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San José, Costa Rica
Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day Tour from San Jose
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icon14 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

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
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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
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
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.

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7:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.
  • 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
  • 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
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Go Tours Costa Rica
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.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day Tour from San Jose?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
See all safety measures taken by Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day Tour from San Jose.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day Tour from San Jose?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day Tour from San Jose.
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What is the social distancing policy during Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day Tour from San Jose?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day Tour from San Jose.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day Tour from San Jose?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day Tour from San Jose.

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  • "The drive was long, but worth it, we saw many things and enjoyed our time on the tour." See review
  • "We had an excellent guide, Alex Blanco, both personable and professional who made the tour very enjoyable." See review

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Not great at all...
Crystal_J
, Jun 2022
Sadly the tour wasn't very fun. We were rushed through all the markets and stands and we didn't really learn much about the architecture of history. The coffee house was cool, we got to see an old machine. Besides that, it was rushy and time was wasted standing outside markets and then finally rushed through. In order to talk to anyone or buy anything, we fell behind and had to catch up. Finally we left the tour early as it was not very good at all. Would only recommend to people who may not go out anywhere alone. Other than that, you will save $ and have a much better time just ubering and enjoying your own day.
star-5
Waterfall, Volcano and Hot Springs Escape :)
Daniel_D
, Jun 2022
This trip was was very refreshing and an absolute pleasure of an experience. Juan was absolutely amazing, truly grateful to him for his knowledge and hospitality.
star-5
Amazing experience
Shawndra_W
, Apr 2022
Our guide Fernando was excellent! Very knowledgeable and kind. Safe driver. Lots of Cost Rica history. Would definitely recommend!
star-5
Arenal with Francisco
Rashid_T
, Mar 2022
Francisco is an incredibly gracious and knowledgeable guide. He made the day long excursion so fun and memorable. I would highly recommend him to anyone that wants to get a wonderful tour of Costa Rica.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Perfect last day in Costa Rica
Brenda_L
, Mar 2022
This tour was the perfect way to end our trip. Visited some amazing waterfalls, viewed wildlife, ate delicious food and relaxed in the hotspringS. FRANCISCO is the best, he made the trip fun!!
star-5
BEST BIRTHDAY EVERRRRRRR
Lazarvius_F
, Mar 2022
THIS WAS THE BESTTTTTT TRIP EVERRR! We stayed in San Jose at the AC Hotel and it wasn’t even listed but Juan our tour guide made an exception and still came to get us. We started off going to a very beautiful coffee farm. Then we headed to La Paz waterfall. On the way there we stopped to see several sloths 🦥 only one came to say hi tho. The waterfalls was breathe taking ! We stopped by a hot spot for beautiful birds and saw several hummingbirds & Tuscans ! So beautiful. After that we headed to get our first meal which was AMAZING! I had the traditional costa-rican dish chicken fajitas with rice and beans, and other sides. The lunch was directly in front of Arenal Volcano 🌋 Once we left lunch we went to Go Adventure zip lines which was apart of everything. We didn’t initially book the zip lines but most of our crew had it so they were VERY understanding and allowed us to pay an additional $28 per person to be apart of that AMAZING FUN! It also included rock repelling down to this beautiful river! SO WORTH IT but not mandatory. If you’re not interested in the zip line tour Paradise Hot Springs would be the next destination . May I say BEAUTIFUL place to visit. I really wanted to go to Tabacon Hot Springs but because it’s so popular we wasn’t able to go. Paradise Hot Springs is just as AMAZING! Perfect place for pictures, cocktails, and enjoying the volcanic mineral hot springs! That’s where we went of course after zip lining. Once we left the hot springs we had a long ride back to our destinations. We stopped by the biggest souvenir shop and bought amazing things. The crew I was with was soooo AMAZING! I’m in the store buying my stuff and walk out and they randomly started singing happy birthday to me!! I was sooooo SURPRISED! and Juan our tour guide gave me a free gift for my birthday! Not only that but when we left we headed to get dinner and that was AMAZING but they also surprised me with a delicious piece of carrot cake and sung HAPPY BIRTHDAY to me again! JUAN WAS HANDS DOWN AMAZING, INFORMATIONAL, AND NICE! It was a LONGGGG DAY but filled with SO MUCH ADVENTURES!! And the crew I did it with made every part of my day special. THE BEST BIRTHDAY EVERRRRRRRRRRRR! ILL NEVER FORGET SUCH AN AMAZING TIME! BOOK ASAP
