Alajuela Province
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Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Hot Springs Tour

1. Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Hot Springs Tour

Escape into the nature of the La Fortuna area. Walk by the river and follow a trail to a panoramic viewpoint. Visit a Maluku Indian village and trek through a forest, lava fields, and farmlands before relaxing at a natural hot spring resort. Be collected at your accommodation and be driven to the beginning of the forest walk. Trek on the easy track along the crystal clear La Fortuna river. En route, hop on a tractor cart uphill to a panoramic viewpoint. Spot the next location from a distance then begin the return walk down a jungle staircase. Halfway down is a high suspension bridge to cross. The trail leads further down the huge canyon, which was shaped by a volcanic mega-eruption. Encounter the spectacular La Fortuna waterfall. Be amazed by the lush vegetation on its 70-meter high walls, the huge volcanic rocks at its foot, and the water splashing down in its massive pool. Bask in its beauty or even take a refreshing dip. Return to the viewpoint then walk down to the little village of the Maluku Indians. Seated in their Palenke (main house), enjoy a rest while listening to an interesting story about their culture, art, and history.  After being active for a few hours, the time has come to relax and enjoy a typical hot lunch. Next to the restaurant is a butterfly garden and frog pond that you can explore until your food is served.  Reenergized, take a 15-minute ride to the park at the foot of the Arenal volcano. Being the trek through the primary forest where you can see huge trees with giant roots. Besides a variety of birds, the forest is host to monkeys, sloths, and coati. Leave the forest and each the highest viewpoint that exists around the volcano and absorb the most spectacular panoramic views of Lake Arenal, the jungle, the valley, the lava fields, and most of all the Arenal that towers over you.  Conclude your tour at the natural hot spring resort. Relax in its soothing warm water for about an hour and enjoy a volcanic mud facial and a complimentary cocktail. At around 6:30 PM, you will be taken back to your accommodation.

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La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano and Hanging Bridges Combo

2. La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano and Hanging Bridges Combo

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the La Fortuna area, and travel to Arenal Volcano to hike the paths surrounding the mighty mountain. Get back to nature in Arenal Volcano National Park, where most of the 850 species of bird identified in Costa Rica can be found. Look out for other wildlife, such as white-faced capuchin monkeys, jaguar and deer. Marvel at the stunning landscapes of a secondary rainforest at the base of the park, and a primary rainforest with amazing biodiversity amongst the hanging bridges. Walk through the rainforest on a network of 15 suspension bridges of various levels of difficulty in Mistico Park. Then, cool down with a swim in a natural pool at La Fortuna waterfall.

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From La Fortuna: Rio Celeste Full-Day Tour

3. From La Fortuna: Rio Celeste Full-Day Tour

Start your full-day tour with a scenic drive from La Fortuna to the Tenorio Volcano National Park. Head out on a 4-hour hike that will take some effort but is definitely worth it. At the end of the hike you’ll have reached the Rio Celeste. The river’s blue color is the result of a chemical reaction between 2 merging rivers having different volcanic minerals. This rare phenomenon creates a fairy tale-like beauty. Visit a waterfall and a lookout point for great views and see the place where the river changes color. Your guide will point out local wildlife on this adventure as well. After your hike, enjoy a delicious lunch before the drive back to La Fortuna.

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San José: Arenal Volcano, Waterfalls, Coffee and Hot Springs

