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Liberia, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from Guanacaste

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icon12 hours  (approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more

Overview

Experience the thrill of hiking near one of the most active volcanoes in the Western Hemisphere! On this full-day trip from Guanacaste, get an up-close view of Costa Rica's famous Arenal Volcano and the surrounding tropical landscape. Rejuvenate with a dip in volcanic hot springs and enjoy stellar evening views of the volcano and emerging stars. Round-trip hotel transport from Guanacaste included.
  • Full-day trip to Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs from Guanacaste
  • Hike in the rain forest at Arenal Volcano National Park in Costa Rica
  • Take in stunning views of the active volcano
  • Soak in rejuvenating hot springs during a relaxing afternoon
  • Learn about the tropical landscape from your knowledgeable local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off plus breakfast and lunch included
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Professional English- and Spanish-speaking guide
Breakfast
Lunch
Hotel pickup and drop-off (Hotel Dreams Las Mareas is not included)
Transport by air-conditioned minivan
Gratuities
Hotel pickup and drop-off from/to Hotel Dreams Las Mareas
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Liberia , Comandancia de Liberia, Provincia de Guanacaste, Liberia, Costa Rica

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This activity will end right where it started.We pick up from the main Guanacaste hotels in the areas of Papagayo and Tamarindo
Spend a day immersed in the geologic wonders and relaxing hot springs of Arenal. After morning pickup at your Guanacaste hotel, ride in a comfortable air-conditioned coach and enjoy a provided breakfast en route to Arenal Volcano National Park. Join your knowledgeable guide on a leisurely hike around the base of the volcano, which emits a steady stream of smoke, ash and lava. Rest assured that trails are carefully chosen for visitor safety.

Trek across open expanses of lava fields formed from previous eruptions and learn about the geologic history of this seismic wonder. Make your way through the lush greenery of the surrounding forest, where your guide will help you spot interesting plant species and native wildlife. Admire panoramic views of the volcano from a distance, and look for signs of activity shooting out of its crater.

Relax after your hike with a therapeutic soak at nearby Baldi Hot Springs. This family-friendly spa boasts 25 thermal pools of varying temperatures surrounded by beautiful tropical scenery. There’s something for everyone, including a swim-up bar, waterfall pools, a kids’ area with a splash zone and several exciting water slides. When hunger strikes, enjoy lunch (included) at the on-site restaurant. As dusk falls over Arenal, take in an enchanted atmosphere of steamy pools and emerging stars with views of the volcano in the distance.

Bask in your relaxed, blissful state on the ride back to your Guanacaste area hotel in the evening.
Itinerary
Pass By:  
Liberia
Know as the "white city" Liberia is the capital of Guanacaste and the main city in the North Pacific side of the country.
Stop At:  
Café & Macadamia
Café Macadamia is the best restaurant in Arenal Volcano lake. People from all over Costa Rica and from around the world travel to this place to taste the amazing food with the best view of the Arenal Volcano Lake. In here we will have breakfast
Duration: 1 hour 
Admission Ticket Included
Pass By:  
Lake Arenal
Lake Arenal sits at the base of the Arenal Volcano in the northern highlands of Costa Rica. It is the country’s largest landlocked body of water, with a surface that covers nearly 33 square miles (85 square km) and a depth that reaches some 200 feet (60 m). In 1979, Lake Arenal was enlarged to three times its original size with the construction of a hydroelectric dam. The towns of Arenal and Tondadora, which were originally sited on the spot where the lake now rests, were relocated to the northeastern side of the lake. Nowadays, Lake Arenal’s dam is hugely important to the country, as it produces nearly 12% of Costa Rica’s electric energy.
Stop At:  
Arenal Hanging Bridges
A short walk will introduce you to the interactions of the rainforest and the hanging bridges will show you a different view of the area.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Baldi Hot Springs
After lunch, the hot mineral springs will give you the opportunity to relax.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 2 days of travel. In this case confirmation will be received within 48 hours, subject to availability
  • Note: please wear comfortable clothes and walking shoes. Please bring a swimsuit for the hot springs
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 16 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Central American Tours
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from Guanacaste?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Face masks provided for travelers
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from Guanacaste.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from Guanacaste?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from Guanacaste.
Q:
What is the social distancing policy during Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from Guanacaste?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from Guanacaste.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from Guanacaste?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Day Trip from Guanacaste.

