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Arenal volcano rises majestically from the rainforest, a symmetrical cone against the backdrop of the sky. The national park in which it stands is a haven for wildlife, especially birds with almost 75% of the country’s bird species found here.

Animals include sloths, capuchin monkeys, deer and snakes including boa constrictors. There are many walking trails and you can explore on horseback and go white water rafting on the rivers.

Arenal Lake is ideal for canoeing and kite surfing. Adrenalin junkies will find the canopy and hanging bridge tours hard to resist. There are lots of hot springs in the area. Arenal Botanical Gardens have some 2,500 species of tropical plants, many of them rare, attracting a large number of birds and butterflies.

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Time: GMT -6 hours

Flight time:

The flying time is about 12 hours from the UK. There are now direct flights from the UK using British Airways. We work with all the major airlines and can offer flights from the UK or via the USA, Panama or a European hub. With the connection times you are looking at around 15 or 16 hours.

Language: Spanish is the official language. English is widely spoken throughout Costa Rica


Not required for British travellers. Other nationalities should obtain advice from their embassy.


There are no compulsory vaccinations.


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