Tours in Arenal Costa Rica

 

Safari Float by Canoe

Departure: 8:00am and 1:30pm

Return at: 1:00pm and 5:30pm.

Price: with river lunch $79. USD. (8:00am – 1:00pm)

Price:with fresh fruits $69. USD. (1:00pm – 5:30pm)

Float downriver by canoe and enjoy both the pace and the peace of the river and its surrounding rainforest. The brilliant green of the river, the flashing blues of Costa Rica’s famous morpho butterflies, and the sight of numerous brightly colored birds make this an unforgettable trip. The sounds of wrens singing in duet, frogs calling, and monkeys chattering fill the air, while we scan the canopy, river, and quiet farmland to seek basking iguanas and the rich diversity of wildlife along theRio Peñas Blancas.

The tour starts with a short 20 minute drive east of the river, where your guide will give you a brief paddling and safety lesson to ensure your safety and comfort on the river.

For the next 3 hours you will float downriver, enjoying the vast array of life surrounding the river, benefiting from the expertise of your guide in all areas of flora and fauna. You will also have the chance to observe the famous red poisonous frog as your guide takes you on a short walk to their home.

Then, after some more relaxation on the river, you will stop at a picturesque sandbank to stretch your legs, take a swim, or simply enjoy your surroundings. Also, you’ll enjoy a delicious fresh “river” lunch, prepared by your guide. Last but not least, you’ll finish your trip with a gentle paddle down the San Carlos River to a meeting point, from where you will be taken back to your hotel.

Includes: Transporation, guide, river lunch for the morning tour or fruits for the afternoon toutr.

To bring: Swimsuit, tennis shoes or trekking, sandals, sunscreen, hat, water bottle.  

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Half Day White Water Rafting

Departure: 10:30am

Return: 3:30pm

Price: $79. USD

Beautiful world-class rafting rivers abound here in Costa Rica. You will see many birds, lots of rainforest wildlife, and great views of the Arenal Volcano. The Balsa River offers class II & III rapids, making this an ideal tour for first-time river rafters. Plus, this half-day tour is only about 45 min out of town, which means less time driving and more time enjoying La Fortuna (especially since the tour doesn’t begin until late morning). The length of the Balsa river is
approximately 7 miles long and offers 25 rapids, taking about 2 hours to complete.

No experience is necessary for this tour. Though a helmet and life jacket will be provided, it is still advised that you know how to swim. This tour is recommended for ages 7 to 65. Skill level: beginner to advanced.

Includes: transportation, guides, fruits, lunch.

To bring: shoes (flit-flops not advised), towel, extra clothes.

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The Best of Arenal. Full Day

Departure at: 7:30am

Return at: 9:30pm

Price: $225 USD.

Tour highlights include: safari float, rafting on Rio Balsa, rain forest walk, Volcan Arenal, and hot springs.

Float on the quiet waters of the Peñas Blancas River in an inflatable raft. Our expert safari guide will show you the beautiful flora and fauna of the region. You will also see animals like sloths, monkeys, toucans, crocodiles, turtles, tropical birds, and if you are lucky, you will see some “Jesus Christ lizards” walking on water.

In the early afternoon you will go white-water rafting on the Balsa River. No experience is necessary for this tour. Though a helmet and life jacket will be provided, it is still advised that you know how to swim. This tour is recommended for ages 7 to 65. Skill level: beginner to advanced.

Afterwards, we will take a walk through the rainforest that sits just below the Arenal Volcano and will possibly see monkeys and a variety of birds ending with a refreshing beverage with a magnificent view of the volcano. With luck, we’ll see the flowing lava of Costa Rica´s most active volcano. To end this perfect day, take a dip in the Baldi hot springs that offer multiple pools of various water temperatures and a delicious dinner.

Includes: transportation, guide, lunch, hot springs, dinner, entrance fees, beverage.

To bring: walking shoes, insect repellent, swimsuit, towel, sandals

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Caño Negro Wildlife. Full Day

Departure at: 7:30am

Return at: 4:30pm

Price: $85 USD.

