4 in 1 Bridges + Waterfall + Volcano + Tabacon Hot Springs
A day packed of hiking and exploration awaits you, be ready for an informative and memorable day in Arenal, a great chance to see as much as you can in 1 day, you will be surprised of the wonders you can discover in only a few miles around you.
7:30am (approximate):: Hotel Pick Up!
We will pick you up at the lobby of your hotel to start this great expedition. The exact pick up time will be confirmed on your itinerary once the reservation is confirmed.
8:10am:: Ready for Hanging Bridges?
The day starts with a nice hike crossing the Arenal Hanging Bridges; this zone owns 250 hectares of protected area, formed by primary rainforest with an innumerable biological diversity. In this beautiful place you can take pictures either from the view or wildlife. Tropical fruit snack is offered at the end of this adventure.
10:30am:: Enjoy a local fruit snack!
After a couple hours on the Hanging Bridges, we serve a tropical fruit snack for you to recover from the hike and taste a delicious and sweet local fruit. A highlight of the day comes next, after a 30 minutes scenic drive!!
11:30am:: Go to the Waterfall
Its time for the famous La Fortuna Waterfall, a MUST TO SEE! Whether you plan on swimming or not, this 246 feet tall waterfall coming from the middle of the mountain is breathtaking. An observation platform offers a great view from the top right before you start the walk through 498 steps down to reach the swimming hole, your guide will guide you through and watch your belongings while you swim. You must bring a towel with you if you plan on swimming. After refreshing in the clear water, you will climb up back the 498 steps, you can do it at your own pace. Clean changing rooms are available to put dry clothes on.
1:00pm:: Costa Rica Lunch Time
A fresh and tasty typical lunch is going to be waiting for you at an outdoor private farm in the country side, allowing for a real contact of Costa Rica cuisine and our popular "casado" which translates to English as "married", it is the basis of our typical lunch and consist of rice, beans, salad, picadillo, meat of your preference (chicken, beef, fish, or pork), and fried sweet plantain. Vegetarian option is always available.
2:00pm:: Ready to see the Arenal Volcano
After a 20 minutes drive we will reach a world's famous one, Arenal Volcano. Even though is has been visible from the distance all day, at this point we will be on a 2 hours walk at the base of him and through ancient lava flows, allowing us for breathtaking observation points and learning interesting facts and history that our local guide has to share with you. Walking to the crater is forbidden, due to the unexpected gases and rough terrain, there is not even a trail there, you will be at the base of the volcano overlooking the giant mountain and enjoying the rain forest at the base of it.
5:00pm: Time to Relax!
On top of Arenal wonders, Tabacon Hot Springs offers a natural thermal river that flows through the gardens, to make you feel like in paradise. There are five different springs with temperatures ranging from 25 degrees Celsius (77 degrees Fahrenheit) to 50 degrees Celsius (122 degrees Fahrenheit). Perfect for families and couples.
7:00pm: Dinner time!
Dinner is included at Tabacon, a delicious buffet is waiting for you. The time for dinner can be coordinated upon arrival, it can be 5:00pm, 6:00pm, 7:00pm, or 8:00pm.
8:00pm: Hotel Drop off!
This extraordinary day is accomplished, leaving a very good taste of Arenal wonders and everlasting memories. We will drop you off back at your hotel.
This was one of our best days in Costa Rica and all were excellent. We learned so much about the rain forest, Costa Rica history and enjoyed each part of the tour. This tour was an a great way to see many things if you like to try to pack in as much as you can to your trip. We are an active family but we were all tired at the end of the day, so the hot springs was a great way to end the day. Lots of steps at La Fortuna falls!
I can’t explain how amazing this tour was!!! Our guide Tony was the best and he made it so special!! I loved every minute of the 12 hour day.
Excellent guides and a lot of fun. Edgar's home was beautiful and his farm was great to explore, he generously detoured to show us these. The guide Tony was very knowledgeable and kept us informed all through the tour.
Excellent experience! Would highly recommend to all travelers.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is transportation included?
Transportation is included from any hotel in La Fortuna and the Arenal area, some hotels are located further away from the main area, in this case an extra fee may apply. If your place is not on the list just ask us!
How long does it take?
Pick up is usually between 7am and 7:30am (it varies depending on the location of your hotel) and takes about 9 hours to complete. By 5:30 pm you will be heading to Tabacon Hot Springs Resort and Spa after all activities have been completed successfully. Tabacon closes at 10pm, you can stay for as long as needed.
Are any meals included?
A delicious Costa Rican lunch will be provided and served by a local family in a beautiful location next to one of the rivers so you can be in peace with nature and be able to observe some more animals and birds. Also snacks like fruits and water are provided along the day and a deserving dinner will be provided at Tabacon after bathing and relaxing.
Can kids go on the tours?
Sure they can! Everyone can have a great time at the hanging bridges, the waterfall, the surrounding of the volcano national park and the hot springs, although we believe is more enjoyable for kids 4 years old and over. It may seem like a long day but is not so strenuous, hikes are easy to moderate and there is time to rest in between each activity. Is the perfect combination of you don't have much time in the Arenal area or wish to do as much as possible.
What clothing and shoes should wear?
