The Arenal Volcano, the only volcano in Costa Rica that has been active since 1968, produces huge ash columns and explosions on a daily basis. You can witness the glowing red lava for yourself, take a canopy tour, or try horseback riding, whitewater rafting, and mountain biking around the Arenal Lagoon. Spelunking is also an option in the nearby Venado Caves. If you prefer a more relaxing trip, then the hot springs at the Tabacón Spa are supreme.
Travel from San Jose
There are a variety of options available to students for travel to La Fortuna/Arenal area, which includes: car, private vans, domestic flights, private bus, and public bus services.
Though public buses are not the fastest (approximately 4 hours one-way) but they offer students a safe and comfortable ride at the cheapest cost.
Buses depart from San Jose (Av 7/9 Calle 12 Terminal Atlantico Norte) at 6:15 A.M., 8:30 A.M., and 11:30 A.M.
Return buses from La Fortuna to San Jose are at: 12:30 P.M. and 2:30 P.M.
Bus fare: 1,430 colones or $2.85/ one-way.
* Schedules and prices are subject to change by providers so please confirm before planning your trip. Auto Transportes San Jose San Carlos Phone: 255-0567, 255-4318, 255-4300.
**Tickets are purchased in person and by cash only--it is advisable to purchase tickets in-person and in advance of your trip.