San José, Costa Rica
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San José: Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, & Zip Lining w/ Meals

1. San José: Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, & Zip Lining w/ Meals

Tour the best locations in Costa Rica and learn about local life and culture from those who live there. Visit a coffee plantation, zip line, and soak in the hot springs at the base of the Adrenal Volcano. Take the scenic route to the Arenal Volcano and visit a coffee plantation along the way. Gain an insight into the world of Costa Rican coffee and taste one of the best coffees in the world. Arrive at the "La Paz" and "San Fernando" waterfalls and admire the exotic tropical birds of Costa Rica, including many species of hummingbirds and rare emerald toucanets. Take in the views at the San Fernando Waterfall observation point before heading to the "Iguana Bridge", where you will have the chance to spot iguanas, sloths, monkeys, and toucans. Stop for an authentic Costa Rican lunch in a restaurant located in "La Fortuna." Then, prepare for a zip-lining adventure in the local rainforest jungles with 9 canopy cables and a 50 meter (150 feet) rappel on the Arenal River. Learn about the culture while listening to a "Maleku" Indigenous tribe presentation from locals. Relax for a couple of hours in the Paradise Hot Springs at the base of Arenal Volcano, surrounded by tropical gardens followed by dinner.

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San Jose: Arenal Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

2. San Jose: Arenal Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

The day begins with pickup from San Jose, Alajuela, or Heredia and travels to the artistic town of Sarchi. Spend some time exploring and begin to appreciate the many arts and crafts that Costa Rica has to offer. You’ll also see the world’s largest ox cart, according the Guinness Book of World Records. Continue the tour towards La Fortuna, passing through colorful pineapple and plantain plantations, mango groves, and cattle ranches along the way. Arrive in La Fortuna and enjoy a lunch break at a cozy restaurant with magnificent views of Arenal Volcano. Learn about how the volcano was assumed to be dormant until 1968 when it experienced a major eruption. Visit the stunning Mistico Park next which boasts a dense biodiversity with luscious forests and an abundance of wildlife. Take a stroll amongst the treetops on the hanging bridges that line the jungle canopy, and admire the array of plants that surround you. Finally, it’s time to relax in the gorgeous waters of Baldi. Slide into the bubbling hot springs and unwind as the thermal waters cleanse and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. At the end of a magical day, chill out on the return journey to San Jose where a delicious dinner will be served against the backdrop of the volcano.

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San Jose: Cartago Highlights, Irazu Volcano & Hot Springs

3. San Jose: Cartago Highlights, Irazu Volcano & Hot Springs

Ascend to the top of the Irazu Volcano at 11,260 ft, learn about the history of Costa Rica at the Ujarras Ruins, Orosi Valley, church & museum. Relax and Explore the beautiful gardens at the Rio Perlas Hotel, and enjoy the thermal pool. Begin your tour with a one-hour minivan transfer to the summit of Irazu, which is still an active volcano. Don't worry though, the volcano has only experienced occasional minor eruptions and some small lava flows in the last 50 years. Gaze at the Main Crater lake which has an unusual greenish yellow coloring caused by rainfall dissolving the minerals along the walls of the crater. Visit the four other craters including the Diego de la Haya crater. Admire panoramic views from the top, which on a rare clear day looks out onto both the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. Explore the national park which is home to local wildlife including armadillos, owls, rabbits, foxes, woodpeckers, and hummingbirds. After, head to the beautiful Orosi Valley and town. See the iconic Orosi Church and some of the country's most historic landmarks, including the Iglesia de San Jose de Orosi, the oldest church in the country. Get an insight into the rich culture and history of classic Spanish-colonial architecture and the area from your expert local guide. Finally, complete your journey by traveling to Rio Perlas, a beautiful hotel and hot springs complex where you can have a tasty lunch and enjoy the thermal pool, gardens, and rainforest.

