North Central Activites

Nestled is the San Carlos region, a land rich in agriculture, the Arenal Volcano rises up from the rainforest like a natural monument. One of many remarkable sights in the area, the volcano, though quiet for the past few years, still symbolizes the adventure and mysticism of the region.

Known as the adventure capital of Costa Rica, the Arenal /La Fortuna area offers numerous activities ranging from highly charged white water rafting, canyoning and standup paddles, to more leisurely hikes through the rainforest and soothing swims in hot springs. The regions attractions include the Arenal National Park, The Children’s Eternal Rainforest, and Cano Negro Wildlife Reserve and many other adventure tours in the rainforest.

With it’s rolling hills, cattle farms, rainforest and Costa Rica’s largest lake, the Arenal area’s verdant landscape is a cornucopia of bio-diversity.

While in Arenal optional activities include:

  • Relax at the country’s top hot springs resorts feature breath-taking volcano views and lush tropical gardens. Some of Costa Rica’s top spas and therapists make Arenal their home. Our choice hot springs are The Springs Resort and Spa and Tabacon Grand Thermal Spa.
  • White water rafting on world-class rapids from class II-III to III-IV or for younger children or nature enthusiast, there are also slow paced float trips featuring amazing scenery and interesting wildlife.
  • Try canyoning, one of the country’s top adventure activities. Rappel down four walls including three waterfalls inside the rainforest as you traverse through the canyon.
  • For nature and kayaking lovers, the Arenal Lake offers the opportunity to experience a memorable kayaking outing with the possibility to spot interesting wildlife in their natural habitat.
  • Experience the thrill of zip lining in the rainforest canopy on one of the many canopy tours in the area. This is Costa Rica’s most popular tour. What a way to see the forest.
  • Tour the forest from the Hanging Bridges Tour. This is an impressive hike in the forest with a series of suspension bridges. View various types of flora and fauna at different heights with the volcano views from many points.
  • Hike the trails of the Arenal Volcano National Park where you see the old lava flow and learn the history of the Arenal Volcano from the first eruption in 1968 to the present day “quiet time”.
  • Take a horseback ride on various trails through forest and cattle farms on well trained, but responsive mounts. And even ride to the famous La Fortuna Waterfall.
  • Hike the Children’s Eternal Rainforest, part of the Monteverde Reserve and fully appreciate the cloud forest and the children who since 1987 have raised money to preserve this important climate and the trees, plants and wildlife who live there.
  • Visit an orphanage and play with the children or help in some way to make a better life for these kids.
  • Stand-Up Paddle Boards on Lake Arenal.   For beginners or experienced paddlers, Lake Arenal offers challenging waters to learn or practice the sport on warm lake water.
  • Chocolate anyone? Yes what a great way to enjoy chocolate and learn where it comes from and the history that made it famous.
  • Explore the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge via jungle boat, kayaks or canoes.