Welcome to RED LAVA TOURS, the leader in extreme hiking tours in Arenal and La Fortuna, in beautiful Costa Rica. Our Extreme Hiking Tour is al about a 10 hour long hike going trough the valley that lays between the Arenal and Chato Volcano and much more. If you are interested in adventure tours in Costa Rica, then La Fortuna is the best place to go, and red Lava Tours the best tour company to hire.
The tour starts with a hike up the dense forest trails that take you to the Arenal and Chato volcano. After approximately two hours of jungle workout get to a beautiful viewpoint. Here you can see old lava, endless forest, the lake and admire the two volcanoes After lunch head down to the observatory park where the hike gets lighter. Here you pass two hanging bridges and visit the Danta river and waterfall. Along the way, your guide will explain the ecosystem, the volcanoes and the animals you can see. You may see monkeys and tropical birds. Leaving the forest, you reach the Arenal Observatory. In its little museum you can see the seismograph and your guide will explain more about the volcano. The hike is finished at the deck of the Observatory lodge. Here you enjoy the panoramic view of the volcano and Arenal Lake till the sun goes down. The transportation will be ready to take you down. Along the drive down you may see the red eyed tree frog. To finish the tour, in the most relaxing way, you will be taken to the natural hot water river. You can relax in its soothing warm water for about an hour and you can enjoy a volcanic mud facial and a complementary cocktail. Your tour ends at approximately 8pm when you are dropped off at your hotel.
The best way to get close to the Arenal volcano, enjoy a jungle walk and visit the hot water river. At 1:30 pm we start our pickup and go on our way to far side of the volcano. It’s a 45minute drive on which you can see the Arenal from different angles. We start our visit at the deck of the Observatory lodge. Here we enjoy the panoramic view of the volcano and Arenal Lake. We hike through gardens and forest, pass two hanging bridges and visit the Danta river and waterfall. Along the way your guide explains about the ecosystem, the volcanoes and the animals you can see. Amongst others we often see monkeys and tropical birds. We visit the Arenal Observatory with its informative museum where we explain more about the volcano and its history. We finish the hike at the Observatory lodge to watch the sunset over lake Arenal. On our drive down from the lodge we will try to find the red eyed tree frog. To finish the tour in the most relaxing way we take you to the natural hot water river. We relax in its soothing warm water for about an hour and you can enjoy a volcanic mud facial and a complementary cocktail. At about 8pm you´ll be back at your hotel.
All the luxury and relaxation that you deserve. Besides being good for your wellbeing they are also a lot of fun. Waterslides, sauna caves, lush tropical gardens, food, swimup bars and music make it the perfect place to relax. Package with a meal included. Save money getting the entrance together with one or two meals.
At a two hour drive from La Fortuna we visit the Tenorio volcano national park. After some hiking we will get to the Rio Celeste (blue river). The blue color you can see is the result of a chemical reaction between two merging rivers containing different volcanic minerals. (Foto tenideros) It’s a very rare phenomenon which creates a fairytale- like beauty. The hike itself is medium tough and takes about 4 hours. It will take you to a waterfall, a lookout point and the place where the river changes colors. (Foto waterfall)With the help of the guide there is a good possibility of seeing wildlife. After the hike we’ll have lunch and start our drive back to la Fortuna.
Near to La Fortuna there are some of the world's finest whitewater rafting rivers. The best rafting can be done on the Sarapiqui, the Pacuare and the Balsa river. There is class 2/3 rafting for the ones that don't want to go too wild and class 3/4 for the ones that do. All Rafting companies we work whith follow the highest safety measures and the tours include all gear and lunch. Departure times vary depending on the class.
Leaving la Fortuna we go on a 45 minute drive to go visit the huge valley that lays between the Arenal ad the Chato volcano. Accompanied by one of our expert guides you will start your day full of discoveries. We pass the wobbly hanging bridge that provides the only access to this almost unexplored valley. A challenging trail leads us deeper into the dense jungle. Besides large trees we expect to be able to show you a wide variety of wildlife. Leaving the lower part of the valley we reach the base of the Arenal volcano. Here you hike over fields of black lava rocks that lay in the shadow of Arenal cone. Continuing the hike we stop at an impressive canyon where you can see the different layers of volcanic material.The trail will now follow a mountain ridge that leads us to the "Mirador", get your cameras ready because here you will get the most amazing views of the valley, the Arenal volcano and the impressive lake. Now we go on the most challenging part of our valley hike. To arrive at a dry lava river we need to pass "the Devils comb" 7 canyons carved by volcanic activity. We pass some of the canyons going over immense fallen treetrunks and some the steepest ones have ropes that help you make your way up. Once we reach the dry lava river we make our way down to connect with the Cangrejos trail. This trail right at the foot of the Chato volcano ad follows it's contours till we reach the Rio Caliente. Here at the river side we refresh ourselves and take some time to enjoy a nutritious and tasty lunch. Having crossed the river we reach the fields and trails of the Observatory park. On these well maintained and easy trails we have a good chance of seeing monkeys, cuatis, frogs and different birds. We cross a hanging bridge to reach the refreshing Danta waterfall. Nearing the end of the hike we visit tropical gardens and check out the Arenal Observatory and it's info center. High up at the deck of the Arenal Observatory lodge you can see the whole valley that you walked through and enjoy some stunning sunset views of the Arenal volcano and lake. Once the sun sets we get on the bus that takes us to the hot water river. At this natural river we enjoy the termal water while getting a volcanic mud facial and a typical cocktail. At about 7am we end the tour and bring you back.