The tour was more rugged than I'd anticipated and it rained like crazy while we were hiking. I was prepared with rain gear so it was OK and I felt like I had truly experienced a rain forest. LOL. This time we swam first, then ate. Dinner was excellent. The hot springs were pleasant. We enjoyed the swim up bar.
The hiking tour was exceptional. I wish I could have been at the hot springs in the day time. Food at dinner was average.
The arenal hike was terrific. The guide great. But the Springs bad. Not enough time. Too dark to appreciate the springs. Waited all day while we could have enjoyed the springs during the day and ended with a hike. This was the most chaos of all the tours. It was so late when we returned and we had to give our driver a pick up time. Had no idea how much time it took to dress for the springs then redress and do all the paper work. Spent about 30 min in one spring area. Was not able to enjoy fully the experience. Dinner there was adequate and the service rushed.
Very good guide on the volcano trip food at the dinner was lots of fun. At night the Hot Springs are a little scary or they were for me T
The Arenal volcano tour itself was excellent. The Tabacon hot springs and dinner was very disappointing. Our pools were much better than the Tabacon's pools while the food was similar (although quite good). But I felt that we had paid for something that we could have gotten at our resort that would have been better. In the future, I would NOT recommend the hot springs unless the tourist is not staying at a resort with hotsprings. So, big yes to the tour. Very much enjoyed that. Very informational. Guide was pleasant and informative. Big no to the Tabacon.
Guides were entertaining and very knowledgeable
Our guide was fantastic and the van driver helped us see some local wildlife that we certainly would have missed without his help. They really went the extra mile. The hot springs were also amazing, and the food was very good.
Excellent guide (Danny). The best of our trip.
I found it to be a common hike
Our tour guide of the Arenal Volcano was exceptional. He was very informative and made the hike and overall experience a great experience. However, Tabacon Hot Springs Hotel and Dinner wasn't worth the trip. We couldn't see/or got lost trying to find all the springs they have and it was dark so we really couldn't enjoy it. Dinner wasn't bad. I just would pass on Tabacon Hot Springs with Dinner and rather of just done the hike.
I came dressed in a bathing suit because didn't realize we were hiking first. I knew I needed sneakers but just wasn't aware the order of activities. Would have liked a little more info on that
Only comment is that we did not know to bring money for locker or the bar at Tabacon. Likewise, we wore our swimming gear for the hike because we did not know exactly what order we were hiking and/or going on the hot springs.
Hot Springs very crowded and the locker rental experience was not pleasant
Great place to spend the evening at.
Dinner at the hot springs was pretty mediocre. Some more time in the hot springs might have been nice.
The volcano tour was fine. We were caught in a lightning storm so just ate at Tabacon, but did not do the hot springs. The transportation was there to pick us up and take us back to Nayara which was good!
If I did this excursion again I would go to the hot springs during the day it was very difficult to see at night
This tour was great. We had a private tour because the other people backed out so the guide was there to answer all of our questions on the hike. The Tabacon Hot Springs was AMAZING. My only complaint is that we were not there earlier to enjoy the waters before it got dark. The dinner was the best of our entire trip!!! Just wish we could have been there a full day instead of just a few hours. I would've even skipped the hike to spend more time in the Hot Springs.
Tabacon was one of our highlights. We loved it. We were not able to eat dinner until 8 which was late for the kids but not sure there was a way to make an earlier reservation. Our tour guide was great but not sure we needed this tour with the hanging bridges the next day, The guides talked about many of the same things on both tours. If I had known, I would have made sure the first tour was more lava and volcano focused so the hanging bridges would be not be repetitive, The guide gave us a choice but we didnt know what the next day was going to include. As it was, very little was said about the volcano which was disappointing.
The hike was informative, but it took a very long time and we had another couple that was more interested in a leisurely stroll than a hike. Unfortunately, we got to the hot springs too late and it was already dark. In the future, I'd recommend giving people the option of when they want to do the hot springs - we didn't realize the hike would be so long and that it would be dark at the springs. We really couldn't see anything at the springs and the food was the worst of our whole trip.
We were with people that were quite unfit, so we got a much shortened version of the hike and had to go very slow. Overall awesome experience though and would definitely recommend.
Excellent experience. The springs are amazing and the ambience at night is wonderful. The buffet was well organized and the selection on offer was most enjoyable. Well organized and a memorable event.
Carlos was another awesome guide! There were only 4 of us with him on the hike and he was very knowledgeable. We felt like it was a private tour just for us! An fantastic way to end the perfect vacation was at Tabacon. Our sore bodies from all the hiking were able to relax in the beautiful hot springs. It was picture postcard perfect! We also enjoyed the buffet dinner and eating overlooking the springs. Food was good too!
The sunset from the top of the lava flow was breathtaking. Tabacon Hot Springs was very nice but crowded.
The hike was fantastic. The guide was a professional birdwatcher who spotted many birds for us. Tried hard to find a tree frog along with our bus driver. The two looked all around with flashlights but we didn't find one but they were persistent. The hot springs were ok. The buffet dinner was adequate but we are not big fans of buffets. this is one activity we could have skipped. Too many tourists.
The Arenal Volcano was very difficult walk but it said it was an easy walk which it was not. With my bad knees, I found it challenging as did the other couple with us. The guide was not very knowledgeable and repeated the same information. The Hot Springs was wonderful although at night, it was so dark, you had to be very careful walking on the paths and in the water. The dinner was very good with excellent variety.
Bad weather. Otherwise very good.
This was probably the low point in an otherwise fantastic tour. The tour of the volcano was excellent and very informative. The hot springs themselves were great but the buffet was lousy. Easily the worst meal we had in Costa Rica. Would have skipped the buffet if we knew it could be so "hit and miss".