Let's float down the river; start the day with a unique experience at Penas Blancas River where a Safari Float will show you the perfect complement between a filled wildlife ecosystem and the sounds of nature. The float takes 2 to 3 hours and is suitable for the whole family. Snacks will be provided, a nice taste of Costa Rica!
After the river float La Fortuna Waterfall awaits you. Put on your swimsuit and get ready to get down to it, after a 20 minute hike downstairs you will encounter the natural wonder of a large waterfall! Go ahead, get in it, enjoy a gift from nature!
By noon you must get hungry and you will up for a delicious treat! A tasteful lunch will be soon ready for you with a local family, a nice culture touch!
We are almost over, but first what everyone wants, a hike around the imposing Arenal Volcano! It's not a strenuous hike, it completes within 2.5-3 hours, this is slowly paced, the guide will patiently teach you everything there is to know about its history and how importance it is to us Ticos.
It's been an amazing natural adventure and about sunset you will be back to your hotel ready to relax, share your amazing photos and maybe soak at the local hot springs!
Adults10 years old & older
Children5 to 9 years old
Infants4 years old & younger
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.
The guide is going to provide all necessary equipment for the boat trip, life jackets and paddles on, as well as clear instructions to navigate down the river.
Your guide will take you down the river spotting flora and fauna to show you, a great chance to see monkeys, lizards, birds, sloths, and a beautiful calm scenery while navigating on flat water.
After a couple hours on the river, you will leave the boat and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican snack on a local family farm, tropical fruits, plantain and cheese, and a delicious coffee are part of the menu. A highlight of the day comes next, after a 30 minutes scenic drive!!
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.
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.
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.
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.
Our 3 in 1 trip was one of the best travel experiences we have had ever, and we do a lot of traveling. Spending time with William, Edgar and Edgar's family was beyond just sightseeing. You don't just see Costa Rica, these people make you feel a part of it. William had so many great stories about his life and times he could and should write a book! He is a field expert with a lifetime of knowledge of Cost Rican animals, forests, and especially plants and birds. He has climbed the volcano eight times (now no longer permitted). We wanted to see toucans. All he had to do was listen. Then he took us right to them. It was a privilege to spend time with him. Edgar and Ileana were such gracious hosts. We had a chance to meet their new grandson and their daughter Yuliana who helped plan much our experiences in Costa Rica. We were welcomed like family and enjoyed a fabulous home-cooked meal. If you want to experience Costa Rica and not just see it, this tour is for you. We cannot recommend it highly enough.
This tour was amazing! Our guide was so knowledgeable and showed us so much we would have missed without him! We felt like we got to experience the real Costa Rica. I would recommend this tour to anyone!
Great, kind and knowledgeable guides with delicious stops! They put in the extra effort to make sure we saw amazing animals!
Exceptional local knowledge. Our guides were incredibly friendly, helpful, and took great care of us. Our family enjoyed every minute of the trip, highly recommend for other travelers. Our guides, Hanzel, William and Miguel were fantastic. Pura vida!
The tour we did was enjoyable and very non-strenuous. Perfect for people who want to enjoy all the beauty this area has to offer without doing much physical activity. (The steps leading to the waterfall may be difficult for seniors or those with disabilities, but is manageable even for those who are pretty out-of-shape). Miguel was very friendly and informative, teaching us all about the different plants and animals in the forest, drawing on his own experiences as a born-and-raised native who grew up on the mountain and survived the volcano eruption of 1968. He went above and beyond to show us cool things, even docking the raft to go into the woods and bring us a poison dart frog to look at. The waterfall was a fun experience, the volcano was beautiful, and the short hike was a nice end to the day. The food was amazing as well.
Carlos and Jason were amazing. Very knowledgeable diffenatly learned a lot about the different species of animals and even some history lessons. Snack and lunch were delicious.
Amazing experience! All of the guides were amazing and very helpful. Everyone was humorous but put the safety of the tourists first. It was a thrilling experience and I would recommend it to anyone travelling to Manuel Antonio
Excellent work by Carlos...very knowledgeable guide
William was a fantastic and very knowledgeable guide whose passion for the area was infectious and we would recommend him to anyone. His ability to spot wildlife was amazing! We had a full day but never felt rushed. Thanks for a brilliant day. Kevin & Vanessa
Wonderful experiences with William and Jason today. Both were able to provide great information Action on the areas we visited, and incredible abilities to spot birds, reptiles and animals. Also - the vans were very comfortable and there was no shortage of water.
Our favorite tour in Costa Rica so far. William provided not only provided superb traditional information regarding the local flora and fauna but also first hand accounts of the area and culture that went above and beyond what was expected of a tour. We highly recommend this tour AND William as your guide!!!
Carlos and Jason were amazing. They were great with the kids and so extremely informational about animals, birds, monkeys, insects and more. Thank you!!! Perfect family adventure!!
Fantastic job all around -on the safari 3 in 1
William was very knowledgeable about the natural history and wildlife of the region, with lots of good stories to share. The rafting safari and volcano hike were excellent!
What a great day! Our guide was able to spot so much wildlife that we would have missed without him. Thanks for an amazing day!
The tour was amazing, the guides were sociable and happy and made this a wonderful experience. We saw sloths, monkeys, birds and a variety of wild life. Even when the weather got rainy it was beautiful and refreshing. The food was also quite good.
Our tour guide William was amazing!! Awesome personality with a lot of info. Definitely learned so much throughout the tour!
We had an awesome experience! The tour guide William was funny and extremely knowledgeable about the plants and animals that we saw. William also shared many great personal stories about the volcano and the area that enhanced the experience. The tour was seamless from place to place. They showed up right on time as arranged. Some of the best parts were when they saw random animals on the side of the road and would pullover and let us get out and take pictures. We would highly recommend this tour to anyone looking to have a fun filled day of adventure. Our driver Edgar was great too.
Our guide was amazing. We highly recommend this tour. Perfect for small kids. It was clear that Rainforest has a deep love, appreciation, and knowledge of all of the wonders of Costa Rica. Thank you for a terrific experience.
Michael took us on the raft and to the waterfalls. Did a great job narrating and locating animals. Went on the volcano hike with Carlos who was very knowledgeable and enjoyable. He was even able to locate a sloth, red dart frog, and red eye green tree frog to our delight. Thanks for the memories.
This was a beautiful tour organised with extreme care, punctuality and friendliness. We had the chance to experience all sorts of sights in La fortuna in just 8-9 hours which is great for someone spending just a few days in the area. Our guide Carlos, was very thorough in his explanations and helped us spot every type of wildlife in the floating safari, the road and the waterfal as he was fully equipped. The food was great As it gave us a taste of the local delicacies, as was the overal experience. Albeit a bit pricey, we would fully reccomend this trip and our guide Carlos to anyone in La fortuna.
Fantastic experience, felt like family throughout. Far and above exceeded expectations. Friendly and incredibly knowledgable tour guides (much love to Julio and Hansel) and the lunch provided at their local restaurant was just what we needed. Great sense of humor too, can't beat that. Would recommend to any traveller, young or old.
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