Arenal Canyon Rappelling and Mountain Biking
Arenal, Costa Rica
- Rappelling: Get your equipment, instructions, and safety briefing, then follow your guides into the canyon to rappel down three waterfalls and a sheer rock wall.
- The Monkey Drop: After rappelling down a 165-foot waterfall, climb 20 feet up a canyon wall to a short trail and zoom via zip line across the canyon, 80 feet high.
- Lunch, mountain biking, a picnic, and a dip: Refuel with a delicious meal in lush tropical gardens, then mount up for the ride to El Castillo, a picturesque village on beautiful Lake Arenal. Bring a swimsuit and towel – the blue-green water is hard to resist.
About This Arenal Tour
Cascading waterfalls and cliff climbs. Canyons and coatis. Zip lines, mountain biking, and rappelling. A simmering, mile-high volcano and a cool lake more than 100 feet deep. This tour packs a lot of adventure into one day.
A coati, by the way, is a peculiar Latin American mammal that resembles a raccoon but has a long, almost pig-like snout. The "hog-nosed coon" is just one of more than 400 bird and animal species that inhabit the area around Lake Arenal, so there's no telling what you might see on this epic expedition: howler monkeys, sloths, parrots, toucans, egrets, kingfishers ... even a jaguar is possible, if unlikely. It's one of the few big cats that enjoys swimming, and the lake is very tempting, whether you've been pawing through the jungle in search of prey or just pedaling past the volcano.
Your experience begins with an exciting 4x4 truck drive to a private ranch house, where you'll gear up for a morning of waterfall rappelling, rock climbing, hiking through the rainforest, and zip lining across the canyon. After a relaxing lunch, we'll head out on sturdy mountain bikes for the ride to El Castillo, a lakeside village well off the beaten path that nevertheless attracts kite and windsurfers from the all over the world. If the wind is right, they'll put on quite a show for your picnic on the shore.
At 33 square miles, Lake Arenal is the largest body of water in Costa Rica. But it was only about 11 square miles until 1979, when it was expanded to accommodate a hydroelectric dam that today supplies about 17 percent of the country's electricity. It was the start of Costa Rica's world-leading commitment to green energy and ecotourism, although some locals may not have been happy about it: Two towns lie abandoned at the bottom of the lake.
Please meet in the lobby or reception area of your hotel our representative will be holding a sign with your name or the tour's name on it. You must confirm the name of your hotel at checkout, so we know where to pick you up.
Take extra precautions to avoid too much exposure to the sun. Even on cloudy days, the UV is stronger than you may think.
Most shops are closed from 1-3 pm and all day on Sundays. Viva la siesta.
As in many cities, keep your wallet or purse secured and leave the bling behind.
This is a high-activity tour and is only recommended to you if you are fit, accustomed to exertion, have no back or neck problems, like a bumpy ride and can swim. This is not a suitable tour for you if you use a wheelchair or have limited mobility.
Adventure, Wilderness/Wildlife, Full Day
22-seat Air-conditioned Minibus
Tour Participation Requirements
This experience is rated strenuous. Travelers must consider their physical fitness level and medical history when determining whether this tour is appropriate. Travelers with pre-existing neck, back, knee and/or shoulder injuries, cardiac conditions, asthma, diabetes, epilepsy, other heart or respiratory conditions or any other medical condition must take particular caution when selecting a tour categorized as "strenuous". If you have concerns, you must consult with your personal physician before engaging in any activity that may be too strenuous for you.
Suitable for all ages.
You must be at least 46" in height to participate in this tour.
Non-refundable if canceled within 48 Hours of requested services.
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