San Jose Tours
Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour with Lunch and Dinner
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Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour with Lunch and Dinner

By Go Tours Costa Rica - Day Tours
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See the highlights of the Arenal area in just one day on this action-packed tour from San Jose. Visit a coffee plantation, stop at the La Paz Waterfall, dine on Costa Rican fare in a local restaurant, and go ziplining and rappelling through the rainforest and over the Arenal River. Then wrap up your day with a relaxing soak in a hot spring before returning to San Jose.
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Ages 5-80, max of 20 per group
Duration: 14h
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Mobile ticket
Meets animal welfare guidelines
Live guide: English, Spanish
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Highlights
  • No hidden expenses: meals and coffee tastings are provided
  • Round-trip transfers from San Jose hotels are included
  • All entry-fees are included in the price of the tour
  • A professional, English-speaking guide will lead the way
Travellers’ Choice Best of the Best
2023

  • Transport by air-conditioned vehicle
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off (most San Jose area hotels)
  • Professional Bilingual Guide
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Coffee or Tea with local snacks
  • Entrance fees
  • Entry/Admission - Alajuela
  • Entry/Admission - La Fortuna de San Carlos
  • Entry/Admission - Alajuela
  • Entry/Admission - Paradise Hot Springs
  • Guaranteed to skip the lines
What's not included
  • Gratuities
  • Services not specified


Start:Multiple pickup locations offered.
  • San José Province, San José, Costa Rica
    Centrally located San Jose hotels. Hotel pickups commence at 7:00 a.m.approximately; the exact pickup time for your tour will be advised on a reconfirmation message.
Hotel pickup offered
During checkout you will be able to select from the list of included hotels.
    End:This activity ends back at the meeting point.

      • Not wheelchair accessible
      If you have questions about accessibility, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 62880P1

      • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
      • Not recommended for pregnant travellers
      • Not recommended for travellers with back problems
      • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
      • May be operated by a multi-lingual guide
      • Vegetarian option is available, please advise at time of booking if required
      • A minimum of 2 people per booking is required
      • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
      • This tour includes man-made hot springs pools, filled with natural thermal water
      • Minimum age is 5 years
      • Children must be accompanied by an adult
      • Most travellers can participate
      • Dress code is casual smart, comfortable walking shoes are recommended
      • Hotel pickups commence approximately 30 - 60 minutes prior to this time, exact pickup time will be advised on reconfirmation
      • Times are subject to change due to local traffic conditions
      • Drop off in the Arenal-La Fortuna centrally located hotels is available. Please note that if you choose this option, dinner will not be included in your tour because it’s done in a restaurant on the way back to San Jose. Also, there is an extra charge for drop offs with luggage, but in the case of this tour it doesn’t apply because the cost of the dinner will cover for the drop off charge. If you wish to take this option, you must let us know at the time of booking.
      • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 20 travellers

      • For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.

      If you have questions about this tour or need help making your booking, we’d be happy to help. Just call the number below and reference the product code: 62880P1

