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

2. 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.

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

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

4. 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.

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Chato and Arenal Volcanoes: 2 Volcano Extreme Hikes

5. Chato and Arenal Volcanoes: 2 Volcano Extreme Hikes

Discover the stunning beauty of the Arenal area on this 10-hour adventure. Make your way through narrow jungle trails and over huge lava rocks until you reach the foot of the volcano. Learn about the local ecosystem from your bilingual guide. Swim in an emerald green lake and jump in from a Tarzan swing. Enjoy a local lunch before heading down to the Observatory Park. Your hike ends at the deck of the Arenal Observatory Lodge. Enjoy panoramic views of the volcano and Arenal Lake until the sun goes down. Finish the tour with a soak in the natural hot spring resort. Relax in its soothing warm waters for about an hour and enjoy a complimentary cocktail.

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San Jose: Arenal Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

6. 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. Continue the tour towards La Fortuna, passing through colorful pineapple and plantain plantations, mango groves, and cattle ranches along the way. Arrive in La Fortuna and enjoy a lunch break at a cozy restaurant with magnificent views of Arenal Volcano. 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. 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 where a delicious dinner will be served against the backdrop of the volcano.

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San José: La Fortuna Waterfall & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

7. 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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San José: Arenal Horseback Riding and Baldi Hot Springs

8. San José: Arenal Horseback Riding and Baldi Hot Springs

Enjoy a pick up and drop off service straight from your accommodation and set off on a day trip through the Costa Rican nature. Located in the northern lowlands of Costa Rica, the impressive Arenal Volcano is a national park that is one of the most highly rated attractions in the country. After being briefed by your expert guide, you will go riding through forested areas and private farms until you reach the Pino Blanco Waterfall lookout. Along the way you can admire the greenery of the forests along the La Fortuna River, cross the hanging bridge, and discover some of the wildlife that make this area their home. At the waterfall you can spend some time cooling off in its refreshing water. On the ride back, you will have the chance to visit the Maleku Indian Cultural Rescue Center. Here you can learn about the traditional dress, cultures, crafts, beliefs, and language of the cultural ancestors of Costa Rica. Later, you can enjoy the relaxing Baldi Hot Springs. Here you will find colorful natural gardens, therapeutic waters, and pure fresh air. Enjoy multiple thermal pools, a giant stem room, luxury pool bars, tiant water-slides, and areas to relax.

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San Jose: Arenal Volcano Zipline & Baldi Hot Springs

9. San Jose: Arenal Volcano Zipline & Baldi Hot Springs

Start your day of thrilling adventure with an early pickup from your hotel and a relaxing private drive through the beautiful Costa Rican countryside. During the journey, your guide will show you many sights of interest including coffee plantations, sugar cane and citrus plantations, diverse fruit stands, and rural farming communities of the region. Take a 2-hour drive from San Jose and reach Fortuna Town. Explore the ecosystems, the lake, culture, customs & traditions of this emblematic town of Costa Rica before you start the adventure in the Tram and Zip Line canopy tour. The Arenal Volcano is a National Park located in the northern lowlands of Costa Rica is famous for its breathtaking beauty and past volcanic activity. Get a chance to uncover the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings of the volcanic area. Feel the buzz through the canopy on seven breathtaking zip line cables at Arenal Mundo Aventura Park. Begin the tour with an adrenaline-filled climb of an 18-meter high tower (54 feet) to fly over a 120 meter (360 feet) high canyon, the highest place in the park. Discover the spectacular views of the Pino Blanco Waterfall, Arenal Volcano, and Cerro Chato. Next, cross the hanging bridge to Arenal Mundo Aventura’s longest cable – 980 meters (0.6 miles) to bask into the beauty of downtown Fortuna. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before you continue to one of the best thermal water places in the area. Get an unforgettable experience of colorful natural gardens, therapeutic waters, and fresh air at the Baldi Hot Springs. Enjoy multiple thermal pools, a giant stem room, luxury pool bars, giant water slides, relaxing areas, and more. Relax in the soothing warm water till 4:00 PM, before heading back to San Jose.

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San Jose: Private Chocolate Tour & Arenal Hot Springs

10. San Jose: Private Chocolate Tour & Arenal Hot Springs

Enjoy a delicious rainforest experience overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna. Discover the ancient secrets of chocolate on this day tour to a local chocolate farm. 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, arrive at your first destination. Discover the ancient history of the sacred cacao tree and how its seeds were used in ceremonial rituals and later as currency in Costa Rica. Share your enthusiasm for chocolate with professionals on this rainforest chocolate tour. During a 2-hour hands-on program, understand all aspects of cocoa and chocolate, from its origin and history. Participate in the production process. Learn how to harvest, dry, and grind cacao seeds. Afterward, make a traditional chocolate drink. 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 steam room, 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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What people are saying about La Fortuna

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 128 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!

Adventurous hike, with enough time to explore and enjoy. Our guide, Erik, was knowledgeable and humorous. HE MADE THIS HIKE THE BEST PART OF OUR TRIP TO CR. Make sure to wear good shoes for the short hike through the rainforest and to the waterfall. Wonderful nature!! Erik you are truly passionate about your job and nature.

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.

This was so fun! The guides were fun and friendly, it was lovely to see Arenal up close, to swim, and then the hot springs were a perfect ending.

We love it! Our guide was awesome and we see and lern a lot. The money is worth it!