This tour is designed for those who love hiking and walking through the canopy forest, getting busy for a day but in the best way… In nature! This is the perfect combination for nature lovers, bird lovers and all of us who just need to unwind at one of the most beautiful places of the world, Arenal!

During the day you will experience amazing places such as the famous hanging bridges where you will be able to get a complete new view of what the rainforest is like, get closer to the birds, hear their singing in the early morning and the little animals that will cross your path.

Later on a second journey you get to enjoy a present that Arenal offers to all visitors, the opportunity to get your body soaked into the most fresh waters falling down from the mountains.

With all these wonderful surprises your stomach starts rumbling and we of course have the perfect solution! The most delicious meal you will taste while in the country will be served before you by the loving Familia Rodriguez at their ranch located right next to a sounding river.

And finally, the imposing way towards the Arenal Volcano finds your path. Is a must to hike around this natural wonder, get as close as possible, see where the lava trails still are and learn of this majestic giant!


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    10 years old & older
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    5 to 9 years old
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    4 years old & younger

Tour Includes

Hanging Bridges Entrance Fee
Waterfall Park Entrance Fee
Arenal Volcano National Park Entrance Fee
Costa Rican Typical Lunch
Local Bilingual Guide
Roundtrip Transportation

Tour Itinerary


7:30am (approximate) Hotel Pick Up!

We will pick you up at the lobby of your hotel to start this great expedition. The exact pick up time will be confirmed on your itinerary once the reservation is confirmed.


8:10am Ready for Hanging Bridges?

The day starts with a nice hike crossing the Arenal Hanging Bridges; this zone owns 250 hectares of protected area, formed by primary rainforest with an innumerable biological diversity. In this beautiful place you can take pictures either from the view or wildlife. Tropical fruit snack is offered at the end of this adventure.


10:30am Enjoy a local fruit snack!

After a couple hours on the Hanging Bridges, we serve a tropical fruit snack for you to recover from the hike and taste a delicious and sweet local fruit. A highlight of the day comes next, after a 30 minutes scenic drive!!


11:30am Go to the Waterfall

Its time for the famous La Fortuna Waterfall, a MUST TO SEE! Whether you plan on swimming or not, this 246 feet tall waterfall coming from the middle of the mountain is breathtaking. An observation platform offers a great view from the top right before you start the walk through 498 steps down to reach the swimming hole, your guide will guide you through and watch your belongings while you swim. You must bring a towel with you if you plan on swimming. After refreshing in the clear water, you will climb up back the 498 steps, you can do it at your own pace. Clean changing rooms are available to put dry clothes on.


1:00pm Costa Rica Lunch Time

A fresh and tasty typical lunch is going to be waiting for you at an outdoor private farm in the country side, allowing for a real contact of Costa Rica cuisine and our popular "casado" which translates to English as "married", it is the basis of our typical lunch and consist of rice, beans, salad, picadillo, meat of your preference (chicken, beef, fish, or pork), and fried sweet plantain. Vegetarian option is always available.


2:00pm Ready to see the Arenal Volcano

After a 20 minutes drive we will reach a world's famous one, Arenal Volcano. Even though is has been visible from the distance all day, at this point we will be on a 2 hours walk at the base of him and through ancient lava flows, allowing us for breathtaking observation points and learning interesting facts and history that our local guide has to share with you. Walking to the crater is forbidden, due to the unexpected gases and rough terrain, there is not even a trail there, you will be at the base of the volcano overlooking the giant mountain and enjoying the rain forest at the base of it.


4:30pm Back to your hotel.

This extraordinary day is accomplished, leaving a very good taste of Arenal wonders and everlasting memories. We will drop you off back at your hotel.

People Love Us

Jason was very knowledgeable about all of the local flora and fauna of the hanging bridges. When we were done, there was a snack of pineapple and cookies waiting for us, which was excellent. Then, we went to the La Fortuna waterfall. The swimming was cold but very cool. Lunch was excellent as well. Finally, we went to the lava trail. Jason told us all about the history of Volcán Arenal, and it was fascinating.

Logan Trimble


Antonio was great, he explained everything very well and showed us some wonders!

