Arenal Volcano & Baldi Hot Springs From San José

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69 reviews   (4.38)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 13 hours

Departs: San Jose, San Jose

Ticket Type: Mobile or paper ticket accepted

Free cancellation

Up to 24 hours in advance.

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The Arenal Volcano with Baldi Hot Springs tour is by far a favorite among travelers.

This tour offers the auspicious site of the imposing Arenal Volcano and the soothing thermal waters of Baldi Hot Springs. Not to mention the lush vegetation and unforgettable views that make this place one to remember.

What's Included



Tour Guide

Tour operate with a minimum of 2 people

Transportation from Hotels in San José

What's Not Included

Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)


Souvenir photos (available to purchase)

Traveler Information

  • INFANT: Age: 0 - 2
  • CHILD: Age: 3 - 10
  • ADULT: Age: 11 - 70

Additional Info

  • Covid-19 risk assessment of the activity completed (routes, visit of sights, possible crowds, number of people in the group, reduced services).
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised
  • Covid-19 risk assessment of the activity completed (routes, visit of sights, possible crowds, number of people in the group, reduced services).
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitised

Cancellation Policy

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours before the scheduled departure time.

  • 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.
  • Experience may be cancelled due to Insufficient travelers
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

What To Expect

Enroute to the Arenal Volcano there will be a stop in the famous town of Sarchi, known as the birthplace of Costa Rica’s Artisans.

In Sarchi, you may very well see an ox cart that holds the title as being the largest ox cart in the world. The cart is made of wood (cedar) and is decorated with stunning colors, such as a bright orange. The design is typical and intricate, indicative of traditional oxcarts. The ox cart is two stories high and took 70 days to complete. The oxcart is also deserves an honorable mention in the Guinness book of world records.

45 minutes • Admission Ticket Free

The journey will then continue, traversing diverse plantations with agricultural products, including pineapple farms, and mango groves, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until arriving to the small town of La Fortuna, and stopping to enjoy lunch at a cozy restaurant with a spectacular view of the Arenal volcano.

• Admission Ticket Free

Arenal 1968 Volcano View & Trails
The impressive Arenal Volcano is a magnificent natural wonder that is situated in La Fortuna (The Fortune) of San Carlos, Costa Rica, providing thousands and thousands of tourists with the opportunity to witness volcanic activity, such as the white plumes of smoke that emanate from the conical shaped behemoth. It is important to note that the volcano had previously been assumed to be dormant, until in 1968, when it experienced a major eruption.

60 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Baldi Hot Springs
Then you will go on to relax at one of the best hot springs in the area where you will enjoy the rejuvenating effects of the thermal waters, as well as an optional massage or other special treatment that must be reserved ahead of time.

The facilities at Baldi provided 25 separate mineral water reservoirs that flow naturally from the volcano. The medicinal waters are certified by L.N.A. (Laboratorio Nacional de Aguas), and the temperatures range from 93, 100, 102, 104, 109, 110, 113, 116, 152, providing clients with a wide range of options that fit their needs.

And for a perfect ending, before going back to San José, a wonderful dinner will be served with a great view of the volcano so that you do not miss any opportunity to look at the stunning and classically shaped volcano one more time.

