SPOTLIGHT COSTA RICA- Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal, and La Fortuna, Costa Rica, Sky Tram & Sky Trek Tour
If you are planning to travel to Costa Rica on vacation and want to visit the most popular area for great outdoor adventure then Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal, and the area around La Fortuna is where you should go.
If you are flying into the central valley of Costa Rica to the Juan Santa Maria International Airport, than by car you are three and one half hours from the Arenal Volcano. If you fly into the Liberia International Airport in the northern zone of Costa Rica, by car you are three to three and one half hours from the Arenal Volcano.
Let’s say you have two full days to stay in this area and want to experience the activities that are the most fun. First, I recommend the sky tram and canopy tour and do it first thing in the morning when the weather is usually best. This is offered by a company called Sky Trek and you can purchase it right at your hotel tour desk. Or purchase it from Sunset Tour Company in La Fortuna located right on the town square. Arrangements can be made for you to be picked up and delivered back to your hotel by a shuttle service offered by Sky Trek tour company or by Sunset tours.
What exactly do I do on the Sky Tram & Sky Trek Tour? You will be transported on a Sky Tram Gondola on a smooth ride through the rain forest up to an observation deck high above the rain forest canopy. Along the way you have a gorgeous view of Lake Arenal. Also you may see howler monkeys and a flock of colorful toucans. At the top, from the observation deck, the view to the south face of Arenal Volcano is magnificant! It’s almost like you can reach out and touch the volcano. You can hear is roaring and see the hot molten rocks and fiery boulders shooting from it’s summit.
From the observation deck, you can take a well marked path which leads you into the rain forest and hike for around 45 minutes. The vegetation here is unique due to the high altitude. One of the most interesting is the giant fern tree which grows to around eight fee tall. Imagine a fern that size in your living room!
You can ride the Sky Tram gondola back down OR you can take the more exciting route down, the zip line cables, called the Sky Trek. It will definitely get your adrenalin going. Once strapped into the safety gear, you just zip from tree top platform to tree top platform. It’s up and over the top of the rain forest canopy. A beautiful experience! Just like Tarzan and Jane!
If you are hungry after this great adventure, there is a small cafe right there on the grounds. Also you can spend an extra thirty minutes and walk through the butterfly garden, where blue morpho butterflies fly freely surrounded by a very large net. Very interesting for butterfly lovers.
This tour takes approximately one-half day, and I highly recommend it.
Children have to be at least eight years of age to take the Sky Trek Zip Line Portion of the Tour.
The costs when I took it in 2009 was $65 per person. Plus $8 if I wanted to be transported by the shuttle to and from my hotel.
What should I wear? Comfortable walking shoes like tennis or light weight hiking boots. Temperature is cool because you are at a high altitude. You will need a light weight rain proof jacket because rains frequently. Take your money etc. in a pouch because if you take the zip line, it’s hard to handle a backpack.
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