Alajuela Province
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Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Hot Springs Tour

1. Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Hot Springs Tour

Escape into the nature of the La Fortuna area. Walk by the river and follow a trail to a panoramic viewpoint. Visit a Maluku Indian village and trek through a forest, lava fields, and farmlands before relaxing at a natural hot spring resort. Be collected at your accommodation and be driven to the beginning of the forest walk. Trek on the easy track along the crystal clear La Fortuna river. En route, hop on a tractor cart uphill to a panoramic viewpoint. Spot the next location from a distance then begin the return walk down a jungle staircase. Halfway down is a high suspension bridge to cross. The trail leads further down the huge canyon, which was shaped by a volcanic mega-eruption. Encounter the spectacular La Fortuna waterfall. Be amazed by the lush vegetation on its 70-meter high walls, the huge volcanic rocks at its foot, and the water splashing down in its massive pool. Bask in its beauty or even take a refreshing dip. Return to the viewpoint then walk down to the little village of the Maluku Indians. Seated in their Palenke (main house), enjoy a rest while listening to an interesting story about their culture, art, and history.  After being active for a few hours, the time has come to relax and enjoy a typical hot lunch. Next to the restaurant is a butterfly garden and frog pond that you can explore until your food is served.  Reenergized, take a 15-minute ride to the park at the foot of the Arenal volcano. Being the trek through the primary forest where you can see huge trees with giant roots. Besides a variety of birds, the forest is host to monkeys, sloths, and coati. Leave the forest and each the highest viewpoint that exists around the volcano and absorb the most spectacular panoramic views of Lake Arenal, the jungle, the valley, the lava fields, and most of all the Arenal that towers over you.  Conclude your tour at the natural hot spring resort. Relax in its soothing warm water for about an hour and enjoy a volcanic mud facial and a complimentary cocktail. At around 6:30 PM, you will be taken back to your accommodation.

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Poás Volcano, Coffee Plantation & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

2. Poás Volcano, Coffee Plantation & La Paz Waterfall Gardens

Experience Costa Rica's nature and culture on this full-day tour San José. Your first destination is the Doka Estate coffee plantation, where you'll learn all about the ancient techniques of producing some of the best coffee in Costa Rica and around the world. Experience the careful process involved in the cultivation, harvesting and roasting of the Golden Bean before tasting the delectable product. After your coffee tour, continue to Poás Volcano National Park, where there is a noticeable change in temperature and beautiful scenery in a cloud forest. Climb up Poás Volcano, an active stratovolcano that most recently erupted in 2017. The crater of the volcano is over a mile across and 1,050 feet deep, making for breathtaking views. Hike on a trail to the beautiful Botos Lagoon as you learn about the different ecosystems in the park. Then, continue to La Paz Waterfall Gardens and enjoy a buffet lunch of traditional Costa Rican dishes. After lunch, explore the lush tropical rainforest. See the flowing white rivers, spectacular waterfalls, birds, butterflies, monkeys, and hummingbirds before returning to San José.

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La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano and Hanging Bridges Combo

3. La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano and Hanging Bridges Combo

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the La Fortuna area, and travel to Arenal Volcano to hike the paths surrounding the mighty mountain. Get back to nature in Arenal Volcano National Park, where most of the 850 species of bird identified in Costa Rica can be found. Look out for other wildlife, such as white-faced capuchin monkeys, jaguar and deer. Marvel at the stunning landscapes of a secondary rainforest at the base of the park, and a primary rainforest with amazing biodiversity amongst the hanging bridges. Walk through the rainforest on a network of 15 suspension bridges of various levels of difficulty in Mistico Park. Then, cool down with a swim in a natural pool at La Fortuna waterfall.

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La Fortuna: 6-Hour Arenal Volcano Observatory & Lake Tour

4. La Fortuna: 6-Hour Arenal Volcano Observatory & Lake Tour

Head to the Arenal Observatory on this 6-hour excursion from La Fortuna. Travel to the far side of the volcano and take in views of Arenal from different angles. Hike through gardens and forests with your guide, passing 2 hanging bridges. See the Danta River and waterfall, and learn about the ecosystem and the animals you encounter. Visit the Arenal Observatory and its museum and learn about the volcano and its history. Finish the hike at the observatory lodge and watch the sunset over Lake Arenal. End the tour in a relaxing way at a hot spring resort, where you can soak in the soothing hot springs. Enjoy a volcanic mud facial and a complimentary cocktail.

