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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.
Reasons to visit Arenal include:

  • The picture perfect Arenal Volcano is the obvious drawcard of this area, whilst it is for the moment, dormant, it is still an attractive sight, and one found on many a postcard.
  • The biodiversity of Arenal cannot be ignored and this is easily explored along the many hiking trails. Home to sloths, capuchin monkeys, deer and snakes, not to mention the abundant birdlife and a huge array of flora.
  • Zip lines and canopy walks, or even the sky-tram are a novel way of exploring the luscious rainforest.
  • Get your adrenalin racing as you navigate the rapids on a white water rafting experience.
  • Soothe any aches and pains away in the healing waters of the hot springs, it doesn’t matter what time of year, the springs make the perfect ending after a day of hiking and exploring.
  • Horse riding and mountain biking allow you to experience the area and volcano foothills in a different way.

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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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