San Jose

Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs Full Day Tour from San Jose

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Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs from San Jose
  • 13 hours
  • Pickup offered
  • Mobile ticket
  • Offered in: English

Overview

Head to La Fortuna, home to the Arenal Volcano, on this guided all-day tour from San Jose. Sit back and relax as you travel through diverse plantations and cattle ranches on the roughly 3.5-hour drive. After arriving, enjoy lunch with a view of the volcano. Then, take a dip in the area’s thermal waters and indulge in an optional massage or other treatment.
  • Avoid driving from San Jose to La Fortuna with roundtrip transportation
  • Lunch and dinner is included in the tour price
  • Remember to bring a swimsuit for the hot springs; admission included
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off from select hotels is provided

What's Included

  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Tour Guide
  • Transportation from Hotels in San José
  • Tour operate with a minimum of 2 people
  • Souvenir photos (available to purchase)
  • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
  • Gratuities

Meeting And Pickup

Pickup points

Select a pickup point

Start time

07:00 AM

Pickup details

“Tour departs from hotels in San Jose. You must indicate the hotel’s name in order to confirm the booking. Please confirm the pick up time at least 24 hours before the tour by contacting us via email: roy.madrigal@ds.destinationservices.com

What To Expect

Sarchi

45 minutesAdmission Ticket Free

La Fortuna (Pass By)

Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails

1 hour Admission Ticket Included

Baldi Hot Springs

3 hours Admission Ticket Included

Additional Info

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Bring to your tour: ° Traje de Baño °Ropa Comoda °Zapatos para caminar °Ropa de Cambio °Bloqueador Solar
  • Infant seats available
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 25 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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STEVEN_L
This was the best tour ever, from the pick up to the drop off the day was filled with amazing views lots of information and history. Our guides Chewy and Carlos were outstanding could not have asked for a better day.

