Into the Jungles of Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano Adventure

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Hello, my name is Tanya, I'm 20 and I'm a lover of nature and animals. I'm always on the lookout for opportunities to explore untouched natural places — forests, lakes, rivers, mountains, and everything in between! My trips often include wildlife watching and eco-activities. If I could live in the jungle, I would. I once did a 3-day trek through the Amazon Rainforest and it was such an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience! Join me on this adventure to Costa Rica, I'm sure we'll have an awesome time together!

Duration

5 days · 4 nights

Travel Date

Mar 16 – 20, 2022

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

6 – 16

Transportation

Van

Tour Price

USD 440
/ person

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Age range

18 – 30

Travel interest

Nature, wildlife, jungle activities

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Costa Rica>Into the Jungles of Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano Adventure

Immerse yourself in the untouched wilderness of one of Costa Rica’s most incredible regions and fall in love with the lush surroundings of the majestic Arenal Volcano. Uncover the secrets of the rainforest, encounter exotic wildlife, and take in the most stunning views — this is the perfect destination for thrill-seekers who crave adventure! Immerse yourself in epic experiences you won’t forget, starting with a hands-on cooking class in San Jose, followed by adrenaline adventures in Arenal Volcano National Park that include ziplining, whitewater rafting, and more!

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

Your TourHero

Tanya

Hello, my name is Tanya, I'm 20 and I'm a lover of nature and animals. I'm always on the lookout for opportunities to explore untouched natural places — forests, lakes, rivers, mountains, and everything in between! My trips often include wildlife watching and eco-activities. If I could live in the jungle, I would. I once did a 3-day trek through the Amazon Rainforest and it was such an incredible once-in-a-lifetime experience! Join me on this adventure to Costa Rica, I'm sure we'll have an awesome time together!

Duration

5 days · 4 nights

Travel Date

Mar 16 – 20, 2022

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

6 – 16

Transportation

Van

Costa Rica>Into the Jungles of Costa Rica: Arenal Volcano Adventure

Immerse yourself in the untouched wilderness of one of Costa Rica’s most incredible regions and fall in love with the lush surroundings of the majestic Arenal Volcano. Uncover the secrets of the rainforest, encounter exotic wildlife, and take in the most stunning views — this is the perfect destination for thrill-seekers who crave adventure! Immerse yourself in epic experiences you won’t forget, starting with a hands-on cooking class in San Jose, followed by adrenaline adventures in Arenal Volcano National Park that include ziplining, whitewater rafting, and more!

Timeline

  • Day 1 · San Jose
  • Arrive in San Jose
  • Surviving Spanish and Cooking Lessons
  • Welcome dinner
  • Check-in at Casa Mu San Jose (or similar according to availability)
  • Day 2 · La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano area
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • Check out of accommodation
  • Transfer to La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano area)
  • Check-in at Selina La Fortuna (or similar according to availability)
  • Free afternoon for optional activities
  • Lunch and dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 3 · La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano area
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • Ziplining tour
  • Free afternoon and evening
  • Lunch and dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 4 · Sarapiqui River and San Jose
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • Check out of accommodation
  • Whitewater rafting adventure at Sarapiqui River (lunch included)
  • Transfer back to San Jose
  • Two-hour party bus tour
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Check-in at Casa Mu San Jose (or similar according to availability)
  • Day 5 · Departure
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • Check out of accommodation
  • Journey ends

Details

Day 1

Welcome to Costa Rica! Find your new favorite dish during a hands-on cooking lesson with a local

We’re super excited to have you here in San Jose, the bustling capital city of Costa Rica! Ready to learn something new? Take your culinary skills to the next level and discover delicious Costa Rican cuisine during a fun hands-on cooking lesson! There’s no better way to discover a country than through its cuisine, so we hope you’re ready to cook up a storm. Bound to be filled with tasty moments and plenty of laughter with your host, this is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity where you can take pointers from a true local. Learn about tasty ingredients used in Costa Rican dishes, discover unique household customs, use new cooking techniques, and prepare a mouthwatering meal to savor alongside your new friends! Enjoy your wonderful welcome dinner before heading to your accommodation for a restful night.

