131/ 2461-2108. E-mail: Located in the dams of the Lago Arenal. Schedule of 8:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m every day (to reserve). The activities that carry out are the walks to the Volcan Arenal with the history of the rainy forest 25 US$ for person from 4:00 p.m to 8:00 p.m every day (to reserve) .Tour to Bridge Solis, lakes, paths Arenal 1 ½ hour 20 US$ with refreshment.  They have a catamaran with motos and they carry out walks of 1 ½ hour to the base 50 US$ for 10 people and 10 US$ for additional person. They also have 2 catamarans type sailing ships, they give lessons to learn how to manage them and to control them to a price of 35 US$ for person during 2 hours and for additional lesson 15 US$. In this walk for the island will be able to you observe birds and iguanas, cost of 35 US$ and 10 US$ additional person. Gabino Hidalgo guides tourist from 24 years


Cucu el Lago Arenal Tel (506) 2479-1127/ 2479-1956/ Tel Publisher (506) 2479-1388. Schedule of 8:00 a.m to 6:00 p.m every day (to reserve). They Carry out different tours: Bridge Solis, hanging bridges of the Arenal, tour to the Castillo 1 ½ hour cost of 20 US$ for person. They have a boat with capacity for 38 people with 2 meters wide for 9 ½ of long. They Cross the Lake, they carry out horse back to Monteverde crossing three rivers and they ascend to the mountain for the forest 40 US$ for person, includes boat, horses and minibus, until Monteverde and they give him on the way fruits. The other tour is to cross in the boat to the Lake and in the other bank waits for the minibus to take them to Monteverde price of 15 US$ for person.



Sky Tram Arenal Rain Forest Tel (506) 2479-9944. E-mail: Tour Sky Trek – Sky Tram: to regulate/ students/ children 60/ 48/ 38 US$, schedule 7:30 a.m, 8:30 a.m, 9:00 a.m, 10:30 a.m, 11:30 a.m, 12:30 p.m, 1:30 p.m, 3:00 p.m, 3:30 p.m. Night Tour: 50/ 40/ 26 US$, schedule 6:00 p.m. Tour of Observation of Bird: 50/ 40/ 26 US$, schedule 06:00 a.m. Has access for seat of wheels, is a guided tour, and includes a journey for the paths, alone for bigger children to 8 years, it is not advisable for people with problems of health. The company puts to its readiness a wide range of services, offers transport from any hotel of the area, also offers special packages for students groups or trips. The tour of the Sky Tram this designed for the handicap access and in seats of wheels, the tour is capable for any age and at the end of the journey it has a wide observation platform and sanitary services. In the Restaurant Muca, enjoyment of a delicious dinner with the variety in courts of meats or prefers to take a cocktail in the bar, located to 500 meters of the center of the Fortuna, has more than 32 years of existing and specialties are the meats and the seafood. Also next to the restaurant also offers a bar with a great variety of cocktails and a party atmosphere. Open every day of 11:0 0 a.m to 1:00 a.m.


Jardines Biológicos y Serpientes Del Arenal Tel (506) 2479-1058/ 2479-1059/ Tel/celular (506) 8358-6773.E-mail: Located of the park of the Volcano Arenal 9 km south, in town the Castillo. Schedule of 8:00 a.m to 9:00 p.m, every day. They carry out tours to horse from the castle to different places like River Caño Negro, Volcan Arenal and to the Waterfall. Here will find 35 different reptiles, snakes, frogs, frogs of red eyes, small lizards, turtles, mammals and amphibians, garden of butterflies (and a detailed explanation of their cycle of life) and a botanical garden with different species of medicinal plants and flowers. Service of restaurant typical, excellent food vegetarian. There is a beautiful view to the volcano and the lake. Will also enjoy for a while niches and natural paths of the area from 1 ½ to 2 hours. They can take pictures and videos without additional cost. They make show with the animals. What gets the attention is the snake Python of 150 kilos, 100 % docile and one can interaction with her. The Matabuey is the most poisonous in Costa Rica. Victor his proprietor from the 10 years tries with the snakes. Night Tours carries out in the Serpentario.


Butterfly Conservatory El Castillo – Arenal Tel (506) 2479-1149/ Tel/celular (506) 8302-5568. E-mail: A visit offers a practical educational experience about nature with diversified exhibits of how butterflies, frogs, insects, and plants are reproduced in this natural environment. There are six large atrium habitat that provide representation of the plants, trees, butterflies, and frogs that live within the four micro-climates surrounding Lake Arenal; the lowland habitat, highland habitat, edge of forest habitat and inside of forest habitat. You will also see our laboratories, reproduction green houses, the exotic frog habit, host plant gardens and orchid atrium. If you want more adventure, then take the Rainforest River Walk along Quebrada Mariposa, the creek running through the primary forest on the property, where it`s often possible to spot animals such as sloth`s, tayra`s and monkeys; or toucans and parrots. Or, just take time to reflect at Volcano view Gazebo, overlooking the botanical gardens, with views to the Arenal lake and volcano beyond.