Reviews

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It didn't meet my expectations
Rhonda_T, Feb 2024
It was a very long day in the bus. I felt it was a bit expensive based on the activities we did. The Hot springs at the hotel were just ok. The drinks were overpriced and watered down(too much ice). The guide and driver did a good job. I guess I expected more the the amount of money I spent.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you very much for your feedback! We take note of your comments to improve in the future. We hope soon your return to Costa Rica and provide an excellent experience.
Amazing!
Michael_B, Feb 2024
I had a blast! Mario and David were amazing. Would love to do it again and I hope to bring some more people along.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Beautiful nature
Yunior_P, Feb 2024
This tour was amazing.. such a nice people working on everything specially the tour girl blonde young lady and the driver.. the food was delicious specially the dinner at Baldi Termales, nice place with a good atmosphere and many hot pools .. we loved them … I recommend it
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Such a fun experience
Anisah_N, Feb 2024
Be prepared for a long day! We were among the last hotel stops and got picked up late around 9:30am. Our first stop was to Parque de Sarchí where we got to view their church service & take pictures in the park. Our next stop had a huge gift shop for souvenirs & an eductional tour of the history of the oxtail cart. For lunch there were multiple entree options, the burger was delicious & more than I expected. There are lots of steps to get to the volcano but the views were amazing. Our time at the hot springs was cut short due to the late start, but a towel & locker are provided for you. Dinner was buffet style, we didn't get back to our hotel until after midnight. Our tour guide Julio was very informative & spoke both English & Spanish. We took a few stops throughout for snacks/bathroom breaks, there are usb outlets on the bus to charge your phone. All in all had a good time & definitely recommend
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Smell the roses
Dorothy_W, Feb 2024
The pace of the tour was a little slow for this New Yorker, but it is a great tour nonetheless. I enjoyed the visit to Sarchi more than I expected. Arenal didn't cooperate as it was covered with cloud. We stopped and saw some wildlifes along the way. Don't forget to bring plastic shoes to Baldi.
Response from Host, Feb 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Day trip to Arenal volcano and Baldi hot springs
Spain1, Jan 2024
Enjoyed the Arenal volcano visit and Baldi Hot springs. A special thankyou to a great guide, Mario, who was both educational and entertaining throughout the tour.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Great time!
Leslie_S, Jan 2024
The tour was great! Pick up was on time, we were then transported to another bus with a group of people. The group was a nice mixture of people from all over ranging in different ages. The first stop was a lot of fun and show cased cultural Cost Rican art and history. The drive up was scenic and beautiful. The volcano viewing was nice, wish we could’ve hiked the trails. Baldi hot springs was a blast. Over all a great day! The food was delicious for lunch and dinner. The ride back was quiet, everyone was asleep. Our tour guide Gary was attentive and excellent-bilingual too. Roy was an excellent driver! Should def check this out!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
average guide and tour experience
Jai_B, Jan 2024
i booked 5 trips when i went to costa rica - monteverde, tortugero national park, poas/la paz, manuel antonio and arenal. sadly this trip arenal was my lease favorite. We spent a lot of time travelling to the volcano but barely spent anytime there. Guide was rushing us to leave the volcano so we could go to baldi hotsprings which was quiet average and we spent 3 hours there when we could have spent more time at the magnificent volcano. Guide infact did not want to take us there saying it is foggy and we will not see anything andi it was only after we made some noise, he took us. Costa rica 5 stars, this trip and guide, 1 star.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you very much for your feedback! We take note of your comments to improve in the future. We hope soon your return to Costa Rica and provide an excellent experience.
This tour could be improved!
jqw86gjfbx, Jan 2024
The best part of this trip was the Baldi hot springs. I would have like this tour to be more focused on the travel experience instead of stopping for shopping and eating. If I did it again I would have taken the other tour that stops at the waterfalls instead.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you very much for your feedback! We take note of your comments to improve in the future. We hope soon your return to Costa Rica and provide an excellent experience.
Buss needs upgrading.
Wendy_A, Jan 2024
The guide was very friendly and fun. Would totally do a tour with him again. The reason for the 3 stars is the vehicle they used. The bus was cramped and barely had enough power to go up the hills and it was only half full. At one point I could smell the engine overheating. Many other cars and even busses passed us along the way. My husband swears he saw a little old grandma on a tricycle pass us.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you very much for your feedback! We take note of your comments to improve in the future. We hope soon your return to Costa Rica and provide an excellent experience.
Volcano, Hot Springs & Dinner!
Kevin_E, Jan 2024
We went to an ox cart factory which was interesting. The volcano was really a wonderful sight, and the Baldi Hot Sorings for fun and then dinner. I think this was a great trip and I would do it again!
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Trip to Arenal
Nick_T, Dec 2023
Our guide Mario was amazing, a lot of fun and gave us lots of interesting facts about Costa Rica. It's a long day starting from San Jose but very much worth it.
Response from Host, Jan 2024
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Choose another tour unless love spas
Aleksa_O, Dec 2023
Awful - late pickup. And didn’t see much. Spent forever in gift shop and a man made hot tub. Volcano was minimal time/ wouldn’t recommend
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you very much for your feedback! We take note of your comments to improve in the future. We hope soon your return to Costa Rica and provide an excellent experience
Solo tour
Shane_H, Dec 2023
Mario was a great tour guide. He is very knowledgeable and friendly. He is very accommodating and goes out of his way to make the experience a great one. It was a long ride from San Jose, but the frequent stops made it not seem so long. I loved the stop to buy souvenirs. The meals were tasty and hearty. I loved the volcano view and the photo opportunities. I especially loved the hot springs spa where I visited 17 out of the 20 pools. It was an amazing experience.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Very fun activity
Jason_S, Dec 2023
Very fun trip. It is long but well worth it. The volcano was very interesting to see. The hot springs was a lot of fun.
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
I do not like to rent a...
Jaleh_S, Dec 2023
I do not like to rent a car. The tour is very convinient for me. Every time I contacted the operator, she was very responsive and answered all my questions quickly
Response from Host, Dec 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Worth to go!
Cora_C, Nov 2023
First time get close to an activity volcano and learn more about this famous place. Big birds flight around, see monkey by passed. Good experience! Hot spring also worth to go, relaxing. Food quality can be better as my point. Overall is good!
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Guide Marco was great,...
Tatiana_Z, Nov 2023
Guide Marco was great, hot springs was great. Couldn't see the volcano bit can't control the weather.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Good for visitors with limited time or days
Jay, Nov 2023
The tour was a good experience. The agency kept up the communication and the picked-up on time. Lunch was great. The tour guide was knowledgeable. The best part of the tour is the Baldi hot springs. The only drawback is travelling most part of the tour just to see/do things that lasts only 1-3 hours.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
Great day
Fiona_C, Nov 2023
We had a really lovely day. Our guide, Jose, was very knowledgeable and friendly. I wish we could have stayed at the volcano a little longer as it was so beautiful. The hot springs were a lovely way to end the day.
Response from Host, Nov 2023
Thank you for your very positive feedback. Your comments are very important for us to improve our services and I am glad you had a lovely experience with us and we met your travelling expectations. We hope to be your choice for your future holiday destinations. Kind regards, Customer Service team
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