Ameeta Mehta


Tony and Mir, were fantastic! Tony was exceptionally knowledgeable and had a thorough understanding of the ecology and explained in detail how the different species of animals and insects we encountered, lived. As well as the plant life. In all my travels, I don't remember having such an amazing tour guide! Mir, our driver, was responsive to our needs and stopped when needed and safely got us from one destination to the other with out making us feel rushed or unsafe! :)

Tracy Colletto


This is Jose and Mackenzie, our names didn't show up on the website but we loved the whole tour. Our guide tony , was amazing, he has a great eye for wild life he's a cool and friendly dude.

Alicia Root


Carlos knows how to treat customer very nice.Very pleasant person,very knowledgeable and great English .we are very happy with his service.Nice to have this kind of person in your team.

harshil boghara


We had a fantastic day doing the 3 tours. The level of knowledge, patience and service from our guides and driver went above and beyond anything we could have hoped for. The food was also excellent! Thanks Jorge and company for a truly excellent day!

Louis Van Duerm


Tony was a fantastic guide. We really enjoyed our tour. 5 stars!!!!!!

Cynthia Upham


William was full of knowledge => history of Arenal volcano, plants and animals. We saw an eye lash viper, howler & spider monkeys, coatis, wild pigs, tarantulas, toucans, wild turkey, sloths => what didn’t we see? Our snack and lunch were delicious! And our driver Minor was a great driver, didn't drive fast like a wild maniac which we appreciated. You couldn't ask for anything more!

Robin L Burgess


Fantastic day Tony was wonderful. Incredible eye and very helpful in getting great pictures.

Robert Bauer


We had a fantastic time. Johan, Tony, Pedro were wonderful guides and driver, very informative. The 3 in 1 was a great tour. We highly recommend this company.

Laura Folkes


Thanks to Tony we saw many many things we would have missed on our own. He was very knowledgeable regarding the sites, and am expert in bird calls!!! Every birder should book a tour with Tony.

Aaron Chavez


Thanks to Tony we saw many many things we would have missed on our own. He was very knowledgeable regarding the sites, and am expert in bird calls!!! Every birder should book a tour with Tony.

Aaron Chavez


jason was an amazing guide. witout jason as a guide, our experience at the hanging bridges would have been completely different. he was great at finding animals, and was extremely knowledgeable about the ecosystem. no other guide service can beat this experience.

Chris Kelley


Tony is an amazing tour guide. He showed us a lot of animals during our tour in the hanging bridge park and the volcano hike, we would never have found those animals without his help. Miner is also a great driver, he gave us a safe and fast drive. Thanks so much! We had a great time.

Haiying Gu


Fabulous tour, Carlos our guide is very knowledgeable and extremely friendly. Great food too!

Janie Hatzer


Carlos was fantastico, he was very knowledgeable and very good at spotting small and/or far away creatures and getting them in his spotting scope for us all to see. He was fun and funny to be around as well as patient with young people and clients of varying degrees of outdoor experience! Very professional,

Matt Desalernos


We really enjoyed the personal attention received from our superior tour guide, Antenor (or Antonio, hope we spelled his name correctly). He is knowledgeable about the history of Costa Rica, its geography, and the wildlife habitats. We learned a lot throughout our 3 in 1 tour (hanging bridges, waterfall, and the volcano hike). We were amazed with the natural beatuties Costa Rica has to offer, and the local people are very friendly and accommodating. We will certainly return to this beautiful country. Thank you so much for the wonderful experience!!

John Yan


Minor and Tony were great! Tony was extremely knowledgeable about the wildlife and the nature we toured through. Tony made special stops for us to view some wildlife and we were thrilled to have been able to see a sloth sleeping in a tree. We were also able to see a Howler monkey and many amazing insects and reptiles during our tour of the hanging bridges. Our lunch was traditional Costa Rican fare and it was delicious!!! Thank you for the amazing experience and fun!

Patricia Wallwin


We had the BEST experience today with William. He was so informative, teaching us so much on the hike. He was friendly and fun! Edgar our driver was so friendly too! We are vegetarians and didn't expect much from our lunch. It was one of the BEST vegetarian dishes we have ever eaten! Overall our entire family gave this experience a 10+ on a scale of 1-10. Thank you for one of the best experiences ever!! Thanks William!!

