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Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Volcanoes

Costa Rica, straddling the tectonic plates of the Pacific and Caribbean, boasts 110 volcanoes, five of which are still active. It is possible to visit many of the volcanoes, both up close and from afar. Experience smoking calderas, rich vegetation, pyroclastic displays and picture-perfect cones.

White Water Rafting, Arenal, Costa Rica
Costa Rica

Arenal

The most famous volcano of all is Arenal. Arenal has a picture-perfect cone and until recently, was one of the most active volcanoes in the world. However, activity has declined of late and Seismologists suggest that Arenal is resting. However, its popularity has put the town of La Fortuna on the map and the surrounding area has become a hotspot for adventure holidays in Costa Rica. White water rafting, hot springs, canopy walkways, wildlife hikes, horse-riding, hanging bridges and zip-lining are all available, as well as a broad choice of accommodation.

Lake botos, Poas volcano,Costa Rica
Poas Volcano, Costa Rica

Poas

Easily accessible from San Jose is Costa Rica’s largest and most active volcano; Poas. Almost a mile in diameter, the crater is the largest active crater in the world. Sulphuric pools bubble and geysers explode from deep within its belly. There are many hiking trails to explore and excellent bird watching can be had in the cloud forest that shrouds its slopes.

Irazu Volcano, Costa Rica
Irazu Volcano, Costa Rica

Irazu

The tallest volcano in Costa Rica is Irazu. Standing proud at 3,432 metres, Irazu has several active craters. The smallest crater known as Diego de la Haya is a mineral-rich lake that transforms its colour from emerald-green to crimson-red.

Waterfall, Rio Celeste, Tenorio National Park, Costa Rica
Tenorio National Park, Costa Rica

Our Specialists' "Must Do"

A visit to Tenorio volcano and the surrounding national park is a great option to avoid the crowds. Located in the Guanacaste region of Costa Rica, Tenorio is a smooth cone that stands 1,916 metres high and is characterised by the enchanting forests and hot springs nearby. Rio Celeste is a typical example of the volcanic activity in the region and its turquoise waters are a sight to behold.

Experiences

Adventures in the Tree Canopy

Raft and zip line through the jungle canopy and abseil down waterfalls.

Cookery Class

Join a local family for a cooking class, extract juice from sugarcane, milk a cow and make cheese.

Volcano Adventure

Walk up to the ridge of the active Poas volcano for a peek into the steaming abyss of its caldera, the largest in the world.

Chocolate Making

Discover how to make chocolate, from bean to bar.

Tortuguero Turtles

See turtles nesting on the beaches of Tortuguero.

Snorkel Adventure

Snorkel with manta rays and turtles.

Walk inside Arenal Volcano

Take a fascinating walk into the lava fields of Arenal Volcano.

Hike Rincon de la Vieja Volcano

For the active, take a challenging hike to the summit of Rincon de la Vieja volcano.

Explore the unique landscape

Witness first hand pyroclastic flows, geysers and mineral rich lakes.

Zip lines, aerial trams and canopy walkways

Take to the sky for outstanding views of Arenal Volcano.

Meet our experts

A passion for travel runs right through every one of our experts - meaning they're always ready with first-hand insight about their specialist countries.

James Armitage

Visiting the Osa Peninsular, one of the top wildlife biospheres in the world, and seeing a pod of 30 humpback whales while snorkelling in the waters of Costa Rica are amongst James’s highlights of Costa Rica.
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John Faithfull

Costa Rica is simply the best spot in Central America for nature lovers, and is always John’s top recommendation for those wishing to hike, swim, zip, raft, ride or float through outstanding scenery and rich biodiversity.
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We found it extremely helpful to visit the Steppes office and have a face to face discussion with James about what our requirements were for our adventures in Costa Rica. He really listened and made sure that the trip was tailored to our needs.

Destination: Costa Rica
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Great work from John. The additions of zip-lining and surfing lessons were exciting experiences that we would not have considered without his expert guidance.

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