3 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Hot volcano, hotter springs, perfect day
Amanda_B, 25-09-2022
This tour should be the standard as it was exceptional at every turn. Jesus “Chewie” was hands down the best guide I have had in Costa Rica so far. Knowledgeable, patient and was exceptionally clear on what we were doing how long we would have and ensured to deliver all communication bilingual to meet the needs of those on the tour. The hot springs were beautiful same with the Volcano, do not hesitate book this tour pronto!!
Great spot with lots of options
Melanie G, 23-09-2022
Great time! Even though it did rain there were several hot springs you could visit that were covered. The trip does include another tour of an ox cart making site it was quite interesting. I would definitely recommend this
Must experience
Alejandra_g, 21-09-2022
Amazing tour, guide, food, views! Absolute grand time at the resort, well kept, good service and plenty of pools to swim in.
Wonderful time Arenal Volcano //Baldi Hot i Springs
pedalwerks, 19-08-2022
Mario was a great guide and gave us a bit of Costa Rican history and about the area. Lunch and dinner was delicious! Arenal volcano and Baldi Springs were AMAZING!
Baldi was amazing!
Dana_W, 16-12-2022
Mario was a phenomenal tour guide and driver. The ride Itself Is about 3 hours, maybe a little longer but Mario made everything delightful and fun! The springs were amazing and relaxing!
Nice but too much van time
Garrett_N, 26-08-2022
Good trip but a lot of time in the van. 10+ hours. As the first person picked up that added another 2.5 hours (there should be a first person picked up discount I think). Sites themselves were nice but not much time at them
Beautiful tour, though a bit exhausting.
Alessandro_d, 29-12-2022
The tour was amazing, beautiful sights and the hot springs topped off the journey with great fun. Although it's a long drive, the roads show a fascinating landscape. But since we were the first tourists to board, we had to pick up all the passengers from their hotels, which took an exhausted hour and a half. The same thing happened at the end of the tour, with us being the last to be dropped. By the end of the day, the tour lasted over 15 hours.
Beautiful Experience, Memories Made!
chaniqua_c, 29-12-2022
Long day, good vibes! The commute is what takes away from the experience. We only spent about 30minutes at the Arenal Volcano, but about 3 hours at Baldi Springs. Baldi Springs is beautiful, but that’s too long to sit in hot water. Lunch and dinner was great. Our tour guide and driver were amazing! I would do this again, and highly recommend it. You have to be prepared to be gone for an entire day, and to spend many hours traveling to and from La Fortuna (I think that’s where we were) . However, it was worth it. I would just suggest distributing the time more evenly amongst Arenal Volcano and Baldi Springs.
Long day but worth it
Partha_R, 27-12-2022
I was the first person picked up and you just wait for others. We spent quite sometime as people were not ready at hotel lobby. It irritates me when people booked a group tour had to be dragged out of their hotel bed. Annoying!. Well, it’s part of the game. Our tour guide George and driver Norman seemed bit disorganized. The driver lost his way to first stop, Sarachi. It’s ridiculous that tour drivers are not good with directions or equipped with GPS to figure out quickly. The ultimate thing that got on my nerve was that they were asking driving directions from locals. So we wasted an hour. I would have given it 5 stars otherwise. We headed directly to late lunch from Sarachi. The lunch was delicious and the ambience was great. We spent an hour or so at arsenal viewpoint. By the time we headed to Baldi,it was 4.30 pm. The tour guide saved my day by arranging for an extra hour at hot springs. Really appreciate that. It was awesome experience and dinner at Baldi had options for vegetarians. We were dropped back around midnight at San Jose. Though it started rough and long day,the volcano views, hot spring and food were great and I would recommend.
Good guide but not so good experience
Vinu_V, 05-01-2023
I was asked to be ready for pickup at 7:20 from a hotel in San Jose downtown. There was no intimation of the delay and I was picked up 30 minutes later. When I wrote about this to Viator, I was told that it's because of traffic which is a joke as I did it on Christmas day and there was literally no vehicle on the road! I also had to spend more than 2 hours after my pick up for others to get picked up which included a stop at Hilton hotel for close to 30 minutes as folks from there were not ready yet. It felt like I am joining them on their private tour. No explanation from Viator specifically around this when I brought this up and instead was sent a generic response with no apology!
Now about the day trip, the guide was good but the itenerary itself is not that interesting. You first spend time at a place where they make ox carts without electricity explained by an employee from there. There are also artists and buyable artwork at the shop nearby. After lunch finally when you make it to Arenal volcano, prepare to be disappointed as it's just a viewing point which is so far off. Poas volcano experience is much better as you get closer to it. One can even literally be on Irazu volcano crater which is a much better experience. Then you make yourself to Baldi hot springs which was nice but you don't really need a tour operator and a guide to do that. The dinner buffet was great though!
Don't do it if:
1) Your pick up time is anything before 8 as you are going to spend close to 2 hours waiting for others to get picked up
2) You find it boring to just take pictures from a viewing point so far off from the actual volcano
3) You can drive or make arrangements to go to Baldi hot springs on your own

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