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Alajuela Province, Costa Rica Wellness & spas

Our most recommended Alajuela Province, Costa Rica Wellness & spas

Rincon de la Vieja National Park: Natural Volcanic Spa

1. Rincon de la Vieja National Park: Natural Volcanic Spa

Enjoy the rejuvenating effects of a natural spa in the sprawling ranch of Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin. Spend some time thermo-mineral water flowing straight from volcanic springs. Treat your skin in a wood-heated sauna, volcanic mud baths, and room temperature pools. Whilst relaxing in the outdoor pools, watch for monkeys, Blue Morpho butterflies and other wildlife in the adjacent forest.

Guanacaste: Sensoria Luxury Walking and Thermals Tour

2. 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.

San José: Arenal Volcano, Waterfalls, Coffee and Hot Springs

3. San José: Arenal Volcano, Waterfalls, Coffee and Hot Springs

Start your tour in the morning when you are picked up from your hotel in the San Jose area in an air-conditioned vehicle. Travel to Arenal on an alternative route that is more scenic than the regular highway to this popular destination. On the way, stop at a plantation where you will learn about the coffee of Costa Rica. Observe the coffee plants and see the workers picking the ripe cherries during the harvest season. Learn about this important product to the local economy and taste a freshly brewed cup of some of the best coffee in the world accompanied by traditional snacks. Continue the tour at the famous La Paz Waterfall. Stop at the San Fernando Waterfall look-out point and observe many exotic birds including toucans, hummingbirds, and many other colorful tropical species. Visit the iguana’s center, a place where you will see lots of iguanas at eye level resting on the top of numerous trees. Following this, arrive at the Town of La Fortuna, and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch in a restaurant located at the base of the impressive Arenal Volcano. After lunch, visit various points around the volcano to take pictures of this amazing mountain on clear days. Next, participate in an indigenous presentation performed by native people from the Maleku Tribe, and learn about the native culture of Costa Ricans. Later, travel to the beautiful Paradise Hot Springs Resort and relax for a few hours in the multiple hot springs pools surrounded by lush tropical gardens. This hot springs facility is one of the best in the Arenal area and provides the perfect environment to relax in thermal mineral water pools, jacuzzis and cascading waterfalls. After this, go to a local typical restaurant to have a delicious Costa Rican dinner before you are taken back to your hotel in the San Jose area.

Guanacaste: Sensoria Rainforest Walking and Thermals Tour

4. Guanacaste: Sensoria Rainforest Walking and Thermals Tour

Enjoy an eco-luxury rainforest experience at Sensoria in the Costa Rican rainforest on Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. Walk through the exotic jungle, see the fluorescent Aguilar Waterfall and swim in Pilon Thermal Pool, before ending your visit with a delicious lunch of local produce.  On arrival, your guide is waiting to take you on a trek through the beautiful tropical rainforest on the northern slope of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano. The 6km trail is alive with a vibrant ecosystem and there is plenty of wildlife and plants to be seen along the way.  Feel the strength of the fresh wind channeled through the canyon at Buenos Aires Waterfall. See continuously running fresh water at Danta Pool and Waterfall, a natural magnet for wildlife which can often be seen drinking and bathing here. Walk to Aguilar Pool and Waterfall, rich in silicon which covers the river stones in a smooth white layer. The sun’s reflection produces a magical fluorescent blue color that is hard to resist.  Explore the magnificent Jicara Pool and Waterfall, named after a very special tree - Jicaro de Danto. This unique tree is endemic to the Guanacaste and Tilaran mountain ranges and its fruit which looks like giant pickles is loved by tapirs and bats. Take a dip in the warm, curative volcanic waters of Pilon Thermal Pool. These waters are widely known for their healing and nourishing properties for the skin and hair. If weather permits, your guide can take you to the canopy of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, where on a clear day you can see the Lake of Nicaragua and the majestic Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. Finish your rainforest experience with lunch. Select from a menu offering vegan, vegetarian, gluten-free, and omnivorous options. Enjoy delicious Costa Rican coffee afterward along with locally made sweets.

