The volcano tour was a disappointment. The location disappointing, the guide has a lot of info but rattled it off too fast, without making eye contact, it was clearly memorized and he had no interest or investment in what he was saying, The 'nature' part of the tour was a joke! a short hike through a sparse strip of trees that were supposed to be 'primary rain forest' with nothing to see but ants!
I can't say enough about the hike up to see the volcano and the tour through the rain forest. We were able to see a lot of unique animals.
The tour was very good and the guide so informative. Baldi Springs was nice but we enjoyed the quieter natural Eco Termales. There was too much noise and crowds at baldi to be relaxing.
Roy our driver and guide was wonderful very informative had a wonderful time
Wonderful, we didnt get enough. I would have liked to spend a day there with the kids. We didnt want to since we went back to san jose early
Great for beginner hikers. The views are beautiful. Lucked out on good weather, otherwise rain would have dampened the experience. Definitely apply bug spray.
I absolutely loved the guide who took us on a nature hike at Arenal Volcano. He was very friendly, his English was very good, and he explained everything very eloquently. No complaints at all!!! The Baldi Hot Springs were nice and welcome after our hike. However, it was somewhat of a shock to be in a crowded Las Vegas-style venue after the beautiful and peaceful time in the forest. It didn't quite follow and I would have preferred to have done these two activities on separate days. Just a thought...
Hot springs were awesome !
We greatly enjoyed the Arenal Volcano hike. It was informative, fun, and beautiful. We were disappointed by the Baldi hot springs. We were not expecting to be dropped off at a resort. The hot springs seemed more like man made pools. The place was nice, but it was a bit too much resort for us.
This was an experience like nothing before and was so much more then we expected. We experienced the sights and sounds of animals as well as the beautiful views. And the hot springs were huge! With so many different pools it was definitely a place to go and relax.
Wish it had been longer.
I can't comment much on the volcano trip as we really didn't see much because of the cloud and rain. The guide though was excellent and passed on lots of information to us. We never actually got to see the volcano as it was cloudy the whole time we were in the La Fortuna area.
We probably should have arranged to be there earlier in the day as at night in the rain you can't see much. I went on 2 of the water slides and the stairs are not lighted and it is very hard to see where you are going on the stairs or when you are on the slides. There aren't many lights anywhere so more lights would have been better. My wife liked it, but to me it was just a bunch of pools of hot water, more of a waterpark than a spa but that is only my opinion. The water is pretty warm so in reality, how long can you spend sitting in a hot tub without overheating? I did jump into the cooler pools but that only give you temporary relief until you go back into the warm pools. From my perspective, this is probably the only thing that I wouldn't do again. There is a free hot spring river just a few miles away, I preferred that. I also didn't like the money grab for a locker, $6 USD to get a locker and lock, this should have been covered with the entrance fee, a deposit I would have been okay with.
We were expecting natural hot springs not the resort type hot spring
Our guide, Carlos, was very informative, friendly and taught us a lot of interesting things about Costa Rican wildlife.