2018 Arenal Costa Rica Family Tours

Arenal Volcano Costa Rica

Are you traveling with children or someone with difficulty to walk long distances? We have a great list of family tours around Arenal Volcano area to recommend to you based on your travel conditions and expectations.

We know each family is different, every member of the family is different and with it comes along the problem when choosing where to go and what to do if everybody wants something different… Sometimes the little members of the house feel adventurous and the adults are not, that is why we recommend the best options for families, to make your lives easier.

For kids and adults that don’t have experience with certain adventure activities will be able to join most of the tours, remember you will always be with an experienced guide, will always be provided with all the tour information, how to perform, what to do, the safety equipment and the security talk, you couldn’t be safer.

The best family activities are nature tours, where all members can enjoy of nice, short trails in nature and be able to be immersed in the rainforest, share the views, pictures and the beautiful incessant sounds of nature. Some of the tours we recommend are a guided visit to the Arenal Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal Volcano National Park and the calm safari float down the river with no rapids. A chocolate tour is also a nice and tasteful experience.

Among the family adventures you can all be part of we can offer waterfall rappelling, whitewater rafting, horseback riding and zip lining, everyone can be part of these and most importantly kids of ages 5-8 and over can be part of most of them.

There is the family type that looks for a wellness experience, we can offer the best natural hot springs resorts and spas!

What are you feeling up to? We can help you combine some of these and make sure that every family member gets what is looking for.

2 in 1 Safari and Fortuna Waterfall

2 in 1 Safari and Fortuna Waterfall


Limited time or simply you don’t want a full day tour; this one is specially designed for those who love exploring the beauties of the rain forest.

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2 in 1 Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna Waterfall

2 in 1 Hanging Bridges and La Fortuna Waterfall


The day starts around 7:30am when we pick you up at the hotel and head towards one of the most important reserves in the area; first activity Arenal Hanging Bridges, offers trails in the heart of the rainforest in combination with a tree top walk in the suspension bridges, walking through the canopy

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2 in 1 La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano Hike

2 in 1 La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano Hike


We start at 10:30am on La Fortuna Waterfall for enjoying all the beauty that offers this magical place, here you can either swim, take pictures or just explore. After that adventure, we must be ready for lunch; which is made for a Costa Rican family on their house.

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4 in 1 Bridges + Waterfall + Volcano + Baldi Hot Springs

4 in 1 Bridges + Waterfall + Volcano + Baldi Hot Springs


Prepare for a full day of nature, sightseeing, and hiking. This full day tour will take you through the highlight of Arenal, making a memorable and well worth it day. The places visited are very scenic and filled with rain forest, a great chance to find some wildlife and take great pictures.

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4 in 1 Bridges + Waterfall + Volcano + Tabacon Hot Springs

4 in 1 Bridges + Waterfall + Volcano + Tabacon Hot Springs


A day packed of hiking and exploration awaits you, be ready for an informative and memorable day in Arenal, a great chance to see as much as you can in 1 day, you will be surprised of the wonders you can discover in only a few miles around you.

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4 in 1 Bridges + Waterfall + Volcano + The Springs

4 in 1 Bridges + Waterfall + Volcano + The Springs


Stunning scenery and lush rain forest perfectly describes this day. If your aim is to explore and try to cover the most interesting sites in Arenal in one day, this expedition is for you! Get ready for breathing views, wildlife, culture, and a great day with Rainforest Explorers.

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4 in 1 Bridges + Waterfall + Volcano + Eco Termales

4 in 1 Bridges + Waterfall + Volcano + Eco Termales


More than participating on a tour, this day will provide you an unforgetable experience; exploring these sites and learning about them will convince you why Arenal is famous worldwide and why the rain forest provides one of the most beautfiful sceneries on Earth.

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2 in 1 Safari and Chocolate Tour

2 in 1 Safari and Chocolate Tour


This is an outstanding combo for all type of travellers and groups, 100% enjoying scenery, culture, and rain forest.

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2 in 1 Tour - Hanging Bridges + Chocolate Tour

2 in 1 Tour - Hanging Bridges + Chocolate Tour


The perfect mix of rain forest, culture, and smooth hiking, providing a great chance to see wildlife and cocoa from plantation to a cup only with this unique 2in1 Hanging Bridges + Chocolate Combo which has everything you need for a nice half day tour in Arenal.

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3 in 1 Hanging Bridges + La Fortuna Waterfall + Chocolate Tour

3 in 1 Hanging Bridges + La Fortuna Waterfall + Chocolate Tour


There is so much to do and see while visiting the Arenal area and we know there is not always enough time to do as much as wanted, that is why we have created these fantastic combos so you can experience some of the highlights of the area by going on this 3in1 Hanging Bridges + La Fortuna Waterfall + Chocolate Tour, all in one day!

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3 in 1 Combo tour - Safari Float + La Fortuna Waterfall + Chocolate Tour

3 in 1 Combo tour - Safari Float + La Fortuna Waterfall + Chocolate Tour


Loved by families, this wonderful combo offers an exciting adventure from the oldest to the youngest one. A must do for culture explorers and nature lovers while visiting Arenal.

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Baldi Hot Springs

Baldi Hot Springs


Baldi Hot Springs is a perfect place with 25 thermo mineral hot water pools flowing from the volcano and ranging in temperatures from 93 F to 152F

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Arenal Hanging Bridges Guided Tour

Arenal Hanging Bridges Guided Tour


A hike to Enjoy and Revitalize, this 2.5 hours guided hike will give you the widest perspective of the rainforest while immersing you in the trails all surrounded by lush vegetation.