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San Jose: Arenal Volcano Zipline & Baldi Hot Springs

4. San Jose: Arenal Volcano Zipline & Baldi Hot Springs

Start your day of thrilling adventure with an early pickup from your hotel and a relaxing private drive through the beautiful Costa Rican countryside. During the journey, your guide will show you many sights of interest including coffee plantations, sugar cane and citrus plantations, diverse fruit stands, and rural farming communities of the region. Take a 2-hour drive from San Jose and reach Fortuna Town. Explore the ecosystems, the lake, culture, customs & traditions of this emblematic town of Costa Rica before you start the adventure in the Tram and Zip Line canopy tour. The Arenal Volcano is a National Park located in the northern lowlands of Costa Rica is famous for its breathtaking beauty and past volcanic activity. Get a chance to uncover the breathtaking beauty of the surroundings of the volcanic area. Feel the buzz through the canopy on seven breathtaking zip line cables at Arenal Mundo Aventura Park. Begin the tour with an adrenaline-filled climb of an 18-meter high tower (54 feet) to fly over a 120 meter (360 feet) high canyon, the highest place in the park. Discover the spectacular views of the Pino Blanco Waterfall, Arenal Volcano, and Cerro Chato. Next, cross the hanging bridge to Arenal Mundo Aventura’s longest cable – 980 meters (0.6 miles) to bask into the beauty of downtown Fortuna. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before you continue to one of the best thermal water places in the area. Get an unforgettable experience of colorful natural gardens, therapeutic waters, and fresh air at the Baldi Hot Springs. Enjoy multiple thermal pools, a giant stem room, luxury pool bars, giant water slides, relaxing areas, and more. Relax in the soothing warm water till 4:00 PM, before heading back to San Jose.

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San Jose: Private Chocolate Tour & Arenal Hot Springs

5. San Jose: Private Chocolate Tour & Arenal Hot Springs

Enjoy a delicious rainforest experience overlooking the majestic Arenal Volcano in La Fortuna. Discover the ancient secrets of chocolate on this day tour to a local chocolate farm. Relax in the thermal waters of Baldi Hot Springs. Begin your adventure with a hotel pickup and a relaxing private drive through the Costa Rican countryside. Pass by coffee plantations, sugar cane and citrus plantations, diverse fruit stands, and rural farming communities. Your guide will point out these sights of interest to you. After a 2-hour drive to Fortuna town, arrive at your first destination. Discover the ancient history of the sacred cacao tree and how its seeds were used in ceremonial rituals and later as currency in Costa Rica. Share your enthusiasm for chocolate with professionals on this rainforest chocolate tour. During a 2-hour hands-on program, understand all aspects of cocoa and chocolate, from its origin and history. Participate in the production process. Learn how to harvest, dry, and grind cacao seeds. Afterward, make a traditional chocolate drink. Later, relax in the best thermal water pools of Baldi Hot Springs. Soothe your senses with surrounding vegetation, therapeutic waters, and pure air. Make the most of multiple thermal pools, waterfalls, a giant steam room, luxury pool bars, water slides, and more. Enjoy a delicious buffet lunch before a dip in the thermal pools. Use facilities like lockers and towels for the utmost convenience. Enjoy the attractions of this hot springs resort till 4 PM before heading back to your hotel in San José.

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What people are saying about San José, Costa Rica

Overall rating

4.2 / 5

based on 22 reviews

Yordan was a great tour guide. I am an exchange student from the united states and he went out of his way to teach me things about costa rican culture on top of an already amazing tour. also, he went out of his way to make sure i got home safely the night after the tour, as i am a female traveling solo, and so it was much appreciated. highly recommend!!!

Ferando Moss was amazing. He gave us all of his attention and showed us around a lot. Not only does he get up at 3:30 to make sure he gets us on time, but makes sure that we get there safe!!! I 100% would go on another ride with with them. Please have Fernado Moss be your driver next time! :)

Our guide was very friendly & told us a lot about Costa Rica & different stories. The tour was wonderful. The Irazu volcano was well worth seeing & the hot springs were very relaxing! A very recommendable tour!

Fernando Moss was an excellent guide, who gave us terrific detail on our trip, sights. He was patient and he clearly loves what he does. I can't recommend this tour enough!

It was amazing. My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves. We're looking forward to coming back. Yordan was an awesome guide.