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La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Arenal Best 4 Attractions (Full day - Combo)

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icon11 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
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Explore the dramatic landscape surrounding the Arenal Volcano on a full-day nature tour from La Fortuna that offers a blend of active time and relaxation. Hike Arenal’s 1.9-mile (3.1 km) hanging bridge trail, walk to the scenic La Fortuna waterfall, and hike on the Arenal Volcano at sunset. Spend the evening soaking in the hot springs, choosing between Baldi, Ecotermales, Kalambú, Paradise, Tabacón, The Springs, or Titokú, with a buffet dinner at the springs. All transport, entrance fees, lunch, and dinner are included.
  • Full-day Arenal nature tour
  • Hike hanging bridges and to La Fortuna Waterfall
  • Walk on the slopes of the volcano at dusk
  • Soak in natural hot pools
  • Lunch and dinner included
  • Pickup and drop-off at downtown La Fortuna hotels
  • Family friendly
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Bottled water
Dinner (at Hot Springs)
Lunch
Professional guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off
Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
This operator has two meet-up options available. You can either meet at the departure point below or select a location for pick-up.
Jacamar Naturalist Tours , Costado Sur de la Iglesia Católica de La Fortuna Apartado Posta 40-4417, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, 4417, Costa Rica

Main Office located upstairs of Lava Rocks Restaurant, beside La Fortuna Church. La Fortuna, San Carlos, Alajuela.

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7:30 AM
This activity will end right where it started.EXTRA COST: Arenal Lodge Arenal Observatory Chachagua Rainforest Hideaway Rio Celeste Linda Vista Del Norte Lost Iguana Resort and Spa Rancho Margot El Tucano The Springs Resort and Spa Volcano Gold
Meet a driver at your hotel in downtown La Fortuna, then transfer to the Arenal Hanging Bridges to warm up your legs for a day of hiking, following a trail through the area's lush rainforest. Watch for plants and wildlife at the edge of the trail, and cross a series of 9 fixed bridges and 6 suspension bridges.

The next stop is La Fortuna Waterfall, reached by a 15-minute hike down a scenic trail; bring your bathing suit to swim in the waterfall, or just enjoy the sunshine in the peaceful stop. After La Fortuna Waterfall, return to town to refuel with lunch at the Lava Rocks Café.

Following your meal, head to the Arenal Volcano for a hike along the side, following one of several trails for the best chance to spot moving lava. The cooled lava flows are home to a wide variety of plants and animals that you’ll see along the way, and the hike concludes at dark, in hopes of watching glowing chunks of rock as they tumble down the mountainside.

From Arenal Volcano, head to one of the area’s natural hot springs for a buffet dinner and a night of soaking (select your desired hot spring while booking). This full-day nature adventure concludes with return transfer to your La Fortuna hotel.
Itinerary
Stop At:  
Arenal Hanging Bridges
We start at 7:30 am with a visit at Arenal Hanging Bridges, a 2 miles (3 km) trail with 16 bridges ranging in length from 16 to 328 feet (5 to 100 meters) and with heights of up to 196 feet (60 meters), a spectacular scenery of the tropical humid forest, special for the observation of birds, plants, reptiles, mammals and insects.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
La Fortuna Waterfall
The second adventure is at La Fortuna Waterfall. With an exotic swimming pool at its base and surrounded by huge rocky canyons, makes it a nice relaxing place. After this refreshing swim we will have lunch in our restaurant "La Finquita".
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
Stop At:  
Arenal Volcano National Park
Following this we enjoyed a hike in at a reserve at the base of the Volcano, through the humid tropical forest for approximately 45 minutes to reach a block of petrified lava from past eruptions. There is the possibility of observing a great variety of plants, fauna, the magnificent view of the Arenal Volcano and the Arenal Lake.
Duration: 2 hours 
Admission Ticket Free
Stop At:  
Paradise Hot Springs
A great day! Now, put on your bathing suit to relax in the hot springs. We will be there for a couple of hours and then have dinner at its restaurant.
Duration: 3 hours 
Admission Ticket Included
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not recommended for travelers with back problems
  • Not recommended for pregnant travelers
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Child rate applies only when sharing with 2 paying adults
  • Children must be accompanied by an adult
  • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 15 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Jacamar Naturalist Tours
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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Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Arenal Best 4 Attractions (Full day - Combo)?
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
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What is the policy on sanitization during Arenal Best 4 Attractions (Full day - Combo)?
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 Arenal Best 4 Attractions (Full day - Combo)?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Arenal Best 4 Attractions (Full day - Combo)?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Regular temperature checks for staff
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
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  • "You are not allowed to hike on the volcano, so the description of the tour should be updated to indicate you view a volcano." See review
  • "A long day starting with the hanging bridges trip with amazing views of Arenal volcano to start with." See review