4. San José: Arenal Volcano, Waterfalls, Coffee and Hot Springs

Start your tour in the morning when you are picked up from your hotel in the San Jose area in an air-conditioned vehicle. Travel to Arenal on an alternative route that is more scenic than the regular highway to this popular destination. On the way, stop at a plantation where you will learn about the coffee of Costa Rica. Observe the coffee plants and see the workers picking the ripe cherries during the harvest season. Learn about this important product to the local economy and taste a freshly brewed cup of some of the best coffee in the world accompanied by traditional snacks. Continue the tour at the famous La Paz Waterfall. Stop at the San Fernando Waterfall look-out point and observe many exotic birds including toucans, hummingbirds, and many other colorful tropical species. Visit the iguana’s center, a place where you will see lots of iguanas at eye level resting on the top of numerous trees. Following this, arrive at the Town of La Fortuna, and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch in a restaurant located at the base of the impressive Arenal Volcano. After lunch, visit various points around the volcano to take pictures of this amazing mountain on clear days. Next, participate in an indigenous presentation performed by native people from the Maleku Tribe, and learn about the native culture of Costa Ricans. Later, travel to the beautiful Paradise Hot Springs Resort and relax for a few hours in the multiple hot springs pools surrounded by lush tropical gardens. This hot springs facility is one of the best in the Arenal area and provides the perfect environment to relax in thermal mineral water pools, jacuzzis and cascading waterfalls. After this, go to a local typical restaurant to have a delicious Costa Rican dinner before you are taken back to your hotel in the San Jose area.

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La Fortuna: Rainforest Chocolate Tour

5. La Fortuna: Rainforest Chocolate Tour

Visit a cocoa farm in the rainforest with majestic views of Arenal Volcano. See where cocoa is grown, processed and produced and unearth the hidden secrets of local chocolate production. This interactive experience lets travelers eat as much chocolate as they want while learning about the history, culture, and traditions of this popular Costa Rican sweet. In this 2-hour hands-on program, have the opportunity to learn interesting facts about cocoa and chocolate, its origin and history. Participate in all aspects of the production process, from the harvesting of the fruit, drying, and grinding of the seeds.  Discover why the cacao tree was very important to ancient cultures. Find out how cacao was not only used as a ceremonial drink, but its seeds were also used as currency because of its economic value, in many regions of Mesoamerica, including Costa Rica.

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Costa Rica: Río Balsa Half-Day Rafting Adventure

6. Costa Rica: Río Balsa Half-Day Rafting Adventure

See amazing wildlife and enjoy plenty of whitewater fun on this half-day rafting adventure, right near the base of the Arenal Volcano! Perfect for families and first-timers! Challenge yourself as you paddle through fun and safe rolling rapids with names like "Congo Loco" and "Rock around the Croc", plus the challenging “Las Dragas” section. Then play around in tranquil river pools in an isolated rainforest river canyon. Your professional, experienced bilingual guides will give you a safety talk and paddling instruction, lifejackets and helmets before you begin. You'll spot wildlife including monkeys, sloths and tropical birds such as ospreys, Oropendolas and toucans. This unique river trip is the perfect combination of adventure and nature. We call this our “Whitewater & Wildlife” tour. Enjoyable for kids and adults alike! After nearly 30, fun, easy-rolling rapids, you’ll have some delicious fresh fruit and end at our private take-out to change into your dry clothes in our dressing rooms. We then take you to have a delicious, home-cooked, traditional Costa Rican meal, which is guaranteed to please!

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Rafting Class 3-4 "Jungle Run": Río Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

7. Rafting Class 3-4 "Jungle Run": Río Sarapiquí, Costa Rica

Take an exciting break during your travels to your new vacation destination! Bring on the adrenaline and enjoy the "Jungle Run" on the Sarapiqui River. This is the perfect rafting trip for adventurous paddlers! Get piked up from your hotel and travel through small Costa Rican villages to the quaint town of San Miguel de Sarapiquí. There, your professional rafting guide will give you the 101 on rafting including safety tips and technical instructions before heading on your 2 hour journey down one of Costa Rica’s most exuberant rivers! During your descent down the river, you will experience over 30 exciting rapids along 10 km of lush, vibrant rainforest. As you make your way through exciting rapids like "The Pipeline," "The Terminator," and "Dos Locos", you will get your adrenaline pumping! About half way down the river, you’ll stop and watch the rapids from the shore, while enjoying refreshing tropical fruit and relaxing with the rest of the group. Then, after the second leg of your rafting journey, you’ll finish the day with an unforgettable homemade lunch before heading to your next vacation destination!