The wildlife refuge in Caño Negro is one of the most important reserves for bird watching and observing of wildlife in Costa Rica. Caño Negro is also home to many sloths, monkeys, caimans, bats, as well as numerous tropical plants.

After a welcome drink and snack, we will slowly and silently cruise to this exceptional national refuge on our comfortable boat, enjoying the beautiful view of flora and fauna.

Upon return you will be served a typical, delicious lunch in the restaurant “El Caiman,” which is nicely located on the riverbank of “Rio Frío”.

Includes: transportation, guide, welcome drink and snacks, bottled water, entrance fee, lunch.

To bring: tennis or trekking shoes, hat, sublock, camera, binoculars.

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Car-Boat-Car

Departure from Arenal: 8:00am or 2:30pm. Depending on
hotel location.

Duration: 3 hours approx.

Price: $50 USD.

This is the fastest and most scenic way to travel between the Arenal Vocano and the cloud forests of Monteverde. This transfer is available for travel in either direction, and offers a great view of both the Arenal Volcano and the unspoiled and tropical Lake Arenal. This tour is more commenly known as “Jeep-Boat-Jeep.”

From Arenal to Monteverde:
Ground transportation from your La Fortuna hotel to Lake Arenal; 30-minute boat ride to the town of Río Chiquito; max. of 2 hours of ground transportation from Lake Arenal to your hotel in Monteverde.

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Morning Volcano and Rain Forest Walk

Departure at: 8:00am

Return at: 11:00am.

Price: $65 USD.

For those who have the desire to experience a Costa Rican rain forest, we offer a wonderful tour of the Silencio reserve. After just a 20 min drive to the farm, we will start our 2 ½ hour trek through the forest. During this walk, we have the possibility of spotting 3 different species of monkeys, sloths, and a
large variety of birds, including the Toucan.

We end our walk with a refreshing beverage and, hopefully, a magnificent view
of Costa Rica’s most active volcano, erupting regularly since 1968. If you wish, we will conclude the tour by relaxing in the nearby natural hot springs, from where you will also have nice view ofArenal Volcano.

Includes: transportation, guide, entrance fee, beverage.

To bring: tennis or trekking shoes, hat, sunblock, hat, camera, binoculars.

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Cerro Chato Hike

Departure at: 8:00am

Return at: 2:45pm.

Price: $87 USD.

For those who are looking for a physically demanding hike, Cerro Chato Volcano, which has had no volcanic activity for the past 3,500 years, is the perfect choice. One can appreciate the changes from rainforest to cloud forest while climbing the peak, measuring approximately 3,700 ft.

We will begin the tour in Fortuna and ride in a minibus around Volcano Arenal to the Hotel Observatory Lodge”. A naturalist guide will accompany you during your hike and will teach you about the geological history as well as the surrounding nature that inhabits Volcano Arenal’s older brother. We will start the steep hike to the summit of “Cerro Chato” crossing a very compact, primary rainforest on our way. From the summit, we will walk down to the green lagoon (an old volcano crater) where we can swim, take pictures, or simply enjoy our surroundings.

After another short climb, we will begin our decent. This will give us a beautiful view of Arenal and the valley of San Carlos. As we pass through through the rainforest, we’ll hopefully see various birds and other wild animals (though viewing the enormous size plants alone make this tour worthwhile).

To top off this exciting tour, we will visit the breathtaking waterfall of Fortuna. Towering over 200 ft tall and surrounded by exotic vegetation, this majestic beauty attracts about 100,000 visitors every year. This natural wonder requires a steep 15 minute hike, but the beautiful landscape and refreshing swim in the clear, cool river will undoubtly be worth the effort.

This tour includes a 45 minute bus ride to our destination, about a 3 hour challenging hike of cerro chato, and a max. stay of 2 hours at the Fortuna waterfall.

Includes: transportation, guide, entrance fee to the Arenal National Park, lunch, entrance to la Fortuna Waterfall.

To bring: tennis or trekking shoes, hat, sun block, hat, camera, binoculars, bottled water, insect repellent.

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Río Celeste Hike

Departure at: 8:00am

Return at: 4:00pm.

