• Location: San Jose, Costa Rica
  • Duration: 15 hours (approx.)
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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

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

Amy B

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

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


5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

Great trip!

Jose R S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended February 2018

This tour was excellent. I recommend it to everybody.


5 star rating: Highly Recommended January 2018

Exellent guide, nice warm springs

Chad S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

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

Keleigh P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended November 2017

The drive was long three hours each way but 100 worth it. On the way up you get great views of different areas of Costa Rica and the tour guide provides lots of information and on the way back most people slept. The volcano was beautiful but be aware that due to the uncertainty of Costa Rica weather visibility can vary. You get about 30 minutes at the look out point to take pictures and soak in the views, then head off to the hot springs, but Baldi had great views of the volcano as well. Lunch is in La Fortuna and dinner is at the resort- both were delicious. I thought Baldi was great but one thing to note is the same tour is offered and goes to Tobacon for only 10 more, which our tour guide said is the nicer resort. 5 people out of our group went there and the rest went to Baldi and we weren't aware that we could have done that option. However, both are probably very similar.

Carike P

5 star rating: Highly Recommended October 2017

This tour was amazing, will definitely recommend.

Eliagne S

5 star rating: Highly Recommended September 2017



5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Excellent tour with experienced Tour Guide


5 star rating: Highly Recommended August 2017

Amazing Tour.Execellent guide. Food at la Perla was very good and Baldi is a great place to enjoy. Be careful using the toboggan as we learned it the hard way.

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