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 while based directly opposite the volcano at Arenal Observatory Lodge—the closest accommodation to the volcano. 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.
Overnights At the Base of ArenalSpend two nights at famous Arenal Observatory Lodge, located directly across from the volcano and the site of important ongoing seismological research
Guided Hikes On Hanging BridgesEnjoy guided hikes through the rain forest surrounding the lodge, discovering lush vegetation, tropical flowers and an array of birdlife via private trails and hanging bridges
Botanical Preserve TourVisit Danaus Eco-Center, where we'll have a chance to see sloths, red poison dart frogs and more than 30 species of butterflies on our walk through the botanical preserve
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