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A long day starting with the hanging bridges trip with amazing views of Arenal volcano to start with. Our guide had incredible knowledge- she pointed out snakes, various birds, bats, flowers the bridges were amazing to walk across- best part of the tour. Waterfall hike was a nice climb and beautiful for pics but a little short to actually take a dip volcano hike was interesting with good flowers and trees pointed out hot springs were incredible- it rained in the evening and the water was really rejuvenating topped off with sumptuous buffett.
This tour is a must. 4 activities at once and the experience of a lifetime. the staff was amazing and this tour takes you to the volcano and hanging bridges which was fun to do. got to see animals. got to be in shape for this, lots of walking but it is so worth it. you will love it. and to finish at a hot spring. was relaxing.
Fantastic tour and our guide Tony was amazing! He was extremely knowledgeable about the local animals and plants and was able to spot several hard to find birds. The hikes along the hanging bridges and near the volcano were beautiful. The waterfall was an amazing experience and you're able to wade in the water next to where it crashes. The included lunch and dinner were delicious and the hot springs were a perfect way to end a long day.
This was a very good tour that we enjoyed. Tony a biology teacher/professor, was our guide. He demonstrated a great deal of passion and love for the country and its environment. The tour started at 8 am and we returned to our hotel at 10:15 pm. During the tour, not only did we see the sights but also spotted the following animals: Troop of spider monkeys, toucan, numerous birds, vine snake, a tarantula in its hole and in the evening saw a baby eyelash viper. In all animal encounters we felt safe, keeping distance when needed as I am not a daring individual when it comes to snakes and spiders. We rated this tour very highly based on the quality and passion of the guide. Here are some things one should be aware of when signing up for the combo tour. It is important to be in shape. While my wife and I who are in our early 50's walk upwards of 12K steps per day Fitbit, we thought we could handle the 18K of steps associated with this tour. Shame on us but we forgot waterfalls and volcano's are not the same walking as on a flat surface. The two of us were sore the next couple days and had our activities been strenuous those days we would have had a problem. While we enjoyed Tabacon as it is a beautiful facility by day, visitors should be aware that many of the pools in the upper quadrants of the resort are essentially closed as they do not have lighting. We preferred for safety reasons to stay where there was light. Subsequently, there were only 4-5 pools from which to choose. The buffet was good at Tabacon and our 14 year old son loved the super fast slide in the main pool. However, I am not sure the extra was worth the Tabacon up-charge since in our opinion many of the pools were not reachable in the dark. One of the less expensive spas might make a more practical choice. At the time of this writing it should be noted that at the waterfall some steps were under repair and we had to navigate off the steps using ropes in the mud to descend and climb back up the 500 steps. If we had one complaint about the tour it is that there is not much time to spend by the waterfall. This is a problem as it is exhausting descending to the bottom and then having to re climb the steps 30 minutes later is tough. it would have been nice to spend another 15-20 minutes at the bottom or taking time to re-climb. FYI - There is another set of 50 steps leading down to a quieter pool below the waterfall pool. This is a nice relaxed area if you don't want to deal with the rocky shore,crowds and turbulent water by the falls.
One other heads up in reference to the Volcano Hike: The emergency exit is used when leaving the volcano lava flow. This was good as it was getting dark when we reached the summit 5pm -ish. The emergency exit trail only takes 20 minutes to descend and if we were not sore, it would have been an easy trip. Bottom line, great day and worth the based on the sights and guide.
Allen and Hugo were excellent guides. Highly recommend this tour to all visiting Cost Rica. Hanging bridges were amazing, followed by the spectacular waterfall. Lunch was quite tasty and welcoming after the morning. The hike was strenuous but Allan was so knowledgeable about CR and the history that it was well worth it. The next day my calves were quite sore. Be warned! Highly recommend this and try to get Allen as your tour guide.
This trip was fabulous.Our tour guide,Anderson, was amazing!You start the day w/ hanging bridges. Anderson had eagle eyes.He saw animals we would have never seen without his help.Then the waterfall. 500 steps down and 500 steps up. Phew!Hike around the volcano was spectacular. End in relaxing hot sp
The van picked us up late. Then sat parked by the lake for 15 minutes waiting for something that was never explained to us. We arrived at the park and were directed to our group. The guide told us we had kept the group waiting for 40 minutes and that the group was upset with us for keeping them waiting. I explained that I had gotten up at 5:30 am showered eaten breakfast and been kept waiting. And how dare he blame me for the delay. Especially in front of the group! Then Reynoldo or Bernardo, I can't remember his name was huffy and really only addressed one of the members of our small group, a somewhat attractive woman. Other guides were talkative and helpful. He was surly unpleasant. He was more of a thug than tour guide. Grudgingly and occasionally pointing things out. Things improved slightly by the end of the day when our group grew. This after an older man was struggling with his heart since we climbed the stairs 500 meters up from the waterfall. He just kept saying ok let's get going as the man sat couldn't do much of anything.