Price: $125 USD.

 

This unique hike combines nature’s beauty with a great opportunity to observe wonderful flora and fauna. During our hike through the Tenorio Volcano National Park we will pass by the River Celeste Lagoon and walk along two crystal-clear streams coming together to form theRio Celeste. Here the clear waters mysteriously change into a beautifully bright, light-blue color (hence the name “Light-Blue River”).

While trekking the trails that lead to the jungle, we will visit an area where volcanic smoke is expelled from the ground at very high temperatures.

The stunning Rio Celeste Waterfall, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in its natural pools, will be waiting for you at the end of the path.

Includes: transportation, guide, park entrance, drinks, lunch.

To bring: trekking shoes, swimsuit, bottled water, insect repellent, camera and binoculars.

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Río Celeste Hike

Departure at: 8:00am

Return at: 4:00pm.

Price: $125 USD.

This unique hike combines nature’s beauty with a great opportunity to observe wonderful flora and fauna. During our hike through the Tenorio Volcano National Park we will pass by the River Celeste Lagoon and walk along two crystal-clear streams coming together to form theRio Celeste.

Here the clear waters mysteriously change into a beautifully bright, light-blue color (hence the name “Light-Blue River”). While trekking the trails that lead to the jungle, we will visit an area where volcanic smoke is expelled from the ground at very high temperatures.

The stunning Rio Celeste Waterfall, where you can enjoy a refreshing swim in its natural pools, will be waiting for you at the end of the path.

Includes: transportation, guide, park entrance, drinks, lunch.

To bring: trekking shoes, swimsuit, bottled water, insect repellent, camera and binoculars.

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Horseback Riding Tour

Departure at: 8:30am or 1:30pm.

Duration: 3 hours.

Price: $75 USD.

Welcome to an adventure on horseback to one of the most natural and surprising features of Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano. Witness this natural scenery throughout the route planned by Don Tobías, renowned horse trainer from this region.

The tour, which is carried out 100% on horseback, begins in the modern stables of Don Tobías’ farm. There, a professional team of guides prepares visitors with pertinent information. Child-sized equipment is also available. Nearly all of the tour takes place on private lands, crossing through second generation forest and primary forest, as well as beautiful pastures, some of which were used for cattle, and, of course, visitors will see the magnificent Arenal Volcano that accompanies visitors throughout the trip.

The ride, which lasts approximately 3 hours, begins heading toward Arenal Volcano, via the old roads that Don Tobías used to use, and climbing up secondary forest lands and cattle pastures, as well as through an area of primary forest, that takes visitors to a beautiful lake, named Water Lily Lake, where our horses refresh themselves. From there, the high point of the trip and the principal destination is the lookout point, where visitors dismount from the as close to Arenal Volcano as is permitted. After enjoying this beautiful view, we will return to the horses to continue the descent down the mountain.

Cabalgata Don Tobias/Don Tobías’ Horseback Tour is unique and original, and you are cordially invited to this, the best horseback ride in Costa Rica. Enjoy this equine adventure fully and observe the majestic and grand Arenal Volcano.

Includes: transportation, guide, bottled water

To bring: long pants, cool shirts, sunscreen, insect repellent.

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Combination Tour

Departure at: 7:30am

Return at: 9:30pm

Price: $225 USD.

This tour starts with a visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges for a 3 km hike. Afterwards we will go to the La Fortuna Waterfall where you can swim in an
inviting pool at the base of the waterfall. Following that, enjoy lunch in La Fortuna followed by a hike in the Arenal Volcano rainforest which includes a walk to the lava view point. Last, but not least, we will stop at Tabacon Hot Springs to soak in the natural pools and have an enjoyable buffet dinner.

Includes: transportation, guide, entrance fees, guide, lunch, dinner, drinks.

To bring: Walking shoes, insect repellent, swimsuit, towel, camera, binoculars, sandals, extra clothes.

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Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering

Departure at: 7:00am – 10:00am – 1:00pm.

Duration: Half Day.

Price: $99 USD.

