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Arenal Volcano Extension

Visit Costa Rica’s Most Dramatic Landmark & Stay at Famous Arenal Observatory Lodge
3 Days
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Arenal Volcano towers over the rain forest that surrounds Lake Arenal at the mountain's base. The most famous of Costa Rica's many volcanoes, Arenal demonstrates the small country's location on the edge of two tectonic plates, among the most dynamic such junctures on Earth. Spend three days exploring the region's fascinating geology and biodiversity from our base directly opposite the volcano at Arenal Observatory Lodge—the closest accommodation to the mountain. Learn about the area's natural history on guided walks over the extensive network of private trails that cross lava flows and lace the lush forest. Look for wildlife as you traverse hanging bridges in the canopy, with the volcano looming in the background. Birds call out from the treetops, while a host of creatures creates a natural chorus to serenade your stay. 

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  • Spend the Night Opposite the VolcanoSpend two nights at famous Arenal Observatory Lodge, located directly across from the volcano and the site of important ongoing seismological research
  • Explore on Trails & Hanging BridgesEnjoy naturalist-led walks through the rain forest, discovering lush vegetation, wildlife and myriad birds via private trails and hanging bridges in the canopy
  • Tour a Noted Botanical PreserveAt Danaus Eco-Center, look for sloths, red poison dart frogs and more than 30 species of butterflies on a guided walk through the botanical preserve

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