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Costa Rica: Arenal and the north

The pleasingly conical volcano Arenal rises from a skirt of thick forest and the waters of Lake Arenal. Once famous for its eruptions of molten lava, it erupts infrequently nowadays (nothing since 2010) The landscape here is ruggedly beautiful and comprises one of Costa Rica’s many conservation areas, protecting a territory of amazing biodiversity which contains half the known species of birds, mammals and reptiles in the country. It is also popular among adventure-activities enthusiasts, and visits are serviced in the formerly dozy town of La Fortuna. Cloud forest, waterfalls, caves and thermal pools – this is a diverse and captivating region.

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Things to do in Arenal and the north

Waterfall abseil

Costa Rican waterfall abseiling

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Horse riding to La Fortuna Falls


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Soak in Arenal's hot springs

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For something a bit challenging try abseiling down a waterfall at Arenal. I did it land lived to tell the tale! There are 4 drops so you can chicken out (no one did).  On the 1st drop you rappel down alongside a waterfall and get a little spray preparing you for what’s to come. On the 2nd  you get a face full of water and a decent shower as you meet the waterfall, at which point you can bounce down the wall on the rocks. The third descent is a dry one: as you’ve already had some practice the guides encourage you to take big jumps. The 4th drop is the smallest, directly down a narrow channel of rocks through a waterfall. On to  no.5 by which time you’ll be  in the spirit of it and disappointed to be coming up to the last descent... 

Caroline Maber

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