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  • "Some tips - wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to walk." See review
  • "Bit of a ride from the Tamarindo area and the roads are windy, but so worth it." See review

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star-5
Worth every penny!!!
Joanna_S
, Jun 2022
Highly recommend!!! Our tour guy was extremely knowledgeable and even stopped on the side of the road when he saw some monkeys so we could see them and take pictures. We had the most beautiful view of the volcano, had a nice walk in the rain forest and the hot springs were the best way to end the day.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
The trip was very nice. ...
Rafael_P
, May 2022
The trip was very nice. We enjoyed the places we stopped and the tour guide and driver were very nice and helpful.
star-4
Just Amazing.
Edmanuel_R
, May 2022
We enjoy hiking, our guide was great. Enjoy food, customer service. We wish we can see more birds & animal. Hot spring was memorable.
star-5
Excellent
Luis_A
, Apr 2022
Jose the Tour Guide was excellent. Spotted a bunch of wild life for us. Food was great. And finally, Jose made the 3 hour drive entertaining by answering all the questions we had
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A Must-Do Tour!
Karen_C
, Apr 2022
Zianny from CATours who provided the trip was awesome. The hanging bridges closed on Good Friday so we had to rearrange our tour. Zianny kept us informed of any changes and made the experience even better for us. The Hanging Bridges themselves were amazing, and our guide, Gabriel, was awesome. He showed us so many birds, plants, and animals that we would have passed by had we gone on our own. He knew how to keep us at a pace so we would not have to wait to cross the bridges. It was a five star experience!
star-5
Beautiful, Memorable Experience
Jessica_C
, Apr 2022
Our guide, Freddie, picked us up right on schedule. He was very knowledgable and fun! We stopped along the way for breakfast overlooking Arenal Lake. Then we traversed to Mistic Park for about a 1.5 hour hike through the rainforest and hanging bridges. After which, we went to relax and have lunch at Baldi Hot Springs. My only recommendation is to bring Dramamine as half the trip is narrow, winding roads and we, along with other tourist vehicles, had to pull over for someone who got sick.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you Jessica for letting us show you the beauty of Costa Rica. We appreciate your good comments and recommendations for all travelers. You are right about the roads, this are going through the mountains and can get you car sick if you are not ready. Hope you can come back to our country! All the best
star-5
You don’t want to miss this!
Adewale_M
, Mar 2022
One of my favorite excursions! The host was so well-informed and super funny. Breakfast was delicious as well. Traveling to the volcano was breathtaking. 10/10 would recommend!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you again for letting us show you the beauty of Costa Rica! Arenal Volcano is a magical place. We hope you come back and visit again!
star-5
Great experience in Costa...
Asmita_J
, Mar 2022
Great experience in Costa Rica! We were picked up on time from our hotel which was 4 hrs away from Arenal. The van was very comfortable.The driver and guide were very friendly and professional. Our guide was very knowledgeable and gave us a lot of information about the flora and fauna. The highlight was Baldi hot springs to end the tour. It was a memorable experience in spite of long drive!!
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Hello Asmita, we are so happy to read that this was a memorable experience for you. This is what it's all about, making memories for you about our beautiful Costa Rica. Thank you for choosing us to show you the beauty of our country
star-5
Best tour guide ever!
Keith_H
, Feb 2022
Our tour guide, Gio, was a treasure. He was like the college professor that you remember for decades after graduation. He was charming, personable, and had an encyclopedic knowledge of every aspect of the tour, from geology and geography to energy production and environmental issues to botany and zoology. A simple lecture from Gio would have been worth the price; visiting the rain forest and the hot springs were the icing on a very memorable cake.
icon Response from Host , Apr 2022
Thank you for your good comments about Gio, we will let him know he is doing an excellent job. Thanks you for choosing Costa Rica for your vacation and we hope you will visit us again
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
A Must-Book Excursion!
kam7horne
, Dec 2021
This tour was the highlight of our trip. Jose was a knowledgeable and funny tour guide. Great food. Everything was well organized and we felt safe the whole time. Highly recommend!!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
Thank you for choosing Costa Rica and our company to explore Arenal Volcano! Hope you can visit us again in the future. All the best!!