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San Jose: Irazú Volcano, Cartago City & Orosi Valley Tour

5. San Jose: Irazú Volcano, Cartago City & Orosi Valley Tour

Start with pickup from your hotel and travel by minibus along the Panamerican Highway until you reach the base of the Irazú Volcano. Travel up the winding road through fertile farmlands where many types of fruit and vegetables are cultivated. Enjoy spectacular panoramic views of the surrounding hills and valleys. At the summit of the volcano, on a clear day, marvel at the spectacular view of both the Atlantic and Pacific Oceans. Next, descend to the city of Cartago and stop at the Virgin of the Angels Basilica. Discover this local pilgrimage site which has large vaulted ceilings and exquisite examples of stained glass windows.  Continue the tour through the Orosi Valley, an area of magnificent natural beauty. Visit one of the few remaining colonial churches in the region and stop for a tasty typical lunch at one of the local restaurants. Finally, be returned to your hotel to complete the tour.

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La Fortuna Town: Rio Celeste and Tenorio National Park Tour

6. La Fortuna Town: Rio Celeste and Tenorio National Park Tour

Following your pickup from your hotel in La Fortuna Downtown, you will venture to the heart of the Tenorio Volcano. Once having arrived there, you will discover the mystery of the minerals that produce the reaction that causes the river to turn a marvelous light-blue color. You will explore right where the Buena Vista River and Roble River merge, with both rivers originating from the volcano. The colors of these rivers is caused by the different concentrations of minerals. The natural chemicals mix and cause a reaction between the sulfur from the volcano and calcium carbonate from the rain, creating one of the most beautiful attractions in Costa Rica. Later on in your tour, you will be taken to a breathtaking waterfall called the “Bride’s Veil”, which is the highlight of your adventure. You will then be taken to the Tenorio Volcano viewpoint, thermos mineral hot springs, and volcanic mud ponds. At the conclusion of your geothermal experience, you will be returned back to your point of origin in La Fortuna Town.

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La Fortuna: Small-Group Arenal Volcano Expedition

7. La Fortuna: Small-Group Arenal Volcano Expedition

The tour begins at your hotel’s lobby, where you will head to El Silencio Private Reserve, in order to reach as close to the Arenal Volcano as permitted by car. From there, you will begin a 1 km walk along a trail of volcanic rock (rated as only moderate in difficulty) to reach the observation point, which is the closest possible distance you can be to the base of the volcano. At the observation point, your guide will provide interesting information regarding the formation of the Arenal Volcano, its periods of activity, and unedited details of its major eruption in 1968, as well as giving you the opportunity to enjoy the incredible views of the Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Lake. Afterwards, you will begin your return trip down the same trail to the starting point. For the next stage of the expedition, you will change scenery and enter into the regenerating forest and small area of primary rainforest found at the base of the Arenal Volcano. This trail is about 1.5 km in length, and with a little luck, you will have the opportunity to discover a large variety of flora and fauna, including toucans, wild turkeys, orioles, wild boars, snakes, and monkeys. After the trails, your driver will be waiting for you with a delicious snack of tropical fruit, before returning you to your hotel in La Fortuna to enjoy the remainder of your stay. If you prefer, you can visit the hot springs of your choice for approximately 3 hours, for an additional cost. After having time to enjoy these natural thermal waters, you will be picked up in a modern mini-van to take you to your hotel.

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Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park: Guided Tour

8. Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park: Guided Tour

Walk through the rainforest of Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park and discover its secrets with a natural history expert. Learn about the reserve's animal and plant life as you come across stunning scenes of nature. Your walk takes you through a revitalizing route on trails through an immense tropical rainforest. In 3 kilometers, breathe in the fresh air, see a hummingbird garden, and view the Blue Morpho Waterfall. In the company of a guide, admire the balance and complexity of the tropical rainforest as you learn about interspecies relationships, their value, as well as their interactions within the ecosystem.

