Things to do in Nuevo Arenal

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From La Fortuna/Arenal: Sarapiqui Rafting Trip with Volcano

1. From La Fortuna/Arenal: Sarapiqui Rafting Trip with Volcano

Discover the rushing whitewater of the Sarapiqui River with a full-day rafting trip, including transportation from Arenal or La Fortuna. Along with your guide, maneuver your way through the rapids, watch for toucans and crocodiles, taste-test fresh jungle fruit, and relax with a traditional lunch. Your tour begins with a bus ride from the city center and into the surrounding Alajuela countryside dotted with papaya, pineapple, and yucca plantations. Watch as the majestic Arenal Volcano appears in the distance, towering 1.6 meters above you, as well as nearby hot springs and ice-cold lakes. Upon arrival at the Sarapiqui River, learn safety protocol, paddling techniques, and directional commands. Then it's time to get into the rafts and paddle the fierce rapids. During breaks, look into the jungle and along he banks to see monkeys, toucans, and butterflies, crocodiles and turtles. At the halfway point, take a break and snack on fruit from the jungle. Then return to your raft and tour further down the rapids for more heart-pounding action. At the end of the river, savor a traditional Costa Rican lunch with your fellow rafters before being driven back into town.

4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Hike, Bridges, Waterfall & Hot Springs

2. 4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Hike, Bridges, Waterfall & Hot Springs

Hike around the Arenal Volcano on this full-day adventure. Ride on an airconditioned bus from your hotel in Arenal or La Fortuna. Cross the Arenal Hanging Bridges, go for a swim in the La Fortuna Waterfall, eat lunch at a family-run ranch, and soak in the hot springs.  Be picked up from the doorstep of your hotel in Arenal or La Fortuna. Settle into the spacious bus and be whisked away to the starting point of your hike. Get a bird's-eye-view of the rainforest while crossing the Arenal Hanging Bridges.  Be suspended in the air above the treetops where you can spot a variety of animals and colorful birds. Begin your hike around the volcano. Follow lava paths that will get you close to the volcano while also taking you through the rainforest which is home to wildlife, culture, breathtaking views, and intriguing history. Immerse yourself in a magnificent canyon as you descend 500 stairs to reach the La Fortuna Waterfall.  Reward your efforts with a swim in the waterfall's blue pool before having the option to return to the trail or remain at the waterfall. Those that remain can visit the restaurant or admire the views from the observatory while waiting for the group to return and go for lunch.   Head to Rancho where a family will be waiting for you with a farm-fresh lunch to reenergize you. Savor local flavors with a traditional lunch prepared with organic and locally-sourced foods.   Arrive at the Hot Springs Resort just before dusk, where you can unwind with a soak in thermal waters that stream straight from the volcano and the river flowing through its pools. Spend some time getting to know the area, visiting as many pools as desired, and letting yourself wander through the stunning, natural gardens. When you've had your fill, a lavish buffet dinner is waiting. Let the driver know when you're ready to return for your transfer back to your hotel in Arenal or La Fortuna.

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