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

1. 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.

San Jose: Arenal Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

2. 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

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

3. 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

4. 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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What people are saying about La Fortuna

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!!