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Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose, 12 hours

Arenal Volcano and Tabacon Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

12 to 16 hours (Approx.)

Find your bliss with a classic Costa Rican experience that combines a seismic dose of adventure and relaxation! On this full-day trip from San Jose, visit the very active Arenal Volcano and explore its base with a guided nature hike. Then, unwind with a soak in a variety of geothermal pools at the luxurious Tabacon hot springs. The tour also includes a stop at the artisan town of Sarchi, plus delicious lunch and dinner.



  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (selected hotels only)
  • Transport by air-conditioned minivan
  • Professional guide
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers


  • Gratuities
  • Additional food and drinks



  • Departure Point: San Jose Province, San Jose
  • Departure Time: 8:00 AM
  • Return Details: Returns to original departure point



  • Stop At: La Carreta
    after a minivan pickup from your hotel in San Jose, your day trip begins with the 35-minute drive northwest to Sarchí, a Central Valley town famous for its crafts, particularly wood and leather furniture and decorated oxcarts. Pick up a souvenir or two from a local artisan before making the 2.5-hour drive further north to the town of La Fortuna, which sits below Arenal and offers an unobstructed view of the volcán on clear days.
    Duration: 1 hour.Ticket Included.
  • Stop At: Arenal Volcano
    On arrival in La Fortuna, head to a local restaurant for a typical Costa Rican lunch of rice, beans, chicken or steak, and plantains, accompanied by a great view of Arenal. Then, continue your tour about 20 minutes down the road to Mirador Arenal 1968, a trail system on the edge of Arenal Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal) named for the 1968 eruption. Walk along the paths to find the best photo spots of the volcano and Lake Arenal (Lago Arenal), and watch for glimpses of bright orange lava flowing down the volcano.
    Duration: 2 hours. Ticket Included.
  • Stop At: Tabacon Hot Springs
    officially Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort — one of Costa Rica’s biggest and most luxurious hot springs resorts. Enjoy roughly 3.5 hours here to soak in the various pools, which range in temperature from 25 to 38°C. The resort is beautifully landscaped with waterfalls and lush vegetation and offers many ways to relax, from secluded pools to a swim-up bar (drinks at your own expense), so sit back and enjoy it until dinner is served. The resort’s buffet dinner lasts about 30 minutes and offers a selection of Costa Rican cuisine, similar to lunch.
    Duration: 4 hours. Ticket Included.

Additional Info: this experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.