Guatuso is the name of the 15th canton in the province of Alajuela in Costa Rica. The canton covers an area of 758.32 square kilometres (292.79 sq mi), and has a population of 13,984 (estimate as of 2003). The capital city of the canton is San Rafael de Guatuso.
It is a diamond-shaped canton, with the Río Purgatorio (Purgatory River) and the Río Frío (Cold River) as the northeast border, the Río Cucaracha (Cockroach River) as a portion of the southeast border, the Cordillera de Guanacaste on the southwest border, and the Río Rito and the Río Mónico on the northwest. Tenorio Volcano marks the far western point of the canton.
The canton of Guatuso is subdivided into four districts (distritos):
San Rafael, Buenavista, Cote, Katira
The canton was established by a decree of March 17, 1970. It is named for the region's original inhabitants, an indigenous tribe whose survivors are now known as the Maleku and remain as residents of the area.
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.
The tour begins with a pick up from your Arenal area hotel. Drivers will drop you off outside of town, where you’ll meet guides. You’ll head out along forested trails towards the waterfalls. Upon arrival, trained specialists will fit you with equipment and show you the proper way to rappel down the falls. You’ll then descend five waterfalls within a stunning canyon; four are alongside or directly in the falls, while one is along a dry rock face.