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Arenal Attractions

Arenal has a breadth of natural attractions drawing in visitors from all over the world. Explore natural wonders like the cerulean waters of the Celeste River or climb across cooled lava flows in Arenal National Park. Discover monkeys, sloths and all manner of wildlife along the Cano Negro River or in the depths of the rainforest at Arenal's hanging bridges. Unwind in Arenal's world famous hot springs or cool off in the stream beside the 230-foot La Fortuna waterfall.

Gardens

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Arenal EcoZoo

In 2000, Victor Hugo Quesada and his wife Ofelia founded El Serpentario Zoologico del Castillo, today known as the Arenal EcoZoo. A lifetime aficionado of snakes and amphibians, Quesada's vision began with informal displays and soon grew into a major tourist attraction. Today, the Arenal EcoZoo is one of Costa Rica's largest serpentariums and is home to 70 species of snakes, as well as turtles, butterflies, lizards and crocodiles. The park emphasizes education on the nation's reptiles and amphibians and care of the fragile ecosystem... Read More

El Castillo-Arenal Butterfly Conservatory

El Castillo-Arenal Butterfly Conservatory covers four different atriums filled with 30 different species of butterflies. Each atrium leads guests through a unique section of the rainforest where guests can experience the butterflies in their natural habitats. Self-guided tours last about an hour and a half taking guests through all four atriums, a frog habitat, a plant regeneration nursery, and on the trails and pathways around the gardens.

Hot Springs

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Baldi Hot Springs

Like a trust fund kid celebrating his birthday, Baldi throws out all stops to please its guests. With 25 different pools, giant Jacuzzis, waterslides, wet bars and a natural sauna, you'll find yourself bouncing around from pool to pool exploring all the little nooks, crannies and cocktails... Read More

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Eco Termales Hot Springs

Eco Termales has cascading thermal pools hidden in the shade of the rainforest. Simple, exotic and beautiful, EcoTermales is the most intimate of the area's hot springs and caters to guests looking for a natural and relaxed ambiance... Read More

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Paradise Hot Springs

Paradise Hot Springs has breathtaking views, three thermal pools and the most affordable rates of nearby hot springs. Its mineral waters come from an underground well heated by Arenal Volcano and pumped into its Jacuzzis, pools and waterfalls. Paradise offers a relaxing atmosphere for families and small groups looking to enjoy the hot springs without large crowds... Read More

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Tabacon Hot Springs

The mineral waters at Tabacon Hot Springs originate near the base of the Arenal Volcano and flow through a thermal river over waterfalls into more than 20 different thermal pools. They're the only natural pools of any nearby hot springs and you'll feel it as you soak in thermal waters among volcanic rocks leftover from Arenal's eruptions. Tabacon's home to 2 restaurants, 3 bars and the Grand Spa – considered part of the Leading Spas in the World since 2007... Read More

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The Springs Resort & Spa Hot Springs

The Springs has jaw-dropping views unmatched by any hotel or hot spring in Arenal. Located high above La Fortuna on a ridge overlooking Arenal volcano, guests can take in the picturesque from the cascading thermal pools, the wet bar and all four restaurants... Read More

Landmarks

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Lake Arenal

Lake Arenal's dark, mineral-imbued waters reflect rolling green pastures, rainforest canopies and the mighty Arenal volcano. It's the country's largest lake at 33 square miles, and the power source behind Arenal Dam –Costa Rica's largest hydroelectric project... Read More

National Parks

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Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano National Park draws on the imagination as you wander through each of its unique and bizarre landscapes. From the Heliconias trailhead, you'll walk into a hedge maze of tall grass– a similar species to sugar cane. The grass, known as brave cane, rises some twenty feet into the air on all sides of the trail, acting as the first of the pioneer plants that will lay the groundwork for the rainforest's regeneration... Read More

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Tenorio Volcano National Park

To visit the Tenorio National Park is to see nature at its weirdest. Brilliant cerulean lagoons, glowing azure waterfalls and clear rivers that run blue as their waters merge are only some of what you'll see on the trails weaving through Tenorio National Park. Other intrigues include thermal geysers, bubbling mud pots, and hot springs along two trails... Read More