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star-5
Best tour!
ana_o
, Jun 2022
This tour was amazing!!!! Jacob (our guide tour) was very knowledgeable, kind, excited to talk about the nature, he was incredible!!! And very handsome
star-5
Good vibes
Caren_G
, Feb 2022
All places where the guide took us were amazing, everyone was friendly and knowledgeable in each place we went. I recommend this tour when you travel to La Fortuna.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Excellent Combo Tour
Marlene_M
, Dec 2019
Had a fantastic full day seeing the hanging bridges, La Fortuna waterfall and the Adrenal volcano hike. Our guides Diego, and Jason were fabulous. They shared their knowledge of plants, animals and obvious love of their country. They keenly found and pointed out birds, and other animals in the forests. We especially enjoyed our agri-tourism farm lunch while watching 15 species of birds including toucan feast on papaya. We were tired after the volcano hike but it was worth the effort. Would highly recommend Jacqamar Tours.
star-3
Good not, great. Not very active, disappointing "hike"
Kelly_M
, Mar 2019
Enjoyed Hanging Bridges. Saw plenty of animals, including many that we would never have spotted without the knowledgeable guide. Lunch was very good. The volcano hike was a very short walk to a lookout point to see the side of a volcano. You are not allowed to hike on the volcano, so the description of the tour should be updated to indicate you view a volcano. I believe we were supposed to do the full trail, but the guide was walking very slowly and stopped often to talk. It seemed like she did not want to do the hike.
star-5
Hanging bridge, Hiking, and Hot springs
Hannah_R
, Jan 2019
A lot of walking, makes you appreciate nature. David, our guide is awesome and knowledgeable. Nice to end the day in the hot springs.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
A long day starting with the hanging...
Ritesh_R
, Aug 2018
A long day starting with the hanging bridges trip with amazing views of Arenal volcano to start with. Our guide had incredible knowledge- she pointed out snakes, various birds, bats, flowers the bridges were amazing to walk across- best part of the tour. Waterfall hike was a nice climb and beautiful for pics but a little short to actually take a dip volcano hike was interesting with good flowers and trees pointed out hot springs were incredible- it rained in the evening and the water was really rejuvenating topped off with sumptuous buffett.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-4
Good tour - could have been much...
Rushabh J
, Apr 2018
Good tour - could have been much better if it was clubbed with an actual guide! Nonetheless still a good tour to consider!
2 travelers found this review helpful
star-5
This tour is a must. 4 activities at...
htmartinez
, Dec 2017
This tour is a must. 4 activities at once and the experience of a lifetime. the staff was amazing and this tour takes you to the volcano and hanging bridges which was fun to do. got to see animals. got to be in shape for this, lots of walking but it is so worth it. you will love it. and to finish at a hot spring. was relaxing.
star-5
Fantastic tour and our guide Tony...
Michael O
, Sep 2017
Fantastic tour and our guide Tony was amazing! He was extremely knowledgeable about the local animals and plants and was able to spot several hard to find birds. The hikes along the hanging bridges and near the volcano were beautiful. The waterfall was an amazing experience and you're able to wade in the water next to where it crashes. The included lunch and dinner were delicious and the hot springs were a perfect way to end a long day.
star-5
This was a very good tour that we...
dougfo
, Sep 2017
This was a very good tour that we enjoyed. Tony a biology teacher/professor, was our guide. He demonstrated a great deal of passion and love for the country and its environment. The tour started at 8 am and we returned to our hotel at 10:15 pm. During the tour, not only did we see the sights but also spotted the following animals: Troop of spider monkeys, toucan, numerous birds, vine snake, a tarantula in its hole and in the evening saw a baby eyelash viper. In all animal encounters we felt safe, keeping distance when needed as I am not a daring individual when it comes to snakes and spiders. We rated this tour very highly based on the quality and passion of the guide. Here are some things one should be aware of when signing up for the combo tour. It is important to be in shape. While my wife and I who are in our early 50's walk upwards of 12K steps per day Fitbit, we thought we could handle the 18K of steps associated with this tour. Shame on us but we forgot waterfalls and volcano's are not the same walking as on a flat surface. The two of us were sore the next couple days and had our activities been strenuous those days we would have had a problem. While we enjoyed Tabacon as it is a beautiful facility by day, visitors should be aware that many of the pools in the upper quadrants of the resort are essentially closed as they do not have lighting. We preferred for safety reasons to stay where there was light. Subsequently, there were only 4-5 pools from which to choose. The buffet was good at Tabacon and our 14 year old son loved the super fast slide in the main pool. However, I am not sure the extra was worth the Tabacon up-charge since in our opinion many of the pools were not reachable in the dark. One of the less expensive spas might make a more practical choice. At the time of this writing it