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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

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What You Can Expect

Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

Hot springs in Costa Rica

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.

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Customer Reviews

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5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

Excellent trip, I really enjoyed the tour. The guide Hugo was great. Lunch and dinner were outstanding.

Michelle W

5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2017

The tour was terrific! Our tour guide was so informative, and kept us entertained all day long!


5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2016

Great tour. Great food. Gorgeous scenery


5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

The tour to the Arenal Volcano was great. Our tour guide was Filander. He started our tour with a great amount of information of Costa Rica. He was very knowledgeable about different topics, and he spoke in Spanish and English all the time. We went to Sarchí, to Arenal and then to the hot springs.

Pamela G

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2016

Hot springs are unique. Excellent for couples in love. You need to spend the night in tabacon.

Alma V

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Great tours love it.

Morgan R

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

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.

Derek S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2016

Excellent. Trip.guide.and.driver.very.helpfull

Anna C

5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

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.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended July 2016

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.

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