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UNFORGETABLE ARENAL VOLCANO

Code:FARE 03
Tour:UNFORGETABLE ARENAL VOLCANO
Duration:3 Days
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 This national park has two volcanoes – the 5,357-foot (1,633-meter) Arenal Volcano and the 3,740-foot (1,140-meter) Chato Volcano. The latter has been inactive for nearly 3,500 years and has a collapsed crater that contains a picture-perfect lagoon.
In contrast, Arenal is Costa Rica’s most active volcano, and since July 29, 1968 its lava flows have been consistent.
During the days, you can see smoke and cinder blocks billowing from Arenal’s top, while at night you can watch the fiery-red lava pour down its steep sides.
The active vent is along the western side of the volcano. The town of La Fortuna lies within its eastern shadow, meaning that you’ll need to take a trip to the other side to catch a glimpse of the lava. It’s also important to note that on many days clouds obscure the top.
Within the national park, short trails (3.4 km and 2 km) pass through both secondary forest and lava fields from previous eruptions. The park rangers keep a close eye on the volcanic activity, and will not hesitate to close trails or portions of the park if they feel that it is unsafe.

Lake Arenal, which rests at the base of the Arenal Volcano, supplies 12 percent of the country's hydroelectric energy. On the opposite side of the lake, wind farms catch strong gales that whip across the Tilarán mountain range, while the Miravalles Volcano Geothermic Plant taps into the area’s volcanic activity for electrical power.

The rainy season lasts from May to January, while the dry season runs from February to April.

In the Arenal Volcano National Park you might spot deer, tapir, howler monkeys, white-faced monkeys and snakes, or birds like parrots, orioles and brown magpies. Plants include various species of palms and bromeliads (including the endemic specie Pitcaimia Funkiae), guayabo de monte, bait, ceiba, cirri, laurel, higuerones, fungi, orchids, and ferns.


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DAY 1: SAN JOSE – ARENAL VOLCANO AREA
Arrival at San José International Airport.
Transfer in a private vehicle with A/C to Arenal Volcano area.
During the drive along winding roads lined with cedar trees and rolling pastoral landscapes, you'll see Grecia, Sarchi and Zarcero.
Grecia is a picturesque little town noteworthy for its unusual metal church, which is painted in a deep red and has white gingerbread trim.
Sarchi is Costa Rica's main artisan town, here you'll stop to enjoy shopping. You'll find a great variety of carved wooden items and the colourfully painted miniature oxcarts that you see all over the country are made here. Oxcarts such as these were once used to transport coffee beans. Today, although you might occasionally see oxcarts in use, most are purely decorative. However, they remain as an important symbol of Costa Rica.
Finally you will visit Zarcero, a little mountain town. It’s most important attraction is Parque Francisco Alvarado, a small park in the middle of town that is noted for its topiary garden that includes a monkey on a motorcycle, people and animals dancing, an ox pulling a cart, a man wearing a top hat, and a large elephant. In front of the park is the beautiful church of San Rafael that was constructed in 1895.
Arrival at Arenal and check in at your hotel.
In the afternoon you will be picked up at your hotel for a visit to the Sky Tram - a high tech. cableway that travels 20 min. through the jungle. Once inside tram you will travel ever upwards through the forests that surround the Arenal Volcano while your guide informs you about the area's flora and fauna and tells you interesting facts about the active Arenal volcano. The Sky Tram ends at a wide observation platform on the highest point of the Arenal Reserve. Here you can sit down on comfortable chairs and enjoy the view. There will be time to take photos and enjoy the panoramic views of Arenal lake, volcano and the surrounding jungle. You may even have the chance sighting of a sloth or colourful area birds. Visit to the butterfly garden. Here you can enjoy in this friendly place and also learn about the life cycle of butterflies, their feeding and habits. In the garden you can recognize species like heliconia, morpho, caligo y monarca, as well as host plants and nectaries.
Return to hotel. Free time to relax.
After dinner arrangements will be made to bring you to the Ecotermales Hotsprings. This hot spring resort caters to small groups and is one of the highlights of the tour. There are a variety of pools heated by the water that comes from the volcano. The pools are completely surrounded by lush tropical forests and fragrant and colourful flowers. The Ecotermales offers waterfalls for massages, bars, ra estaurant area, a change room with lockers and showers, and a large recreational area.
Afterwards, you will enjoy a delicious dinner.
Overnight at Arenal Springs Hotel.

DAY 2: ARENAL VOLCANO - CAÑO NEGRO NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE
After breakfast at the hotel you'll be transfered to visit the Caño Negro National Wildlife Refuge. This beautiful refuge is known as one of the best bird watching areas in Costa Rica. Located near the small town of Los Chiles in Alajuela province that is 3 miles (4.5 km) away from the Nicaraguan border.
You will also enjoy a local iguanas sanctuary where you'll find iguanas lying in the sun (weather permitting of course) while you take a 15 minute break to have a snack and take photos. Your guide will point out some of Costa Rica's agricultural bounty, including orange groves, passion fruit, papaya, pineapple, yucca, rice, corn, bananas, plantain, sugarcane and ornamental plants. Following your break, you will board a comfortable, covered motorboat on the Rio Frio. Once onboard you'll glide down the river through canyons of lush green and have the chance sightings of tropical birds and animals.
Lunch included.
Dinner at the hotel and lodging.

DAY 3: ARENAL – SAN JOSE
Breakfast at the hotel followed by early morning transfer to the Arenal local Airstrip for return flight (regular flight) to San Jose.


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