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La Fortuna: Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Tour

1. La Fortuna: Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Tour

Escape into the nature of the La Fortuna on a guided hike. Walk by the river and follow a trail to a panoramic viewpoint. Have a delicious lunch at a Maluku Indian village and trek through forest, lava fields, and farmlands before relaxing at a natural hot spring resort with a drink. Be collected at your accommodation and be driven to the beginning of the forest walk. Trek on the easy track along the crystal clear La Fortuna river. En route, hop on a tractor cart uphill to a panoramic viewpoint. Spot the next location from a distance then begin the return walk down a jungle staircase. Halfway down is a high suspension bridge to cross. The trail leads further down the huge canyon, which was shaped by a volcanic mega-eruption. Encounter the spectacular La Fortuna waterfall. Be amazed by the lush vegetation on its 70-meter high walls, the huge volcanic rocks at its foot, and the water splashing down in its massive pool. Bask in its beauty or even take a refreshing dip. Return to the viewpoint then walk down to the little village of the Maluku Indians. Seated in their Palenke (main house), enjoy a rest while listening to an interesting story about their culture, art, and history.  After being active for a few hours, the time has come to relax and enjoy a typical hot lunch. Next to the restaurant is a butterfly garden and frog pond that you can explore until your food is served.  Reenergized, take a 15-minute ride to the park at the foot of the Arenal volcano. Being the trek through the primary forest where you can see huge trees with giant roots. Besides a variety of birds, the forest is host to monkeys, sloths, and coati. Leave the forest and each the highest viewpoint that exists around the volcano and absorb the most spectacular panoramic views of Lake Arenal, the jungle, the valley, the lava fields, and most of all the Arenal that towers over you.  Conclude your tour at the natural hot spring resort. Relax in its soothing warm water for about an hour and enjoy a volcanic mud facial and a complimentary cocktail. Afterward, you will be taken back to your accommodation.

Rincón de la Vieja: One-Day Nature Tour

2. Rincón de la Vieja: One-Day Nature Tour

Experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica on a one-day nature tour in Rincon de la Vieja National Park. Hike the Las Pailas Trail in the park to discover the raw nature and amazing wildlife. With a bilingual naturalist guide, walk the 3.5-kilometer, circular path through the tropical forest to enjoy the best views of the volcano. Walk to the mirador to see the Rincón de la Vieja and Santa María Volcanoes, and beyond to the Pacific Ocean. Trek to a stunning waterfall that descends into a beautiful sky-blue pool. Stop here for a cooling swim, or to enjoy the lovely surroundings.  Afterwards, rejuvenate yourself in the Rio Negro Hot Springs and Mud Baths. Smother your skin in heated volcanic clay, then wash it off in the cold river before jumping back in the hot pools. End your tour with a delicious buffet lunch at La Hacienda Restaurant.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park: Natural Volcanic Spa

3. Rincon de la Vieja National Park: Natural Volcanic Spa

Enjoy the rejuvenating effects of a natural spa in the sprawling ranch of Hotel Hacienda Guachipelin. Spend some time thermo-mineral water flowing straight from volcanic springs. Treat your skin in a wood-heated sauna, volcanic mud baths, and room temperature pools. Whilst relaxing in the outdoor pools, watch for monkeys, Blue Morpho butterflies and other wildlife in the adjacent forest.

Liberia: One Day Waterfalls Expedition and Buffet Lunch

4. Liberia: One Day Waterfalls Expedition and Buffet Lunch

See first Chorreras Waterfalls, two side-by-side waterfalls that cascade into a beautiful sky-blue mineral water pool, perfect for a refreshing swim. Walk 30 minutes on forest trails to get to the falls, taking in the picturesque scenery of the dry tropical forest and sighting any wildlife along the way. Explore the shallow canyon of volcanic rock rings the waterfalls and pool, creating an intimate and private tropical oasis. At Victoria Waterfall, the falls drop 115 feet (35 meters) into the Rio Negro (Black River). The surrounding canyon has unique vegetation and topography and you can swim in the crystal clear pool at the waterfall’s base. Continue further in Rincon de la Vieja National Park where the Oropendola Waterfall plunges an impressive 82 feet (25 meters) to a sparkling turquoise pool. The beautiful lush canyon of the Rio Blanco (White River) makes a picturesque tropical oasis perfect for a refreshing swim. At Rio Negro hot springs and waterfalls, combine 3 beautiful hidden waterfalls and relaxing, volcanic hot springs, heated naturally by the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano – the largest and most active volcano in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. The tour concludes with a delicious buffet lunch.

