From rainforest waterfalls to volcanic peaks to the country’s largest landlocked body of water, Arenal never disappoints.
If you love the great outdoors, life at Arenal Hills is the natural choice. Within minutes of your community, you’ll see sights some save a lifetime to experience only once.
Looming over the entire region, the Arenal Volcano is what gives this special part of Costa Rica its unique character. Until 2010 the Arenal Volcano was one of Costa Rica’s most active, regularly spewing ash, lava and gas, and providing incredible views of neon orange lava flows at night. Today, the volcano is in an indeterminate resting phase, and the most towering monument on the natural landscape.
Leading up to this majestic peak, rivers wind through flourishing rain forests that are home to nearly five percent of the world’s biodiversity. This makes the region ideal for bird watching expedition and wildlife tours where you may spot everything from a howler monkey to a three-toed sloth to a toucan.
Adventure lovers might opt for volcano hike, zip line canopy tour whitewater rafting, a dip in natural hot springs, caving, horseback riding, and canyoning expeditions . There’s even a sky tram that can safely carry you close to the summit of the volcano.
Besides the lake within the community of Arenal Hills, another lakeside destination is Lake Arenal – a 33 square-mile lake that’s 200 feet deep in some places. Here, hills of forests and pastures roll into the indigo waters that seem to lap on the base of the volcano itself. In 1979, the lake’s size tripled with the construction of a hydroelectric dam that now meets nearly 12 percent of Costa Rica’s electric energy needs.