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La Fortuna: Small-Group Sloth Watching Experience

8. La Fortuna: Small-Group Sloth Watching Experience

After being picked up from your hotel at your chosen time, you will start this exciting journey into the sloths' territory, which is within a small family-friendly eco-project just 5 minutes from La Fortuna. The project has a path of 1500 meters (a little less than a mile) which is suitable for adults, families, and children of all ages. You will venture into the forest for 2 hours, where you will be surrounded by plants, a river bordering the property and of course, the Guarumo Trees (Cecropia obtusifolia), which are the favorite food of sloths in Costa Rica. During this tour, you will learn about the importance of the sloths' protection, as illegal trade has grown due to its increasing popularity. Because of this, Ecoterra Expeditions, along with the Rodríguez family, are maintaining this privileged area to protect the sloths in Costa Rica. Your specialized guide will be an expert in locating these sloths, so you can be guaranteed of a sloth observation during your tour. It's important to remember that the sloth is a solitary animal and spends most of its time sleeping and resting on the treetops. The two-toed sloth and three-toed sloth can be observed in the route, and now and then, visitors may have the incredible experience of watching the mother with its offspring. Your naturalist guide will supply high-quality optical gear to provide a 100% satisfying observation without any impact to the naturally smiling sloths. At the end of this natural experience, you will be driven back to your hotel where you will be left understanding just why you cannot come to Costa Rica without seeing a sloth.

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La Fortuna: Horseback Riding at Mistico Park, Arenal Volcano

9. La Fortuna: Horseback Riding at Mistico Park, Arenal Volcano

Combine the adventure of horseback riding on Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park's trails and being in the midst of the tropical forest, while learning about its history. Get acquainted with your horse during a brief introduction and saddle up. Stand in awe of the density of the forest and the access to the pastures located in the park's highest hills. Enjoy an incredible view of Arenal Volcano and its lake. Enjoy a brief on-foot visit to one of the park’s hanging bridges during a break. Feel as if life is moving slowly as you take your time to marvel at nature’s beauty, sounds, and colors, and experience the energy in the air.

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Arenal Volcano Raft and Canopy Tour Adventure

10. Arenal Volcano Raft and Canopy Tour Adventure

Double your fun and save money with Wave Expedition’s Raft & Canopy Combo tour. This action-packed duo combo tour offers maximum thrills and adventure.  In the morning, get picked up at your hotel for your zip-line adventure.  After gearing up and getting safety instructions from your guide, you will experience the excitement and fun as you zip from tree to tree with the rainforest canyon below. But the fun doesn’t stop here.  Next stop -- the Rio Balsa -- is known for fun-filled, thrilling Class II-III white water rapids including “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges.”  Your two-hour rafting tour winds through the heart of the rainforest along this beautiful, tropical river.  Enjoy a delightful swim in the Balsa River.  Then, refresh yourself with fresh tropical fruits and a cold drink.  At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasty Costa Rican lunch. The tour is pure fun, great for adults and kids aged 8 and older. 

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What people are saying about Alajuela Province

Carlos was an excellent tour guide. He was very attentive and was very fun and polite. We loved the waterfalls! The hike was great exercise. It isn’t bad but I wouldn’t go on this if you have bad knees or severely out of shape. The lunch was delicious. The Hot Spring were very private and really cute. They are much less crowded than the big establishments like Baldi. Carlos also helped all our kids with the hikes and interacted with them in an endearing way. Thanks so much Carlos for being a great guide!

We only had 1 full day in La Fortuna and this was a Very well organized tour. We got to see everything we wanted in one day! Our guide was amazing. She made it educational in a fun and funny way The lunch included was typical Costa Rican style food and it was delicious Highly recommend this tour!!

This was definitely worth every penny! Lots of uphill climbing but once at the top, the views were incredible. Carlos was amazing. Caring, knowledgeable, and punctual. I enjoyed this very very much and would do it all over again.

Joseth was great! Rio Celeste is a must go when in the Arenal area. The blue water is absolutely stunning. I highly recommend this tour.

Learnt a lot and had a lot of fun! What more to ask