Reserves

Arenal Rainforest Reserve

Located near the village of El Castillo, 11 miles west of La Fortuna, the rainforest reserve has an aerial tram, hanging bridges, a zipline canopy tour and a children's butterfly garden. (Admission to all attractions: $65. Telephone: 2479-9944)

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Children's Eternal Rainforest

Costa Rica's largest private reserve sprawls across the mountains and valleys dividing Arenal and Monteverde: a mat of primary and secondary growth rainforest emulsified across 55,000 acres. The last of Costa Rica's jaguars roam free under its canopies alongside 120 species of mammals, 440 species of birds and more than 700 species of butterflies... Read More

Ecocentro Danaus

You'll spot red-eyed tree frogs and a collection of nocturnal critters on the guided night walks through Danaus Ecological Center. During the day, you're more likely to see Danaus' 30 species of butterflies, 150 species of birds and a three-toed-sloth sleeping in a tree beside the trails that weave the eco center. Several tour operators in La Fortuna provide guided tours through the reserve.

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Pocosol Station

The Pocosol Station attracts hikers and nature lovers to its remote and pristine forests inside Costa Rica's largest wildlife reserve – one of two places in Costa Rica where jaguars still live in the wild. Hiking among the reserve's six trails, guests encounter the rainforest's secrets: smoking, bubbling mud pits, lagoons, waterfalls, creeks, ancient, felled tree trunks overgrown with iridescent green moss and mushrooms... Read More

Volcanoes

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Arenal Volcano

The soft red glow of lava dispersed in the evening mist like a red neon sign advertising one of the ten most active volcanoes in the world. But in 2011, Arenal volcano's light was extinguished and the volcano fell into a deep slumber after 43 years of activity. Occasional plumes of smoke can still be seen spewing from its near-perfect cone, like a silent vigil... Read More

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Cerro Chato

Cerro Chato's the dormant cousin of Arenal Volcano. Smaller, greener and less prone to violent outbursts (the last eruption was 3,500 years); Cerro Chato offers rigorous yet rewarding hikes to the crater lake at its summit... Read More

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Miravalles Volcano

The picturesque, cone-shaped volcano of Miravalles can be found nine miles north of the small town of Bagaces, in the eastern province of Guanacaste. Though made up of six eruption-points, the only volcanic activity to occur in recorded history has been secondary, consisting of thermal fountains and mud pits... Read More

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Tenorio Volcano

Tenorio Volcano consists of four volcanic cones and twin craters known as the Montezuma Volcano. The Cerro Montezuma is a dormant volcano to the northwest of the Tenorio crater... Read More

Waterfalls

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Celeste River Waterfall

Twin rivers escape from springs underneath the Tenorio Volcano, their clear waters twist away down the valley through the Tenorio National Park. As the rivers merge, their waters churn into a fluorescent blue; a chemical reaction caused by the crystallization of copper sulfate, colloidal silica and sulfur... Read More

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La Fortuna Waterfall

A 230-foot cascade pours from the mouth of a cliff into the choppy-bluish waters beneath La Fortuna Waterfall... Read More

Wildlife Refuges

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Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge

Caimans bathe with wide-open mouths on the banks of the Frío River in the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. Above them in the trees, the second loudest animal in the world, the howler monkey bellows its wild, vicious roar. If you're lucky, you might even catch a glimpse of a rare albino monkey that lives with a troupe of howlers in the trees along the river... Read More

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Penas Blancas Wildlife Refuge

Situated on the southern slope of the Tilaran Mountain Range, Penas Blancas Wildlife Refuge is named for its unusual pale cliffs -- formed by diatomite deposits that bleach the rock face white. The refuge was created in 1985 to protect the flora and fauna native to the area's high watersheds, which include the headwaters for several major rivers including the Ciruelas and Barranca. The refuge is very secluded and one of the country's least visited destinations... Read More

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Proyecto Asis Animal Rescue Center

Founded in 1995, Proyecto Asis is dedicated to fostering intercultural connections and building a new environmental consciousness through day tours, volunteer opportunities and Spanish immersion. The organization focuses on community education, and serves as rescue center for injured and orphaned wildlife... Read More

