Costa Rica is famous for its volcanic landscape. With a total of 116 volcanoes throughout the country, they'll be a constant presence throughout your trip. You can get a closer look by setting off their surrounding hiking trails or trekking to scenic lookouts.
The Irazu volcano, with its emerald green lagoon, is one of Costa Rica's must-see volcanic sights and is easy to access. If you want to journey further, hike up the side of a volcano to truly experience its energy. Rincon de la Vieja National Park is known for its boiling mud, its fumaroles, and the breathtaking view from its summit.
There's also the lesser-known Barva volcano, which offers four beautiful hiking trails ranging between 1 to 3 miles. Keep an eye out for the hummingbirds and squirrels you might spot along the way. Prefer to catch a ride? Gallop across the Arenal volcano on horseback.
At the end of your journey, you'll be rewarded with natural hot springs that are heated by the volcano's depths. Some have been converted into luxurious bathing pools, surrounded by greenery, like those you'll find at the del Bosque and Tabacon resorts. Plan your hikes for the dry season between December and April, when trails are easier to follow.