Rancho Margot Tel/fax (506) 2479-7259/ Cellular (506) 8302-7318. E-mail: Located  in The Castillo, Peñas Blancas, San Ramón. In Lago Arenal banks and the valley of the Caño Negro River surrounded by the Eternal Forest of the Children and the Forest Reservation of the Arenal, will find a small paradise called Rancho Margot. To 15 km of the Biological Reservation of Monteverde, has their own and only microclimate. With rivers, mountains, the Lago Arenal and the volcano Arenal contribute to maintain an ambient temperature the whole year. Their proprietors the family Sostheim when visiting Costa Rica fell in love with Lago Arenal and its surrounding area, they could buy 400 acres approximately in the banks of the lake with a view to the volcano and the biggest river that feeds to the Lago Arenal that flows through the property. Will find adventure, lodgings, education, conservation and a plan of organic operation to inspire and to share knowledge with the visitors. Organizes tours to horse to the mirador of the Ranch for 35 US$/ waterfall 45 US$/ rappel of the waterfall 55 US$/ walks one night 138 US$ and two nights 230 US$/ Kayak of the lake Arenal 45 US$, includes time of lunch type BBQ buffet. Other circuits like: Mountain bicycle, Rappel, Kayak and Walks.


Souvenirs & Gallery

Souvenirs Los Sueños Tel (506) 2479-7155. Located 1.5 km west of the town of the Fortuna, highway to the Volcano.  It accepts credit cards, dollars and colons. T-shirts with ecological reasons, blouses, art galleries, squares. Open of 07:00 a.m at 09:00 p.m. every day.


Souvenirs La Mariposa Tel (506) 2479-8135/ Cellular (506) 8838-2256. Located 2 km west of the town of the Fortuna, highway to the Volcano.  It accepts credit cards, dollars and colons. Sale and information of Tour. T-shirts with ecological reasons, blouses, art galleries, squares. Open of 9:00 a.m at 9:00 p.m. every day.


How to arrive and leave

By Bus

Autotransportes San Carlos Tel (506) 2255-4318/ 2255-4300/ 2255-0567/ Tel (506) 2460-5032/ 2460-5064. Direct services for San José leave 6:15 a.m, 8:40 a.m and 11:30 a.m, leaving from Street 14, 5th Avenue. The price of the tickets is approximately 6 US$ this journey takes between 4 to 4 1/2 hours, depending on the traffic and road conditions. From San José to Ciudad Quesada and after you can take another bus service to La Fortuna. Daily every 45 minutes, from 5:00 a.m until 7:30 p.m., leaving Street 14, 5th Avenue. The prices of the ticket is about 6 US$ and the journey takes about 4 hours, depending on the conditions of the traffic and the highway. In La Fortuna the buses leave from the park at 12:45 p.m and 2:45 p.m. The journey costs 6 US$.


By Car

It takes about 3 hours from San José via San Ramón depending on the traffic and the condition of the roads. San José going via Ciudad Quesada will take about three hours depending on the traffic and the conditions of the roads. Liberia International Airport in Guanacaste via Nicoya approximately 3 hours, depending on the traffic and the condition of the roads.


From San José:

From the International Juan Santamaría Airport, take the road that will get you to  Puntarenas driving for about an tour and then you will get to the San Ramon intersection, take a right and you will pass through the east side of the city and to the west of the hospital, there you will find a signpost for Villa Blanca and Bajo Rodríguez, continue along the way until you get to La Tigra, Chachagua until La Fortuna. Another route is: On the same road from San José to Puntarenas driving 1.15 hours turn right at the Naranjo intersection and you will find a signpost that says Zarcero and Ciudad Quesada. Continue driving straight through the villages of Florencia, Santa Clara (take a right turn , Jabillos, La Vega, El Tanque and drive 6 km to the west, on route to La Fortuna.


From Liberia:

Head towards Cañas on the Interamerican highway coming back towards San José, for approximately 1.30 hours, you will get to the village of Cañas, then you will take a left turn towards Tilarán and drive around Arenal Lake passing by  Nuevo Arenal. After you will get to the Lago Arenal dam, you will continue the road for about 15 Km, until you get to the center of la Fortuna.


Taxi – Boat – Taxi

Exit from La Fortuna 8:30 a.m and 2:30 p.m. Exit from Monteverde 8:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. The transport is via Monteverde is the quickest way between Volcano Arenal and Monteverde. It takes 3 hours, and they pick you up at your hotel if you make a prior reservation, they will then take you by minibus to the Lago Arenal dam, where you will get on boat that will cross Lake Arenal in 45 minutes and getting to Río Chiquito, where another minibus will wait for you to take you on a 1.5 hour tour passing by the villages until you get to Monteverde, cost 45 US$ per person.



Tel (506) 2479-9605. Located next to the park, opening hours from 6:00 a.m to 10:00 p.m. With a professional, responsible service, with comfortable cars and some bilingual chauffeurs.