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Arenal Volcano Raft and ATV Tour Adventure

1. Arenal Volcano Raft and ATV Tour Adventure

Get the best Adventure Tour in Costa Rica. Start your day with a bang with our Rafting and ATV Adventure Combo in Arenal. In the morning, the guide will pick you up at your hotel for your adventure. After safety instructions and a bit of practice you’ll soon be off and running. You will feel the power of the La Fortuna Waterfall and experience the beauty of the canyon walls on your morning ATV Quad tour. Relish breathtaking views of Arenal Volcano as you pass through tropical plantations of banana, papaya, yucca, avocado along with black pepper and fruit trees. Next stop, white water rafting in Rio Balsa. Your rafting guide will teach you everything you need to know and give you some time to demonstrate your skills before taking off on an action-packed two hour rafting tour, which winds through the heart of the Rainforest. Known for its fun, thrilling white water rapids including magnetic rock and dredges and the Balsa River is one of the best in the area. Don’t forget to take in the natural beauty between rapids! Perhaps you will spot a monkey or sloth along the route. You guide will stop along the way, so you can jump off the banks or take a swim. They will prepare fresh tropical fruits and offer you a refreshing ice cold drink. At the end of the tour, you will be treated to a well deserved Costa Rican lunch.

La Fortuna: Wildlife Safari Experience by Kayak

2. La Fortuna: Wildlife Safari Experience by Kayak

Float down by kayak (previous experience required) and paddle the quiet waters of the Peñas Blancas river. Surrounded by a rich ecosystem, ideal to observe monkeys, birds, sloths, caimans, iguanas and various other species. So be prepared to enjoy the tropical rain forest Personalized service, small groups, flexible start, wildlife spotting, kids and family friendly. Don't miss this once in a lifetime experience. NOTE: Please keep in mind that for security reasons if the weather, level of the water and currents are not adequate, trip will be done on a raft as the guide can control.

From El Castillo: Lake Arenal Kayak & SUP Tour with Snacks

3. From El Castillo: Lake Arenal Kayak & SUP Tour with Snacks

You will learn how to do stand-up paddle boarding or kayak from bi-lingual and trained guides in the lake arenal while you enjoying the stunning views of the Arenal volcano. The tour begins with a 30-minute briefing in which you learn safety tips, paddling techniques, and do's/ dont´s in SUP and kayaking. Your guides are always giving you feedback along the tour. You'll paddle from 2 km to 5km depending on your proficiency level and preferences. You'll experience Arenal volcano and the tropical rainforest in a unique way! Enjoy the stunning views, and the challenging games guides will offer you to participate on. First part of the tour is upwind, and last part is downwind, you don´t even have to do a big effort to get back to the starting point! Once you're back, you'll receive a towel per person. You could request our professional photography service at the beginning of the tour for an extra charge, as well as a la carte lunch service for a few extra bucks! Don´t miss the opportunity to do the most popular water activity in La Fortuna.

Arenal: Safari Kayak & Wildlife

4. Arenal: Safari Kayak & Wildlife

Get your hands wet and experience the thrill of navigating your own kayak while you journey downstream soaking in the rich wildlife and undeniable beauty surrounding the Peñas Blancas River. After a 25 minute drive, you will arrive at the Peñas Blancas River. Before your tour begins your guide will instruct you on how to use the kayaks and the wildlife tour ahead of you. After the orientation provided by your guide, you will begin your 2-hour journey. Upon exiting the river you will visit “The Hidalgo Family Home” where you will have the opportunity to experience and appreciate a piece of Costa Rican culture and get a taste of a traditional Costa Rican snack. Even if you are a first-timer you can feel confident kayaking with your professional naturalist guide. Their instructions will allow you to maximize your time on the river to enjoy the copious amount of inhabitants along the river, an experience like one dreams of in the remote setting of these tropical havens.

Lake Arenal: Kayaking and Biking Combo Tour

5. Lake Arenal: Kayaking and Biking Combo Tour

Explore and discover Costa Rica by water and land with this combo tour of Lake Arenal. Enjoy the unique experience of mountain biking through lush forest and gliding across the mystic waters of the Arenal lake all while reveling in the extraordinary beauty of the Arenal Volcano.    First, enjoy a 2-hour kayak across Lake Arenal and its surrounding islands. Keep an eye out for local birds such as ospreys, kingfishers, and neotropic cormorants. You will also have the opportunity to spot wildlife such as howler monkeys, spider monkeys, white-nosed coatis and sloths. Once you are finished kayaking, relax lakeside and enjoy a light fruit and power bar picnic before setting out on your mountain biking adventure through natural paths, traditional Costa Rican neighborhoods and small rivers.

Lake Arenal: Mistico Hanging Bridges & Lake Arenal Kayaking

6. Lake Arenal: Mistico Hanging Bridges & Lake Arenal Kayaking

Kayak on the lake Arenal while you enjoy stunning views of the Arenal Volcano and the Cerro Chato. Lake Arenal is a lake which is situated in the northern highlands of Costa Rica. It is currently the largest lake in Costa Rica at 85-square-kilometre. Its depth varies between 30 and 60 meters seasonally. Admire the Arenal Volcano while paddling through the lake. Afterward, hike the slopes of the Arenal Volcano which is surrounded by beautiful gardens, where you can observe, howler monkeys, spider monkeys, lots of birds, and various species of trees. Explore the forest's stunning vegetation, 2 viewing points, and labyrinth. Enjoy the rainforest while walking through Mistico Park, with 16 bridges (6 hanging and 10 stable). This experience allows you to hike in the heart of the rainforest.

