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.
7:30am (approximate): Hotel Pick Up!
We will pick you up at the lobby of your hotel to start this great expedition. The exact pick up time will be confirmed on your itinerary once the reservation is confirmed.
8:10am: Ready for boating!
The guide is going to provide all necessary equipment for the boat trip, life jackets and paddles on, as well as clear instructions to navigate down the river.
8:20am: Enjoy scenery and wildlife!
Your guide will take you down the river spotting flora and fauna to show you, a great chance to see monkeys, lizards, birds, sloths, and a beautiful calm scenery while navigating on flat water.
10:30am: Enjoy a typical snack!
After a couple hours on the river, you will leave the boat and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican snack on a local family farm, tropical fruits, plantain and cheese, and a delicious coffee are part of the menu. A highlight of the day comes next, after a 30 minutes scenic drive!!
11:30am: Breath taken away!
Its time for the famous La Fortuna Waterfall, a MUST TO SEE! Whether you plan on swimming or not, this 246 feet tall waterfall coming from the middle of the mountain is breathtaking. An observation platform offers a great view from the top right before you start the walk through 498 steps down to reach the swimming hole, your guide will guide you through and watch your belongings while you swim. You must bring a towel with you if you plan on swimming. After refreshing in the clear water, you will climb up back the 498 steps, you can do it at your own pace. Clean changing rooms are available to put dry clothes on.
1:00pm: Bon Appetite!
A fresh and tasty typical lunch is going to be waiting for you at an outdoor private farm in the country side, allowing for a real contact of Costa Rica cuisine and our popular "casado" which translates to English as "married", it is the basis of our typical lunch and consist of rice, beans, salad, picadillo, meat of your preference (chicken, beef, fish, or pork), and fried sweet plantain. Vegetarian option is always available.
2:00PM: Enjoy the sweetness!
The Arenal chocolate tour is a unique opportunity to experience one of the most important Costa Rican traditions. The Arenal chocolate tour begins in the sugar cane fields where you will be able to taste delicious sugar cane juice. Next you will enter the cacao plantation, this is where the cacao beans that become chocolate are grown and also you will be able to observe the chocolate process and taste it.
4:00PM: Hotel Drop off!
This extraordinary half day is accomplished, leaving a very good taste of what this beautiful area has to offer and allowing for some relaxation time for the rest of the day. We will drop you off back at your hotel.
We enjoyed our trip and had a great time. The guide was incredible. He made sure we got to see the various type of animals he pointed out. He was fun and excited about what he was doing which made it fun and educational. I would recommend this tour to my friends.
RainForest explorers went above and beyond for our 3-in-one tour! We went on the safari where Carlos, our guide, did such an awesome job stopping and spotting animals. We had our little one (4 year old) and he had a blast. After we finished the safari activity we had a snack before heading over to La Fortuna waterfall. Our driver, Edgar, was our feet and was always very kind transporting us to the next location. La Fortuna waterfall was amazing, and we had the chance to swim in an area where the current wasn't that strong. Moving on to our lunch in la finca. It was amazing! Food was delicious! Best meal we had the entire time in Costa Rica! We even had the opportunity to see some animals who were nearby the finca. Ending our tour with the chocolate tour was great! We had the chance to learn and eat at the same time. I highly recommend RainForest Explorers to anyone thinking of doing tours. Our guide and driver were both very knowledgable and awesome. They were both very hardworking men! They are amazing! I am recommending them to my family and friends.
Our tour guide, Anthony, was excellent, gave us great amount of information regarding the area and the animals. Our driver Edgar was excellent as well he drove safely and offered us water several times throughout the trip. We were fortunate enough to see many animals in the safari float, snacks afterwards was delicious. The waterfall walk was tiring but worth going down and up the steps. Lunch was delicious and the chocolate tour was amazing. My only regret was eating too much at lunch as we received several fruit samples at the Chocolate Tour that we weren't aware that we would be receiving. Our time at the Chocolate Tour was very informative and the family that runs the farm there were very kind to us and showed us so much that we did not know. Only suggestion for the Chocolate tour is to warn the visitors a bit more regarding mosquitos and changing into better clothing or applying more bug repellent than usual to avoid bites. Overall I would recommend this 3 in 1 tour to everyone who wants to have an adventurous and informative filled day.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is transportation included?