Sharon Bruyere


Carlos and William have deep knowledge of the forest plants and animals in the forest. They also provided a lot of information about Costa Rica in general. . We were so impressed that they quickly see or hear animals around us and share the view with their binoculars or scopes. We had an unforgettable experience. Thank you for everything. Gulden and Ahmet Yazgan

Gulden Yazgan


Was a great was the best...the lunch was really good, a great local experience, and a nice break to the excursions...I was recommended to you guys, and will be recommending myself, going forward!...Pura Vida!

michael woods


We were very happy with our experience with Rainforest Explorers. We had a lot of fun, the food was great, the guides were friendly and experienced. It was a once in a lifetime experience!

Lisa Butters-Smith


Wonderful experience. Guide was great

Jim Fiscus


Had the pleasure of having tony and minor as a guide. Had a great great time

Marcus torres


Jorge was our guide and we loved him. All 3 destinations were amazing - really a perfect day. The only thing we would do differently is maybe not drive so far for lunch. There was a good bit of driving involved with pickups and the sites, so would be nice to eat somewhere more convenient. I was impressed when our guide even stopped along the road to show us a sloth in the trees. Pura Vita!

Martha DuBois


We had such a wonderful time. Thank you. Pura Vida

Garreth Todd


Our tour guide was awesome!!!

Jessica Avery


Our guide, Jorge, and driver, Minor, were awesome. Jorge went above and beyond to find a toucan for us because we told him we really wanted to see one. The tour was an honest-to-goodness full day (approx 9 hours), so definitely felt like we got our money's worth, and Jorge paced everything really well so we never felt rushed. Also the lunch was OUTSTANDING!

Chelsea Martinez


Jorge and Jonathan were the BEST! Jorge was so knowledgeable about the country, its history, and all of the wildlife we saw... he really gave me one of the best days I had on my entire vacation! I would highly recommend this full-day tour to anyone - it’s a lot of hiking and your legs will be sore but the views, the education, and the guides themselves are phenomenal and all the walking is SO worth it!




Read some of the most asked questions about 3 in 1 Hanging Bridges + Waterfall and Volcano Hike.

