Insider's Guide to Arenal Volcano National Park

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Arenal Observatory Lodge

Far from the epicenter of tourist claptrap that is La Fortuna, the tiny village of El Castillo offers another, rather less accessible, vantage point for seeing spectacular Volcan Arenal. Only a ...  Read more

Arenal Hanging Bridges

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 17 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

While zip-line tours that take you swishing through the treetops at squeal-inducing speeds certainly have their charm, there are other ways to appreciate Costa Rica’s wondrous wilderness. Unbeknownst ...  Read more

Tabacon Hot Springs

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 9 Ratings | Tours & Tickets

In this well-watered rainforest pierced by the perfect gray cone of Volcan Arenal, it is not only lava that wells up from the depths of the Earth. Steaming hot springs pour like a river from the ...  Read more

La Fortuna Waterfall

2 star rating: It was OK, but could have been better 1 Rating | Tours & Tickets

Plunging down the side of Cerro Chato, Volcan Arenal’s dormant and thickly forested twin, is one of the most impressive, and easily accessible, waterfalls in all Costa Rica. Cascada La Fortuna pours ...  Read more

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