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The day of our trip, was extremely clear! It was absolutely beautiful getting to see the volcano. Our tour guide was very educated about Costa Rica and all of the things we saw. I didn't just learn about the volcano I also learned about Costa Rican culture, animals, history, economy, and much more. The majority of the trip is spend in the car due to the long drive. But we made many different stops as well. We also spent 3 hours at the hot springs, which were beautiful.
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Good trip although very long day. A 2 day trip with an overnight stay may have been a better option but was not feasible with my timetable. Costa Rica certainly does the eco tourism scene very well.
Good trip although very long day. 2 day with overnight stop may have been better option but not possible with my timetable. Costa Rica certainly does the eco tourism bit very well.
Good and refreshing. The travel guide was very helpful and took care of the entire group.
The long distance created some time crunches. On the other hand, I appreciated the fact that there was a tour from the San Jose area to Arenal. Food at both lunch and dinner was delicious it was some of the best I've had in Costa Rica so far. Tour guide told funny jokes, which I enjoyed. The Baldi Hot Springs resort was one of the most posh places I've ever seen. Pretty fabulous.
A long day but very worthwhile.. You do spend a long time on the coach and the way home is rather longer than is truly comfortable however it and #39;s a price worth paying for a great day out.
The views of the volcano were spectacular, both meals were more than passable and the hotsprings were amazing.
We were lucky that we were able to see it, the hot springs were the best part!
This was great day trip. We loved getting to see this area of Costa Rica. The majority of our fellow tourists were all Spanish speakers so the majority of the tour was conducted in Spanish even though we didn't speak much Spanish. Just be aware that you will be going with people from all over the world and they may be some language barriers. We went to Baldi hot springs resort which was fantastic with about 25 different pools and a great spa. We even had time to get a massage!
The volcano is incredible but the Hot Springs is very touristy.
Very long day with the traffic. Views were good, but the morning portion of the tour was rather dry.
Bus ride took forever. Tour included lunch and dinner buffet. But to be out from 7am to 11pm for 7 minutes at a elevated view of the volcano isn and #39;t worth it.
Fantastic, Our Guide Daniel was very knowledgeable and a super fun guy to spend time with. Every attention to detail was taken and the food amazing. Great way to see Costa Rica when you only have 11 days. We highly commend Viator and will travel with them again. China here we come. G and L
This tour is All about the Hot Springs and the Dinner Buffet at Tabacón ☆ the mini bus while well air-conditioned the seats could use a little more padding - Our tour guide Eugene and driver Roy were wonderful, informative and safe. This is a Must Do tour every time I am in Costa Rica
The sites visited were fantastic on their own but any added fun depends on tour guides and tourist group. If you research individual prices and tranport for these places you will quickly realize this is the better deal. The schedule runs as described and yes it is a really long day! But so much fun!
We had a great time on this tour! The guide, Chewy, had a lot of knowledge and his English was very good! we went to a lovely place for a wonderful view of the volcano. And the spa after was fantastic! The best and most relaxing part!
No much information between one tour and other. Transportation terrible. hotel terrible not air condition, not TV, and Not Wireless. To much waiting time from activities to activities.
This trip was booked and PREPAID in April for a May tour. We reconfirmed by email before we left the states as well. The tour operator was an hour late and only when we called from our hotel front desk did they quickly rebook with another sub-tour company. The original local tour operator lied and said they had trouble with the tour van at a hotel. Apparently, the driver broke down and didn't bother to tell anybody that he left 4 people stranded with no tour. Real professional. The new tour operators had never done this tour before so basically shared nothing with us on a LONG 3 1/2 hour ride up and back. In fact, we get to the volcano and they show us the 2 entrances but we never get to go in or do the things we signed up for and listed in the tour description hanging bridge, volcano observatory, nature hike, etc.. They stopped ON THE SIDE OF THE HIGHWAY so we could get photos! So, when Viator says submit your photos of your trip, I had to laugh! Not only were we rushed through that part of the tour, we almost missed the lunch buffet at the hot springs resort that was included in the package. We got there with only a 1/2-hour to spare and all the food was cold or picked over. We did get to dip some toes into the hot springs, but the tour operators told us to hurry up because they wanted to get back before dark mind you, after the local tour operator had scrambled to get someone else to pick us up for this tour due to their lack of organization/professionalism. Awful waste of our time and money!
Doing what: Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs
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This was an awesome day trip. The tour guide was very nice. The hot spring felt amazing. I would definitely do it again. Great stop to buy souvenirs. Please note: if you are scared to drive on winding roads at night take a sleeping pill on the way back. But do not miss out on this. Totally worth every penny. The drive is long but I really didn't mind.
The tour began with an early pick up at the hotel and then a pretty lengthy ride to the Arenal park area. We stopped at Sarchi at a coop and took some fun photos and purchased souveniers. Then we had lunch at La Fortuna. The guides shared information along the way. Lunch was pretty tasty! Then we went to the Arenal area. We lucked out that it was very visible. After that, we made our way to Tabacon, which was absolutely gorgeous. It was surreal to be in the hot springs when it started raining as it created this very cool steam. Dinner at Tabacon was above average. Then we headed back for into San Jose on a three hour ride. You spend a lot of time on the van. We enjoyed getting to know our fellow travelers on the way there and all napped on the way back. You should definitely pack a swimsuit. Towels and small lockers are included at Tabacon.
I would not recommend this tour from Jaco as the drive time is too long. We were able to see the volcano from the road but never got a good photo of it. The hot springs were relaxing and the lunch was good at the Baldi Hot Springs but we were there only for about two hours before starting our return trip. This would work best for those closer to this site.
Doing what: Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs
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