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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Afternoon Tour to Arenal Observatory Lodge and Hot Springs

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icon6 hours  (Approx.)
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Overview

Spend an afternoon exploring the vibrant wildlife, explosive history, and inspiring views of Arenal on this hiking and nature tour from La Fortuna. Trek across hanging bridges, past a waterfall, and through the lush rain forest and gardens around the Arenal Observatory Lodge, where panoramic views of Arenal Volcano and Lake await. Unwind with a soak in a natural hot river pool, paired with a volcanic mud facial and refreshing cocktail.
  • Combo nature and hiking tour of Arenal from La Fortuna
  • Take in panoramic views from the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, the only resort inside Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Hike through lush rain forest gardens and across hanging bridges with a guide
  • Learn about the area's volcanic history at the Arenal Observatory Museum
  • Soak in a natural hot water river
  • Unwind with a volcanic mud facial and cocktail
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Pickup and drop-off from hotels in La Fortuna area
Cocktail in the Hot-springs
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La Fortuna de San Carlos , La Fortuna de San Carlos, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuela

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1:30 PM

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This activity will end right where it started.
The afternoon adventure begins with pickup at your La Fortuna hotel and a 45-minute drive to Arenal Volcano National Park. Arrive at the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, a beautifully landscaped resort that was originally built as a scientific research station and offers commanding views of the nearby volcano and Arenal Lake.

After this panoramic perspective, get a closer look at the area’s flora and fauna with a hike through the surrounding gardens and rain forest. Along the guided trek, pass two hanging bridges and admire the flowing currents of the Danta River and a tropical waterfall. Learn about the area’s diverse ecosystem and fascinating geologic history from your guide, who will help you spot native wildlife such as monkeys, exotic birds, and red-eyed tree frogs. Back at the lodge, dig even deeper into the ancient history of the volcano at the Arenal Observatory Museum, and watch a memorable sunset over Lake Arenal from the viewing deck.

Finish the day with pura vida–style relaxation courtesy of a soak and swim in a naturally heated river pool. Detox with a volcanic mud facial if you wish, and unwind with a cocktail. After about an hour here, return to your La Fortuna hotel in the evening.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Arenal Volcano
Your tour begins at 9:30am or 1:30pm when you are picked up from your hotel located in La Fortuna. You'll enjoy a 45-minute drive as you travel to the far side of the volcano where you'll be able to see the Arenal from different angles. You'll be taken to the Observatory lodge. Here, you'll enjoy a picturesque panoramic view of the volcano and Arenal Lake. You'll then hike through gardens and forests, passing two hanging bridges. You'll visit Danta river and waterfall. Along the way, your guide will explain the ecosystem, the volcanoes and point out the different animals you'll see. Some of the animals you may see include monkeys and tropical birds.
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Stop At:  
Lake Arenal
You'll visit the Arenal Observatory with its informative museum where you will learn more about the volcano and its history. You will finish the hike at the Observatory lodge to watch the sunset over Lake Arenal. (Sunset not available on the 9:30 am tour) On your drive down from the lodge, you may be able to see the red-eyed tree frog. To finish the tour in the most relaxing way, your last stop will be to the natural hot water river where you can relax in its soothing warm water. Your visit here will be for about an hour. You can enjoy a volcanic mud facial and a complimentary cocktail. You'll be taken back to your hotel by about 8:00pm depending on local traffic.
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • Infant seats available
  • Most travelers can participate
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Red Lava TSC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Afternoon Tour to Arenal Observatory Lodge and Hot Springs?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Afternoon Tour to Arenal Observatory Lodge and Hot Springs.
Q:
What is the policy on sanitization during Afternoon Tour to Arenal Observatory Lodge and Hot Springs?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
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What is the social distancing policy during Afternoon Tour to Arenal Observatory Lodge and Hot Springs?
A:The policies on social distancing are:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
  • Contactless payments for gratuities and add-ons
See all safety measures taken by Afternoon Tour to Arenal Observatory Lodge and Hot Springs.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Afternoon Tour to Arenal Observatory Lodge and Hot Springs?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Afternoon Tour to Arenal Observatory Lodge and Hot Springs.

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  • "I usually like more physical activities but it was worth taking time to learn details of the rain forest." See review

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star-5
William was incredible!
Samantha_W
, Feb 2020
Our tour guide, William, was incredible! He was so knowledgable and his personality and the way he presented information was great. We saw so many animals and learned so much! I thought this experience was a perfect balance of easy hiking (1-2 hours) and relaxing in the natural hot springs. Highly recommend this experience, especially with William.
star-5
The best thing to do in La Fortuna
elizabethlwiley
, Jan 2020
Be ready and in condition to hike. Very knowledgeable people. Bug spray yourself down and bring more just in case. Bring swimsuit and towel as well. Also, bring small colones to tip. The hot springs at the end was great for sure muscles. Well done and beautiful!
star-5
Excellent tour
jasonnovotny
, Jan 2020
Really great tour! Eric, is an excellent and extremely fun and knowledgeable guide and provided an excellent tour..I highly recommend going
star-5
All round great tour
afslater
, Jan 2020
Eric was brilliant at guiding us through the trails surround the Arenal Observatory. His knowledge of the area was fantastic, and it was obvious he cared about what he did. Loved the visit to the hotspring, and the generous portions of cocktails served as part of the experience.
star-5
Arenal Observatory and Hiking Tour
jtkersanac
, Dec 2019
Fabulous Guide- the tour corrdinator was very accommodating, allowed us to leave our vehicle at the last spot so we had to option to leave early or stay longer. Enjoyed the day!
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Low key tour for learning about rain forest and Arenal.
Journey240672
, Sep 2019
Excellent tour. Was our first tour of trip so was a great orientation of rain forest. Easy hike on paved ground and very informative. I usually like more physical activities but it was worth taking time to learn details of the rain forest. Ending in hot springs was also fun, although crowded and a popular stop for tour groups. Tour guide excellent.
star-5
Great tour!!
travelrn0088
, Jun 2019
Had the best time with our tour guide Carlos!! He showed us many plant and animals species. He was quite knowledgeable and loved to educate. We saw plenty of monkeys, toucans and frogs. By far the most enjoyable experience was relaxing in the warm river with drinks in our hands!!! Would do it all over again.
star-5
Good
Tourist828766
, Mar 2019
The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable of the surrounding of the park and wildlife. I will certainly take more tours with this guide.
star-5
I loved this tour with Red Lava...
carolineclaassen95
, Feb 2018
I loved this tour with Red Lava Tours. It was 100 worth the money. We were lucky to have a clear view of the volcano. The trip to the waterfall afterwards was fun do go into the waterfall!!! It's not that cold, but I'd recommend bringing a good towel and maybe a light sweater to wear afterwards. But the highlight was the hot thermal river at the end, with the provided drink. Magical!!
star-5
Danny was the best tour guide ever...
Naidalys R
, Aug 2017
Danny was the best tour guide ever. Made the experience even better. It started pouring very hard so we were not able to go to the hot springs but red lava was very accommodating and let us go the next day.

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