Vida Aventura Nature Park Experience

5. Vida Aventura Nature Park Experience

Vida Aventura Nature Park is the perfect combination of adventure and relaxation. Experience adventure and feel your adrenaline rush as you fly over a breathtaking tropical forest canopy on a zip line. As you soar through the air, you will view the incredible sights of the tropical forest along with impressive views of the ancient lava canyons and the magnificent Rincon de la Vieja and Miravalles volcanoes. Horseback ride through a tropical forest, and keep your eyes open for the singular views, and the beautiful wildlife of the area. Cleanse your body and renew your skin with genuine volcanic mud. A difference you will appreciate immediately. After so much excitement and fun, dip into a pool of thermal waters surrounded by the beautiful, ecological park. While you rest and relax, your children can safely enjoy the pool in this fun, family oriented environment. Savor the delicious, traditional Costa Rican cuisine. Taste the natural flavors, of authentic regional products, grown and harvested in the fertile lands of Guanacaste and prepared by the gentle hands of the locals. 

From Tamarindo: Zip-Line and Rafting Full Day Adventure Tour

6. From Tamarindo: Zip-Line and Rafting Full Day Adventure Tour

Kick-start your full day of outdoor thrills bright and early led by your private guide. This small-group tour will give you the opportunity to try your hand at rock climbing, horse riding, water tubing or river rafting, as well as enjoying a canopy tour. Begin your journey either water tubing or rafting down the peaceful waters of the Colorado River, meandering your way through its verdant canyon surrounded by steep sides. Next, enjoy the thrill of zip-lining over the canyon through the course of eight zip-lines that zig and zag across it. If you're feeling up for more, you have the choice to rappel down into the canyon and rock climb back up. Savor traditional local flavors over lunch, taking the opportunity to snap some pictures of the impressive backdrop. Get back on the adventure track, and horse ride along the mighty foothills of the Rincón de la Vieja volcano, making your way to its hot springs. Here, relax in a natural mud bath and ease into the end of your day before being dropped off at your accommodation.

Magic of Nature at Arenal Volcano from Guanacaste

7. Magic of Nature at Arenal Volcano from Guanacaste

Leave Guanacaste for an unforgettable experience. You will be passing through different kind of forest. Dry forest at the beginning; transition forest and rain forest would be seen on the way to the volcano. Bordering de Arenal Lake will be easier to see monkeys, birds, sloths, but also you will enjoy the beautiful sightseeing and landscapes. A short walk through the hanging bridges will introduce you on the interactions of the rain forest, then after lunch you will continue to the hot springs where you will enjoy the curative water and the amazing view of the Arenal volcano, which is now inactive. It is, scientists assure us, still alive; it’s just sleeping.

Rincon de la Vieja National Park: 1-Day Pass, Lunch, & Tour

8. Rincon de la Vieja National Park: 1-Day Pass, Lunch, & Tour

In the foothills of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano National Park, the area has primary forest which is preserved as a prolongation of this rich protected area. This is a tour where you can experience the best adventures in one day! There are four main activities during this adventure day: the canopy and rappelling tour through the White River canyon; the adventure of tubing on the Black River with class II rapids; a horsebackride to the nearby falls; and relax with hot springs tempered by the volcano, steam, and volcanic mud. The package also includes an exquisite lunch in the restaurant of Hacienda Guachipelín. This is an action-packed day! Your guide will provide you with instructions for all activities, ensure your safety and make sure you have a good time. Activities are exciting and the views of the river, canyon, and wildlife are second to none. Join us on this stunning day adventure experiencing all the best Costa Rica has to offer. You don’t want to miss it! For people to enjoy full a day of activities while saving money and having fun on a day. No experience necessary: full instruction and all equipment is provided This is an all-inclusive tour with hotel pickup and drop-off ( premium ground trip service including water , iced tea, juices , snacks and local beers on the way ).