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Arenal Volcano Hike Guided Tour

Arenal Volcano Hike Guided Tour


Known worldwide and considered one of Costa Rica’s 7 wonders, Arenal Volcano is a must to see on your trip to Costa Rica. Even though the crater entered a resting stage since 2010, the trails at the different reserves  gathers a very interesting history and a lush rainforest

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The Springs Hot Springs

The Springs Hot Springs


The freeform, landscaped pools provide guests with great views of the volcano and a multitude of options.  These Arenal hot springs with temperatures ranging from 83 ˚F to 103˚F and environments that vary from raging waterfalls to tranquil forest experiences.

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Tabacon Hot Springs

Tabacon Hot Springs


Tabacon is flanked by the beautiful Arenal Volcano. The road here literally takes you to the heard of the jungle, so expect the sounds and sights of the native flora and fauna to flood your senses.

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Eco Termales Hot Springs and Dinner

Eco Termales Hot Springs and Dinner


Providing visitors with an escape into the natural paradise, combined with all of the necessary comforts to make your experience memorable, filled with the peace and serenity of the tropical rainforest, and impressive views of the Arenal Volcano, which heats and nourishes our waters.

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Whitewater Rafting Balsa River Class II and III

Whitewater Rafting Balsa River Class II and III


This is an adventure for everyone! Entire families can be part of this tour as well as the ones who have never done rapids on a river before, this excursion is ideal for beginners, kids (8 years old and over) and anyone who wants to try a real adventure in the rainforest.

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Horseback Riding Don Tobias

Horseback Riding Don Tobias


That's right! Horseback riding is an excellent way to explore the rainforest by the Arenal Volcano and Don Tobias is the perfect tour for you.

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Sarapiqui Whitewater Rafting Class III-IV

Sarapiqui Whitewater Rafting Class III-IV


Whitewater rafting is one of the adventures that everyone should try at least once in a life time, luckily we have many options in order to practice this activity and Sarapiqui River is one of the best!

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Pure Trek Canyoning Adventure

Pure Trek Canyoning Adventure


Arenal is the number one destination for adventure seekers in Costa Rica and above many other countries of the world, where else can you find so much that is hard for you to choose from? Arenal combines the views of the volcano, the relaxing hot springs and the adventures of the rainforest… If the adrenaline brings you to do waterfall rappelling then this PureTrek Canyoning Tour is what you are looking for!!!

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Frecuently Questions

Read some of the most asked questions about Rainforest Explorers Tours.

Is transportation included?

Transportation with all our tours is always included from any hotel in La Fortuna and the Arenal area, some hotels are located further away from the main area, in this case an extra fee may apply. If your place is not on the list just ask us! We understand often families travel on a rental car, if this is the case just let us know, we can meet you at a starting point and provide you with the address.

How long does it take?

There is a wide variety of options to choose from that will adjust to every family type, some are full day trips so you can keep busy during all day and will be provided with the needed meals, some activities are half day tours of about 7 hours long which will provide lunch and some are shorter adventures or hikes of up to 4 hours so you can still relax at the hotels before or after the activity or be able to schedule something else.

Are any meals included?

Most adventures are considered to be half day tours,meals are not included, water and snacks are occasionally offered, except on the Pure Trek Adventure Tour, they do offer a nice lunch after the morning tour or before the afternoon tour. Our 2in1 and 3in1 Combo Tours will always offer a nice lunch at a local family ranch, 4in1 tours also offer dinner at the hot springs resort of your choosing.

Can kids go on the tours?

Sure they can! Everyone can have a great time at the hanging bridges and at the waterfall, although we believe is more enjoyable for kids 5 years old and over on tours like zipline and horseback riding and 7 years old is the allowed age when doing canyoning at Pure Trek.

What clothing and shoes should wear?

Comfortable, closed shoes or sneakers will be ideal as well as comfortable clothes: shorts, t-shirts, tank tops. A change of shoes and clothes may be also required. Bring also mosquito repellent and sunscreen and a raincoat in case of an usual rainshower.

Should bring a camera or phone?

Sure, keep in mind it will be under your supervision and we highly recommend a waterproof case. For most adventures hands must be free, so a GoPro will be ideal.

Is a good physical condition required?

Not entirely, most activities are made so that kids and people that have never done these activities can easily accomplish them, you will always be given directions to follow and at all times will be with an expert guide to help you make each activity in the best way and safely.

What happens if rains?

If a shower or rain happens before or during the tour, it continues as planned, remember is the rainforest and it should be expected. Unless there is a tropical storm in sight then the tour may be cancelled or postponed but we will contact you in advance to inform you.

Is transportation offered from other destinations?

Yes, we offer pick up and drop off to most destinations in the country, please contact us to coordinate it and quote the extra fee.

What is the cancellation policy?

For most tours it is required a 48 hour notice so you can get a refund, just don't forget to notify us.

What are the main attractions in the area?

We consider Arenal to be the epicenter of adventure! Being the number one favorite destination of the world according to tripadvisor it offers pretty much every activity that can be done in the country in one destination. You can stay in Arenal for weeks and will always have something different to to every day. There are main attractions for every one, there are the activities that will bring up your adrenaline such as whitewater rafting, zipline, waterfall rappelling, lake kayaking, biking, strenuous hikes, waterfalls and more. But if are not such an adventure seeker can find other kind of activities like peaceful walks, hanging bridges, gardens, safari and bloat trips to sightsee, cultural events and many more.