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Entrance to the Tabacón Hot Springs
Location: Arenal, North Region
Estimated departure from San José: Between 7:30 AM. – 8:30 A.M
The Arenal volcano with Tabacón hot springs is one of the most popular excursions we offer.
This tour offers the best of both worlds, in terms of the beauty of the impressive Arenal Volcano, which is combined with the exuberant thermal and relaxing waters of Tabacón. All this on a background of exuberant vegetation and spectacular view of the almost perfect conical shape of the colossus. The impressive Arenal Volcano is a natural wonder found in La Fortuna de San Carlos, Alajuela, offering thousands of tourists the opportunity to appreciate the columns of white smoke, ash and fumarolic activity emanating from the conical colossus. It is important to take into account that the volcano had remained asleep for at least 450 years, until on July 29, 1968 it experienced a great eruption, starting a new period of pyroclastic activity, this activity has diminished considerably during the last years.
En route to the Arenal Volcano, we will make a stop in the famous town of Sarchí, known as the cradle of the artisans of Costa Rica, where they will have the best opportunity to acquire souvenirs such as wood, clothing and souvenirs in general.
In Sarchí, it is very possible that you see an ox cart that bears the title of being the largest in the world, which is built of wood (cedar) and decorated with surprising colors, like a bright orange color. The design is typical and complex, it has two levels of height and it took 70 days to complete, it also has an honorable mention in the Guinness world record book.
The trip continues, crossing forest areas, as well as plantations of various agricultural products, including coffee plantations, pineapple, as well as ornamental plants, cattle farms, and in turn experiencing the variety of microclimates present in the country, until reaching the beautiful town of La Fortuna, to stop and enjoy a lunch in a cozy restaurant with spectacular view of the Arenal Volcano.
After lunch there will be a visit to a viewpoint near the foot of the volcano to appreciate more closely the view of the volcano and also the view of Lake Arenal.
Eventually the tourist will enjoy and relax in one of the best hot springs in the country, where you can enjoy the rejuvenating effects of the same temperature ranging from 33 to 66 degrees Celsius (93-152 Fahrenheit) providing customers a wide range of options that adapt to your needs, as well as a massage (optional activity) or other special treatments that must be reserved in advance to ensure availability.
The thermal waters of Tabacón combine the four elements of nature, the heat of the volcano, the waters that flow from the springs of hot water, the pure air of the forest, and the fertile land of the La Fortuna region of San Carlos.
And for a perfect ending, before returning to San José, we will enjoy a wonderful and delicious buffet-style dinner at the Tabacón Resort.
What to Bring
- Insect Repellent