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Alan DC Philippines
It's a long trip but it's so worth it especially if you don't have the time to visit the place on your own, which needs several days unless you have a private vehicle. The volcano wasn't so impressive but the stay at Tabacon Hot Springs was awesome. The resort's clean and dinner was sumptuous!
We were impressed with our Tour Guide Antonio. We appreciated his punctuality and professionalism. He was very knowledgeable about everything, from the history of Costa Rica, its people, culture, and anything we inquired about! We had visited the National Museum the day before this tour and felt like Antonio was our own walking, talking museum! He drove us safely, and our stops along the way to the churches, cart painting and dining were so interesting as he explained the origins, traditions, etc. of Costa Rica. The drive to the Arenal Volcano is long, but worth the trip! The view is breathtaking and can see why there is so much interest in viewing it and the land and water around the volcano. We had a delicious lunch with tasty, fresh food and fruit drinks. At lunch, we were able to see many birds and walked around to view some sloths in a tree, see some flowers and plants, and caymans in the water. The Tabacon Hot Springs were so relaxing! At first we wondered how we'd stay there for 3 hours, but then the time flew by as we sat in the hot springs and let the water fall and massage our backs. We had a great dinner with a magnificent selection of foods to choose from. We were quieter on the return back to the hotel, but Antonio still answered any questions we asked. This was one of the best tours we have had as it was personalized and having a guide that loves his job and has an even greater love for his family and country makes all of the difference!
Our driver Antonio was amazing. He was kind and caring and wanted to make sure that we had the best experience. From making sure everyone was comfortable, pointing out interesting sights, timing the stops to avoid crowds, etc. The views were amazing of the volcano, we received a lot of history of the area and ended the day with the hot springs/dinner. I would recommend this tour.
This was my first trip with Viator and it This was a day trip and the quide was so knowleable
Momo United Kingdom
Excellent. Very enjoyable trip. The bus was comfortable and air-conditioned. We started with lunch before visitng La Fortuna and Arenal then dinner after spending a few hours in the hot springs at Tabacon and before heading back to the hotels.
The hot springs at Tabacon were amazing and the pictures do not capture the full experience. The information about the Arenal volcano and view from the look out point was fabulous! Eric was by far the best guide we had while in Costa Rica! We contemplated staying in the La Fortuna area, but decided to stay in San Jose and do day trips instead to different areas. The trip made for a very full day, but was worth every minute. They really do pick you up from your hotel and drop you off. We stayed in Escazu, and that was a concern of mine, but they work with you and even pick up from Air BnBs at the closest hotel. Completely worth the whole day. Two meals were also included and very good!
Not the greatest tour to take if seeing a volcano is important. The lookout point not close to the volcano and the day that we were there visibility was cloud covered. But Tubacon Hot Springs was a home run. Absolutely pristine and beautiful, highly professional staff, next time I will stay at the resort for a day or two to completely enjoy the experience.
Max guide and Ricardo driver were great and very personable. The timing for each stop on the tour was enough for each destination. The lunch and dinner were better than I expected. Don't forget your bathing suit and bring flip flops or water shoes for the hot springs since some of the pools have uneven ground. Towels and locker rentals are included at the hot springs. A piece of advice though about the hotel pickups, ask in advance for the name of your guide and driver since the Hotel Aurola pick up point had multiple tour companies picking up guests at the same time.
This tour was amazing!
The tour exceeded our expectations despite the overcast day preventing good views of Arenal. Our guide, Hugo, was knowledgeable, humorous and patient. He dealt skillfully with the various personalities on the tour—an impressive feat! The hot springs at Tabacon were breathtaking. All in all a very good value
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