San Jose

Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day Tour from San Jose

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Arenal Volcano Experience Full Day tour from San Jose
  • 14 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English


See more of the Arenal Volcano region with the convenience of a full-day tour from San Jose. Take a scenic route to Arenal with views of farms, rain forest, and small towns, and stop at a coffee plantation where you can sample coffee and traditional snacks. Stop at a waterfall, look for wildlife, then have the afternoon to soak in hot springs set in a lush garden near the Arenal Volcano.
  • Includes lunch, dinner, and snacks
  • Travel in comfort by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hear insightful commentary from the guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-of provided

What's Included

  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (most San Jose area hotels)
  • Professional bilingual guide
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Coffee or Tea with local snacks
  • Entrance Fees
  • Gratuities
  • Services not specified

Meeting And Pickup

You can head directly to the meeting point, or request pickup

Meeting point

  • San José
    San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

    Centrally located San Jose hotels. Hotel pickups commence at 7:00 a.m.approximately; the exact pickup time for your tour will be advised on a reconfirmation message.

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

07:00 AM

End point

This activity ends back at the meeting point.

What To Expect

La Casa del Café

20 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

La Paz Waterfall

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Free


30 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

Centro Turístico Las Iguanas

15 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Go Adventure Arenal Park

30 minutesAdmission Ticket Included

Paradise Hot Springs

2 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • 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
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • This tour includes man-made hot springs pools, filled with natural thermal water
  • Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Most travelers can participate
  • 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
  • This tour does not include ziplining/rappelling activities (The stop at Go Adventure Park is for the Indigenous presentation only)
  • 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.

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Featured review
This tour far exceeded our expectations!! Juan our tour guide was absolutely amazing!! He was accommodating, pleasant and knowledgeable. He shared information freely and we learned a lot about Cost Rica and the wonderful people who call Costa Rico home. We also a great, relaxing time!! Request Juan for your tour you will not be disappointed!!


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Amazing fully day tour!
Alexander_K, Mar 2024
Easily the best day of our trip! Also the longest day, but you see so many cool things along the way! Coffee plantations, fruit plantations, birds, wildlife, native people stories, and the volcano plus hot springs. It’s about a 14hr day from start to finish, but it was so worth it without a single doubt! Highly recommend! Angie our guide was full of information and always chatting with everyone!
NancyMcAda, Feb 2024
We loved this tour! Our guide Harlem was very knowledgeable. He even spotted sloths in a tree on the side of the road! He was happy to share his knowledge of local wildlife, history and general local information. My personal favorite stop was La Paz waterfall but there is something for everyone. The food was great everywhere we went. It is a very long day, but the hot springs at the end was perfect. We had a wonderful day and highly recommend this tour!
Relaxing hot springs experience
Carolyn_B, Feb 2024
Informative tour guide, excellent mini coffee tour, great view of Volcano from a distance, but no opportunity for a walk near Arenal ( which is what I expected). The hot springs were wonderful and relaxing.
We learned nothing about the Volcano.
Mary_M, Feb 2024
The most memorable was that it was so unpleasant. The van, the stops and the tour guide did not meet our expectations. What was to be a 12 hour tour - ended up to be a 16 hour excursion. Congrats to the driver - considering the experience.
Hot springs were amazing
Glynis_W, Feb 2024
It was a long day and the ride was rough, but very much worth it. Harlem was a very personable and informative guide. We stopped for sna k, lunch and dinner. The hot springs were amazing too.
Terrible Business Practices
Gus_G, Jan 2024
Left without us due to miscommunication regarding the starting time. When we booked the tour 3 weeks prior the note said tour pickup time 6am, subsequent communication including the tickets said tour start is 7 am. Thus we were led to believe the pickup time at our Hotel was really 7am rather than 6am. We have taken several tours with Viator and were always sent reminders a day or two before the event if there was a difference between pickup time and starting time. Furthermore Viator had my cell phone number, but instead called the hotel room which we had briefly vacated to get coffee. When they did send a text it was to tell us they had left without us. In addition when we called Viator shortly before 6:30 am were informed that we had no recourse and we would lose the $360 we paid for the tour.
Book it!
Monique_B, Jan 2024
Just book the excursion already! great experience, many stops, and good learnings throughout the tour!
Amazing Arenal tour
Judy_G, Jan 2024
One of the best guys I have to say I hope that we can get this person again should I ever come back and visit the week again. Alex was amazing and made this tour worth every moment. I would recommend this highly with Alex from Go Tours. I saw so much and honestly really truly experienced the richness of Costa Rica.
Great trip
adira_s, Jan 2024
This trip was fun ! Our guide as great. Lost do time on the bus. Stunning views. We got dropped off at our hotel in La fortuna and didn’t ride back
Pretty good tour
Mojdeh_N, Jan 2024
The spa was wonderful Our guide was very helpful Food was ok Plantation visit was nice Blah blah blah
Excellent tour
Mehul_D, Jan 2024
The guide made so much effort to make it so enjoyable. He even found sloths 🦥 on the tree for us to see one.
Fully packed day tour with a lot of bus time
Trevor_P, Jan 2024
The operator is responsive in answering questions before the trip. Our tour guide, Helman, was attentive and helpful. The tour bus was uncomfortable for such a long day trip (6:30-22:00). The tour includes lunch and dinner, but I recommend packing some snacks and drinks.
The best one day tour.
Rajendra_S, Dec 2023
This is the first time we saw an active volcano! The entire area is beautiful. Hot water spring in LaFortuna were very relaxing. Tour guide was very knowledgeable.
Worth the money
Willesleyann_R, Dec 2023
Very nice tour and amazing hot spa loved it. The tour guide was bilingual which was nice and the food was good too.
Best birthday
Adinah_J, Dec 2023
Fernando was our tour guide and he is amazing! He made my birthday extra special and gave our group so much incredible information about Costa Rica. I’m so grateful that we had him as our guide.
Family & Friends awesome Tour experience
princess_m, Oct 2023
This tour was great and well worth the money, the experience was overall very enjoyable. Our Tour Guide, Omar was awesome, he was very informative and knowledgeable throughout the tour... The Resort was awesome as well and such a beautiful atmosphere.
Go for it.
Nikola_S, Oct 2023
Loved it. 100/100. Juan was so nice and attentive, always went extra mile. Totally go for it. Best of CR in one day.
Busy and fun day
Jim_R, Sep 2023
The waterfall was nice, the people who went ziplining loved it, and the hot springs were soothing and relaxing, even on a rainy day. And Hernando the guide/driver was beyond ecsellent.
Milushka_R, Aug 2023
The trip itself was breathtaking, the views, the nature, waterfalls..The hot spring water swimming pools were very relaxing.
Poor and below average tour with improper description
Kaushik_R, Jul 2023
It was a below average tour with atleast 7 hours of the total time spent in the vehicle .. in the actual tour itself the coffee plantation was not much to write home about .. the guide was more interested in taking his own pictures with his own Nikon camera and did not really offer much in terms of commentary or engagement .. food was sub par and to cal this a volcano tour is a massive understatement .. you don’t even get anywhere near it nor are you shown how to and where to see it ..

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