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        Oscar and Carlos made the experience fun and very informative. I enjoyed learning about the process of making coffee and taking a walk to learn about the different species of plants in costa rica
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        Fernando was so good at explaining everything and taught us so much about Costa Rica along the van ride there and at each stop. We say so many pretty views!
        Written June 13, 2024
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        Amazing
        Probably one of the best guides I ever had in Costa Rica, it was was very fun and exciting, I do wish that the shuttle had better air conditioning.
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        We had an awesome fun filled experience. Augustine our tour guide and William our driver made me feel very safe and they were very accommodating. All of the experiences mentioned in the trip make it very worth the price. The waterfall super cool to see and the ziplines were thrilling. I would definitely recommend this experience to anyone visiting Costa Rica.
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
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        An amazing experience
        Our tour guide Agustin was amazing and very knowledgeable. We had such an amazing experience and even got to see Sloths. I would definitely recommend scheduling a tour with him 10/10
        Written June 10, 2024
      • 239billsy
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        Great!
        Loved it. Agustin was a great guide and the driver was good. A lot of value for money. We saw sloths, iguanas, hummingbirds. Zip lining was a lot of fun and the rapelling as well. The hot springs was also a nice paradise. I'd definetly recommend this tour
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      • Kat Nicole H
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        Augustine was a great guide! We saw beautiful animals from hummingbirds to sloths to iguanas. Highly recommend this experience!
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Fernando the GREAT!!
        Fernando was AMAZING!!!! I learned soooo much about Costa Rica. I felt safe and like my money was well spent for the experience!!!! Treat yourself andctake this tour....you won't be sorry!!!! The food was very tasty! The steps at the waterfalls was challenging, but worth it...just pace yourself and wear comfortable shoes.
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        5.0 of 5 bubbles
        Absolutely beautiful!
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        Wonderful experience
        Had a great time on this trip. Got picked up on time, Oscar our tour guide was very warm and knowledgeable with lots of information about Costa Rica and its people, flora and fauna. Made interesting stops at all the places mentioned in the tour posting, and another one at a coffee plantation just before lunch. The hanging bridges trail was breathtaking as expected, we were with Carlos, a different but equally outstanding tour guide for this part of the trip. It is all together a long day trip though, we left San Jose around 7am and didn't make it back until 7pm, so be prepared. Honorable mention to our driver William as well. Wonderful experience all around
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      • profjung
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      neomtl
      Vancouver, Canada16 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Couldn't ask for more for my last day in Costa Rica! We did so much and just the ride was enjoyable, everything is so lush and green. Alex was by far the best tour guide I've ever had on any trips anywhere in the world. He was friendly, funny and very knowledgeable about Costa Rica. He went out of his way to tell us about his beautiful country and make sure everyone had an amazing time. I would recommend this tour if you are short on time and need to pack as much as you can in one day. Thanks again Alex for this great experience and looking forward to seeing you again soon!
      Written January 16, 2020
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
      We really appreciate your comments about the Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour and your guide Alex. We are very happy to know that your last day in Costa Rica was great. It is very important for us to know that Alex was friendly, funny knowledgeable, the best guide you have ever had and made you have an amazing time. Thank you very much for your recommendation, we hope to hear from you soon and let us assist you with more amazing places in Costa Rica.
      Written February 15, 2020
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Mark Y
      3 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2022 • Couples
      The landscape on the entire drive was beautiful, especially the waterfall and volcano. Zip lining was by far the best zip lining experience that I have had, and the hot springs were very relaxing after the zip line adventure. Tour guide, Juan, was very knowledgeable and thorough, while also keeping the tour moving so we could experience every aspect of the itinerary to the fullest. Great day overall!

      **Only suggestion would be to provide bottled water or make it clear that no drinks are provided between stops.
      Written January 10, 2022
      This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.
      Thank you for letting us know how your Arenal Volcano tour was! We're delighted to hear that you enjoyed the scenic drive, the exhilarating zip-lining, and the relaxing hot springs, all complemented by Juan's knowledgeable and efficient guidance. We are happy that you had a truly great day exploring the best of Costa Rica's natural beauty. We appreciate your suggestion regarding bottled water and will consider this feedback to improve our service and communication about amenities provided on the tour. We look forward to welcoming you back for more memorable experiences. Thank you for choosing our tours from San Jose!
      Written May 14, 2024
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Amanda
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jan 2020 • Family
      I went on this tour yesterday, and i’ve been on several tours in many countries and Alex is by far the most personable guide i’ve ever had. He is there to make your experience great. Alex is very knowledgeable about Costa Rica and can answer any question you have, which pairs well with his outstanding energy and charisma the entirety of the long day on the Arenal tour. On top of everything he has outstanding photography skills a huge plus for any social media user! My day was amazing filled with adventure and laughs thanks to Alex! Not mention how great the food was, I had the vegetarian option for both lunch and dinner, phenomenal.
      Written January 17, 2020
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      I want to thank you for telling other travelers about the Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour. We are very happy to know that Alex was the most personable guide you have ever had, he always tries to give the best of him to our customers and make them have the best time of their life. It is pleasing to know that you enjoyed our vegetarian options. We really appreciate your recommendation. Please let us know the next time you come to our country; it will be a pleasure to assist you with more interesting places you can visit in Costa Rica.
      Written February 19, 2020
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      Andrea T
      2 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      This tour was amazing and very well thought out. We took a scenic route to Arenal as opposed to the highway and the tour guide would describe farms : plantations : crops and animals as we spotted them. We stopped at a wonderful coffee shop, gift shop and bomb
      Spot for lunch all before zip line adventure.

      The zip line crew was fun and high energy and the safety measures for both COVID and the zip line adventure were fantastic and we had nothing to worry about at any time.