Day 2

Journey to magical La Fortuna and discover the lush surroundings of the Arenal Volcano region

Rise and shine! We hope you’re ready to head into the wilderness with us. We’ll depart San Jose and whisk you away to the small town of La Fortuna. As you get closer, you’ll be able to witness Costa Rica’s iconic cone-shaped Arenal Volcano in the distance, standing at a grand 5,480 feet tall. The fertile land is lush and full of incredible wildlife — keep your eyes peeled! La Fortuna is the closest town to the volcano and many travelers who choose to explore the hidden treasures of Arenal use this little town as a convenient base from which to embark on their tours and activities. Don’t be surprised if you find new friends here! Once you’ve checked into your accommodation, you’ll have the afternoon free to explore the area or choose some optional activities (see optional add-ons section below). There are plenty of things to do here: rappel down a cascading waterfall, kayak across beautiful Lake Arenal, hike the majestic Arenal Volcano itself, visit the local hot springs… take your pick!

Day 3

Go on an exhilarating canopy tour — zip through the treetops of the lush rainforest!

One of the most thrilling things you can do in Fortuna is to climb high up into the treetops and embark on an epic canopy tour. If you’ve never tried ziplining before, this is the best time to do it! Let the stunning Costa Rican jungle be your playground as you make your way across different platforms in the treetops to explore the impressive canyon of the Arenal River and discover the extraordinary flora and fauna of the area. If you’re lucky, you might be able to spot three types of monkeys that live in this zone, or perhaps catch glimpses of toucans, hummingbirds, and other native species! After your ziplining adventure, you are free to spend the rest of your afternoon and evening however you please.

Day 4

Embark on an epic whitewater rafting adventure down the rapids of the Sarapiqui River

Today, we’ll be heading back to San Jose, but not before one last thrilling adventure in the wild! On the way back, we’ll stop at the Sarapiqui River, where you’ll get the chance to embark on an action-packed white water rafting adventure. After a lesson from your professional guide, you’ll journey seven miles down the river across 30 class III and IV rapids. About halfway through the trip, we will take an on-shore break and enjoy some refreshing tropical fruit and a traditional Costa Rican lunch. At the end of your rafting journey, you’ll be transferred the rest of the way to your accommodation in San Jose.

All aboard — enjoy an epic two-hour party bus tour in San Jose!

You’ll arrive back in San Jose in time to enjoy the evening to the fullest. Time to get serious with the partying! Why hit the clubs when you can roll through San Jose and have your very own party on wheels? Get the music started, bring out the best drinks, and experience San Jose by night with an awesome party bus experience you’ll never forget.

Day 5

Time to bid farewell to Costa Rica

How time flies! We hope you’ve enjoyed your time in Costa Rica. After checking out of your accommodation, make your way to the airport in time for your flight back home. Until next time — we hope to see you again soon!

Accommodation

  • Casa Mu San Jose (or similar according to availability)

    Casa Mu San Jose is a perfect choice for groups. Located in the capital city of San Jose, close to shopping centers and restaurants, this shared house provides simple and comfortable accommodation in the form of bunk bed-style rooms with a large living room for communal group activities and an efficient kitchen. Wi-Fi is available on the premises. Room type: Rooms with bunk beds based on multiple occupancy.

  • Selina La Fortuna (or similar according to availability)

    Selina La Fortuna is located in the heart of the small town of La Fortuna, surrounded by cultural hotspots, restaurants, and sweeping views of the majestic Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna has long been the gateway to Arenal’s natural surroundings. Selina provides a great base from which to explore the lush region. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, sip on cocktails from the hotel bar, and mingle with other travelers at the outdoor common area. The property also features a shared kitchen, movie room, and library. Shared rooms are fitted with bunk beds and amenities include Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, linens, lockers, hot water, and access to shared bathrooms. Room type: Rooms with bunk beds based on multiple occupancy.

Included

  • 2 nights in Casa Mu San Jose (or similar)
  • 2 nights in Selina La Fortuna (or similar)
  • Shared occupancy in accommodation
  • All activities listed in the itinerary with bilingual guides
  • Transportation between activities and destinations (except on day 1 and day 5)
  • Day 1 dinner
  • Day 4 lunch
  • 24/7 guest support

Not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • All food not mentioned in inclusions
  • Travel insurance
  • Gratuities
  • Optional add-ons

COVID-19 guarantee

We know many of you are yearning to travel, but also want to do it in a safe and enjoyable way.

