La Fortuna

Afternoon Arenal Volcano and Natural Hot Springs River

Badge of ExcellenceLa Fortuna, Costa Rica
The Best View and Hot Springs Hike
  • 4 to 5 hours (approx.)
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


Explore the best of the Arenal National Park on an afternoon tour of the volcano and hot springs. Hike to the lava fields without the risk of getting lost as your guide will be by your side. Then, cool off with a swim in the lagoon, followed by a relaxing soak in natural hot springs on the river. Includes handy return hotel transfers from La Fortuna.
  • The afternoon tour leaves time in your schedule for morning activities
  • An ideal tour for active, nature-loving travelers
  • Enjoy a refreshing mix of activity and relaxation
  • Learn more about the volcanic area from your guide

What's Included

  • Driver/guide
  • Professional guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Pick up at airbnbn's or apartments( pick up details mentioned on pick up details)
  • anywhere further away than Tabacón Resort will have an extra charge of $50 from 2 to 10 persons.

Meeting and Pickup

You can head directly to your preferred meeting point, or request pickup.

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Start time

02:00 PM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

Pickup details

Pick up included for hotels located in a radio of 6 kms from La Fortuna Central Park. Lost Iguana Hotel, Arenal Observatory Lodge, TheSprings Resort, Arenal Lodge and Hotels in this area is not included(extra fee pay onsite applies for these hotels or places near by, please check cost as it may varies depending on amount of people) Pick up in EL Castillo or Chachagua area is not included , meeting poitn will be the entrance of the Arenal Ecological Park( please contact us to confirm meeting time) Pick in airbnbs or apartments not included if you are in one of those please meet us at pick point mentioned on pick up details

What To Expect

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking, unless booked within 1 hours of travel. In this case confirmation will be received as soon as possible, subject to availability
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers

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 canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.
  • 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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Featured review
David T was a great guide! Very friendly, knowledgeable, and flexible. Passionate about snakes and birds and all the great flora and fauna in the area. It poured rain the whole tour but we still had a great time and would absolutely recommend this tour and David T in particular!


