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Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day Tour from San Jose

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icon14 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
Mobile ticket
iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Keeping you safe during COVID-19
What you can expect during your visit
Face masks required for travelers in public areas
Face masks required for guides in public areas
Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
Social distancing enforced throughout experience
Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
Gear/equipment sanitized between use
Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
Guides required to regularly wash hands
Regular temperature checks for staff
Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
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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
San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Departure Time

7:00 AM

Return Details

Returns to original departure point
  • 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

For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience. Learn more about cancellations.

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.
Q:
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.
Q:
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.
Q:
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.
Q:
What is the maximum group size during Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day Tour from San Jose?
A:
This activity will have a maximum of 20 travelers.

See all safety measures taken by Arenal Volcano Experience Full-Day Tour from San Jose.

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Traveler Tips


  • "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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star-4
Nice tour
Brickertfamily
, Apr 2021
Juan was a great guide! It was disappointing that the coffee place was closed, but the stop for breakfast made up for it! Amazing tamales, great views of the waterfall and lots of animals, especially birds. The thermal pools were nice, but disappointing that they were not natural pools. Overall, enjoyed seeing the scenery around the country.
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star-5
Highly recommend
Kay_C
, Apr 2021
I think this is an excellent tour to see a variety of sites in Costa Rica. Juan did a great job! He was very polite and professional. I asked if he would stop by a pharmacy for me to pick up one medication and he made three stops until we found what I wanted. He spotted a sloth and some unusual birds that I would not have noticed on my own. He knew where the coati, sloths, iguanas and other wildlife hung out. He also had some videos on his phone to share with us some animals we did not see. We asked lots of questions and he was very knowledgeable. I would highly recommend this tour and if you get Juan as a guide, it is an added bonus.
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10/10 recommend
Olivia_G
, Apr 2021
Juan was an absolutely amazing guide! Our day was packed with activities but still didn’t feel rushed! He provided us with a wealth of information! This tour was worth so much more and than we paid and I would hands down recommend it to anyone! While it technically is a volcano tour we just viewed it from the distance, but again was an absolutely amazing tour!!
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La fortuna
Saranya_D
, Apr 2021
We stopped at multiple points on the way to La Fortuna. Our guide Juan is very good at spotting Sloths. We were lucky enough to spot a moving Sloth. The hot springs are more like a pool with hot water. Rest is all good! We loved the experience
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star-5
If you book this tour definitely ask for Juan you will not be disappointed!!
Vanessa_C
, Mar 2021
This tour far exceeded our expectations!! Juan our tour guide was absolutely amazing!! He was accommodating, pleasant and knowledgeable. He shared information freely and we learned a lot about Cost Rica and the wonderful people who call Costa Rico home. We also a great, relaxing time!! Request Juan for your tour you will not be disappointed!!
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star-5
The best tour we’ve taken
Marie
, Mar 2021
Juan was a phenomenal tour guide not only was he professional, knowledgeable, and patient- he also drove the entire way for over 14 hours and spotted 2 sloths for us during our journey. This was our favorite tour we’ve taken in entirety. I highly recommend this. Bring a change of clothes, water case for phone, and comfortable shoes though since it’s a lengthy day. The hot springs was amazing and all the food was fantastic!
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INCREDIBLE. Ask for Juan!!
My_V
, Mar 2021
If you want the best tour and way to see Costa Rica, book this tour and if possible ask for Juan! From beginning to end, outstanding, personable service!! Juan and the tour exceeded my expectations. He was very knowledagle about the land, all of the agriculture, plants and animals. The included dinner and lunch were delicious. I highly recommend booking this tour. Juan did an amazing job showing us around, his knowledge, outstanding service and charisma surpasses all expectations; thank you so much Juan!! More than expected From beginning to end Juan was incredible
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Amazing
NADIA_H
, Jan 2021
Wow! We had an amazing day thanks to our guide, Juan. He was extremely professional, kind and quite personable. We did all the stops mentioned on this tour where Juan shared valuable information on each as well as pointed out things of interest along the way. The food on this tour has been the best I’ve had so far on this trip and the portions were more than generous. Thank you Juan for such a wonderful day and for treating us so well!
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star-4
A bump in the road, but great customer concern and recovery!
tstark9119
, Mar 2020
Upon booking this tour, we received a confirmation instantly including our pick up time. This was much appreciated and when the pick up time came to pass....no pick up. Though it was only 15 minutes passed the pick up, we asked the concierge if they had seen the tour and we missed them. He stated that he had not and made a call to the company on our behalf. Now, everyone told us that San Jose traffic is bad and even worse on Thursday's and Friday's, so we pretty much had expected there to be a delay. The company confirmed that there was indeed a problem with the tour due to traffic, but we should be picked up soon. About 5 minutes later, the company had called the desk at the hotel and asked to speak to me. They started off with a ton of apologies for the delay and relayed that the bus was stuck in gridlock traffic and could not move or get off the highway due to an accident. They explained that another tour would be picking us up and it was the exact same tour and that they should be there in 7 to 12 minutes. No sooner did I hang up the phone then the other tour bus showed up! We got on the bus, and the guide Juan, express is greatest apologies for the delay and reexplained the situation. With that behind us, we were on our way...We reached the coffee plantation on time with no further issues or delays. We were a little more excited as our previous tour guide from the day before had told us that the three generations coffee was the best Costa Rica had to offer and here we were! As we got situation, our original tour showed up. While we were listening to Juan share information about the coffee, Alex came over and waved us to follow him. Alex was our original guide and took us back and gave us the info on coffee and explained we would be touring with him as the other bus had some no shows that grabbed a cab and were getting back on their tour. A little more chaos ensued, but back in the new van and off we went. It should be stated that this is a "highlights tour" and the reason we can do so much in such little time, is just that; it is a highlight of the location, topic or whatever else. Totally worth it; but many people on the tour kept asking Alex about doing things not included in the tour. The drive was long, but worth it, we saw many things and enjoyed our time on the tour. At the hot springs, we were not interested in this portion; but took the tour because we were very interested in all the rest. Alex was concerned and made sure that everything was ok with us; which it was. On the long journey home, we stopped at a little road side diner (for a lack of a better description) where our meals were already cooked, warm and ready to eat! Alex had (as he did for lunch) collected our meal preferences in advance and communicated to the restaurant making it a perfect conclusion to a great tour. Alex, as you may have read in other reviews, is the king of reviews and I just wanted to state that these reviews are true and well earned!
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CR 2020
Matthew_R
, Mar 2020
Kenneth was the best tour guide I’ve had in all my travels. His concern for our safety and fun really made our group connect and enjoy every second!
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