La Fortuna: Lake Arenal Guided Kayaking Trip with Fruit

7. La Fortuna: Lake Arenal Guided Kayaking Trip with Fruit

Lago Arenal Lake is the largest lake in Costa Rica, and although artificial, it offers amazing views and and enchanting surrounding natural atmosphere. Come and enjoy the unique experience of canoeing or kayaking on Lake Arenal with some unbeatable views of the Arenal Volcano and its lush green surroundings. You will explore various areas of the lake in search of exotic wildlife, including monkeys and beautifully colored tropical birds. To further enjoy the serenity, we will stop at a small island where you will be served some of Costa Rica’s fresh tropical fruit. Don’t leave Arenal without this experience!

La Fortuna: Pedal Board at Lake Arenal - 4 Hours tour

8. La Fortuna: Pedal Board at Lake Arenal - 4 Hours tour

Pedal across the water and discover the stunning nature of Lake Arenal. Pick up at La Fortuna and after a relaxing drive during 30 minute to the lake a guide will receive you and give a brief introduction and get you set up for the tour. Glide across the calm and peaceful waters at the foot of the breathtaking Arenal Volcano. The board is powered with your legs, the strongest part of your body, and allows you to hold the handlebars for balance, making this activity easy and fun for people of all ages. Your guide will lead you towards Arenal Volcano as they show you interesting wildlife. Halfway through the tour, you’ll pull up on shore and have a break for swimming, taking photos, and to enjoy some refreshments. After a rest, head you back to the start point and get dropped off back in La Fortuna.

From La Fortuna: Lake Arenal Kayaking Trip with Transfer

9. From La Fortuna: Lake Arenal Kayaking Trip with Transfer

Our kayaking experience begins with a pick up at your hotel or Airbnb of preference, then we drive out of town for about 45 minutes to get to a town called El Castillo, which offer stunning views of the dry side of the Arenal Volcano and the Cerro Chato. Once we arrive to our put in location, our certified staff will prepare the gear, give you a short safety instructions and provide you with water. Then you will be able to enjoy the calm waters of the Arenal Lake while kayaking for 2 hours, which will allow you to spot different species of monkey's and birds like: Tiger Heron, White Heron, Snake Head Bird (Anhinga), Toucans, Red Macaw, Howler Monkey's . To finish, you will be able to enjoy some Costa Rican fresh fruit and drinks.

Lake Arenal: Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Biking Day Trip

10. Lake Arenal: Stand Up Paddle Boarding and Biking Day Trip

Explore the surroundings of the most authentic and epic scenarios that the Arenal Volcano and Lake Arenal have to offer. Combine two of the best activities in Arenal, Stand Up Paddle Lake Crossing and Mountain Biking all in one! Paddle across on Lake Arenal and ride your bike right next to the amazing Arenal Volcano and around Lake Arenal. Start your unforgettable voyage as you embark on our private boat loaded up with all the necessary gear. Meet our very amiable captain who will be encouraging you throughout the activity and while our outgoing guide will be teaching you how to stand on the board and will give you plenty of safety instructions. Once you're ready to give it a try your guide will plunk your board into the water. Start by paddling out on your knees and when you are ready, stand up and find your balance! Stand Up Paddling looks exactly as it sounds: you stand up on a large, wide, super buoyant board (similar to a surfboard) & use a long paddle to move yourself along. You'll feel like you're walking on water! As we embark on our journey out to the middle of Lake Arenal, you’ll be blown away by all of the natural beauty of Volcano Arenal. Make a short stop on a fascinating viewpoint that will leave you breathless. Paddle for 2.5 hours in this stunning adventure. Finish your paddling right in front of our NEW Pedal & Paddle Operations Store in the small town of El Foforos where you will have the chance to change into your dry clothes and fuel up with a refreshing and well-deserved delicious snack before heading to your next adventurous Mountain Bike challenge. You will bike along Lake Arenal and pass along the rainforest, rural farmlands, and wildlife. You'll have the chance to see different kinds of monkeys, toucans, coatimundis, and more throughout this beautiful landscape! You will bike on a gravel road that stretches 24km crossing the caño negro river towards Rio Chiquito. Afterward, return to your hotel in our vans equipped with free wifi. Be sure to share your exciting and unforgettable memories of our unique challenging combo with your friends and loved ones!

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Spent an exhilarating day with Calypso Adventures! From the immediate response to my last-minute booking, the pick up service, organized tour, detailed amenities, and all-around fun conversation; I felt like I spent the day with a friend. The day felt personalized, no detail was left to chance - healthy snacks (but also beer!), towel, bug spray, sunscreen, water; we didn’t need a single thing all day. Being able to support a woman-owned, Afro Caribbean-owned business was icing on the cake. The day ended with an authentic Costa Rican dinner and now I’m off to bed exhausted and happy.

Really glad we chose a kayak over raft. You can get ahead of the group so can spot more wildlife and can go at your own pace. Our guide (Alfredo) was great, really reassuring and patient. Also had lots of knowledge about wildlife, river and Costa Rica in general. We saw loads of animals, including monkeys, toucans, iguanas and crocodiles. Good amount of time on river (but could've spent all day kayaking!). The snack and short chocolate talk at the end was an added bonus and nice way to end the tour.

Joshua was an amazing guide who we were lucky enough to end up having a private tour with! He is very knowledgeable about the area and puts in effort to go above and beyond - even showing us sloths on the drive back. He asked questions to tailor the tour, letting us make some decisions about where we were headed. It was truly a perfect day and Eric and I could not have asked for more. Thanks Joshua and our driver Carlos!

We had a great time on the lake. We got to see so much wild life ! Including monkeys, scarlet macaw, a great egret and a neo tropic cormorant. The kayaking it’s self is fun and relaxing. Our tour guide was so friendly and he was very knowledgeable about the area. Definitely recommend this activity!

The guide (Beth) was super. She put together a great trip.