Rising dramatically from the surrounding greenery, the triangular cone of Arenal volcano is unmistakeable.
Until recently, this volcano has been popular with seismologists as it was once one of the most active volcanoes in the world. More than just a photogenic highlight, the area surrounding Arenal has a lot to offer visitors. The fertile lands at the foothills create excellent hiking opportunities and it is possible to take part in white water rafting excursions along the rivers. For a luxury holiday to Costa Rica, a visit to the hot springs and adjoining spa facilities is the perfect way to unwind and relax. Arenal and Monteverde combine perfectly. In Monteverde under the deep green canopy, 90 percent of which is virgin rainforest, an astounding variety of flora and fauna can be found. Follow the trails with a local guide and you are likely to spot miniature frogs, sleepy sloths and the shy resplendent Quetzal. There are suspension bridges among the trees which enable a birds eye view of this ecological paradise and zip lines between viewing platforms for the adventurous traveller. At the end of a long day exploring, guests can relax in luxury eco lodges that have been tastefully built around the reserve.