A beautiful sea of green
To the north, one of our favorite hikes in the country runs along Rio Celeste, a river and a few waterfalls that run a beautiful deep blue hue. Nearby, the Miravalles Volcano features a curious, cratered landscape that is unlike anything you’ve seen before. A bit further down the road, the bio-diverse dry forest and fumaroles at Rincon de la Vieja Volcano make for a thrilling day hike.
Rincon de la Vieja National Park
Arenal is definitively one of the most popular eco-tourism destinations in the country. The famous, inactive volcano brings in awe-inspired tourists from all over the world and provides some of the best outdoor adventures around. Thrill seekerss can choose between lightning-fast zip-lines, wild river rides, fairy-tale cloud forest journeys and eerie night hikes.
Depending on what you’re looking for, Arenal can also be a relaxing oasis; the sumptuous hot springs are an exquisite therapeutic experience, and The charming drive winds around the country’s largest and most scenic lake. After your relaxing drive to the summit, the view of Arenal Volcano’s perfect, 5,436-foot cone is sure inspire admiration for the magnitude of nature’s wonder.
Some of our top recommendations around the volcano include hiking in the lush rain forest of the El Silencio Private Reserve, traversing the area’s renowned hanging bridges, soaring over the trees on Sky Tram, and zipping through forest on a canopy tour.
A few short hours and a world away from the Papagayo Peninsula perches Monteverde, a mountainous cloud forest destination brimming with wildlife and greenery. Nature lovers will be overwhelmed with the pristine trails flanked by twisting trees, blossoming bromeliads and dangling sloths.
The creatures you’ve been dreaming of encountering in the wild – including exotic birds, scurrying mammals, and scaly reptiles – are commonly sighted in the early hours of the morning. After the requisite hikes past the strangler figs and Zapote trees in the area’s preserves, accompany your friends and family to the local canopy tours, butterfly gardens, orchid farms, hanging bridges and mouthwatering coffee and chocolate tours. If you still have the energy after-hours, try out a night hike and discover some of Costa Rica’s most fascinating nocturnal wildlife.
The beauty of the forest doesn’t always require hiking; choose to see any of the enchanting butterfly or orchid gardens to enjoy nature without exerting yourself.