Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day Tour from San Jose

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From $149.00

462 reviews   (4.88)

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Pricing Info: Per Person

Duration: 14 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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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 forests, and small towns. Stop at a coffee plantation and sample coffee, as well as traditional snacks. Stop at a waterfall, look for wildlife, and learn about the Costa Rican Native Culture, then have the afternoon to soak in hot springs set in a lush garden near the Arenal Volcano. Lunch, dinner and coffee tasting are included on this trip.

What's Included

Coffee or Tea with local snacks


Entrance Fees

Hotel pickup and drop-off (most San Jose area hotels)


Professional bilingual guide

Transport by air-conditioned vehicle

What's Not Included


Services not specified

Traveler Information

  • ADULT: Age: 3 - 80

Additional Info

  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitised between use
  • Hand sanitiser available to travellers and staff
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not recommended for travelers with poor cardiovascular health
  • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • 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
  • Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions
  • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
  • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
  • 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
  • Face masks required for travellers in public areas
  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not recommended for travelers with spinal injuries
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
  • Regularly sanitised high-traffic areas
  • Suitable for all physical fitness levels
  • This tour includes man-made hot springs pools, filled with natural thermal water
  • 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.
  • 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

Travel to the Arenal Volcano area, the most popular touristic region of Costa Rica, and enjoy many of the beauties of the country on this full-day trip. Your tour starts in the morning when you are picked up from your hotel in the San Jose area in an air-conditioned vehicle and you will then travel to Arenal on an alternative route that is more scenic than the regular highway to this popular destination. On the way to Arenal, you will stop in a plantation where you will learn about coffee of Costa Rica, here you will be able to observe the coffee plants and see the workers picking the ripe cherries during the harvest season. Your guide will share information on this important product to the local economy and other important facts (coffee degustation will be provided later in a rustic coffee shop).

20 minutes • Admission Ticket Included

Paradise Hot Springs
Afterward, you will visit various points around the volcano to take pictures of this amazing mountain on clear days, and you will then travel to the beautiful Paradise Hot Springs Resort, a place where you will be able to relax for a few hours in the multiple hot springs pools surrounded by lush tropical gardens. This hot springs facility is one of the best in the Arenal area and provides the perfect environment to relax in thermal mineral water pools, jacuzzis, and cascading waterfalls. After enjoying the relaxing hot springs you will go to a local typical restaurant to have a delicious Costa Rican dinner and then will be taken back to your hotel in the San Jose area.

2 hours • Admission Ticket Included


Fun, food, and Fauna!!!
michaelgB9848EF, 18-09-2022
Travelling with Oscar was a treat his command and ability to fluidly switch from English to Spanish made me jealous of his language skills. His humour and information as a tour guide showed his deep love for his country and community. One of the best tour guides I have ever had!

We started the day at 6am where Oscar picked us up from our hotel on time. We picked up a few others and were on our way to Arenal Volcano. On the way we stopped for some coffee, fresh fruit, to view sloths, lunch, a snack and dinner, toucans, waterfalls, hummingbirds, iguanas, and other wildlife!

Hands down an amazing tour! Highly recommend and ask for Oscar.
A must do when in Costa Rica!
Lauren May W, 18-09-2022
Oscar was an amazing tour guide!
He took us through different sites on the way to Arenal volcano so it did not seem like a long way at all!
He told us lots of information and interesting facts about everywhere we went and was very passionate about seeing the wildlife, so if he saw some he would stop the car and show us. It was awesome.
The timings were great and he made sure our lunch was ready when we arrived at the restaurant, after giving us a choice of food to choose from before going.
Ultimate Day Trip
kourtneyh211, 16-09-2022
Such a fun and memorable experience! Fernando was so knowledgeable and welcoming. He really took us on a fun and exciting adventure. From the history of the coffee bean, to sloths and the hot springs it was a bang for your buck! Would book again in a heart beat!
Fernando is the best!
missdevina, 16-09-2022
Fernando is the nicest and most informative tour guide I have had the pleasure of traveling with! I’m excited to come back to Costa Rica and experience more tours with him! He is a widely informative, funny, and sincere individual!
Waterfall, coffee plantation, volcano tour
takerap2022, 16-09-2022
This tour exceeded my expectations! My tour guide Fernando was amazing not only did he make additional stops for us to see pineapple farms but we also were able to see some sloths close up. While driving to the excursions Fernando taught us about the history of Costa Rica and even made interactive quizzes so come ready to learn. To top off the night he even had the dinner restaurant sing happy birthday to me. :)

The tour was a drive to a coffee plantation followed by a stop for coffee and snack. Then we saw a waterfall, had some lunch, zip lining if you chose to or visiting the indigenous tribe, and finished at the hit springs.

Couldn’t have asked for a better tour guide he really made this excursion that much better
Highly recommend
Cindy291, 10-01-2023
Our guide Alex was exceptional! Knowledgeable, professional, very personable -a wonderful representative of his country as well as his company.
It was a very long day -maybe could have been shortened an hour without missing anything “significant”.
Great day with Juan!
clare_s, 06-01-2023
We had a great day with our tour guide, Juan! We were impressed by his knowledge and friendliness and ability to make our trip smooth and timely. He went out of his way to show animals and create wonderful memories
#1 tour guy, Juan!
DayTrip61994906181, 02-01-2023
Our tour guy Juan was very knowledgeable of the country. I would give him a five out of five. Very friendly and attentive to our group!
Very good
R5188EYginac, 30-12-2022
I really liked the trip, juan did a great job and explaned very well. he answered every question and was always motivated to help. His english is very good and you feel confortable listening to him. He is really kind. The trip was perfect organized.
Great overview of this area of Costa Rica.
Flretire, 31-12-2022
We loved the variety of the things we saw. It included even more than was listed. Juan was an amazing tour guide and he stopped for us to see animals in the wild.
I would eliminate or set a shorter time for souvenir shopping as the day stretched to over a 15 hour experience.

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