Hiking shoes or sneakers will be ideal for the hikes as well as comfortable clothes: shorts, t-shirts, tank tops. A change of shoes and clothes may be also required if you plan to go for a swim to the refreshing waterfall and the thermal pools. Don't forget a bathing suit, there will be changing rooms before starting the hike down to the waterfall if needed or after the hike and at Tabacon. Bring also mosquito repellent, sunscreen and a raincoat in case of an usual rainshower.
Should bring a camera or phone?
Sure, keep in mind it will be under your supervision and we highly recommend a waterproof case.
Is a good physical condition required?
Not entirely, the walk at the volcano is not though, there are different trails that can be explored and go from 2 km up to 3 km (1.2 - 2 miles). Pace is slowed since you will be with a guide giving you information about the volcano, the birds and wildlife found on the way and time to take nice pictures. Based on the trail chosen a little elevation will be required. The guide will choose with the group the right option. The hike to the waterfall though is a hike down on steep stairs, 520 stairs to be precise and then back up. Is worth the adventure, kids and people of all ages can do it. You can make it slowly at your own pace and enjoy the views, usually takes 20 minutes on the way down and 25 on the way up. We do not recommend the visit to the waterfall to the ones with hip or knee problems, but if you have any of these conditions and wish to be part of the tour you can remain at the main facilities of the waterfall park where there is an observatory, restrooms and a nice restaurant so you can enjoy of a drink or two. And the walk on the bridges is soft and goes at an easy pace so you can learn and see as much as possible of our rainforest. The length of the tour on the longest trail is of 3.2 kilometers (2 miles) and lasts 2 to 2,5 hours to complete.
What happens if rains?
If a shower or rain happens before or during the tour, it continues as planned, remember is the rainforest and it should be expected. Unless there is a tropical storm in sight then the tour may be cancelled or postponed but we will contact you in advance to inform you
Is transportation offered from other destinations?
Yes, we offer pick up and drop off to most destinations in the country, please contact us to coordinate it and quote the extra fee.
What is the cancellation policy?
We are very accessible, with a 24 hour notice you can get a refund, just don't forget to notify us.
What's the weather like in Arenal?
We have in Arenal tropical weather, it means is usually hot and humid with some rain always on the sight, not heavy rain, usually sun showers towards the end of the afternoon or late evenings. During the months of January, February, March which are considered to be summer, temperature goes between 28°-32° Celsius or 82-90 Fahrenheit and during the rainy season it varies from 22°-28° centigrades or 71-82 Fahrenheit.
Can I climb to Arenal Crater? Why not?
Climbing the Arenal Volcano up to its crater is not allowed, there are only a few trails mostly around the base of the volcano with a little altitude that can be explored, these trails show a combination of rainforest, wildlife, the last footprints of the lava that used to flow and incredible views. That is the closest as someone can get. Some trails will have views of the valley and the Arenal lake. The Arenal Volcano, although has not throwed lava for the last 8 years is still considered active, every once in awhile you can witness the fumaroles coming out of the summit. The terrain is not welcoming for people, on one side there is much forest with wildlife like wildcats, snakes and many wild animals and on the other side is sandy and rocky and unstable.
Is the volcano active?
Yes, it is considered one of the active volcanoes of the country. In 2010 was the last time it throwed lava but it is still active, we can usually observe the fumaroles from its main crater and the rivers are still hot, hence the hot springs.
What is the difference in the hot springs?
That's a great question, there are many different resorts that offer hot springs, some are for guests use only which is fine because are more exclusive and quiet but if wish to explore more options or if you stay at a hotel with no hot springs there are plenty of options to choose from. Tabacon Resort and Spa Being one of the most popular natural hot springs spot in the world most visitors come to enjoy the peaceful surroundings with a variety of pools of different temperatures and sizes all hidden within the most wonderful and attractive tropical gardens that open up the way for relaxing exploration. The pools are filled with water from an actual hot water river that flows all around the property. There is anything more natural than this. Temperatures vary from 22° to 40° Celsius (72-105F) and you can see small natural cascades to soften your body and spirit. 2. Baldi Hot Springs Consider as the largest hot springs in the world it offers 25 pools of all sizes and temperatures amidst the rainforest surrounded by waterfalls and caves so that everyone can enjoy. Is more like a family place, it offers a water playground for the little ones, water slides, caves to explore, wet bars and restaurants so that everybody can spend a relaxing and fun time. 3. Los Perdidos Hot Springs This being part of the astonishing The Springs Resort, you can get a day pass and enjoy amazing panoramic views as well as a relaxing time at the hot springs, make sure you visit the unique little pools at the bottom of the resort that are immerse in the rainforest at the most peaceful place on earth. 4. Eco Termales A great option to relax and explore. Although it is a smaller option, it also is a more exclusive place, is not as crowded as other places get from time to time and also has its pools also filled with the river water, very natural and relaxing ambience. 5. Paradise Hot Springs Another beautiful, little place to enjoy a relaxing time. It's located right in front of the volcano which makes you have a wonderful view too. Transportation is only included with Los Perdidos option, to all other options you can drive or call a taxi from frontdesk. Depending to your hotel location these can be from 5 up to 25 minutes away. Which one do you prefer? You can combine any of these options with any activity you do during the day or you can get a day pass and enjoy of a nice lunch or dinner, just ask us!