Canyoneering is a fairly new sport that’s gaining worldwide popularity! The rugged, mountainous terrain near the Arenal Volcano happens to be an ideal location for canyoneering. Combine rappelling, downclimbing, and river-tracing with the giant, breathtaking waterfalls hidden in our Lost Canyon!

Our Lost Canyon Adventure is an experience of a lifetime – go where very few have had the privilege to explore! Imagine yourself standing at the top of a magical canyon, in the midst of a thick rainforest, filled with tropical waterfalls and surprises each step of the way.

Travel the old-fashioned way! You’ve probably heard about Costa Rica’s famous bumpy backroads – start off by taking an exciting 4×4 off-road adventure ride on our “Jungle Limos” as you head about 15 minutes into a quiet mountainside community.

Prepare to get wet!
Your guides will give you a thorough safety talk about important rappelling & down-climbing techniques. You’ll get high-quality technical climbing gear, which includes a harness, helmet, and gloves. You’ll get to practice your first descent on a 150-ft waterfall.

Take a deep breath!
There you are, on a sturdy platform looking down into the depths of a 150-ft massive tropical waterfall. You’ll rappel down for the thrill of a lifetime! Make your way along the river by down-climbing & rappelling a series of 6 waterfalls that get gradually bigger and BIGGER!

We save the BEST for last!
The biggest & most-exciting waterfall is your last descent… you’ll finish with a fun 200ft guided rappel!

The hike back up only takes about 10 minutes, but you can spend some time taking in the intense rainforest that surrounds you! At the top, you’ll arrive at our Canyon Café where you can change into dry clothes and then sit down for the best meal in Costa Rica!

No experience needed — just a good sense of adventure.

Includes: transportation, guides, fruits, home cooked meal, towel.

To bring: secure shoes, extra clothes.

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Rafting Rio Toro. Class III – IV. Full Day.

Departure: 8:30am

Return: 4:00pm.

Price: $95 USD.

The Río Toro explodes with a series of over 45 continuous class 3-4 rapids –you’ll spend more than 2½ hours rafting through unexplored, tropical wilderness on a personalized, small-group tour. The exciting Río Toro is located only 1 hour from La Fortuna.

More-detailed information about our Río Toro class 3-4 whitewater rafting tour
near La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano: Bring on the adrenaline. Experienced and first-time rafters love the Río Toro for full-day, class 3-4 rafting.

The Río Toro offers over 45-continuous rapids along more than 16 kilometers of deep-canyon gorges and waterfalls where we often see sloths, monkeys and tropical birds, such as toucans and the Montezuma Oropendula. We operate small, personalized and private tours and we are the only company who runs the Río Toro!

Imagine rafting through exciting, action-packed rapids with names like “morning coffee,” “the Danish Taco,” “coco loco,” “the eraser,” and the famous “B-F-W!”

This thrilling, once-in-a-lifetime adventure leaves at 8:30am from our office in La Fortuna. The Río Toro is the closest class 3-4 river to La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano – only 1 hour away!

Once at the river, our experienced guides will give you a thorough safety talk, get you set up with your helmet, life jacket and paddle and then you’re off – you’ll be paddling for more than 2½ hours – we’ll stop along the way for a nice, tropical fruit break and afterward we take you out for a typical Costa Rican “casado” lunch. You’ll return to La Fortuna and the Arenal Area around 3:30-4:00pm (the Río Toro is located only 1 hour from La Fortuna – it is much closer than the Sarapiqui).

Rafters should be ages 13 to 55 and in good physical condition. Although you don’t need experience, rafters should know how to swim. Secure shoes and dry clothes to change into.

Please note: if river conditions are unsuitable for the Río Toro, our head guide might make the call to change to a back-up river of equal level and/or offer our half-day whitewater inflatable kayak or raft tour – you’re always guaranteed a fun day on the river!

Includes: transportation, entrance fees, guide, lunch, drinks.

To bring: hiking shoes, bug repellent, bathing suit, extra clothes.  

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Mambo Combo. Rappel + Rafting. Full Day.

Departure at: 7:00am.

Duration. 9 hours.

Price: $165 USD.

