This is a country that prizes both the preservation and enjoyment of its natural resources. Canopy tours – which send travelers flying safely through the upper reaches of the forest canopy – are a logical extension of this position, and in recent years have become synonymous with Costa Rica itself. Fittingly, these tours have grown into one of the country’s most popular outdoor activities.
Arenal has a handful of well-run, professional canopy tours. Spread throughout the forested region at the base of the Arenal Volcano, these tours offer travelers a unique chance to experience the rainforest as never before. Ranging between 40 and 1,400 ft. in length, sturdy steel cables connect platforms and trees. It is along these cables that tour takers will soar. While riding, visitors will be able to enjoy excellent views of the Arenal Volcano and surrounding area, including rainforests, pastures, hillsides and streams.
All tours begin with an introduction to the equipment and an explanation of how to ride the cables. Bilingual guides accompany the entire tour and are available to ride individually with younger or more timid travelers.
Canopy tours can be enjoyed by anyone in moderate shape over the age of 8. No steep hiking is required and guides will help anyone needing assistance. These tours generally last between 2-3 hours and are covered with full insurance.