Exploring around San Carlos


The northern zone of the country is filled with national parks, incredible views, waterfalls and thousand of unique activities. Not to mention it’s one of the most visited parts in the entire country. Some time must be dedicated for relaxation – of course. There are many hot springs in La Fortuna.

For the more adventurous type, this region of the country has plenty to offer. Rafting, guided hiking tours, kayaking, fishing, horseback riding, canopy tours and bout tours along Cano Negro are just some of the activities anyone can enjoy while they are visiting. 

A R E N A L  V O L C A N O  N A T I O N A L  P A R K

With its perfect cone shaped form and clouds that surround its peak, the Arenal volcano is one of the most beautiful in the world. The majesty of this volcano has always been a source of awe and admiration. It is the third most active volcano in the country, right before the Rincon de la Vieja and Turrialba volcanoes. 

The national park is actually home to not 1 but 2 volcanoes, the most famous being the Arenal. The other volcano is called “Chato”, whose cráter collapsed years ago. The eastern area of the volcano, called Cerro Chato, contains a beatufiul emerald colored lagoon which can be visited after a lengthy hike. Tourists can also visit the neighbor Lake Arenal, which generates 40% of all hydroelectric enegery in Costa Rica. 

R I O  C E L E S T E

Rio Celeste is one of the most popular places in Costa Rica, recognized worldwide for its particular water coloration which fluctuates between tones of light blue to turquoise. 

The two routes accessing the national park are only for all terrain, double traction vehicles. There is no public transportations that unite the Tenorio Volcano National Park with the central valley or any other major population centers. Open everyday from 8:00 to 14:30

Waterfall. Is one of the principle attractions. With a 30 m drop, this waterfall has one particularity, the color of its well is an intense light blue. | Mirador del Volcano Tenorio, From this point it is possible to view the mass of the Tenorio volcano, which is formed by 5 volcanic cones, all inactive. | Laguna Azul is a small lagoon that contains a large accumulation of colloidal silica which generates an intense blue color, which on sunny days can also change to turquoise. | Borbollones | and the last stop is the Teñideros Is the exact point where the Buena Vista River and Agria Quebrada Rivers meet. 

Residents: ¢800,00 (colones) | Tourist: $12,00 

L A  F O R T U N A  W A T E R F A L L

Prices: From 0-8years FREE | Residents: $8 | Tourist: $14

Open daily from 8am to 5pm. 

The descent is made up of 480 steps, a newely remodeled walking path and comfortable resting areas, which all lead to the marvelous 70 meter fall of crystal clear waters.

J U A N  C A S T R O  B L A N C O  N A T I O N A L  P A R K

The Juan Castro Blanco National Park has a total area of 14,453 hectares. Camping is permitted so you can either stay the night or simply spend the day walking around the many hiking routes that exist on the property. The most famous hike finishes at the Pozo Azul (blue well), which can be seen in the picture below. The entrance fee is 1000 colones and depending on the weather it can take anywhere from 40 minutes to an hour to reach the well.  


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