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Your travel agent and information service in Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica

Tours Arenal is a division of Agencia Destino Tropical, a travel agent and tour operator located in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica.

This is a family project run by my wife Karla Picado and myself Mario Cordero. Both of us have worked long years in the tourism industry; first in hotels, later as white water rafting and bike tour guides in Costa Rica and Europe. More recently as country coordinators for an international tour operator.  

In 2002 we got engaged and decided we did not want to live in San Jose anymore.  The quality of life in the city was unbearable for these two runners, bikers, birdwatchers, and all around hyperactive souls.  We looked for a better place all over the country, and then looked again.  La Fortuna, at the base of Arenal Volcano, was the ideal location, with lots of good roads for biking and running, rainforests for bird watching and a thirving tourism industry.  We also thought this was a safe and quiet place to raise a family.

We are both Licensed Costa Rica Naturalist Guides by the National Institute of Biodiversity (INBIO).   We have organized and guided many tours for groups, couples, families, students and many bikers.

Our goal is to help you plan your visit to Arenal Volcano in Costa Rica, with accurate information and an efficient booking service.  We provide a curated list of the best tours and activities in the area, with clear and updated descriptions and a great deal of local experience.

This site is just beginning and perhaps the information you need is still not here. So we ask you to please write to us.  We still respond to all email on the same day and we’ll answer all of your questions.  If we don’t have an answer, I’m sure we know where to find it.  And if you are ever visiting Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna, we’d love say hello and show you around.

Mario Cordero & Karla Picado

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