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Time15 hours (Approx.)
TransportHotel pickup offered
TicketMobile ticket
Offered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Experience one of Costa Rica’s most iconic adventures as you explore Arenal Volcano and relax with a dip in natural volcanic hot springs. On this guided full-day trip from San Jose, take in spectacular views of the volcano, which regularly emits puffs of smoke. Rejuvenate with a soak in one of the area’s famous natural hot springs as you enjoy the backdrop of the volcano in the distance. Hotel pickup and drop-off from San Jose plus lunch and a gourmet dinner are included.

  • Day trip to Arenal Volcano National Park and Baldi Hot Springs from San Jose
  • Enjoy breathtaking views of Costa Rica’s famous Arenal Volcano with your expert guide
  • Relax in the exquisite hot springs at Baldi
  • Stop in the town of Sarchi for a look at local crafts
  • Dine on a gourmet lunch and dinner
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off included
Discover what makes Arenal one of Costa Rica’s most popular destinations for adventure and relaxation. Your full-day tour begins with early morning pickup at your San Jose hotel in a comfortable air-conditioned coach. On the drive to Arenal, make a quick stop at the charming town of Sarchí for about 30 minutes, where local artisans have been making Costa Rica’s brightly painted wooden oxcarts for generations. 

After arriving at Arenal Volcano National Park, take in breathtaking views of the nearby volcano. One of the most active volcanoes in the Western Hemisphere, it emits a near-constant stream of smoke, ash and lava from a crater that rises an impressive 5,436 feet (1,657 meters) above sea level. The last major eruption was in 1968, and park officials carefully monitor volcanic activity to ensure visitor safety. Learn about this fascinating area’s history and geology from your guide as you admire the sight of the volcano rising out of lush surrounding vegetation.

Relax over a delicious lunch at Arenal Volcano Inn Resort or La Perla Restaurant. After lunch, you will walk a short distance to get to the lookout point where you can admire this impressive volcano and take some pictures, from a safe distance and then head to the nearby Baldi Hot Springs for a rejuvenating afternoon. There’s something for everyone at this family-friendly spa, which features 25 different thermal pools of varying temperatures surrounded by beautiful tropical scenery and waterfalls. Little ones will love a kids’ area with a splash zone and several different water slides.

As night falls, enjoy a magical atmosphere of steam rising from the pools as the lights turn on and the stars come out. Savor a delicious dinner at the spa’s on-site restaurant, and then relax in your newfound state of bliss on the drive back to your hotel.

Reviews

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C
, Mar 2018

This tour was amazing!

T
, Mar 2018

The tour started off with a stop at a souvenir shop which included very rude sales people. The lady cheated me out of my change and told me it was no big deal maybe not to her. I would recommend Viator to find another souvenir shop besides this one. We left this location and had lunch at a very nice restaurant. The food was absolutely delicious! I was a little disappointed that we had a 20 minute stop at the volcano look out point. I was hoping to get closer to the volcano or at the very least have more of a tour about Arenal Volcano. Everybody on my tour went to Tabcon so I did too. I loved it! This tour was literally an all day event which worked for me.

A
, Feb 2018

Really enjoyed Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs were AMAZING!!!!!

A
, Feb 2018

Great trip!

J
, Jan 2018

This tour was excellent. I recommend it to everybody.

r
, Jan 2018

Exellent guide, nice warm springs

M
, Jan 2018

Not much to see in the tour

o
, Jan 2018

The volcano was a bit under whelming as you only see it from far away but the view is beautiful and you can take lots of nice photos. Hot springs are in a nice five star hotel and the facility is very large with several warm pools. It is nice an relaxing and I had a good time.

R
, Jan 2018

First the best thing: we had an outstanding, helpful, safe driver whose skills and personality helped make a lengthy trip through often bad weather as comfortable as possible. Weather cannot be controlled so we do not consider this a reason for a less than positive review. On the other hand, there were 2 factors that we found extremely disappointing. The bus was OK overall not great but not awful but the microphone and sound system were substandard. 1 After repeated reports from multiple passengers that transmissions from our guide were undecipherable, the guide made some adjustments and , though of marginal quality, most but not all of the guides commentaries could be understood NOTE: we have normal hearing. 2 Upon reaching the walkway to the viewing platform near the volcano, the guide led us in the upward direction and failed to direct us first to the readily available walking sticks not in our site looking ahead toward our guide as they were behind where the bus had been parked. These were provided at no charge as aids for tourists and , as we met other groups after climbing to the top, we noted how many folks up there were using walking sticks. Though we're highly active, the slippery walkway for climbing was somewhat difficult to negotiate and left us wishing for an alternative pathway. Actually, there was an alternative as, on our way done, another guide leading others emerged from a side trail and told us that he'd taken his group on an alternative easier, less steep route which did not have workers redoing a large section of the main path upwards where our guide had directed us. If another guide knew this and accounted for the conditions to adjust the route for those in his group who preferred an alternative, it seemed striking that our guide either did not know of or chose not to mention that option. The Baldi Hot Springs were extremely enjoyable and dinner there was fine but our guide did little to help us find our way around the place or make sure that we were aware of all of the options. This was an important lesson for our future travels: opt for an individual guided tour from a reputable provider. We did not feel that this tour was worth what we had paid and this was not due to the weather - we're realistic, highly experienced travelers

C
, Nov 2017

Highly recommend this excursion! Great food, very relaxing, and Eric the tour guide was the best!


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