San Jose: Arenal Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

5. San Jose: Arenal Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

The day begins with pickup from San Jose, Alajuela, or Heredia and travels to the artistic town of Sarchi. Spend some time exploring and begin to appreciate the many arts and crafts that Costa Rica has to offer. You’ll also see the world’s largest ox cart, according the Guinness Book of World Records. Breakfast will be served on the way. Continue the tour towards La Fortuna, passing through colorful pineapple and plantain plantations, mango groves, and cattle ranches along the way. Learn about how the volcano was assumed to be dormant until 1968 when it experienced a major eruption. Visit the stunning Mistico Park next which boasts a dense biodiversity with luscious forests and an abundance of wildlife. Take a stroll amongst the treetops on the hanging bridges that line the jungle canopy, and admire the array of plants that surround you while enjoying lunch. Finally, it’s time to relax in the gorgeous waters of Baldi. Slide into the bubbling hot springs and unwind as the thermal waters cleanse and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. At the end of a magical day, chill out on the return journey to San Jose

Guanacaste: Sensoria Thermal Pools in Rincon de la Vieja

6. Guanacaste: Sensoria Thermal Pools in Rincon de la Vieja

Embark on a relaxing trip to the thermal pools of the Sensoria Land of Senses and Magical Rainforest in Alajuela Province. Walk through the lush rainforest and experience the healing waters of a cold and warm spring. Lunch, entry fees, and a bilingual tour guide are included in your trip. Amongst the greenery of the Rincon de la Vieja National Park, arrive at Sensoria, known as the Land of Senses and Magical Rainforest. Meet your guide and enjoy a welcome drink before grabbing a walking stick and venturing into the forest. Your entry ticket not only includes access to the natural thermal pools, but also to the Buenos Aires Waterfall, Aguilar Waterfall, and the observation platform, so you’ll have plenty to see as you spend time in Sensoria.   First, make your way to a picturesque spot named after a very special tree, the Jícaro Danto (Parmentiera varelii). This unique tree is endemic to the Guanacaste and Tilarán mountain ranges, meaning it cannot be found anywhere else in the world. Then, take a dip in warm, curative volcanic waters. Float away with the canopy above and refresh your spirit as you admire the surrounding forest. Feel the warmth of the nourishing hypothermal waters and find shelter beneath a hanging ranch or massage your body with a rainforest shower. Experience a unique natural pool with marble floors that gathers healing waters from two different springs: one cold and one warm. Before the end of your trip, enjoy lunch (choice of chicken wrap, vegetarian wrap, gluten-free salad, or rice with chicken).

From Guanacaste: Rincon de La Vieja Full-Day Guided Hike

7. From Guanacaste: Rincon de La Vieja Full-Day Guided Hike

Hiking through Rincon de La Vieja National Park is a great experience for the entire family. Get close to the bubbling volcanic mud pits and see their activity as well as the sulfur springs, steam vents, and fumaroles that are abundant at Las Pailas. See the transition from dry to wet forest and at the end of the hike visit the lush Oropendula waterfall. Refresh and unwind in nature and enjoy lunch at the hotsprings.

Rincon Vieja Volcano Zipline and Hot Springs Day Tour

8. Rincon Vieja Volcano Zipline and Hot Springs Day Tour

Feel an adrenaline rush as you navigate you way along 9 zip lines, woven above the rainforest canopy and grand waterfalls of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste. Your full-day adventure starts with a dramatic swoop across the jungle to end at the aptly-named Tarzan Swing. Once you’ve got your land legs back, there is a rain forest hike to the Grand Waterfalls. See exotic plants as you stroll, and look out for wildlife in their natural habitat. Enjoy a delicious meal at Blue River Resort & Hot Springs. After lunch tour the Botanical Gardens, with a hummingbirds, the Butterfly Gardens, the Orchid Garden with many features like bird sanctuaries and fish ponds. Inside the gardens is a natural mud bathing and steam-room to pamper your skin. Find our source of the all-natural hot springs bubbling from the ground at 60 degrees Celsius, just behind the natural steam room. Then there is time to soak in the three hot springs pools and swim in the two freshwater pools with a bullet water slide, before departing this paradise on earth for your return trip.

