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Alajuela Province, Costa Rica Hot springs

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La Fortuna: Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Tour

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

Escape into the nature of the La Fortuna on a guided hike. Walk by the river and follow a trail to a panoramic viewpoint. Have a delicious lunch at a Maluku Indian village and trek through forest, lava fields, and farmlands before relaxing at a natural hot spring resort with a drink. 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. Afterward, you will be taken back to your accommodation.

La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano, Lunch, & Hotsprings Morning Tour

2. La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano, Lunch, & Hotsprings Morning Tour

Explore the Arenal National Park on a guided morning tour, see the Arenal Volcano, an emerald lake, and enjoy a local lunch before relaxing in natural hot springs. See all the stunning beauty of the Arenal area on this day tour. Explore narrow jungle trails and conquer huge lava rocks as you explore the natural beauty and landscape of the area. Admire the impressive Arenal Volcano looming as you explore the area at the base of the volcano, and take in the immensity of this now silent giant. Make your way down as a bilingual guide teaches the group about the ecosystem and the wildlife that may be encountered. Reach the bottom part of the trek and take the opportunity to see an emerald green clean lake. Enjoy a typical local lunch, and finish the experience with a visit to a small resort, and relax in natural hot water pools for about an hour.

San José: Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, & Zip Lining w/ Meals

3. San José: Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, & Zip Lining w/ Meals

Tour the best locations in Costa Rica and learn about local life and culture from those who live there. Visit a coffee plantation, zip line, and soak in the hot springs at the base of the Adrenal Volcano. Take the scenic route to the Arenal Volcano and visit a coffee plantation along the way. Gain an insight into the world of Costa Rican coffee and taste one of the best coffees in the world. Arrive at the "La Paz" and "San Fernando" waterfalls and admire the exotic tropical birds of Costa Rica, including many species of hummingbirds and rare emerald toucanets. Take in the views at the San Fernando Waterfall observation point before heading to the "Iguana Bridge", where you will have the chance to spot iguanas, sloths, monkeys, and toucans. Stop for an authentic Costa Rican lunch in a restaurant located in "La Fortuna." Then, prepare for a zip-lining adventure in the local rainforest jungles with 9 canopy cables and a 50 meter (150 feet) rappel on the Arenal River. Learn about the culture while listening to a "Maleku" Indigenous tribe presentation from locals. Relax for a couple of hours in the Paradise Hot Springs at the base of Arenal Volcano, surrounded by tropical gardens followed by dinner.

Arenal: 4 Activities Tour with Optional Hot Springs

4. Arenal: 4 Activities Tour with Optional Hot Springs

Visit the most important attractions of Arenal Volcano National Park and hike along a mountain trail to get magnificent views of the mighty mountain in safety. Hope for clear skies to see as far as Arenal Lake, the secondary forest, and the area devastated by previous eruptions.  Continue to the impressive waterfall of La Fortuna, where you can go for a refreshing swim in the cool waters or take pictures of its natural beauty. Stop at a restaurant near downtown La Fortuna for a delicious a la carte lunch. Then, head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges to hike the trail high above the tree canopy. Cross 15 hanging and stationary bridges and look for the local wildlife along the way. End the day at the hot springs of your choice, with or without dinner. Get picked up after your meal for the drive back to your hotel. 

La Fortuna: Hanging Bridges, Arenal Volcano, and Falls Tour

5. La Fortuna: Hanging Bridges, Arenal Volcano, and Falls Tour

Have a wonderful day diving deep into the lush rainforest and follow your guide through scenic trails. Join this comprehensive Costa Rican adventure to discover all of the La Fortuna natural landmarks. Walk across hanging bridges, lava fields, and a jungle staircase to reach relaxing waterfalls. Get picked up from your hotel and start by visiting the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Learn about the local ecosystem from your professional guide as you hike across the tall bridges and narrow trails surrounded by the verdant forest, the Arenal Volcano, and a peaceful lake. Take a short drive to Arenal Volcano National Park. Trek among the big lava rocks from the 1968 eruption and reach a viewpoint with striking views of the volcano, the surrounding lava fields, and the northern valley. Unwind after all your hiking with a lunch break at a traditional restaurant. Finish off your adventure with a short walk into a deep canyon to gaze at the immense La Fortuna waterfall and swim in the refreshing pool. As a final treat, relax in a small hot springs resort and sip on fun cocktails.

From La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano & Hotsprings Afternoon Tour

6. From La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano & Hotsprings Afternoon Tour

On this nature adventure, you will see all the stunning beauty of the Arenal area. Right at the foot of the Arenal volcano, make your way into a beautiful park. Enjoy the most impressive primary rainforest where you can admire the huge trees and complex ecosystem that surrounds them. Leaving the forest, get to the lava fields. Here, follow a trail through the enormous black lava rocks that were deposited there by the massive 1968 eruption. The reward is definitely worth the effort. With the impressive Arenal looming over you, you really get an idea of the immensity of this now silent giant and the violent force with which it erupted. All along the way, your bilingual guide will tell you about the history, the ecosystem, and the wildlife you may encounter. After a coffee break, go on the way to get some well-deserved relaxation. End the tour at a small hot spring resort, here you can soak in the soothing hot water while enjoying a complimentary cocktail.