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San José: La Fortuna Waterfall & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

9. San José: La Fortuna Waterfall & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

Visit the Arenal Volcano National Park for a full day of discovering natural wonders. Enjoy the unique flora and fauna of La Fortuna. Swim in natural pools with sandy bottoms. Relax in the thermal waters of Baldi Hot Springs. Begin your adventure with a hotel pickup and a relaxing private drive through the Costa Rican countryside. Pass by coffee plantations, sugar cane and citrus plantations, diverse fruit stands, and rural farming communities. Your guide will point out these sights of interest to you. After a 2-hour drive to Fortuna town, enter the biological reserve housing La Fortuna Waterfall. Located in the northern lowlands of Costa Rica, the Arenal Volcano attracts tourists due to its scenic beauty. It's a great spot to admire the green hillsides that surround its base. Once in La Fortuna town, embark on a sightseeing tour to see the highlights of the area. Explore the rich diversity of tourist attractions, ecosystems, the lake, culture, customs, and traditions of this popular town. Hike down to this waterfall to see the natural beauty of the rainforest. Admire the jade-colored pool at the base of the waterfall. Take in the tranquility of mossy hillsides, huge boulders, and jungle landscapes. Spot the unique birds and animals of the region. Take a refreshing swim in the clear waters of the Fortuna River. Freeze your memories with photos. Later, relax in the best thermal water pools of Baldi Hot Springs. Soothe your senses with surrounding vegetation, therapeutic waters, and pure air. Make the most of multiple thermal pools, waterfalls, a giant jacuzzi, luxury pool bars, water slides, and more. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before a dip in the thermal pools. Use facilities like lockers and towels for the utmost convenience. Enjoy the attractions of this hot springs resort till 4 PM before heading back to your hotel in San José.

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La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano and Waterfall Tour with Lunch

10. La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano and Waterfall Tour with Lunch

After bing picked up from your hotel, begin your adventure in El Silencio Private Reserve, walking several kilometers through lush secondary forest with your local guide.  Along the way, discover one of the best viewpoints of the Arenal Volcano and observe a variety of regional plants, wildlife, and stunning volcanic rock formations as you pass by Arenal Lake. Learn about the Colossus of Arenal and its direct influence on the economy and local culture. Later on, travel for around 20 minutes to La Fortuna Waterfall and enjoy cooling off in the crystalline waters of this pristine location. After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious lunch: a traditional Casado made up of rice, beans, salad, mashed potatoes, tortillas, and fried plantain. Choose between fish, chicken, pork, beef or vegetarian and sip on tasty juices before being transported back to your hotel.

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What people are saying about Alajuela Province

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 199 reviews

Carlos was an excellent tour guide. He was very attentive and was very fun and polite. We loved the waterfalls! The hike was great exercise. It isn’t bad but I wouldn’t go on this if you have bad knees or severely out of shape. The lunch was delicious. The Hot Spring were very private and really cute. They are much less crowded than the big establishments like Baldi. Carlos also helped all our kids with the hikes and interacted with them in an endearing way. Thanks so much Carlos for being a great guide!

highly recommended day trip! a fantastic tour of a coffee plantation, poas volcano & la paz waterfalls. the volcano crater was super cool to see and the series of waterfalls were beautiful. always great to do this type of tour in a small group to have the opportunity to interact with others in the group...and especially the tour leader. in our case, Erick had a great interactive personality, was super knowledgeable and shared info about Costa Rica and the sites we visited. what a great experience!

This was a several hour hike quite a workout with a lot of climbing steps and rocks, but the reward of the magnificent beauty of the Rio Celeste waterfall, lagoon, and seeing the two rivers meet was well worth the effort! Brian and Kenya were amazing informative tour guides. Kenya made sure she helped all the less fit hikers up & down the trail. Please note you need to be in pretty decent physical shape to do this hike

We only had 1 full day in La Fortuna and this was a Very well organized tour. We got to see everything we wanted in one day! Our guide was amazing. She made it educational in a fun and funny way The lunch included was typical Costa Rican style food and it was delicious Highly recommend this tour!!

This was definitely worth every penny! Lots of uphill climbing but once at the top, the views were incredible. Carlos was amazing. Caring, knowledgeable, and punctual. I enjoyed this very very much and would do it all over again.