4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Hike, Bridges, Waterfall & Hot Springs

9. 4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Hike, Bridges, Waterfall & Hot Springs

Hike around the Arenal Volcano on this full-day adventure. Ride on an airconditioned bus from your hotel in Arenal or La Fortuna. Cross the Arenal Hanging Bridges, go for a swim in the La Fortuna Waterfall, eat lunch at a family-run ranch, and soak in the hot springs.  Be picked up from the doorstep of your hotel in Arenal or La Fortuna. Settle into the spacious bus and be whisked away to the starting point of your hike. Get a bird's-eye-view of the rainforest while crossing the Arenal Hanging Bridges.  Be suspended in the air above the treetops where you can spot a variety of animals and colorful birds. Begin your hike around the volcano. Follow lava paths that will get you close to the volcano while also taking you through the rainforest which is home to wildlife, culture, breathtaking views, and intriguing history. Immerse yourself in a magnificent canyon as you descend 500 stairs to reach the La Fortuna Waterfall.  Reward your efforts with a swim in the waterfall's blue pool before having the option to return to the trail or remain at the waterfall. Those that remain can visit the restaurant or admire the views from the observatory while waiting for the group to return and go for lunch.   Head to Rancho where a family will be waiting for you with a farm-fresh lunch to reenergize you. Savor local flavors with a traditional lunch prepared with organic and locally-sourced foods.   Arrive at the Hot Springs Resort just before dusk, where you can unwind with a soak in thermal waters that stream straight from the volcano and the river flowing through its pools. Spend some time getting to know the area, visiting as many pools as desired, and letting yourself wander through the stunning, natural gardens. When you've had your fill, a lavish buffet dinner is waiting. Let the driver know when you're ready to return for your transfer back to your hotel in Arenal or La Fortuna.

La Fortuna: White Water Rafting and EcoTermales Springs Tour

10. La Fortuna: White Water Rafting and EcoTermales Springs Tour

Make a splash with this perfect combination of adventure, nature, and relaxation. This white water rafting combo followed by a relaxing visit to the volcanic hot springs at Ecotermales is the perfect one-day Arenal experience. Start your day with a fun-filled trip down the class II & III tropical Balsa river and spend the evening relaxing in the thermal volcanic waters of the most iconic Arenal hot springs. The exciting class II & III rapids are perfect for everyone from beginners to experienced rafters. This family-friendly white water rafting adventure begins with a scenic drive through the Arenal valley to the put-in at the Balsa river where the action begins. You will meet your guide, review safety commands, and get geared up before heading downriver. Our whitewater adventure takes guests through 11 km of beautiful tropical scenery. After a fun-filled day of high-intensity white water on the Balsa River, an evening visit to beautiful natural hot springs is well deserved! Your body will thank you as you pamper yourself with a relaxing visit to this exclusive hidden gem that combines the health and wellness benefits of the soothing hot springs with the incredible peace and relaxation of the surrounding rainforests of Arenal.

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The all-inclusive tour was excellent with our guide, Oscar, who is very knowledgeable about Costa Rica and managed time well. After picking up guests at hotels, we started with a short coffee plantation tour, then on to visit waterfalls, and to an iguana sanctuary. Before heading to lunch, we also made a quick stop to see sloths and to take photos. Food at lunch was good, then we headed to the Zip line, which was a fantastic experience with the professional staff at Go Adventure Arenal Park. After, we relaxed at a resort near the Arenal Volcano. The volcano fortunately was visible, with fairly clear skies. We then made a quick stop to a large souvenir shop then onto a good dinner, before getting dropped back to our hotels. It was a fantastic day - I was picked up at about 6:30 am from my hotel and returned about 9 pm.

Ronnie our travel guide was absolutely amazing!! If you could chose based on tour guides then I would recommend him! He was so knowledgeable and honestly we want to move to Costa Rica because of him! Our day was absolutely perfect for rainy season. We had a beautiful drive and we enjoyed every minute! We had a very very small group just us! Seeing the volcano, doing the hanging bridges and relaxing in the hot springs was an adventure!!

Great tour, best way to get to La Fortuna from San Jose as you stop off at several sites including coffee plantation, two waterfalls and zip lining. It was our first day and a great introduction to Costa Rica

Amazing ! Worth every penny. Harlem was an amazing guide.

This was a wonderful excursion. Well worth the money!!