DAYS 2 – 3:
Awaken to a dawn chorus of tropical bird life, before preparing for the activity-filled days ahead. Opt for a safari float down the Penas Blancas river, where your guide will paddle you from bird to beast, taking in a diverse variety of wildlife and scenery along the way. With crocodiles, caimans, iguanas and sloths all roaming the water’s edge, it takes “row, row your boat” to a whole new level.
Keen hikers can visit the La Fortuna waterfall, where you’ll follow the 230-foot descent of the falls, to its thundering finale, and azure waters. Take the plunge before gearing up for the return trek back to the top – not one for the faint-hearted (or weak-knee’d).
On day three, unleash your inner thrill seekers and go white water rafting. With rapids to suit all abilities you might like to ask the hotel staff for a recommended route, particularly if you have younger children. Or, for an adrenaline rush with birds-eye views, head to Arenal Park Sky Adventures and throw yourself headfirst into the rainforest. The Sky Trek zip line takes you on a cable-only tour (no walking) between canyons, where you’ll reach speeds up to 45mph.
Finish your final night at Tabacón at the spa. Ease off tired muscles with a take-it-in-turns treatment in a palm-thatched private bungalow, with caña brava walls that let in the sounds and scents of the surrounding rainforest.