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Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs From San José
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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
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Tour operate with a minimum of 2 people
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7:00 AM
This activity will end right where it started.Pick up from Hotels located in San Jose Downtown
  • 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
  • OPERATED BY Destination Services
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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What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs From San José?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs From San José?
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
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What is the social distancing policy during Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs From San José?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs From San José?
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
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star-5
Beautiful excursion
Kim_W
, Jun 2022
Riccardo our guide, was so informative and very knowledgeable. The whole tour was well worth the time and money.
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-5
Perfect day trip
Rachel_C
, Jun 2022
Excellent tour. Easy pick up and transportation, delicious food and beautiful sites along the way. Adrian was a great tour guide and made the entire day relaxing. Would definitely recommend!
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
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star-4
Thermal pools
Janet_C
, May 2022
The most Memorable parts were the trip there and stopping in little towns all the way up. There were plenty of bathroom breaks 4hours to get there. When I bought the tickets it showed like 2 events one Volcano 2 the pools. No it’s just one the Boldi pools where you can see the volcano from there. Also driver Lie to us about getting up to the volcano he said you can ride golf carts up there but there was no way to even get up to the volcano from the pools
icon Response from Host , Jun 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, We take note of your comments to improve in the future. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica and give you excellent experience !!
star-5
Great tour!
Charlene_R
, May 2022
The hot springs were wonderful! Jose our guide was very thorough and made us comfortable with asking questions and taking pictures. Sandra was a great driver. Great Tour!
icon Response from Host , May 2022
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star-4
It’s just a relaxing trip
TuanHiep_B
, May 2022
In general it’s not so bad if someone needs a resting trip rather than an exploring trip. Not an ideal one to enjoy the volcano, mainly with the hot springs
icon Response from Host , May 2022
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star-2
Look for another
Teresa_M
, Mar 2022
The description was misleading. Our tour guide didn’t do much talking on the almost four hour drive. We got to the hot springs and asked about the trail that we were suppose to go on to get a closer view of the volcano and was informed that the hot springs was as close as we was getting which that is not what we were told.
icon Response from Host , Mar 2022
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star-5
The trip was excellent...
joann_q
, Feb 2022
The trip was excellent and would definitely recommend to everyone. Mario, our tour guide made it even better with his great sense of humor and intelligence in imparting his knowledge about Costa Rican culture and history. He’s an asset to your company and definitely deserves a raise!
icon Response from Host , Feb 2022
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star-5
Tour of a lifetime
Ian_M
, Jan 2022
Wonderful experience. Tour guide very knowledgeable and personable. Best tour ever! Hot springs made this tour my best vacation excursion ever.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-4
Great adventure in Costa Rica , all day event !
Chelsea_T
, Jan 2022
This was a very fun trip ! The bus ride into Sarchi to see the ox cart , church and souvenir shop was about an hour . Then it’s another 2 hours or so to the restaurant in La Fortuna for lunch. They offer you a choice of 3-5 options. All were pretty good , most are traditional Costa Rican dishes. After leaving the restaurant for lunch you go straight to the viewing site Arenal 1968 to walk a short trail up to the Arenal Volcano. Great site and optimal for pictures. Last stop is the Baldi Hot springs resort , which is very nice with multiple “hot springs” areas which are more so very warm pools all man-made with swim up bars and waterfalls. They did give us a towel and a locker key to store our things in a small locker ( pack lightly can fit a backpack or small duffel). It was nice and relaxing , gave us about 2-3 hours here. It’s packed with other guests as well. Dinner was at the Baldi Hot springs resort all the way up a long stone paved walkway to their outdoor covered buffet area for us and other guests. Are served buffet style with all Costa Rican typical rice and beans with your choice of meat that’s very well sauced and seasoned. As well as some American like options like spaghetti and meat w/ tomato sauce and mashed potatoes and French fries. Lots of natural juices and water to drink and various deserts. Drive back to San Jose took about 3 hours with one stop halfway to use the restroom If necessary. Then multiple stops to drop off the guests to their various hotels Overall great experience , a lot of travel time to be expected , but Daniel the tour guide was amazing as well as our driver Arturo. Appropriately priced , just a very long day 7:30 am to about 10:30pm.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
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star-5
Got what we paid and more.
Saisha_S
, Jan 2022
The bus ride back admittedly was pretty draining but the driver made excellent time. We started a little late but our guide extended the time and we didn’t feel rushed at the volcano. Having access to this amazing hot spring resort was the highlight for me. Definitely bring a bathing suit so you can enjoy the warm springs. Also both lunch and dinner were excellent choices. They take you to two different restaurants throughout the day. My only real gripe is we have to stop at a small town called Sarchi to look at a church and a big ox cart and it’s just a lot to have on such an already full intinerary.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
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star-5
Amazing customer service
Natasha_W
, Jan 2022
The guide Jorge and driver Ricardo really made the experience wonderful! It was a full day! They weren’t able to find my hotel at first and immediately sent a private driver for me to join the group! The trip itself was really fun and interactive. We were even able to stop in a small town for a nice view and I snagged a delicious cream cheese cake at the local bakery! There was another stop where any souvenir you can think of was available! We all bonded by the end. The beef at lunch was amazing! If you love laughs and amazing views, this is the tour for you!
