Owing mostly to its large number of volcanoes, the rich landscape of Costa Rica is dotted with thermal hot springs that come in every size, shape, and temperature imaginable. Some are elaborate and luxurious, allowing you the opportunity to sip a martini at a wet bar or unwind in a private heated nook, while others are a bit more playful, supplying guests with a sampling of water slides and deep pools to plunge into. Many hot spring tours are accompanied by other activities, including mud baths, massages, horseback rides, zip lines, hanging bridge tours, and more. Some of the best can be found in the La Fortuna/Arenal area, as well as in Rincón de La Vieja.
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This expedition at the Buena Vista Lodge allows tour members to enjoy canopy tours and horseback rides, and hot springs all in one day. Oh right and then there is that 400-meter waterslide through the forest.
8 hrsFrom $157
On this tour you’ll visit an activity center that faces the Arenal River. Several parts of the property are included in your visit to Club Rio, including hiking trails, swimming, and lunch at the club. In addition you’ll get to pick two adventure activities.
7 hrsFrom $138
This tour of the Rincón de la Vieja forest is an idyllic hike past waterfalls and pools of bright blue water. It begins with a drive through the fields of Guanacaste, and then the landscape will suddenly transform into a lush forest.
4 hrsFrom $124
If your time in the Arenal area is limited, or you just like to fit all the action you can into one day, the 4 in 1 Arenal Combo Tour is exactly what you are looking for. This all day, all inclusive outing will introduce you to the best Arenal has to offer including the Penas Blancas River, La Fortuna waterfall, Arenal Volcano National Park and the Tabacon Hot Springs.
13 hrsFrom $278
This tour will take you to some of the most exciting parts of the tropical forest that surrounds Rincón de la Vieja Volcano. Rincón de la Vieja Volcano has recently become active again, and you may see some smoke billowing from the crater.
9 hrsFrom $82
Vandará has a few of Guanacaste’s most popular adventure activities, all in the same place. This is a lovely way to make sure you fit them all in during the course of a half-day visit – you can choose from Morning Passes and Night Passes, which come with either lunch or dinner.
9 hrsFrom $113
This tour takes you to see the wildlife that surrounds the Rincón de la Vieja Volcano on a jungle trail called “Sensoria”—named for its sensorily overwhelming environment. Your three- to four-hour hike concludes with a dip in a thermally heated pool.
8 hrsFrom $205
This tour begins with a one-hour drive through the Guanacaste mountain range. During this portion, you’ll be privileged with excellent views of the dormant Miravalles Volcano. Although the volcano hasn’t experienced significant eruptions in some time, it continues to expel gas and geysers near its base— expulsions that are used by the government to produce geothermal energy.
7 hrsFrom $154
A combination of adventure and leisure, this combination tour, including a guided tour of the Arenal Volcano National Park and a trip to the tranquil Eco Termales Hot Springs, makes for a truly splendid day.
7 hrsFrom $132
On this exciting tour, you'll hike through the secondary rain forest around the Arenal Volcano National Park, the site of the 1968 eruption that awoke this previously dormant volcano. After exploring the national park, you will go to the Tabacon Hot Springs for an evening of relaxation.
6 hrsFrom $159
On this exciting tour, you'll hike through the secondary rain forest around the Arenal Volcano National Park, the site of the 1968 eruption that awoke this previously dormant volcano. After exploring the national park, you will go to the The Springs Resort and Los Perdidos Hot Springs for an evening of relaxation.
6 hrsFrom $180
This tour takes you to the best of the Arenal landscape — the Arenal Volcano and the nearby hot springs. Arenal Volcano is an active volcano in the middle of a richly biodiverse environment. This is the perfect place for an educational nature walk, and in the space of an easy, 2-hour hike you can see several distinct environments.
6 hrsFrom $140
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