Walking suspended in the canopy of Arenal Volcano will mark your trip better than any other activity.
The vivacious Caribbean rainforest envelops Arenal Volcano National Park in a graceful embrace. It tinges the otherwise-brooding landscape with a colorful aura. Set in the northern hills of Costa Rica, Arenal owes all its charm to the Arenal Volcano towering with its cloud-capped summit. The most recent eruption and ensuing activity lasted over 40 years, passionately shaping the region into its present form. Several lava domes rise over the riveting canopy. And, hot springs are so widespread that almost every lodge has its own. These days, the volcano itself seems to be a mere backdrop for adventures in the forest. Wildlife sightings, bridge crossing, and trekking to the natural wonders are the highlight activities.
Barrel down the treks of the forest to majestic waterfalls. From there, cross the famous hanging bridges of Arenal Volcano and revel in the mystical sounds escalating from the trees. As you proceed, countless wild creatures will make themselves known with sudden glimpses. The most special sight is the lazy sloths hanging from the higher branches and offering cheerful scenes for photographers. If you are lucky, you may even see one close enough to capture its iconic sleepy smile.
Before night falls, a visit to La Fortuna Waterfall is a delight under the smooth sunlight percolating through the thick forest. The waterfall is fed by the Arenal River and resembles a painting of bright jade, emerald, and silver hues in its jaw-dropping setting. Once the light rays pave the way to a clear night sky, the true charm of Arenal will unravel in a cacophony of sights and sounds.
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