Transportation is included from any hotel in La Fortuna and the Arenal area, some hotels are located further away from the main area, in this case an extra fee may apply. If your place is not on the list just ask us!
Pick up is usually between 7am and 7:30am (it varies depending on the location of your hotel) and takes about 9 hours to complete. By 5:30 pm you will be heading back to your hotel, after all activities have been completed successfully.
A delicious Costa Rican lunch will be provided and served by a local family in a beautiful location next to one of the rivers so you can be in peace with nature and be able to observe some more animals and birds. Also snacks like fruits and water are provided along the day.
Sure they can! Everyone can have a great time at the hanging bridges, the waterfall and the surrounding of the volcano national park, although we believe is more enjoyable for kids 4 years old and over.
Hiking shoes or sneakers will be ideal for the hikes as well as comfortable clothes: shorts, t-shirts, tank tops. A change of shoes and clothes may be also required if you plan to go for a swim to the refreshing waterfall! Don't forget a bathing suit, there will be changing rooms before starting the hike down to the waterfall if needed or after the hike. Bring also mosquito repellent and sunscreen and a raincoat in case of an usual rainshower.
Sure, keep in mind it will be under your supervision and we highly recommend a waterproof case.
Not entirely, the walk at the volcano is not though, there are different trails that can be explored and go from 2 km up to 3 km (1.2 - 2 miles). Pace is slowed since you will be with a guide giving you information about the volcano, the birds and wildlife found on the way and time to take nice pictures. Depending in the trail chosen a little elevation will be required. The guide will choose with the group the right option. The hike to the waterfall though is a hike down on steep stairs, 520 stairs to be precise and then back up. Is worth the adventure, kids and people of all ages can do it. You can make it slowly at your own pace and enjoy the views, usually takes 20 minutes on the way down and 25 on the way up. We do not recommend the visit to the waterfall to the ones with hip or knee problems, but if you have any of these conditions and wish to be part of the tour you can remain at the main facilities of the waterfall park where there is an observatory, restrooms and a nice restaurant so you can enjoy of a drink or two. And the walk on the bridges is soft and goes at an easy pace so you can learn and see as much as possible of our rainforest. The length of the tour on the longest trail is of 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) and lasts 2 to 2,5 hours to complete.
If a shower or rain happens before or during the tour, it continues as planned, remember is the rainforest and it should be expected. Unless there is a tropical storm in sight then the tour may be cancelled or postponed but we will contact you in advance to inform you.
Yes, we offer pick up and drop off to most destinations in the country, please contact us to coordinate it and quote the extra fee.
We are very accessible, with a 24 hour notice you can get a refund, just don't forget to notify us.
We have in Arenal Tropical weather, it means is usually hot and humid with some rain always on the sight, not heavy rain, usually sun showers towards the end of the afternoon or late evenings. During the months of January, February, March which are considered to be summer, temperature goes between 28°-32° Celsius or 82-90 Fahrenheit and during the rainy season it varies from 22°-28° centigrades or 71-82 Fahrenheit.
Climbing the Arenal Volcano up to its crater is not allowed, there are only a few trails mostly around the base of the volcano with a little altitude that can be explored, these trails show a combination of rainforest, wildlife, the last footprints of the lava that used to flow and incredible views. That is the closest as someone can get. Some trails will have views of the valley and the Arenal lake. The Arenal Volcano, although has not throwed lava for the last 8 years is still considered active, every once in awhile you can witness the fumaroles coming out of the summit. The terrain is not welcoming for people, on one side there is much forest with wildlife like wildcats, snakes and many wild animals and on the other side is sandy and rocky and unstable.
Yes, it is considered one of the active volcanoes of the country. In 2010 was the last time it throwed lava for the last time but it is still active, we can usually observe the fumaroles from its main crater and the rivers are still hot, hence the hot springs.
We consider Arenal to be the epicenter of adventure! Being the number one favorite destination of the world according to tripadvisor it offers pretty much every activity that can be done in the country in one destination. You can stay in Arenal for weeks and will always have something different to to every day. There are main attractions for every one, there are the activities that will bring up your adrenaline such as whitewater rafting, zipline, waterfall rappelling, lake kayaking, biking, strenuous hikes, waterfalls and more. But if are not such an adventure seeker can find other kind of activities like peaceful walks, hanging bridges, gardens, safari and bloat trips to sightsee, cultural events and many more.
That's a great question, there are many different resorts that offer hot springs, some are for guests use only which is fine because are more exclusive and quiet but if wish to explore more options or if you stay at a hotel with no hot springs there are plenty of options to choose from. Tabacon Resort and Spa Being one of the most popular natural hot springs spot in the world most visitors come to enjoy the peaceful surroundings with a variety of pools of different temperatures and sizes all hidden within the most wonderful and attractive tropical gardens that open up the way for relaxing exploration. The pools are filled with water from an actual hot water river that flows all around the property. There is anything more natural than this. Temperatures vary from 22° to 40° Celsius (72-105F) and you can see small natural cascades to soften your body and spirit. 2. Baldi Hot Springs Consider as the largest hot springs in the world it offers 25 pools of all sizes and temperatures amidst the rainforest surrounded by waterfalls and caves so that everyone can enjoy. Is more like a family place, it offers a water playground for the little ones, water slides, caves to explore, wet bars and restaurants so that everybody can spend a relaxing and fun time. 3. Los Perdidos Hot Springs This being part of the astonishing The Springs Resort, you can get a day pass and enjoy amazing panoramic views as well as a relaxing time at the hot springs, make sure you visit the unique little pools at the bottom of the resort that are immerse in the rainforest at the most peaceful place on earth. 4. Eco Termales A great option to relax and explore. Although it is a smaller option, it also is a more exclusive place, is not as crowded as other places get from time to time and also has its pools also filled with the river water, very natural and relaxing ambience. 5. Paradise Hot Springs Another beautiful, little place to enjoy a relaxing time. It's located right in front of the volcano which makes you have a wonderful view too. Transportation is only included with Los Perdidos option, to all other options you can drive or call a taxi from frontdesk. Depending to your hotel location these can be from 5 up to 25 minutes away. Which one do you prefer? You can combine any of these options with any activity you do during the day or you can get a day pass too and enjoy of a nice lunch or dinner, just ask us!