      Juan was a wonderful tour guide! He was always on time, gave clear instructions, had a very good plan for all the stops and overall was very accommodating.

      Would highly recommend to anyone. 10/10.
      Written February 2, 2022
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      Thank you for letting us be part of your trip to Costa Rica! We're thrilled to hear that you had such an amazing experience on our Arenal Volcano tour! It sounds like Juan went above and beyond to make sure you had a memorable time, and we're grateful for your kind words about his guidance and organization. Safety is always our top priority, so we're glad to hear that you felt comfortable throughout the adventure. Thank you for recommending us, and we hope to see you again on another one of our tours from San Jose!
      Written May 17, 2024
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      LetsMaketheMostofIt
      Madison, MS249 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jun 2021
      Fabulous day with so many things to see and do! We started at the coffee plantation where you can order coffee and some great homemade coffee cake before setting out. We then stopped several other places with snacks at each. My favorite of the trip was the "hummingbird" stop - you have to visit to grasp how unique it was. Ziplining with Juan was amazing - I was worried and he double strapped me up to ease my concern. I ended up loving every minute! Buy the photo/video deal so you have some memories to share - it was emailed by the time I was back from the tour. Lunch was delicious and the stop to soak in mineral spas was the perfect ending to a long but adventurous days. This will NOT disappoint!
      Written June 22, 2021
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      Thank you very much for your kind words. We are so happy to know that you enjoyed the stops to see the coffee plantation, waterfalls, hummingbirds (which I agree with you, it’s a great setting), the zip lining adventure, and of course the relaxing hot springs. Please let us know the next time you wish to visit us and we will be glad to help you with the arrangements for another fantastic day in Costa Rica.
      Written September 11, 2021
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Yilin
      24 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      I had one day in La Fortuna, so I wanted to pick the most productive day tour. What an amazing time!! Zip lining, rappelling, and the hot springs were all wonderful, as well as the cafe we stopped by to see many birds and a beautiful waterfall. Communication from Go Tours was also great and very prompt for booking and pick up.
      Written February 9, 2020
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      I want to thank you for telling other travelers about the Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour. It is great that you had spent your day with us on this tour and you had enjoyed all the activities including the ziplining, rappelling, hot springs coffee plantation, and the views of wildlife and waterfalls. Thank you very much for your kind recommendation; we will be glad to help you the next time you come to enjoy more great activities to do in Costa Rica.
      Written May 20, 2021
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Emily A
      Buffalo, NY22 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2021
      This was the first time my dad and I had done one of these bus tours/day trips, and it was also our first time in Costa Rica. Kenneth was on time to pick us up at our hotel, and we only had one other couple with us. It was such a personalized experience. I am vegan and have had trouble deciphering foods while on my trip. Kenneth would call ahead or speak to the café/restaurants we would stop at to ensure I was included. He had lots of funny stories and spoke English very well. He kept us on track with our itinerary, but we never felt rushed. The ziplining was my favorite part, but I love how we took little breaks and got to visit so many small businesses. It is a long day, but we had the best time ever. I do think the time spent at the hot springs could be reduced so you do not get back so late. We were satisfied with the hot springs after about a hour, but we were there for two. Regardless, it is such a good deal and I would totally recommend this trip.
      Written May 16, 2021
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      Thank you very much for choosing our services and recommending us to the Trip Advisor readers. We are glad to know you had an excellent time with your dad, during your first trip to Costa Rica. Kenneth is definitely a very professional tour guide; we are glad he took good care of you and your companions. We are also glad you liked very much the zip lining adventure and meals included. Thank you for your suggestion about the hot springs, we will consider it for sure. Please don’t hesitate to contact us the next time you wish to visit us, and it will be our pleasure to help you arrange another Costa Rican adventure!
      Written August 27, 2021
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      martina agostini
      Boston, MA6 contributions
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      May 2021 • Family
      Honestly, I can’t thank enough Keneth for the amazing tour. We booked the tour last minute and were so pleasantly surprised. My mother and I were the only two people in the tour, so we accidently had a “private tour”. The bus arrived right on time at our hotel in San Jose and it was equipped with wifi and iphone charging cords. We first stopped at a beautiful coffee plantation and then Keneth took us to a bonus stop: a local fruit stand. We got to try amazing rare fruits and the best strawberries I’ve had in my life. Then, we stopped at the La Paz waterfall and Keneth took us behind the waterfall for an amazing view. We also stopped at a local restaurant to admire the view of another waterfall and ate veeery good empanadas. We drove by the Arenal volcano and got a clear view of it. Lunch was provided in a local restaurant and the food was amazing (we got traditional Costa rica fish, rice and beans, and platones but more American options are available as well). The zipline adventure was very safe and fun, highly reccomend it because the views are incredible. Then, we went to the hot springs which are relaxing and situated in a very organized/pretty hotel.