Transportation is 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!
How long does it take?
Pick up is usually between 7 and 7:30am (it varies depending on the location of your hotel) and takes about 9 hours to complete. By 5:30 pm you will be heading back to your hotel, after all 3 activities have been completed successfully. It main seem like a long day but is not an exhausting one, is perfect if don;t have much time in the area to explore.
Are any meals included?
A delicious Costa Rican lunch will be provided and served by a local family in a beautiful location next to one of the rivers so you can be in peace with nature and be able to observe some more animals and birds. Some snacks as fruits and water will be provided throughout the day.
Can kids go on the tours?
Sure they can! Everyone can have a great time at the safari float, at the waterfall and the chocolate tour, although we believe is more enjoyable for kids 4 years old and over.
What clothing and shoes should wear?
Comfortable shoes will be ideal, there is not much walking required, only to go down to the waterfall, also comfortable clothes: shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, long pants, long sleeves. A change of shoes and clothes may be also required in case there is some rain or if wish to bathe at the waterfall. 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.
Is a good physical condition required?
Not entirely, while on the safari float you will be seated on the raft for about 2 hours and for the chocolate tour little walks are needed, to get to the waterfall you will need to hike down on stairs for about 20 minutes and then back up (520 stairs to be precise). For people with knee or hip problems is not recommended. Is a great tour for everyone and some beautiful scenery of the rainforest will always be encountered.
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?
We are very accessible, with a 24 hour notice you can get a refund, just don't forget to notify us.
What's the weather like in Arenal?
We have in Arenal Tropical weather, it means is usually hot and humid with some rain always on the sight, not heavy rain, usually sun showers towards the end of the afternoon or late evenings. During the months of January, February, March which are considered to be summer, temperature goes between 28°-32° Celsius or 82-90 Fahrenheit and during the rainy season it varies from 22°-28° centigrades or 71-82 Fahrenheit.
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.
What is the difference in the hot springs?
That's a great question, there are many different resorts that offer hot springs, some are for guests use only which is fine because are more exclusive and quiet but if wish to explore more options or if you stay at a hotel with no hot springs there are plenty of options to choose from. Tabacon Resort and Spa Being one of the most popular natural hot springs spot in the world most visitors come to enjoy the peaceful surroundings with a variety of pools of different temperatures and sizes all hidden within the most wonderful and attractive tropical gardens that open up the way for relaxing exploration. The pools are filled with water from an actual hot water river that flows all around the property. There is anything more natural than this. Temperatures vary from 22° to 40° Celsius (72-105F) and you can see small natural cascades to soften your body and spirit. 2. Baldi Hot Springs Consider as the largest hot springs in the world it offers 25 pools of all sizes and temperatures amidst the rainforest surrounded by waterfalls and caves so that everyone can enjoy. Is more like a family place, it offers a water playground for the little ones, water slides, caves to explore, wet bars and restaurants so that everybody can spend a relaxing and fun time. 3. Los Perdidos Hot Springs This being part of the astonishing The Springs Resort, you can get a day pass and enjoy amazing panoramic views as well as a relaxing time at the hot springs, make sure you visit the unique little pools at the bottom of the resort that are immerse in the rainforest at the most peaceful place on earth. 4. Eco Termales A great option to relax and explore. Although it is a smaller option, it also is a more exclusive place, is not as crowded as other places get from time to time and also has its pools also filled with the river water, very natural and relaxing ambience. 5. Paradise Hot Springs Another beautiful, little place to enjoy a relaxing time. It's located right in front of the volcano which makes you have a wonderful view too. Transportation is only included with Los Perdidos option, to all other options you can drive or call a taxi from frontdesk. Depending to your hotel location these can be from 5 up to 25 minutes away. Which one do you prefer? You can combine any of these options with any activity you do during the day or you can get a day pass too and enjoy of a nice lunch or dinner, just ask us!