star-5
SJO great day trip.
Matt_B
, Mar 2022
All went great and we had a great time. As it was late, Frisch drove us the 2-blocks to our condo, instead of dropping us off at the hotel where we were picked up.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing full day trip !
Somayah_L
, Mar 2022
Our tour guide and driver Juan did an amazing job guiding us through our full day adventure. We had several stops along the way for food, souvenirs, and pictures. He was so patient in answering any questions and accommodating our needs. If you’re going to do any tour, this is the one to get that full Costa Rican experience.
star-5
Wowwwwww! Francisco is the besttttt!
Tiffany_R
, Feb 2022
Let’s start out with “WOWWWWW”!!! From the pick up to the drop off was such a fun and pleasured experienced! Francisco is such a bright and beautiful soul with the passion to share his beautiful country with anyone and everyone he comes across! He shared so much knowledge, was so helpful (even opening and closing the doors every time - and sharing a hand to get in and out of the van, a true gentleman) and he is accommodating to our limitations to make sure we didn’t miss a moment of enjoyment on the trip! Even though the ride was long - he filled it with sooooo many surprises on the way that it did not feel like 14 hours! I will definitely come back and recommend Francisco as a tour guide to everyone I know coming to Costa Rica!!!!
star-3
This trip was OK but not...
Peter_T
, Feb 2022
This trip was OK but not great. Francisco was the guide and he was fantastic. This is a 14 hour day with probably 8 hours of driving. We were in a 14 passenger van with 6 other people and we all got along great. Don't be fooled you will only see the volcano from the ground level. It does NOT drive you to the top. We stopped at a zipline and it was very cool. And Hot springs, OK. The iguanas were on the side of a restaurant. We saw one sloth along the road way up in a tree. Lunch and dinner was good at local restaurants.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent tour with Juan
Tracy_O
, Feb 2022
Wonderful tour with Juan! His knowledge and passion about Costa Rica is excellent and he goes out of his way to make your tour an awesome experience!!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Travelling the mountains to Arenal.
Muffet_T
, Jan 2022
I loved the entire day....coffee at Doka, driving through the mountains among the small farms, eating coconut ice cream near a group of iguanas, seeing two kinds of sloths, La Paz waterfall, visiting with others in the van, the hike with members of the Maleku indigenous group, sitting in the hot springs and looking at Arenal. Finally, our tour guide, Francisco was wonderful!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-3
Not worth the trip
Ryan_H
, Jan 2022
Driver/tour guide (Juan)was good. Itinerary wasn't. The focus was on the hot spring, but it wasn't all that great. Didn't feel like it was an Arenal Volcano tour; more like a hot spring tour. Food (lunch and dinner) was good. Just the trip/tour wasn't worth it.
star-5
Wonderful tour and our tour guide Juan was fantastic
James_S
, Jan 2022
We saw two sloths in trees by the road, very exciting! Our driver tour guide was fantastic, great command of English, knowledgeable about the things we were seeing and willing to stop for things not on the tour such as the sloths in a tree that he spotted. Highly recommend
star-5
Fun and amazing
Adam_F
, Jan 2022
My experience was amazing. Francisco was our tour guide. He was very professional. I will definitely recommend this tour to my friends. It was a long ride but well worth it.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Arenal highlights
Philip_W
, Nov 2021
Due to rain and clouds, we did not see all of what we might have. But it was still a good highlights tour and our guide, Juan, did a great job keeping us on schedule for the long 14 hour day.
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Outstanding
Ruth_D
, Nov 2021
Everything was beautiful, Fernando our guide was the best guide I have ever had, his knowledge of the was outstanding,and he assured any questions anyone put to him, and helpful for anyone's need x
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Amazing Tour with an Amazing Tour Company and Guide
lorrainegilbert
, Oct 2021
What an amazing day by an amazing tour company and tour guide Kenneth. From the moment we stepped inside the tour van we felt his warmth and love of his country. We were so warmly greeted. All along the way his knowledge of the area and what we were seeing was 10 star top notch. We loved each and every little stop from local fruit stands where we savored some delicious local fruits to coffee shops to stopping to take amazing pictures of sloths in trees and sharing them on whatsapp with all of us. This is an adventure by a tour guide and tour company not to be missed. Come to Costa Rica and travel with my new friend Kenneth. Best money you will ever spend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Great trip
Ben_R
, Sep 2021
Great Trip, nice people, Juan did a great job shepherding us around. We saw native culture, local cuisine, hot springs, nature
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
Thank you to Juan for a wonderful day trip to Arenal!
Tamara_T
, Sep 2021
Thank you to Juan for a wonderful day trip to Arenal! He was very informative during the trip and taught us some history about Costa Rica. The waterfall, volcano and hot springs were very beautiful and we got great pictures.

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