Experiences in Arenal

This place is a wildlife sanctuary where exhilarating native fauna encounters on an expertly guided family adventure will be enjoyed.

As we float down the river, we will get to Caño Blanco Lagoon, one of our country´s last great wild places, where its peacefulness and beauty will astound us.

On the floating safari expedition, we may spot different species of mammals such sloths, bats, howler monkeys, spider monkeys and the white-faced capuchins. In addition, a vast assortment of aquatic birds such the herons, storks, king fishers, Jacanas, ducks, and no aquatic such trogons potoos, ospreys, hawks and big prizes for birdwatchers.

The exploration cannot finish without spotting some reptiles such the Jesus-Christ Lizard, Iguanas, turtles, caimans and maybe crocodiles… We will show you the secret living treasures of this world and describe them to you. At the end we will share, a very unforgettable experience with a real Costa Rican Family while eating some homemade delights at their farm and practice some Spanish with them. Come with us, Spanish lessons are a plus on this life experience.

This is a good combination of horseback ride and hike at a beautiful stage.

First you will be enjoying spectacular views of the San Carlos Valley and enclose tropical forest. Then our trained horses will take you until the entrance of the waterfall through pastures, forest and tall hills.

At the end of the road, we will leave the horses and we will descend though a natural trail until the base of the waterfall which is 70 meters high. At the base of this waterfall there is a natural pool. This fantastic area is very quiet and special to relax and swimming for a while.

Before the active period of 1968, a lavish canopy of vegetation covered the Arenal Volcano.

People that climbed Arenal’s summit related that inside the crater there were big trees and at night, they slept in places where there was some heat due to small steam outlets.

The green area is currently located on the east side of the mountain, and other little green parts can be seen on the north and the south of the volcano.

The Hike begins on the active side of the volcano, and takes you through the forest over recent lava flows to the destroyed area now in the process of regeneration. We offer a Hike of 2 hours long and the trail gets as close as five hundred meters from the lava flows. This tour includes: transportation, bilingual guide (English – Spanish), entrance fee, refreshments, water and cookies.

The Arenal Volcano has been active since 1968, and constantly ejects gases, water, fumaroles and explosions with pyroclastic material emissions.

Occasionally, the eruptions are accompanied with powerful thunder. The ash is carried by the wind over long distances, especially to the northwest area of the volcano.

The biggest and heaviest material falls close to the crater. The lava flows come out of the crater with a temperature of about 1000 Centigrade. As the lava flows down the slope, it slowly cools off. We will take you for a little hike to the base of the Volcano and then to the Hot Springs.

At the hot springs our customers can enjoy a healthy and relaxing soak.  It is also possible to see the Arenal Volcano erupting from a comfortable spa.

This tour leaves usually at 4:00 p.m. from the different hotels, but the hour can change depending on hotels location. The tour also includes: Includes: transportation, bilingual guide (English – Spanish) and hot springs entrance fee.

The Sky Tram is a high technology cableway that goes through the forests of the Arenal Volcano...

…with great views of the Arenal lake and surrounding areas. The tour starts with a 30 minute ride on the Sky Tram cableway with a Costa Rican nature guide, where you can have a different perspective of the flora and fauna.

The Sky Tram ends in a wide observation platform on the highest point of the Arenal Reserve, where you can sit down on comfortable chairs to enjoy the view.You may stay as long as you wish on the platform admiring the volcano, lake, mountain range, and rain forest.There are two options to return to the main building; the first is on the Sky Trek zip lines, and the other is to return on the Sky Tram. The Sky Tram is a full age tour, even for people with some disability due to the spaciousness of the gondolas.

If you decide on the Sky Trek to return, you will start the adrenaline filled adventure over the tops of the trees. Sky Trek consists of a zip line system that shows you the Arenal Rain Forest and its landscape from a different perspective; taking into account your safety with a completely innovative system. The tour includes 8 cross-sectional cables that together have a total length of 2.8 km. With a distance from 30 to 760 meters, and from 20 to 200 meters of height. The cables go through and above the trees, where you can see the Arenal Volcano, weather permitting. During the Sky Trek tour, you will always be with two qualified guides who are credited by the Instituto Costarricense de Tourismo (Costa Rica Tourism Board). In addition, the first two zip lines are practice cables; after them, you may choose if you want to continue on the Sky Trek or go back on the Sky Tram.

Your Canyoning experience includes 3 waterfalls and 1 rock wall.

Furthermore a Monkey Drop, which is a small zip line and rappel and a Rock Climb in a beautiful rain forest slot canyon.

What to bring: Fast drying clothing (surf shorts, outdoor hiking type synthetic clothes), Adventure sandals, tennis shoes or light hiking boots, change of clothes and towel.

Includes: 4 rappels (3 waterfalls and one rock wall), Monkey Drop (zip line and rappel), Rock Climb, Hiking on beautiful trails in the canyon between rappels, Professionally trained bilingual guides, Waterproof Jackets, High quality gear used in canyoneering and rock climbing and Photos Package.

Extra Information: no experience necessary, Family and kid friendly, Minimum age is 5 years.

This is the newest addition to Pure Trek Canyoning’s famous waterfall rappelling tour… After rappelling down the first waterfall, 55 mtrs (165 ft), climb up the side of the canyon wall, 10 mtrs (20ft ), to a short trail. Then zip line across the canyon and rappel down from the cable 25 mtrs (82ft ) to the canyon floor!