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In the northern highlands of Costa Rica is the town of La Fortuna, a place of colourful gardens, forests, and views of Arenal Volcano. Ticos (Costa Ricans) going about their daily routines give an authentic touch after a day of adventure in this farming community. You’ll find all of Costa Rica’s top outdoor activities here: explore a rainforest on a hanging bridge, zipline, or rappel across a waterfall. At night, under a dynamo skyline, be amazed by the eddy of stars that shine in the night sky.
Arenal Volcano National Park
La Fortuna Waterfall
Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park
Natural Lodge Caño Negro
12,000 hectares make up a national park that houses a stratovolcano known as Arenal. Standing at 1,633 metres, it was last active to devastating effect in 1968. As you move through the park, check out a 400-year-old Ceiba tree. You’ll also come across waterfalls, hot springs and budding flora (orchids, ferns), and hopefully sight wildlife on the more elusive side of life.
A 70-metre-high waterfall that flows from the jungle is a perfect spot for a picnic, swim, or a doze in the wild. Trails through the rainforest can be taken on foot or by horse, and are full of wonderful local wildlife sightings, cries of nature, and tropical flora. A day spent here will feel heavenly as you take a path that guides you to this flowing spectacle.
You’ll be amazed by the dense biodiversity found in this rainforest as you journey from floor to treetop. Discover unique species such as kinkajous, hanging vine, and epiphytes. If you feel charged with adrenaline, there’s a variety of activities (zipline) available at Spider Monkey Canyon. Night walk tours will awaken you to more nocturnal minded species, an experience for an unforgettable experience for any night owl.
The exclusive Eco Termales Hot Springs are heated from volcanic magma and ideal for the nurturing of both body and mind. A nature sanctuary of utter delights, the Ecotermales feature tiered pools that provide ultimate relaxation. Immerse yourself in panoramic jungle views and walk pathways formed from volcanic silt. Be sure to make an early booking as spaces are limited to a hundred people.
Tectonic shifts that have formed limestone caves, waterfalls, and stalactite formations will blow your mind upon entry. The formations found here are millions of years old. A tour of a 2,700 meter stretch of underworld brings you to unique fish, frogs, and bats that live beneath the earth’s surface. Enter these caverns and be confronted with a world within another world.
Set amidst a tropical garden full of flourishing trees, tropical waters and lagoons, the Natural Lodge Caño Negro welcomes you to leave it all behind. A boat trip here invites you to look up in admiration at the plentiful of bird species. This serene environment provides tranquil calm and offers some of Costa Rica’s most diverse vegetation.
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