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Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from Guanacaste

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  • 12 hours (approx.)
  • Hotel pickup offered
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  • Offered in: English


Experience the thrill of hiking near one of the most active volcanoes in the Western Hemisphere! On this full-day trip from Guanacaste, get an up-close view of Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano and the surrounding tropical landscape. Rejuvenate with a dip in volcanic hot springs and enjoy stellar evening views of the volcano and emerging stars. Round-trip hotel transport from Guanacaste included.
  • Full-day trip to Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs from Guanacaste
  • Hike in the rain forest at Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica
  • Take in stunning views of the active volcano
  • Soak in rejuvenating hot springs during a relaxing afternoon
  • Learn about the tropical landscape from your knowledgeable local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off plus breakfast and lunch included

What's Included

  • Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (Hotel Dreams Las Mareas is not included)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Gratuities
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from/to Hotel Dreams Las Mareas

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • Liberia
    Comandancia de Liberia, Provincia de Guanacaste, Liberia, Costa Rica

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End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

We pick up from the main Guanacaste hotels in the areas of Papagayo and Tamarindo

What To Expect

Spend a day immersed in the geologic wonders and relaxing hot springs of Arenal. After morning pickup at your Guanacaste hotel, ride in a comfortable air-conditioned coach and enjoy a provided breakfast en route to Arenal Volcano National Park. Join your knowledgeable guide on a leisurely hike around the base of the volcano, which emits a steady stream of smoke, ash and lava. Rest assured that trails are carefully chosen for visitor safety.

Trek across open expanses of lava fields formed from previous eruptions and learn about the geologic history of this seismic wonder. Make your way through the lush greenery of the surrounding forest, where your guide will help you spot interesting plant species and native wildlife. Admire panoramic views of the volcano from a distance, and look for signs of activity shooting out of its crater.

Relax after your hike with a therapeutic soak at nearby Baldi Hot Springs. This family-friendly spa boasts 25 thermal pools of varying temperatures surrounded by beautiful tropical scenery. There’s something for everyone, including a swim-up bar, waterfall pools, a kids’ area with a splash zone and several exciting water slides. When hunger strikes, enjoy lunch (included) at the on-site restaurant. As dusk falls over Arenal, take in an enchanted atmosphere of steamy pools and emerging stars with views of the volcano in the distance.

Bask in your relaxed, blissful state on the ride back to your Guanacaste area hotel in the evening.

Liberia (Pass By)

Know as the "white city" Liberia is the capital of Guanacaste and the main city in the North Pacific side of the country.

Café & Macadamia

Café Macadamia is the best restaurant in Arenal Volcano lake. People from all over Costa Rica and from around the world travel to this place to taste the amazing food with the best view of the Arenal Volcano Lake. In here we will have breakfast

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Note: please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Please bring a swimsuit for the hot springs
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers

Cancellation Policy

You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.

  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Frequently Asked Questions

The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.

Q:What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from Guanacaste?

A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:
  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival

Q:What is the policy on sanitization during Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from Guanacaste?

A:The policies on sanitization are:
  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized

Q:What is the social distancing policy during Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from Guanacaste?

A:The policies on social distancing are:
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons

Q:What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from Guanacaste?

A:The policies on staff health & safety are:
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms

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Traveler Tips

Some tips - wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk.
Bit of a ride from the Tamarindo area and the roads are windy, but so worth it.
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Beautiful nature walk...
Leah_G, Dec 2022
Beautiful nature walk followed by relaxing Hot springs after. Knowledgeable tour guide made the trip interesting and entertaining.
Hot springs were...
Kristina_S, Dec 2022
Hot springs were fantastic, wish there was a little more time there but it was about the right amount of time to entice us to go back there in our own.
While we did enjoy...
Rosaly_S, Dec 2022
While we did enjoy ourselves, I didn’t like the vague description on this site. It doesn’t even come close to what we actually did. We did not go to a volcano, we went to a resort with volcanic hot springs and to a rainforest. The time at the hot springs also was not nearly long enough to fully enjoy. On the plus side I loved the pick up and drop off at our hotel very convenient and the tour guide was very knowledgeable.
Really Great Tour
Robin_S, Nov 2022
This was one of the best excursions I have taken. The tour guide/driver picked us up at the hotel right on schedule. As we traveled to the first stop, a traditional Costa Rican breakfast at a restaurant overlooking Lake Arenal , the guide told us about the local plants, buildings, history of the area, educational opportunities for the children and much more. The second stop was at the rainforest where we walked through the canopy across hanging bridges as he pointed out local flora and fauna and interesting facts. Then we went to Baldi Hot springs resort for a delicious buffet lunch and a couple hours enjoying the many hotspring pools and slides. At the rainforest and hotsprings we were able to get some good photos of the volcano. At both the restaurant and hot springs we were able to shop for souvenirs.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great experience!!!
Charde_M, Oct 2022
The whole experience was amazing!!! Tour guide was very knowledgeable about the forest & after hiking the hot springs are a nice cool down. Breakfast & lunch also included...this was a great adventure!!!
Response from Host, Nov 2022
Thank you for choosing Costa Rica. Im glad you had a good time in our country!
Amazing views of the...
Dianne_K, Sep 2022
Amazing views of the volcano, hiking part was way more strenuous than moderate, trip was a bit long, but still worth the time, not enough time at the hot springs and not enough rest stops. But again, worth the time and would recommend this tour.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Thank you for your comments. We are glad you had a good time with us. We will make a note about the rest stops and the time at the hot springs. All the best
1 traveler found this review helpful
Great tour
kristin_G, Aug 2022
Great trip with my teenagers! Mistico is beautiful and Baldi was relaxing. Pura vida! Our guide, Jose was delightful.
Response from Host, Sep 2022
Kristin, thank you for taking the time to write this review. We hope you had a great time in Costa Rica!! All the best
Great trip to the volcano and hot springs
Michael_T, Jul 2022
We loved the hotsprings with all the pools and our guide was amazing at sharing all the sites around Arenal Volcano. 10/10 would recommend!!
Worth every penny!!!
Joanna_S, Jun 2022
Highly recommend!!! Our tour guy was extremely knowledgeable and even stopped on the side of the road when he saw some monkeys so we could see them and take pictures. We had the most beautiful view of the volcano, had a nice walk in the rain forest and the hot springs were the best way to end the day.
2 travelers found this review helpful
The trip was very nice. ...
Rafael_P, May 2022
The trip was very nice. We enjoyed the places we stopped and the tour guide and driver were very nice and helpful.
1 traveler found this review helpful
Just Amazing.
Edmanuel_R, May 2022
We enjoy hiking, our guide was great. Enjoy food, customer service. We wish we can see more birds & animal. Hot spring was memorable.
Luis_A, Apr 2022
Jose the Tour Guide was excellent. Spotted a bunch of wild life for us. Food was great. And finally, Jose made the 3 hour drive entertaining by answering all the questions we had
1 traveler found this review helpful
A Must-Do Tour!
Karen_C, Apr 2022
Zianny from CATours who provided the trip was awesome. The hanging bridges closed on Good Friday so we had to rearrange our tour. Zianny kept us informed of any changes and made the experience even better for us. The Hanging Bridges themselves were amazing, and our guide, Gabriel, was awesome. He showed us so many birds, plants, and animals that we would have passed by had we gone on our own. He knew how to keep us at a pace so we would not have to wait to cross the bridges. It was a five star experience!
Beautiful, Memorable Experience
Jessica_C, Apr 2022
Our guide, Freddie, picked us up right on schedule. He was very knowledgable and fun! We stopped along the way for breakfast overlooking Arenal Lake. Then we traversed to Mistic Park for about a 1.5 hour hike through the rainforest and hanging bridges. After which, we went to relax and have lunch at Baldi Hot Springs. My only recommendation is to bring Dramamine as half the trip is narrow, winding roads and we, along with other tourist vehicles, had to pull over for someone who got sick.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you Jessica for letting us show you the beauty of Costa Rica. We appreciate your good comments and recommendations for all travelers. You are right about the roads, this are going through the mountains and can get you car sick if you are not ready. Hope you can come back to our country! All the best
You don’t want to miss this!
Adewale_M, Mar 2022
One of my favorite excursions! The host was so well-informed and super funny. Breakfast was delicious as well. Traveling to the volcano was breathtaking. 10/10 would recommend!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you again for letting us show you the beauty of Costa Rica! Arenal Volcano is a magical place. We hope you come back and visit again!
Great experience in Costa...
Asmita_J, Mar 2022
Great experience in Costa Rica! We were picked up on time from our hotel which was 4 hrs away from Arenal. The van was very comfortable.The driver and guide were very friendly and professional. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information about the flora and fauna. The highlight was Baldi hot springs to end the tour. It was a memorable experience in spite of long drive!!
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Hello Asmita, we are so happy to read that this was a memorable experience for you. This is what it's all about, making memories for you about our beautiful Costa Rica. Thank you for choosing us to show you the beauty of our country
Best tour guide ever!
Keith_H, Feb 2022
Our tour guide, Gio, was a treasure. He was like the college professor that you remember for decades after graduation. He was charming, personable, and had an encyclopedic knowledge of every aspect of the tour, from geology and geography to energy production and environmental issues to botany and zoology. A simple lecture from Gio would have been worth the price; visiting the rain forest and the hot springs were the icing on a very memorable cake.
Response from Host, Apr 2022
Thank you for your good comments about Gio, we will let him know he is doing an excellent job. Thanks you for choosing Costa Rica for your vacation and we hope you will visit us again
1 traveler found this review helpful
A Must-Book Excursion!
kam7horne, Dec 2021
This tour was the highlight of our trip. Jose was a knowledgeable and funny tour guide. Great food. Everything was well organized and we felt safe the whole time. Highly recommend!!
Response from Host, Feb 2022
Thank you for choosing Costa Rica and our company to explore Arenal Volcano! Hope you can visit us again in the future. All the best!!
Great excursion..: long day
Alexandra_G, Dec 2021
Nice excursion but very long from guanacaste- 13 hours. Tour guide very knowledgeable about the culture, environment and vegetation. Hot springs were nice at a hotel. Please note that it’s not in a secluded space. Hotel lunch Buffett was mediocre at best.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Hello Alexander Thank you for your review. We will consider your comments about the hot springs and the buffett and pass them along to the Baldi hots springs staff. Happy Holidays!
Amazing rainforest and great location for hot springs.
Juan_U, Nov 2021
Amazing time in rain forest and walking the suspension bridges. Guide was excellent and gave us an overview of mother nature and how the forest sustains itself.
Response from Host, Dec 2021
Thank you Juan for your review. Amazing is one great word to describe the beauty of our country. We hope you can come back and enjoy it many times.


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