      For a 14 hour tour, it was not tiring at all and super comfortable. Keneth was VERY knowledgeable about everything Costa Rica related and overall very sweet and funny. His immense hospitality made the experience even better. He offered many snacks during
      the trip! After seeing how much I enjoyed a cookie, he even went out and bought more for me to take home. He was very attentive to detail, adjusted the plans to our needs, and also gave us our own private time (was not pushy or too talkative). His tour and commentary were just perfect! If you want a full tour of the Arenal with great food, safety, and adventure for sure book this one!!!
      Written May 6, 2021
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      Thank you very much for your detailed review of the Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour with Lunch and Dinner. We are extremely happy that you had such a great time with Kenneth, he is indeed an excellent tour guide. We are also glad you enjoyed the activities included and the food provided, including our Costa Rican typical dishes and tropical fruits. Thank you very much for recommending our services; please let us know the next time you wish to visit us and we will be more than glad to arrange more tours to the best destinations in Costa Rica!
      Written August 27, 2021
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Lauren R
      1 contribution
      5.0 of 5 bubbles
      Jul 2021 • Friends
      Kenneth was AWESOME! He is very patient and informative he makes you feel like family as he shares all about this beautiful country and he is very supportive which became beyond important when meeting
      Antonio at the zip line who was aggressive he showed little to no patience when explaining the rules he drew on fear to explain the safety rules throwing a person of the group into a complete panic attack. He then body shamed another person in the group as he explained that she was too large in the stomach and aggressively took off her gear . Antonio also offers misinformation he will do anything to get you on even promising that you only have to do the first part but in reality there is no way to come off and you have to do the entire course which is not the case all . Thank God for the kindness of Kenneth !! He immediately stepped in and consoled the two girls and brought them on a scenic tour
      Written July 14, 2021
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      Thank you very much for your kind words towards Kenneth and your feedback regarding the zip lining part of the tour. We have spoken to the zip lining management to make sure these types of situations with their tour guides don’t happen again; please accept our sincere apologies for the inconvenience caused. On the other hand, we are so happy that Kenneth took good care of you and the other participants, he is definitely an excellent person and tour guide, very patient and professional at all times. We hope that you enjoyed the rest of the activities and stops along the way, as well as our typical food. Thank you for choosing the Arenal Volcano Full-Day Combo Tour with Lunch and Dinner; we hope to have you back in Costa Rica, so we can show you more of this beautiful tropical country.
      Written September 27, 2021
      This response is the subjective opinion of the management representative and not of Tripadvisor LLC.

      Valerie A
      4 contributions
      3.0 of 5 bubbles
      I booked that excursion for my birthday date and I received the pickup time almost in the same time that I booked the excursion. We were about 20 people in the bus, our guide was Francesco. We saw beautiful landscapes inthat excursion including a coffee plantation, the montains, many volcanoes, La Paz Waterfalls and stoped at a picturesque little restaurant with an amazing view of the waterfalls and had there an appetizer and an homemade fruit juice.

      But the thing is our guide suggested way to many stops at a point that it was completely ridiculous! We stopped at many stores, grocery stores, souvenirs shops, the bank!

      The lunch was really average.

      We had a lot of fun at the zipline and the
      views were impressive! When I asked the
      guide how long we will be at the hot springs,
      he said 1,5 hours, I asked him if we could
      stay longer and he said that we got a 3 hours
      drive to go back to our hotel so we couldn't.
      The hot springs were awesome, definitely 1,5
      hours is not enough at all!

      When we left the hot springs, the guide
      offered to go to the souvenirs shop for great
      deals (yeah right)! That stop was for 25 min and we went for what I call a ?!!$&! waste of time! I was feeling so upset, that 25 minutes we could have had it at the hot springs instead!

      The dinner was horrible, it was looking like a
      truck stop, with neons light, dirty tables and
      the food was completely disgusting | was so
      sad to have my birthday dinner there!
      Written April 25, 2022
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