Nature & Parks
Arenal Volcano ParkThere are 2 volcanoes in this national park – Arenal and Cerro Chato. Arenal used to be Costa Rica’s most active volcano whereas Cerro Chato is completely dormant. In 1968, an unexpected eruption, destroyed the towns of Tabacon and Pueblo Nuevo and killed 87 people. It was one of the worst natural catastrophes in Costa Rica. While this Volcano is still active, after 42 years of continuous eruption, it has entered a resting phase. Enjoy a three-hour guided hike at the base of Costa Rica's most famed attraction and see the remains of the massive 1968 eruption. Along the way, you will be able to spot wildlife and enjoy beautiful views.
El Castillo-Arenal Butterfly ConservatoryThe Butterfly Conservatory, in El Castillo, has one of the largest butterfly exhibitions in Costa Rica. There are six domed habitats, a frog exhibit, an insect museum, a medicinal herb garden, and an hour’s worth of trails through a botanic garden and along the river. The birding is also excellent here, and there are wonderful volcano views. Fun and Educational.
Tenorio National Park
Tenorio National Park has everything you could want in a tropical forest natural area and is the gateway to the world-famous sky blue, Rio Celeste waterfall. The hanging bridges in the rainforest and trail to Lago Danta through the cloud forest from the Heliconias entrance are equally amazing.