should be noted that at the waterfall some steps were under repair and we had to navigate off the steps using ropes in the mud to descend and climb back up the 500 steps. If we had one complaint about the tour it is that there is not much time to spend by the waterfall. This is a problem as it is exhausting descending to the bottom and then having to re climb the steps 30 minutes later is tough. it would have been nice to spend another 15-20 minutes at the bottom or taking time to re-climb. FYI - There is another set of 50 steps leading down to a quieter pool below the waterfall pool. This is a nice relaxed area if you don't want to deal with the rocky shore,crowds and turbulent water by the falls. One other heads up in reference to the Volcano Hike: The emergency exit is used when leaving the volcano lava flow. This was good as it was getting dark when we reached the summit 5pm -ish. The emergency exit trail only takes 20 minutes to descend and if we were not sore, it would have been an easy trip. Bottom line, great day and worth the based on the sights and guide.
star-5
Allen and Hugo were excellent...
Diane M
, Aug 2017
Allen and Hugo were excellent guides. Highly recommend this tour to all visiting Cost Rica. Hanging bridges were amazing, followed by the spectacular waterfall. Lunch was quite tasty and welcoming after the morning. The hike was strenuous but Allan was so knowledgeable about CR and the history that it was well worth it. The next day my calves were quite sore. Be warned! Highly recommend this and try to get Allen as your tour guide.
star-5
This trip was fabulous.Our tour...
Gabriella E
, Jul 2017
This trip was fabulous.Our tour guide,Anderson, was amazing!You start the day w/ hanging bridges. Anderson had eagle eyes.He saw animals we would have never seen without his help.Then the waterfall. 500 steps down and 500 steps up. Phew!Hike around the volcano was spectacular. End in relaxing hot sp
star-5
Great walking tour, rain forest was...
david m
, Mar 2017
Great walking tour, rain forest was amazing as was our guide
star-1
The van picked us up late. Then sat...
Thomas W
, Feb 2017
The van picked us up late. Then sat parked by the lake for 15 minutes waiting for something that was never explained to us. We arrived at the park and were directed to our group. The guide told us we had kept the group waiting for 40 minutes and that the group was upset with us for keeping them waiting. I explained that I had gotten up at 5:30 am showered eaten breakfast and been kept waiting. And how dare he blame me for the delay. Especially in front of the group! Then Reynoldo or Bernardo, I can't remember his name was huffy and really only addressed one of the members of our small group, a somewhat attractive woman. Other guides were talkative and helpful. He was surly unpleasant. He was more of a thug than tour guide. Grudgingly and occasionally pointing things out. Things improved slightly by the end of the day when our group grew. This after an older man was struggling with his heart since we climbed the stairs 500 meters up from the waterfall. He just kept saying ok let's get going as the man sat couldn't do much of anything.
star-5
My husband and I absolutely loved...
Ashley H
, Nov 2016
My husband and I absolutely loved everything about this tour. Every single stop was even more fun than we could have imagined. The tour guides were above and beyond and you could tell they each loved their job. The food... oh my goodness! Best meal in all of Costa Rica! Long day but well worth it.
star-5
This was such a fun tour! Our tour...
Hayley L
, Jun 2016
This was such a fun tour! Our tour guide, Michael was amazing and so knowledgeable of the rainforest,volcano and all animals we spotted along the way. He even brought this massive lens with him so he could easily point out all the living creatures we wouldn't have been able to spot ourselves. The lunch at the coffee farm was delicious and was the exact authentic Costa Rican experience my friend and I were looking for. This tour was almost 9 hours long and by the end we were all like family. Michael, our tour guide, even had the daunting task of communicating everything twice as majority of the group was Spanish speaking while my friend and I only spoke English. But that still didn't stop any of us from havin such a great time! I highly recommend this tour and if you get Michael as a tour guide, even better!
star-2
Our family went on this tour. The...
Sheila K
, Apr 2016
Our family went on this tour. The hanging bridges and waterfall were nice, but you could do this on your own for a much lower price. The value-add of doing the tour is to have a guide who can spot wildlife. Unfortunately, our guide was not as skilled in this. The only wildlife we saw was as a result of other guides spotting them and us 'glomming on'. We also missed a number of species that other groups saw, perhaps because our guide was on his cell phone for part of the time. He didn't really seem to want to be there. The lunch at the coffee plantation afterward was really great, though, and worth it. Overall, I would suggest doing a self-tour and saving .
star-5
Très belle journée avec...
Nicole_M
, Apr 2022
Très belle journée avec un guide de qualité "Sessi". Nous avons commencé par les magiques ponts suspendus. Nous avons beaucoup aimé la ballade d approche au pied du volcan. Peu de monde et très paisible. Un déjeuner de qualité dans un milieu magnifique. De belles rencontres d'animaux et une grande disponibilité de notre guide. Au top !

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