Main Attractions in Arenal

Arenal EcoZoo - Costa Rica Arenal EcoZoo In 2000, Victor Hugo Quesada and his wife Ofelia founded El Serpentario Zoologico del Castillo, today known as the ... more > Arenal Rainforest Reserve more > Arenal Volcano - Costa Rica Arenal Volcano The soft red glow of lava dispersed in the evening mist like a red neon sign advertising one of the ten most active... more > Arenal Volcano National Park - Costa Rica Arenal Volcano National Park Arenal Volcano National Park draws on the imagination as you wander through each of its unique and bizarre ... more > Baldi Hot Springs - Costa Rica Baldi Hot Springs Like a trust fund kid celebrating his birthday, Baldi throws out all stops to please its guests. With 25 different ... more > Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge - Costa Rica Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge Caimans bathe with wide-open mouths on the banks of the Frío River in the Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge. Above them in... more > Celeste River Waterfall - Costa Rica Celeste River Waterfall Twin rivers escape from springs underneath the Tenorio Volcano, their clear waters twist away down the valley ... more > Cerro Chato - Costa Rica Cerro Chato Cerro Chato's the dormant cousin of Arenal Volcano. Smaller, greener and less prone to violent outbursts (the last ... more > Children's Eternal Rainforest - Costa Rica Children's Eternal Rainforest Costa Rica's largest private reserve sprawls across the mountains and valleys dividing Arenal and Monteverde: a mat... more > Eco Termales Hot Springs - Costa Rica Eco Termales Hot Springs Eco Termales has cascading thermal pools hidden in the shade of the rainforest. Simple, exotic and beautiful, ... more > Ecocentro Danaus You'll spot red-eyed tree frogs and a collection of nocturnal critters on the guided night walks through Danaus ... more > El Castillo-Arenal Butterfly Conservatory El Castillo-Arenal Butterfly Conservatory covers four different atriums filled with 30 different species of ... more > La Fortuna Waterfall - Costa Rica La Fortuna Waterfall A 230-foot cascade pours from the mouth of a cliff into the choppy-bluish waters beneath La Fortuna Waterfall. more > Lake Arenal - Costa Rica Lake Arenal Lake Arenal's dark, mineral-imbued waters reflect rolling green pastures, rainforest canopies and the mighty Arenal... more > Miravalles Volcano - Costa Rica Miravalles Volcano The picturesque, cone-shaped volcano of Miravalles can be found nine miles north of the small town of Bagaces, in ... more > Paradise Hot Springs - Costa Rica Paradise Hot Springs Paradise Hot Springs has breathtaking views, three thermal pools and the most affordable rates of nearby hot ... more > Penas Blancas Wildlife Refuge - Costa Rica Penas Blancas Wildlife Refuge Situated on the southern slope of the Tilaran Mountain Range, Penas Blancas Wildlife Refuge is named for its ... more > Pocosol Station - Costa Rica Pocosol Station The Pocosol Station attracts hikers and nature lovers to its remote and pristine forests inside Costa Rica's ... more > Proyecto Asis Animal Rescue Center - Costa Rica Proyecto Asis Animal Rescue Center Founded in 1995, Proyecto Asis is dedicated to fostering intercultural connections and building a new environmental... more > Tabacon Hot Springs - Costa Rica Tabacon Hot Springs The mineral waters at Tabacon Hot Springs originate near the base of the Arenal Volcano and flow through a thermal ... more > Tenorio Volcano - Costa Rica Tenorio Volcano Tenorio Volcano consists of four volcanic cones and twin craters known as the Montezuma Volcano. The Cerro ... more > Tenorio Volcano National Park - Costa Rica Tenorio Volcano National Park To visit the Tenorio National Park is to see nature at its weirdest. Brilliant cerulean lagoons, glowing azure ... more > The Springs Resort & Spa Hot Springs - Costa Rica The Springs Resort & Spa Hot Springs The Springs has jaw-dropping views unmatched by any hotel or hot spring in Arenal. Located high above La Fortuna on... more >

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