Penas Blancas River

Known as the "white water gem of Costa Rica's Atlantic slope", the Penas Blancas River runs right through the Tilaran Mountain Range in north central Costa Rica. It then converges with the San Carlos River east of the Arenal Volcano.

Penas Blancas River Things to Do

Arenal 4 in 1 Tour Safari Float & Tabacon Hot Springs, Costa Rica
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If your time in the Arenal area is limited, or you just like to fit all the action you can into one day, the 4 in 1 Arenal Combo Tour is exactly what you are looking for. This all day, all inclusive outing will introduce you to the best Arenal has to offer including the Penas Blancas River, La Fortuna waterfall, Arenal Volcano National Park and the Tabacon Hot Springs.

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This clear water river is fed by the pristine waters of several private cloud forest reserves in Monteverde and is surrounded by lush rainforest, natural volcanic hot springs, waterfalls and forested canyons that measure upwards of 700 feet (213 m) in height. In other words, the Peñas Blancas River is an indisputable scenic adventure.

Much of the river is relatively calm, but parts boast class II through IV rapids. Most visitors to the river enjoy a calm safari float to take advantage of the hot springs, waterfalls and abounding wildlife which includes monkeys, sloths, river turtles, crocodiles, iguanas and many bird species.