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Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day tour from San Jose - with unbiased reviews

Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day tour from San Jose

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Explore the Arenal Volcano area and many other interesting attractions on this full-day tour. Travel on a more scenic route to Arenal than the traditional highway and enjoy beautiful views of plantations, waterfalls, rainforest jungles, wildlife and rustic towns. Learn about the coffee of Costa Rica and its traditional snacks. Relax for a few hours in the thermal mineral hot springs at the base of Arenal Volcano. Lunch and dinner are included on this trip.
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Pass By: Arenal Volcano National Park 21007 Costa Rica

Travel to the Arenal Volcano area, the most popular touristic region of Costa Rica and enjoy many of the beauties of the country on this full-day trip. Your tour starts in the morning when you are picked up from your hotel in the San Jose area in an air conditioned vehicle and you will then travel to Arenal on an alternative route that is more scenic than the regular highway to this popular destination. On the way to Arenal you will stop in a plantation where you will learn about coffee of Costa Rica, here you will be able to observe the coffee plants and see the workers picking the ripe cherries during the harvest season. Your guide will share information of this important product to the local economy and you will be able to taste a freshly brewed cup of some of the best coffee in the world accompanied by traditional snacks that local Costa Ricans normally eat with coffee. This coffee degustation with local snacks will be done minutes later in a look-out point with great views of a waterfall (weather permitting), the best place to enjoy your coffee!. Continuing with the tour you will stop at the famous La Paz Waterfall, where you will stop on the side of the road for a few minutes to take pictures of this popular attraction. Later on you will stop at the San Fernando Waterfall look-out point, where you will also have the chance to take pictures of this beautiful attraction and observe many exotic birds of Costa Rica at the birds’ gallery; it is very common to see toucans, hummingbirds and many other colorful tropical species. Following you will stop at the iguana’s center, a place where you will see lots of iguanas at eye level resting on the top of numerous trees.   Following you will arrive at the Town of La Fortuna, where you will savor a delicious Costa Rican lunch in a restaurant located at the base of the impressive Arenal Volcano. After lunch you will visit various points around the volcano to take pictures of this amazing mountain on clear days, and you will then travel to the beautiful Paradise Hot Springs Resort, a place where you will be able to 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 enjoying of the relaxing hot springs you will go to a local typical restaurant to have a delicious Costa Rican dinner and then will be taken back to your hotel in the San Jose area.
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Important Information
Departure Point
San José Province, San José, Costa Rica
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (most San Jose area hotels)
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Coffee Degustation with local snacks
  • Visits to La Paz Waterfall, San Fernando Waterfall, exotic bird’s gallery, coffee plantation and iguanas center.
  • Hot Springs entrance fee
  • Gratuities
  • Services not specified
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • No walking is involved
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour includes man-made hot springs pools, filled with natural thermal water
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation
  • Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions
  • Drop off in the Arenal-La Fortuna centrally located hotels is available. Please note that if you choose this option, dinner will not be included in your tour because it’s done in a restaurant on the way back to San Jose. Also, there is an extra charge for drop offs with luggage, but in the case of this tour it doesn’t apply because the cost of the dinner will cover for the drop off charge. If you wish to take this option, you must let us know at the time of booking.
  • This tour has being designed for those people who wish to do a lot of sightseeing in the morning without much effort, have lunch, and then relax in the hot springs for most of the afternoon
  • Most travellers can participate
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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Andrew C wrote a review Nov 2019
5 contributions2 helpful votes
What can I say , if you get our tour guide Alex he will make this trip an 12/10 that’s not posable but with out him it would be a 10/10 . The trip is awesome . Alex makes you feel at ease and let’s you know lots of facts about Costa Rica and Costa Rica culture . His English was
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Date of experience: November 2019
Sally Hutchinson wrote a review Nov 2019
11 contributions
This was the perfect day trip to the Arenal volcano, and even though it was cloudy and we didn't see the top of the volcano, the sightseeing was unforgettable! With our exceptional guide Alex Blanco, we saw two waterfalls, visited a coffee plantation with samples, drove through
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Date of experience: November 2019
Rosie N wrote a review Nov 2019
6 contributions
Amazing day with our driver Alex. We couldn’t have had more information and insight into life in Costa Rica and beautiful scenery! Totally worth the whole day!
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Date of experience: November 2019
Jessica Davis wrote a review Nov 2019
2 contributions
Yesterday we did the Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day Tour with Hernán Sandí and it was so much fun! My group was 5 people (so this review is on behalf of all of us) and we really enjoyed the experience. Hernán is such a genuine and kind person. In a world that a lot of times
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Date of experience: November 2019
emma123207 wrote a review Oct 2019
4 contributions
This tour was amazing. Our guide, Hernan, was one of the most helpful, funny, and friendly people I’ve ever met. He made us feel super comfortable! The waterfalls and other activities are amazing and normally you would not be able to do these activities without the tour. We
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Date of experience: October 2019
Key Details
  • Arenal Volcano
  • Duration: 13h
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