Blue River: Full-Day Water Tubing and Hot Springs Tour

9. Blue River: Full-Day Water Tubing and Hot Springs Tour

One of the most exciting ways to experience the Blue River, or Rio Azul, is with a rubber inner tube. Wind your way around bends and through white water adrenalin-pumping chutes before reaching the calmer waters of the river. This full-day adventure is fun for any adult looking for excitement. Rocks tower out of the water and you’ll bump into them, but kept safe by your inflated rubber tube. You’ll be sent spinning forward or backward and need to hold on tight so you don’t fall out of the tube! The lush rainforest forms a scenic background, as you pass through canyons and thick jungle. In fact, the sound of the water rushing past is quiet compared to the resident howler monkeys, insects, and birds. Later you’ll spend some time at the Blue River Resort and Hot Springs, enjoying lunch, its 4 natural mineral “green” hot springs pools, mud baths, botanical gardens, butterfly farm, and fresh water pool with bullet waterslide. Itinerary 07:00: Pick-up at hotels in the Tamarindo, Pinilla, or Conchal areas. Pick-up at hotels in the Coco Beach area is at around 08:20. 10:00: Arrive at the Blue River Resort an Hot Springs for a welcome cocktail at the Spa. Change clothing to prepare for your first adventure. 10:30: Take a short drive to the drop off point near Rio Azul. Hike along a path to reach the Blue River, where your adventure begins. 12:30: Return to the Blue River Resort to enjoy a delightful à la carte lunch chosen from a special menu just for you! 13:30: After lunch you’ll visit the resort’s botanical gardens that feature more than 700 plant varieties, including heliconias, fruit-bearing trees, timber-yielding trees, and orchids. See the hummingbird garden, tropical fish lake, and the spectacular butterfly garden that sees at least 700 butterflies each day. 14:15: Take time to relax in the natural minerals hot springs pools. 16:00: Begin the return trip to your accommodation, arriving at around 18:30.

Rincon Vieja Volcano Zipline and Hot Springs Day Tour

10. Rincon Vieja Volcano Zipline and Hot Springs Day Tour

Feel an adrenaline rush as you navigate you way along 9 zip lines, woven above the rainforest canopy and grand waterfalls of the Rincon de la Vieja Volcano in Guanacaste. Your full-day adventure starts with a dramatic swoop across the jungle to end at the aptly-named Tarzan Swing. This, after a sheer wall climb, vertical descent, and hanging bridge! Once you’ve got your land legs back, explore the breathtaking blue volcanic river valley, swim in hot springs, and wallow in the mud baths. See exotic plants as you stroll, and look out for wildlife in their natural habitat. Then continue to the Blue River Resort to pamper yourself in the 4 hot springs pools, botanical gardens and butterfly farm. Wander the gardens to see more than 700 exotic varietals, and soak in the fresh water pool, with a thrilling bullet waterslide if you want another adrenaline boost!

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based on 17 reviews

We loved our tour with red lava tours. Mauricio was the perfect guide. We felt a bit indecisive with what to do, because of all the great things to see in La Fortuna, but this tour had it all! With humour and big knowledge about the nature, we learned a lot from him and had the best day! Thank you for that:) We truly recommend this tour. Love from Denmark from Rebecca and Sofie

I had the most amazing day on this tour! Our guide Eric was incredible and went above and beyond to point out interesting plants/animals and highlight historical/scientific facts along the way. It’s a long day but 100% worth it - the waterfall, views of volcano, and hot springs were all immaculate. Highly recommend for solo travelers!

Great tour from start to finish, both tour guides were very informative and spoke great English and Spanish so everyone was included. Highly recommend this tour and Was great value for money.

Awesome trip Mauricio tour guide was amazing I highly recommend this tour and Mauricio!

Great tour, well packed! Our guide Aizek is excelent tour guide!