star-4
Great excursion..: long day
Alexandra_G
, Dec 2021
Nice excursion but very long from guanacaste- 13 hours. Tour guide very knowledgeable about the culture, environment and vegetation. Hot springs were nice at a hotel. Please note that it’s not in a secluded space. Hotel lunch Buffett was mediocre at best.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Hello Alexander Thank you for your review. We will consider your comments about the hot springs and the buffett and pass them along to the Baldi hots springs staff. Happy Holidays!
star-5
Amazing rainforest and great location for hot springs.
Juan_U
, Nov 2021
Amazing time in rain forest and walking the suspension bridges. Guide was excellent and gave us an overview of mother nature and how the forest sustains itself.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you Juan for your review. Amazing is one great word to describe the beauty of our country. We hope you can come back and enjoy it many times.
star-5
Amazing tour!
Carolyn_H
, Oct 2021
Awesome tour! Jose, you’re the man!! You were so very knowledgeable about every single thing and very detailed. We were very, very satisfied. Thanks for taking the time to give us an education about nature and how we Should be more responsible as human beings. Hot springs were good also, so many different pool options. The breakfast was amazing, with amazing views! We had a great time! Long day, but worth it!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Carolyn thank you for your review, I will let José know about your comments. We hope you can come back and see more about our country!
star-4
Great hike
Tracie_A
, Oct 2021
Great time with friends, Jose was very informative and Manny was a great driver, wish we could of hiked to the waterfall.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Tracie thank you so much for your review! We are sorry you could not hike to the waterfall, this is not part of this experience. We do have beautiful waterfalls in Costa Rica, maybe next time we can take you to one.
star-5
Rain forest
Laurie_R
, Oct 2021
Jose gave us a very educational tour of the rainforest. He was able to spot things we would have surely missed. Very knowledgeable.
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you for choosing Costa Rica for your vacation, we are glad you had a great time in Arenal
star-5
Amazing experience
Angela_T
, Jun 2021
Manny was an amazing guide and I really enjoyed spending the day with him. I had contacted the company about another tour and spoke with Ana through email. She was very pleasant and quick to respond. Thank you both so much!!
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
Thank you Angela for your review. I will let Manny know you had a great time. Thank you for choosing Costa Rica for your vacation.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great nature hike and hot springs visit!
Jennifer_H
, May 2021
We were picked up at our resort on time on the morning of our travel. Our tour guide was amazing! He drove us to breakfast at a restaurant with a beautiful view over the lake. We then traveled to the Arenal Volcano park. The hike lasted about 2 hours but it was very educational and fun! It was not a difficult hike at all, but we did get rained on a fair amount—it was expected since we hiked in the rain forest, but future guests should definitely pack a rain coat or poncho. After the hike, we were taken to the hot springs, which were so relaxing and enjoyable. Our tour guide was so nice—he also pointed out many different locations/animals/trees/etc along our journey. Our group consisted of 3 friends in their early 30’s and we loved this tour. We were excited to see many bird species, vipers, poisonous frogs, and a sloth! Definitely recommend this tour—you do spend several hours in a private van on roads that can be curvy, so pack some motion-sickness drugs if you are sensitive to this. Overall, this was a great experience that I would definitely recommend!
3 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing day
Joseph_S
, Apr 2021
This was by far the best trip that we took during our stay in Costa Rica. The tour guid was friendly and knowledgeable. They took the time to explain things about culture and the surrounding areas. If you do any execution this should for sure be the one.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent scenic tour
Shah
, Mar 2020
Bit of a ride from the Tamarindo area and the roads are windy, but so worth it. Beautiful area. Our guide, Jose from Central American tours was top notch and spotted a lot of wild life during the hanging bridges tour. We even stopped on the side of the road and got to see three sloths! Highly recommended!
star-5
Worth it! Great adventure
Tamara_G
, Mar 2020
this tour was a full 12 hour day! The tour guide, Jose, was educated, knowledgeable and very engaging. I would highly recommend this tour!

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