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
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star-5
Must do in costa rica
Jeffrey_S
, Dec 2021
This is a must if you visit Costa Rica. Our tour guide was amazing and kept us engaged all day. The food was great, the sites were gorgeous, and we even saw a sloth in its natural habitat just hanging around’.
icon Response from Host , Jan 2022
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star-4
Great experience
Eamon_N
, Dec 2021
This was a really really great experience. We were fortunate enough to have great weather when we went. And the Baldi Hotspring is so relaxing. The only con I can think of is the drive. It just takes a long time, but it was okay
icon Response from Host , Dec 2021
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star-4
Phenomenal
Njeca_L
, Nov 2021
Worth the 14 hour day. The food was amazing! The views of the Volcano spectacular and Baldi hot springs sealed the deal for me. An experience you will never forget.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
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star-3
I Left Upset
Nhadya_S
, Nov 2021
Still PISSED. It takes no more than 3.5 hours to get to our destination and instead it took my driver 6 hours.. yes SIX and it wasn't b/c of traffic, traffic was actually good! Its b/c he decided to make ~5 stops on the way, spending a CRAZY amount of time at each stop b/c he encouraged the passengers to walk around for 15 minutes (some stops more) Or he took over an hour at one location explaining how this electricity shop works then having us tour the souvenir shop (this was the longest stop). In total, these sites included a church/park, another church/ park, a bakery, souvenir shop then lunch. It was SO unnecessary (minus lunch). I paid hard earned money to experience the volcano and hot springs not to make all of these stops which only left us about ~3.5 hours for BOTH the volcano and hot spring resort. We were so low on time when we arrived, the guide gave us the 'option' of going straight to the hot spring resort OR volcano. We voted to still go to both b/c we PAID to see BOTH! We didn't pay for these random stops. I couldn't even get a massage at the resort like I planned and as advertised due to time! This is NOT fair and I felt robbed of my experience. I honestly want some of my money back- not all as I understand gas/ food has to be paid for but I deserve something back since I didn't get the experience I paid for. If you have another guide who doesn't do this, I'd say its worth it because both destinations were stunning & fun.
icon Response from Host , Nov 2021
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star-5
Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs
Antonio_P
, Oct 2021
The trip with Tony to Arenal Volcano and Baldi Springs was the best of my life. First off, Tony was the best driver and story teller. We passed by Grecia and Sarchi and took pictures there. Then we drove to La Fortuna to see the Arenal Volcano up close and personal the he dropped me off at Baldi Hot Springs and enjoyed the perks there. As if I don’t want to leave that place. Lunch and dinner were included and they were superb. I had a blast on both experiences.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
Thanks so much for your feedback!, we really appreciate the time you took to write such a review!. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica!!
star-5
Fun and Relaxing Tour
Lisa_N
, Oct 2021
Antonio picked us up at our hotel and off we went. He was very knowledgable and gave us very interesting information all the way to our destinations. He was personable and went out of his way to make sure we were comfortable an having a great time, which we did. My husband and I highly recommend this tour and if you get Antonio, even better.
icon Response from Host , Oct 2021
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star-3
Beautiful resort with rushed, agitated guide
Starla_S
, Sep 2021
Baldi Hot Springs Resort was clean, relaxing and fun: the early morning commute was colorful drive through gorgeous rural mountain sides. We stopped in a couple of towns along the way but the visits were rushed. Upon reaching Baldi Resort we were informed all too late that we needed cash to rent towels and were recommended to not use our debit and credit cards at the resort. The guide quickly left while the four of us guests found a solution. During drop off the driver was very pushy and rude about tips with the other guests. We also did not visit a trail and only saw Arenal Volcano while driving. Wish the driver/guide were more relaxed and less agitated. I would try another group and guide, not Antonio.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
Thanks so much for your feedback!, We take note of your comments to improve in the future. Hope soon you come back to Costa Rica and give you excellent experience !!
star-4
Big insidie view of truly Costarican nature
Alessandra_C
, Sep 2021
Quite a long trip but great for the result and the views! Hot Springs highly recommended, beautiful place and elegante, tasty dinner. Our guide, Max, was incredibly well prepared and also joking. If you are looking for a truly experience, that's definetely the tour!!
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
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star-5
Highlight of My Trip
Ihilani_P
, Sep 2021
My guide was Max. He was very knowledgeable and friendly. Arenal Volcano was majestic and the view point was very serene. Baldi Hot Springs was one of the highlights if my trip. It was a gorgeous place with so many pools to choose from. A swim-up bar and dinner topped the experience. Baldi Hot Springs is something I will not soon forget.
icon Response from Host , Sep 2021
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