Costa Rica...Beyond Senses January 29 - February 12, 2019 | 15 Days
Located in northern Costa Rica, Arenal Volcano is one of the most popular destinations in Costa Rica. There are countless tours that take place in the area surrounding the volcano, and for good reason! With access to the rainforest, waterfalls, a volcano, the country’s largest lake it’s no wonder Arenal has become the adventure capital of Costa Rica.
One of Costa Rica's most notable natural features is the Arenal Volcano. This impressive volcano resides within the 29,960-acre Arenal Volcano National Park. Although the volcano entered into a resting phase in 2010 – meaning that its eruptions have paused – it is still a stunning sight. Rising above the rainforest that surrounds its base, Arenal frames the skyline with near perfect symmetry.
Made up mostly of primary rainforest, The Arenal Volcano National Park encompasses four different life zones and is home to a vast amount of flora and fauna. In fact, nearly 75% of the total850 species of birds that have been identified in Costa Rica can be found here, including the resplendent quetzal. Other creatures include two and three-toed sloths, white-faced capuchin monkeys, the infamous fer-de-lance, parrot snake, and boa constrictors. The plants are just as varied and include palms, orchids, ferns, and bromeliads.
Although somewhat close to Arenal, the Venado Caves are an underground wonder-world of limestone channels nearly 20 million years old. This unique adventure will bring you 8,850 feet into the earth, where fossils and subterranean animals reside. Wade through an underground river to see stalactites, stalagmites, and a waterfall with a professional guide who explain the history of this unique ecosystem.
There is something for everyone here. The beautiful surroundings and ample activities make Arenal one of the cornerstone destinations of Costa Rica.
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It was a wonderful trip - wish I'd had longer to take it all in.
Thanks to Rostad for the extra treat of lunch in the elegant Pump Room in Bath.By Joanne W trip to England