A hot spring is a spring that is produced by the emergence of geothermal heated groundwater from the Earth's crust. There are geothermal hot springs in many locations all over the crust of the earth.
Hot springs range in flow rate from the tiniest "seeps" to veritable rivers of hot water. Sometimes there is enough pressure that the water shoots upward in a geyser, or fountain.
Because heated water can hold more dissolved solids, warm and especially hot springs also often have a very high mineral content, containing everything from simple calcium to lithium, and even radium. Because of both the folklore and the claimed medical value some of these springs have, they are often popular tourist destinations, and locations for rehabilitation clinics for those with disabilities
Costa Rica has been forged by horses. Horses are not just a part of our past, as in most countries; horses still hold a place of honor in our society. The use we give them may have changed in the last decades but the admiration and reverence for these fine creatures still remains in our thoughts and hearts. In Costa Rica, horses and humans continue to create a lot of history together.
This is way more than great horseback riding, is about proud, fine, well trained animals. It is about having a small country blessed with one of the most diverse, natural and pristine territories in the world as our backyard -- to play around riding our horses. It is about experiencing the freedom, sincerity and friendliness of our people that has made Costa Rica a peaceful retreat from a turbulent world.
This walk is a fun and educative option to learn more about the forest and the local environment and enjoy the close contact with nature. The trail makes a loop with a total length of 3100 meters within the mountainous area. Along these three kilometers of trails you will be immersed in the divers fauna and flora of the rainforest and admire exotic animals, colorful birds and tropical plant species. While you're walking along the trails, the fascinating world of the tropical forest will open to you. Our goal is to offer you a safe and sustainable way to enjoy the abundant natural resources and at the same time protect it for our future generations.
Located in La Fortuna/Arenal (nearby El Castillo – an approximate 25 minute drive from downtown La Fortuna). This tour option offers an approximate 3 hour long hike along a series of suspension (hanging) bridges
La Fortuna Waterfall (Spanish for "the fortune") is located in central Costa Rica, in the Alajuela Province. In Spanish, it is known as Catarata Fortuna. The waterfall drops about 70−75 meters and is located at the base of the dormant Chato volcano, about 5.5 km outside of the town of La Fortuna, near the Arenal Volcano. It is fed by the Tenorio River, which travels through the rain forest in the Arenal Mountain range until it plunges over the cliff, forming this waterfall. The admission is $10 USD and the hike down to the waterfall is a short, but arduous one. It should take 10 minutes to go down and about 20 to get back up to the parking lot. Open from 7:30 am to 4:00 pm.
Those that have brought along swimming suits and a hearty sense of adventure can swim in the chilly water below the fall. Others can enjoy a picnic along the rocky shoreline or a round of nature photography – indeed, it’s hard to take a bad picture in a place as beautiful as this.
The Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge is considered one of the richest sites in the continent for the observation of birds. Set near the Nicaraguan border in a marshy, jungle-like area, the Caño Negro Wildlife Refuge is one of the most difficult places to independently visit in Costa Rica. It is set in a remote area of the country and is often submerged in water from flooded rivers. Along the shores of the river and in the trees that bend over its waters, visitors will be able to spot birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. There are howler, spider and white-faced monkeys, three-toed sloth, caimans, turtles, and even Jesus Christ Lizards. Keep your eyes on the river, too – there’s the chance of spotting the fin of a freshwater shark as it slices above the water’s surface. A 1-½ hour drive to Los Chiles (a village only 4 km from the Nicaraguan border) ensues. Guests are required to have a copy of their passport on hand, as the tour begins near a checkpoint with the Nicaraguan border.
During the wet season – which typically lasts from July to November – the banks of the Río Frío overflow. During this time, the reserve becomes a shallow lake and acts as a wintering site for migrant American birds. During the dry season – which runs from December until April – the water level steadily falls, until all that is left is the Río Frío's main channel. Some birds, like the Olivaceous Cormorant, make their nests in the reserve and stick around all year. Most birds, however, make their appearance during the dry season. These include the Glossy Ibis, Black-necked Stilt, Anhinga, American Widgeon, Northern Shoveler, Wood Stork, White Ibis, Black-bellied Whistling-Duck, Snail Kite, Green Backed Heron, and Blue-winged Teal. What’s more, Caño Negro is one of the best places to see the Nicaraguan Grackle, whose only Costa Rican habitat is within Caño Negro, or the Jabirus, which is the largest bird in Central America and extremely endangered.
Our adventure begins when we pick up each of our clients at their hotel in our comfortable passenger van. Then we travel to our private farm located next to the volcano and National Park. Here you will be introduced to our professional bi-lingual guide who will give you all the information you will need to begin your adventure on top of your Quad. The tour begins with instruction on how to operate the vehicles and safety rules. Then quickly you will start your crazy ride through the tropical rain forest. This is an experience you will never forget! Crazy turns, wild jumps and a lot of adrenaline running through your body. You will trek through roads which can only be accessed by ATVs, giving you a true off the beaten track experience.
Valverde Vega is the name of the 12th canton in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 120.25 square kilometres (46.43 sq mi), and has a population of 17,322 (estimate as of 2003). The capital city of the canton is Sarchí Norte.
The elongated canton lies between the Río Molino and Río Toro on the northwest and the Río Sarchí on the southeast. It reaches northward into a beautiful high valley of the Cordillera Central (Central Mountain Range) between the Poás and Platanar volcanoes.