Guanacaste: Sensoria Luxury Walking and Thermals Tour

7. Guanacaste: Sensoria Luxury Walking and Thermals Tour

Discover all the sensations that our luxury experience has to offer, surrounded by the impressive rainforests and their gigantic trees near the Rincón de la Vieja volcano. Rediscover the meaning of relaxation while living the luxury experience in our thermal pools that arouse the emotions of all the senses, imagine yourself enjoying the treasures of the forest, while learning about the wonders that the foliage of the forest hides and its thousands of secrets together with our certified guides that will guarantee an experience of knowledge, adventure and contact with nature. An exclusive experience that begins with an impressive view of the rainforest from our platform, here you will be able to see the immensity of Sensoria from its highest point, with views of Lake Nicaragua and our most famous neighbor, the Rincón de la Vieja volcano. Continue taking advantage of the experience with a walk through our trails to explore the incomparable waterfalls of celestial water that cross the 100 hectares of this natural paradise, we are talking about the majestic falls, Buenos Aires and Aguilar. Exercise body and mind immersed in the tranquility of the forest and its world of sounds, while walking the 4 miles of trails that take you to enjoy the different pools that Sensoria offers to all its visitors. Your entry ticket not only includes access to five of our thermal pools, but also the unbeatable opportunity to enjoy the romantic privacy of our luxury pool: the Sanum Per Aqua Pool. Lounge with an on demand butler, surrounded by pristine rainforest; as you delight yourself in a thermal pool and massage your body with a water stream. Enjoy our cheese platters and our selection of wine; as you unwind in the rainforest. Before the end of your trip, enjoy lunch in our main house and please yourself with our special service.

La Fortuna: Wildlife Safari Experience by Kayak

8. La Fortuna: Wildlife Safari Experience by Kayak

Float down by kayak (previous experience required) and paddle the quiet waters of the Peñas Blancas river. Surrounded by a rich ecosystem, ideal to observe monkeys, birds, sloths, caimans, iguanas and various other species. So be prepared to enjoy the tropical rain forest Personalized service, small groups, flexible start, wildlife spotting, kids and family friendly. Don't miss this once in a lifetime experience. NOTE: Please keep in mind that for security reasons if the weather, level of the water and currents are not adequate, trip will be done on a raft as the guide can control.

San Jose: Arenal Volcano NP & Baldi Hot Springs Day Trip

9. San Jose: Arenal Volcano NP & Baldi Hot Springs Day Trip

Depart from San Jose to reach the Arenal Volcano National Park and admire the magical landscape. Discover Costa Rican arts and crafts in Sarchi and pass mango groves on the way to La Fortuna. Soothe your body at the hot springs before having dinner with volcanic views back in San Jose. Get picked up from your accommodations in San Jose and meet your friendly guide and group for the day. Set off from the city and drive into the Central Valley. Make a short stop in Sarchi known as the birthplace of Costa Rica's artisinal crafts. Pick up some souvenirs and see the world's largest ox cart before continuing your journey into the Alajuela Province. Gaze out of the window at pineapple and plantain farms, mango groves, and cattle ranches until you arrive in La Fortuna. Refresh yourself with lunch at a cozy restuarant with spectacular views of Arenal Volcano. Enter the Arenal Volcano National Park and be blown away by the breathtaking scenery. Witness volcanic activity if you're lucky with white plumes of smoke rising from the crater and look out for local wildlife like jaguars and tree frogs. Travel a short distance to the hot springs in this area to relax your body, mind, and soul with the cleansing and rejuvinating effects of the thermal waters. Choose to have a massage or other therapeutic rituals. Experience the picturesque landscape of the Alajuela Province one more time as you drive back to San Jose. Finish your trip with a wonderful dinner and views of the volcano.

From San Jose: Tabacon Hot Springs & Arenal Volcano Day Trip

10. From San Jose: Tabacon Hot Springs & Arenal Volcano Day Trip

See the best of both worlds - the raw, untamed beauty of the imposing Arenal Volcano juxtaposed against the soothing thermal waters of Tabacon hot springs - on a day tour from San Jose. Enjoy the backdrop of lush vegetation and breathtaking views of the nearly perfectly conical volcano. After hotel pickup, head to your first stop, the famous town of Sarchi, known as Costa Rica's craftwork center. Appreciate many of the arts and crafts that Costa Rica has to offer, and perhaps pick up some brightly colored or wooden handicrafts to take back home with you as a souvenir. Next, head to La Fortuna, home to the magnificent natural wonder of the Arenal Volcano, where you will have a Costa Rican lunch. After eating, head to the impressive Arenal Volcano and take a short hike around the base to take photos. Marvel at the conical volcano and its plumes of white smoke. Then, relax at one of the best hot springs in the area, Tabacon hot springs, where you will revel in the cleansing and rejuvenating effects of the thermal waters. Enjoy the combination of the heat of the volcano, the flowing waters of the hot springs, and the pure air of the rainforest. Finally, be dropped back at your hotel in San Jose.

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4.6 / 5

based on 128 reviews

This was such a great tour! We got to do so much, but didn’t feel too overwhelming. The waterfall was beautiful! It is a bit of a steep climb down and up (caution for those who may find this challenging), but totally worth it. The lunch was also very delicious with salad, chicken or beef option, and of course rice and beans. The Maluka tribe Time was a great cultural experience. And the hot springs were a great way to end the day! A couple different pools to choose from as well as ending our time with a rum beverage. Our guide Erol was thoughtful, kind, and funny. Our other guide Emanuel really loves his job and you can tell he has fun with it. He would go looking for animals for us and we saw monkeys and sloths. A bonus was that he was a great photographer. Would absolutely recommend!

Great day out, la fortuna waterfall was amazing and the highlight. Lunch was good quality of buffet so plenty to have too! Carlos our guide was great!

Nous avons eu une superbe journée, avec des guides incroyables. La nourriture était bonne et facile de communiquer avec eux pour la prise en charge.

Una bonita jornada junto a Erroll y Miguel, dos excelentes y muy profesionales guías.

Excellent guide with comprehensive knowledge of fauna/flora and geological history