Make the most of your limited vacation time! Combine the exciting Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering and Rafting on the Beautiful Río Balsa – For a full-day of pure adrenaline… you’ll get to rappel, down-climb amazing waterfalls and river trace along a pristine, rainforest canyon and then go rafting on the beautiful class 2-3 Río Balsa. This is the perfect blend of whitewater and wildlife, fun, rolling rapids and vibrant jungle. We guarantee more wildlife than any other rafting trip in Costa Rica! You’ll finish off this fun-filled day with a delicious lunch.

This unique tour includes the Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering, rafting on the Río Balsa and a delicious, homecooked lunch.

Includes: transportation, guide, lunch.

To bring: secure shoes, extra clothes

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Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall

Departure: 8:00am and 1.00pm

Duration: 4 hours

Price: $65 USD.

Get spectacular views of the Arenal Volcano and the green countryside as you travel by horseback to the 140-foot Río Fortuna waterfall. Then take a 20 minute hike to the river to cool off in the rushing waters beneath the waterfall.

Includes: horseback riding, guide, entrance to the waterfall.

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Skytram Arenal and Skytrek Arenal Zip Line. (Canopy and Aerial Tram)

Times: 7:30am-8:30am-9:00am-10:30am-11:30am-12:30am-2:00pm-3:00pm-4:00pm.

Duration: 3 hours approx.

Price Sky Tram and Skytrek: $89 USD

Price Sky Tram Only: $65 USD

Skytrek Canopy Tour (ziplines) in the Arenal Volcano area is one of the most innovative canopy tours in the whole country. Valle Monteverde, the owners of the Sky Trek of Monteverde, have used their considerable experience to improve the experience of a canopy tour. Sky Trek Canopy Tour opened their Monteverde location in 1998 and their canopy tour has been one of the most successful in the area ever since. However, instead of resting on their laurels, they looked at their successful project and made improvements.

This new attraction is located south south-east of Arenal Volcano past the turn off to the Arenal Observatory Lodge heading towards El Castillo. In addition to the ever prolific canopy tour setup, they also offer an aerial tram or cable car. This one of the few operating in Costa Rica and the only one that elevates you to a platform offering a stunning view of the Volcano Arenal and Arenal Lake. If sitting in a chair lift kind of gondola is not your thing there are also zip lines.

The Sky Tram is very quiet which allows for possible nature sightings and guides give a short talk about the local ecosystem and answer any questions you may have. If any animals are spotted, guides are able to stop the tram for as long as you like, allowing you to observe, take photographs and learn about the animals.

Arenal Sky Trek has eight great cables! Sky Trek has some of the longest cables in the country. One cable offers an awesome 700+ meter ride, (that’s three-quarters of a kilometer or almost half a mile) and over 45 seconds of heart palpitating fun!

Each Sky Trek platform is both a landing spot and departure point, and there is little hiking required.. Why walk when you can zip? Lets face it your not paying for the trails – go to the wildlife reserves for good hiking!

This new attraction is located south south-east of Arenal Volcano past the turn off to the Arenal Observatory Lodge heading towards El Castillo. In addition to the ever prolific canopy tour setup, they also offer an aerial tram or cable car. This one of the few operating in Costa Rica and the only one that elevates you to a platform offering a stunning view of the Volcano Arenal and Arenal Lake. If sitting in a chair lift kind of gondola is not your thing there are also zip lines.

The Sky Tram is very quiet which allows for possible nature sightings and guides give a short talk about the local ecosystem and answer any questions you may have. If any animals are spotted, guides are able to stop the tram for as long as you like, allowing you to observe, take photographs and learn about
the animals.

Arenal Sky Trek has eight great cables! Sky Trek has some of the longest cables in the country. One cable offers an awesome 700+ meter ride, (that’s three-quarters of a kilometer or almost half a mile) and over 45 seconds of heart palpitating fun!

Arenal Sky Trek is a complementary tour of Sky Tram it cannot be sold separately.

Includes: transportation, guides, canopy and skytram

 

Info and Reservations: info@ivantours.com ivantours@mail.com

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