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Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

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Don’t miss out on one of Costa Rica’s most popular activities — an Arenal Volcano and Tabacón hot springs tour! The day trip from San Jose includes a visit to Arenal 1968 viewpoint, a perfect place to take amazing pictures of the volcano. Continue to the artisan town of Sarchí, savor lunch in La Fortuna and finish at Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort, relaxing in naturally heated pools and enjoying dinner. This tour is limited to 20 people, providing a small-group experience.
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    La Carreta
    Stop: 30 minutes -
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    Arenal Volcano
    Stop: 20 minutes - Admission included
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    Tabacon Hot Springs
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
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You'll return to the starting point
  • Spectacular views as you trek through Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Bathe in the thermal pools and waterfalls of Tabacón hot springs
  • Typical Costa Rican lunch and buffet dinner included
  • Hassle-free hotel pickup and round-trip transport from San Jose
What to Expect
Your tour begins with morning pickup from your central San Jose hotel. Traveling aboard an air-conditioned minivan, set out the journey to La Fortuna. Your first stop is in Sarchí, a town known for traditional handicrafts. Browse the artisan workshops and perhaps pick up souvenirs. On arrival in La Fortuna, head to a restaurant for lunch and tuck into delicious Costa Rican cuisine. After lunch, continue into Arenal Volcano National Park and take an easy hike around the volcano’s base. Follow the Mirador Arenal trail, trekking through lava fields. Spend the rest of the afternoon at Tabacón hot springs, relaxing in naturally heated thermal pools and lagoons that range in temperature from 77 to 102°F (25 to 38°C). After free time at the resort, enjoy a buffet dinner as the sun sets over the park. Your tour ends with drop-off at your San Jose hotel.
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Important Information
Departure Point
San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Traveler pickup is offered
We pick up from all hotels in Central San José
Departure Time
8:00 AM
Return Details
Returns to original departure point
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch
  • Dinner - Buffet dinner
  • Entry/Admission - Arenal Volcano
  • Entry/Admission - Tabacon Hot Springs
  • Gratuities
  • Additional food and drinks
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Additional Info
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • A minimum of two passengers is required for the tour to commence. There is a possibility of cancellation after confirmation if there are not enough passengers to meet requirements. In the event of this occurring, you will be offered an alternative or full refund
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • It is recommended that you wear light clothing, comfortable shoes and bring a bathing suit and towel
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
Cancellation Policy
For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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I wholeheartedly recommend the Tabacon Hotel and resort. I recommend to everyone who is going to Costa Rica and especially to the Arenal Volcano. The rooms and the grounds are spectacular and you feel like you are in paradise, Then you go over to there hot springs area and enjoy
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I want to start off by saying that the tour guides were very attentive to their itinerary which was very easy to follow. They picked me up right on time as well as the other travelers. We went to the souvenir shop first which had every souvenir you could think of and the workers
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Overall great experience as highlighted by other reviewers. No issue with the long journey and back after 9pm. 1 star missing due to 1) booked an English tour but end up in a mixed bilingual tour. As the guide switch between English and Spanish every other sentences, it's very
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Wish there were less clouds around the volcano but still a great tour! Tour guide was informative and friendly. We had a great time
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I went on this trip on Dec 24 with Fila our guide and Steven our driver. We had a small group of lovely and kind people, which made lunch and dinner lots of fun. Under the volcano, I tried for the first time a cup of cappuccino with almond flavor and it was really nice. The
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  • Duration: 13h
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  • Languages Offered: English, Spanish
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