199 reviews
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Volcano hike
Jacki_L, May 2024
Augustine was awesome. Very personable and helped me get through the hike. Don’t miss this one. Thanks
Beautiful hike, great guide
Shams_A, Mar 2024
We went on a very hot day and selected the easiest level. Augustine was a fantastic guide and took the time to show us the local flora and fauna on the trail. He spotted a toucan, a sloth, a wild turkey, and other small animals on the trail. Very informative. The view of Arenal was incredible and Augustine provided us with a great history of the volcano and area. The hot springs were a nice end to the hike.
Great experiance
Peter_S, Mar 2024
Our tour guide Isaac was really knowledgeable about the area, fauna and animals which really added to the experiance. To be honest if you have a car, you can go to the hot springs part of this without a tour guide but it was well worth having a guide for Arenal volcano
Great experience
Natasha_H, Mar 2024
Didnt see much wildlife but rainforst is refreshing. We took the more difficult route so it was a tough hike but you can choose to take an easier route. The top view and lava rocks was amazing.
Authentic rainforest experience!
Angela_D, Feb 2024
Unfortunately, we didn’t see much of the volcano because there was a cloud in the way. But we had a very nice and knowledgeable guide. I really enjoyed talking to him and learning more about the rainforest.
Terrific adventure!
Peter_M, Feb 2024
Joseph our guide did an excellent job of guiding us up the volcano as we hiked through the rain forest.! He explained the history of the area, educated us about various plant species and alerted us to a variety of birds and animals that were hidden alongside the trail. Afterwards we shared some rum and great conversation as we all soaked in the thermal hot springs!
Would have been nice on a sunny day.
Danielle_D, Jan 2024
It could have been a 5 star experience but because of the weather conditions, (rain, fog, muddy/slippery paths) it was so so. However our guide Isaac was fantastic.
Fast pace
ninon_m, Jan 2024
This was a nice visit to the Arenal Volcano. We wished we had more time to take pictures, listen to the sounds of the jungle. This was more of a hiking exercice, like go up and come back down. The thermal bath experience was very relaxing and unique.
Great tour
Roopa_P, Dec 2023
Joseph was great guide. Awesome trip to Arenal Valcano and natural spring water. It was first time experience for us and my family really enjoyed it.
Hiking Volcano Tour and Hot Spring River + facials
Erica_B, Nov 2023
Check out this review of Arenal Jungle Tours on Tripadvisor:
Worth the hike.
Lori_b, Aug 2023
Amazing view from the top, Isaac was a great guide always making sure we were doing OK, was a bit of a hike for sure. Worth it!
Highly Enjoyed
Matthew_K, Aug 2023
The trip was very personal. Our guide gave wonderful facts about the jungle, volcano and country. Would recommend this trip for all ages and abilities.
Easily worth the money, an experience not to be missed
Kelly_R, Jun 2023
Sitting at the base of the lava fields with a storm brewing around us , looking at the volcano, was awe inspiring! Also, the moonshine at the hot springs was the cherry on the cake! Erik was a fantastic guide , with great knowledge about the area . He took the time to speak to everyone and made us feel very safe and welcome 😁😁😁
Edward tour
vickimacas, May 2023
A wonderful experiences with a great tour guide Rdwardo! Very informative and friendly. It was a perfect day!
Great afternoon trip
Vincent_P, Mar 2023
Great trip. Our guide Erik was terrific. Learned and saw a lot. Volcanoe view was beautiful. The swim after was refreshing
Unique experience
Amy_K, Mar 2023
This is basically a walk through a rain forest. Our guide was all about getting to the top quickly, so not so much about the animals. I thought we were going to a waterfall and swimming, but that was another tour. This is a steep 90 minute hike in shallow mud to the top of the ridge with a view of Arenal Volcano, if it is clear, which it wasn’t. We stayed on the top of the ridge for about 40 minutes looking at the view and then headed back a faster way where the ATVs go. We saw a sloth on the way down because the other guide had a telescope. We then went on a bus and went to the public hot springs where lots of people go to. Not as serene as I thought with so many people. They give you local moonshine which is strong and volcanic mud for your face . If you have sensitive skin, don’t use. My daughter’s face broke out in massive rashes for about 3 days. They didn’t hurt. They just looked bad. Overall, an interesting day !
Response from Host, Mar 2023
Dear Amy, We appreciatte your review as it is the only way we can make things better everyday, of course we cannot please always at a 100% every customer as expectations are always different, of course we talk to our guides eveyrime we have a review that indicates us that we can improve the service and knowleadge shared, as well the other things such as the ATV's and the hotsprings being too busy are out of our control as that happens alot during high season, about the volcanic mud we are going to explain our guides that if they offer the mud to ask if anyone has sensitive skin or allergies that may affect anyone so we can protect customers well being, hoping the rest of your trip went great we thank you for visiting us !!!
Christa_G, Mar 2023
This was a fantastic trip! It was very rewarding at the top. Our tour guide Byron was fabulous, very knowledgeable about the area, and he was fun to tour with! I would highly recommend this tour!
Somewhat frustrating!
Jill_G, Mar 2023
Our tour was suppose to start at 2:00 pm but we had to sit and wait for the tour guide to show up with the other part of the group so our hike to the volcano did not start till 2:35 pm. Then we went on our hike to the volcano. It was a beautiful hike and our guide was great but when we got back to the meeting point we had to wait for 30 minutes for their bus to pick us up to take us to the Natural Hot Springs River. We were supposed to be done at 5:00 pm but we did not get back to our hotel till 6:00 pm which messed up our dinner reservations.
Fantastic tour
Emma_P, Feb 2023
Excellent tour. Byron was an incredible tour guide, he is so knowledgable, sharing facts about the various trees and animals we saw and of course about the volcano. The walk was fine, we went at a good pace and will be manageable for all walking abilities. Thanks for a great tour Byron :) Luke and Emma
Great hike and hot springs experience
deeba1010, Feb 2023
We met the tour at the office and on the drive to the volcano hike we stopped to see a sloth that had been spotted in a tree. Our guide Brian was very knowledgeable and friendly, he gave us a lot of information on the plants and animals. The hike was moderate, a good pair of shoes is needed. The view at the top is amazing. The stop at the hot springs was very relaxing and a great way to end the tour.

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