To ensure your wellbeing, we’re working with each of our partners to ensure that exhaustive precautionary health and safety measures are in place. This includes reducing group sizes, incorporating more outdoor adventures, and closely monitoring the spread on the ground.

At the same time, we also know that this is a holiday for you and that you want to experience the best of each location, with minimal inconvenience. We’re confident that each of our trips will be both safe and enjoyable, but if we cannot keep to either of those promises, we will defer or cancel the trip if necessary and gladly issue you credit for a future tour to be used towards any tour within 2 years.

Available add-on

Entrance to Baldi Hot Springs

Want a soothing soak? Pay a visit to the famous Baldi Hot Springs, the largest hot springs complex in the world! Drawing on the healing waters from the Arenal region, discover 25 different thermal pools here, surrounded by the inviting sounds of the tropical rainforest. Bathe under crystalline waterfalls, discover the largest sauna in the country, ride water slides, and relax in luxurious jacuzzis!

Price: USD 38

Baldi Hot Springs, Costa Rica

Waterfall rappelling tour (with lunch included)

Trek through the forest on magical trails that lead to some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Costa Rica. You’ll uncover a place very few people get to experience! Along the way, we will have the chance to discover the secrets that lie hidden deep within the canyon. From the first waterfall, we will rappel down from the top into the beautiful and pristine canyon below. The adventure includes four rappels, three along the waterfalls and one on a dry rock face. Then, after a short trek back out of the canyon, you’ll be transferred back to base camp.

Price: USD 103

Waterfall rappelling

Venado Caves tour

Discovered by the Guatusos aboriginals, the Venado Caves are formed by limestone rocks, stalactites, stalagmites, and coral. Embark on a journey into the depths of these caves for some exciting exploration — it’s the perfect adventure for those who aren’t claustrophobic and don’t mind getting wet and muddy! Climbing walls and crawling through holes are all part of the excitement, but besides the action, you can also spot crickets, spiders, and plenty of bats!

Price: USD 99

Venado Caves exploration

Mountain biking tour

Enjoy a mountain biking tour to see the natural beauties of the area in a different way. This ride takes us on an old road that connects the Arenal Dam and the main entrance to Arenal Volcano National Park. From here, we’ll bike towards the village of El Castillo, traversing a quiet lane surrounded by dense forest and cattle farms. Along the way, spot howling monkeys, coatis, and unique and colorful bird species like toucans, egrets, and kingfishers. We’ll stop for a picnic on the shores of Lake Arenal where you can take a refreshing dip in the waters. This is an incredibly picturesque place, so don’t forget to snap plenty of photos! You’ll have great views of the volcano and the lake all throughout your bike tour (weather permitting).

Price: USD 85

Mountain biking

Stand-up paddle boarding on Lake Arenal

If you’re interested in an activity combines breathtaking scenery with a more laid-back pace, this is the perfect one for you. Make your way across the tranquil waters of the beautiful Lake Arenal on a stand-up paddle board and explore the area at your own pace. And, of course, marvel at the region’s most impressive natural attraction: the mighty Arenal Volcano, standing tall in the distance. First time trying SUP? Don’t worry, your guide will be there to help you out.

Price: USD 78

Arenal Volcano Paddle Boarding

Kayaking on Lake Arenal

Glide across the glistening waters of Lake Arenal in a kayak and enjoy views of the colossal Arenal Volcano at the same time! See the region from a different point of view as you make your way down the lake with the group and enjoy the most stunning panoramic vistas. A kayaking instructor will be on hand to guide you during this activity.

Price: USD 73

Kayaking at Lake Arenal

Arenal Volcano hike

Hike the area surrounding the Arenal Volcano. This is the perfect chance for all types of adventure travelers, from wildlife enthusiasts and birdwatchers to nature lovers and explorers. Follow an expert guide through the meandering trails of the national park and pass through secondary rainforest, lava fields from previous eruptions, and the habitats of thousands of species of flora and fauna. Reconnect with nature!

Price: USD 63

Arenal Volcano hike

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

USD 440
Per person