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Alajuela Province

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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.

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

2. 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

3. 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

4. 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 Kayaking Tour

5. Lake Arenal Kayaking Tour

Discover Central America’s second largest lake on this 2-hour kayaking tour of Lake Arenal. This trip gives you the best views of the Arenal Volcano and you’ll get to see the fantastic Costa Rican wildlife from your boat. Observe different species of birds such as flycatchers, kingfishers, great blue herons, hummingbirds, woodpeckers, and toucans. This tour is ideal for any amateur or experienced birdwatcher. You may also hear howler monkeys calling from the rainforest. The rainforest ecosystem that encompasses Lake Arenal is hugely diverse. There are over 2000 species of plants, 300 types of bird, and 120 mammals including jaguars, tapirs, and quetzals. This tour is ideal for those who wish to see Costa Rica’s diverse flora and fauna.

Arenal Whitewater Rafting Family-Friendly Tour

6. Arenal Whitewater Rafting Family-Friendly Tour

Get the blood pumping on this half-day tour rafting some of Costa Rica’s best whitewater runs in La Fortuna. The Balsa River is a great option for families and beginners. After meeting with your river guide you will drive 30 minutes to the spot where the fun begins! You guides will explain safety procedures and show you how to operate the safety equipment before embarking along the river. Take the plunge down the spectacular class 2 and 3 tropical river as you enjoy up to 2 exhilarating hours and 6 miles (10 kilometers) of whitewater action. Get wet-and-wild through rapids such as “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges.” Enjoy a swim, feast on some fresh tropical fruits and savor refreshing cold drinks, followed by a hearty Costa Rican lunch at the end of your journey. The trip can be booked as part of the Arenal Rafting Link option, with a pick-up in San Jose, plus rafting and drop-off in La Fortuna, or vice versa, all for 1 great price.

Arenal Lake: Kayaking and Bird Watching Experience

7. Arenal Lake: Kayaking and Bird Watching Experience

Your Arenal Lake tour starts with a 25-minute drive from your hotel. Throughout the drive, your guide will provide you with a brief idea of the logistics of the tour. Before you start kayaking on the lake, your guide will give you a safety orientation talk and will teach you how to maneuver the kayaks. You will then begin your 2-hour journey kayaking on the lake. Stopping for a snack of fresh local fruit after paddling for 1.5-hours. Experience the inspiring beauty and tranquility as you glide across the mystic waters of the Arenal Lake, Costa Rica’s largest and most breathtaking lake. You can enjoy the spectacular views of the powerful Arenal Volcano. Paddling these calm waters will give you the opportunity to enjoy the wildlife that surrounds the lake such as monkeys, iguanas and a large number of tropical birds. The beauty and energy of this amazing Arenal Volcano will truly penetrate your soul.

La Fortuna: *TOP* Wildlife Safari Experience by Raft

8. La Fortuna: *TOP* Wildlife Safari Experience by Raft

Traverse the lush Costa Rican wilderness on a raft tour down Peñas Blancas river. Get picked up from your hotel in La Fortuna and head to the town of La Perla for an adventure of discovering native flora and fauna in a tropical paradise. Sail solo or in pairs at an easy pace to take in the scenery. Leave the crowds behind for a few hours of peace surrounded by nature. Your driver will bring you to La Perla where you’ll get a quick safety briefing before making your way to the river. The certified instructors will help you get comfortable with the raft and paddle, then it’s time to set off. Let the gentle current carry you down Peñas Blancas and hear from your guide about the thriving wildlife who call this forest their home. Watch the river bank closely to observe howler and capuchin monkeys, birds, sloths, caimans, iguanas, and more. Try some local beers and fresh fruit to keep you energized during your paddle. Make use of the breaks to take some memorable photos and focus on the trees to spot the shy animals.

Lake Arenal: Kayaking & Hanging Bridges

9. Lake Arenal: Kayaking & Hanging Bridges

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.

From La Fortuna: Lake Arenal Kayaking Trip with Transfer

10. 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.

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What people are saying about Alajuela Province

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Pick up went well. Good introduction to the subject with the appropriate equipment. The guide, Joshua, is really great. Has excellent specialist knowledge which he is also good at imparting. He finds the animals with a sure eye and lures them with authentic calls. We particularly liked the calm and relaxed nature of the raft trip. Finishing off with a snack and drinks was really nice. We can highly recommend the tour.

We are so glad we booked this activity. It was so much fun! Tour guides were great and very friendly.

Our guide, Gusy, was excellent. Felt safe the entire time. We had a blast.

Fun, fun fun…. We had a great time. Gerald and Carlos were awesome.

I liked everything very much. The organization was impeccable