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Arenal Volcano With Tabacón Hot Springs From San José

La Fortuna, Costa Rica

From USD 224.00

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Free cancellation
Up to 24 hours in advance.
  • 13 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English
  • Good for avoiding crowds


Slip into a state of pure bliss among a tropical paradise at the base of Costa Rica’s active Arenal Volcano. On this all-inclusive day trip from San Jose, travel to La Fortuna for fantastic views of the famous peak and an afternoon spent relaxing along the mineral-rich thermal pools of Tabacón Hot Springs. Lunch, dinner, and a stop in the artisan town of Sarchi are all included for a memorable day of ‘pura vida.’
  • Full-day tour from San Jose to La Fortuna
  • See the world's largest ox cart in the artisan village of Sarchi
  • Enjoy lunch at a local restaurant with views of Arenal Volcano
  • Soak your cares away in the thermal pools of Tabacón Hot Springs
  • Relax in mineral-rich water surrounded by lush vegetation
  • End the day with included dinner and more stellar volcano views

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Tour Guide
  • Transportation from Hotels in San José
  • Tour operate with a minimum of 2 travellers
  • Gratuities
  • Souvenir photos
  • Alcoholic Beverages

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

07:00 am

Pickup details

Pick up from Hotels located in San Jose

What To Expect

Begin with morning pickup at your central San Jose hotel, and travel through traditional farming villages and plantations en route to La Fortuna. Along the way, stop in the town of Sarchi, known for its artisan community and signature hand-painted ox carts. Here you can even see the world’s largest ox cart, stretching 45 feet (14 meters) long and weighing a hefty 4,400 lbs ( 2 tons).

Celebrate your arrival in La Fortuna with included lunch at a local restaurant with stellar views of the region’s beautiful and imposing landmark, active Arenal Volcano. Head next to the renowned Tabacón Hot Springs for an afternoon of relaxation among the natural thermal pools and waterfalls. Choose from various sizes and temperatures, all surrounded by lush tropical vegetation.

Enjoy several hours of leisure time here, and deepen your understanding of pura vida (‘pure life’) with an optional massage, mud wrap, or other treatment from the spa (own expense). As dusk falls across the Fortuna de San Carlos region, enjoy a delicious dinner of typical Costa Rican fare accompanied by more views of the volcano bathed in the changing light. Relax on the return ride to your San Jose hotel in the evening.

Arenal Volcano

Enroute to the Arenal Volcano, we will stop at the famous town of Sarchi, known as the birthplace of Costa Rica’s Artisans. In Sarchi, you will be able to appreciate many of the art crafts and souvenirs that Costa Rica has to offer. Also you will see the world’s largest ox cart according to the Guinness Book. The impressive Arenal Volcano is a magnificent natural wonder that is situated in La Fortuna (The Fortune) of San Carlos, previously assumed to be dormant, until in 1968, when it experienced a major eruption. Now is visited by tourist from all around the world hoping for the opportunity to witness volcanic activity, such as the white plumes of smoke that emanate from the conical shaped behemoth.

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Tabacon Hot Springs

You will go on to relax at one of the best hot springs in the area where you will revel in the cleansing and rejuvenating effects of the thermal waters, as well as an optional massage or other special treatment, if you choose, that must be reserved ahead of time to ensure availability. Spa treatments are not included and are payable directly at the resort. Tabacon Hot Springs combines the four elements of nature; the heat of the volcano, the flowing waters of the hot springs, the pure air of the rainforest, and the fertile earth of the Fortuna de San Carlos Region. There are five main springs source highly mineralized water that is heated underground by the Arenal Volcano’s magma. You will find dozens of cascading waterfalls and warm pools along the riverbed, of varying temperatures, water flows and degree of privacy. An essential part of exploring the wondrous world of the Tabacon Hot Springs is soaking in the cascading thermal waterfalls. This natural hydrotherapy is a surefire way to achieve proper relaxation. The river-pool temperatures range from 72 to 105 degrees Fahrenheit.

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
  • Recommended items to bring: swim suit, comfortable shoes, sweater, camera
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travellers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 50 travellers

Cancellation Policy

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 good weather. If it’s cancelled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travellers. If it’s cancelled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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Traveller Tips

The spa is extremely affordable, especially relative to prices back home in the USA.
5 reviews
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Upside Hot Springs, Downside Volcano
Joseph_K, Mar 2020
At the end of the day, we are rating this 4-stars because we had a fabulous, awesome time at the Tobocan Hot Springs - the highlight of the day. Gorgeous scenery. The springs are wonderful and relaxing. The spa is extremely affordable, especially relative to prices back home in the USA. We had plenty of time to enjoy the springs for a good 3 hours. Dinner was authentic, delicious. The drinks were memorable, served in fruit. Wonderful! The timing at the Volcano observation "deck" was lack luster. It was short. Like 15 minutes short, at most, perhaps. Now, I'll admit with reading so many different options, I thought we'd experience more "AT" the volcano - there is an Arenal National Park. We didn't get near the national park; I had no idea it was an observation area. Maybe that's on me, ok. However, this seemed rushed. Maybe it was because we had an Hour for lunch - too much time. Maybe it's because we stopped to see "World Largest Ox Cart" in Sarchi (unplanned?, or at least not expected on the itinerary). The tour guide was nice. Could easily understand him. We stopped at a souvenir shop "off the beaten path," as the expression goes and found a couple good deals. Know that after shopping in/around San Jose Costa Rica, found the exact items we wanted to take home for a much more economical deal.
The actual tour was great, but do...
Kristin_S, Mar 2018
The actual tour was great, but do NOT BOOK HERE. Go directly through the actual company which is Expeditions tropicales. It took hours for this incompetent company to get our tour straightened out. In short this entire booking experience was a complete nightmare.
Ir hasta las aguas termales desde...
HIRONORI M, Dec 2017
Ir hasta las aguas termales desde San Jose y regresar en el mismo dia es un poco cansado. De hecho nos falto el tiempo para disfrutar la comida y la cena y ovbiamente tambien para el spa. Pero si no tienes mucho tiempo o no te quieres quedar en Fortuna, esto seria muy buena opcion. Te lleva tabien al mirador que esta muy bonito y te explican las cosas muy interesantes. Cuidado, en la lista de los hoteles disponibles para recogerte que aparece despues de conseguir baucher, no es para nada, creo que es error, nosotros hablamos con la agencia local y nos dijeron que si podian recoger en el hostal que estuvimos y que no estaba en la lista.
El personal se portó de maravilla...
Ramon M B, Aug 2017
El personal se portó de maravilla. Muy profesionales. El guía fue tan lindo, que me ofreció el brazo para subir el volcán. La verdad no lo podría haber hecho sin él. Muchas gracias.