This tour to the majestic Arenal Volcano and beautiful Eco Termales Hot Springs is a perfect mix of exercise, adventure and deep relaxation. Costa Rica is known for its corridor of volcanoes, including the active but “sleeping” Arenal Volcano. With an almost perfect, conical shape and distinctive pointed top, this volcano has become a well sought-after tourist destination for many years. Quietly hovering more than 5,000 feet over the colorful town of La Fortuna, it is an awesome presence with numerous hot springs.
To begin you will be picked up from your hotel in La Fortuna and taken to Arenal 1968 nature reserve for your first adventure, hiking the volcano. Your bilingual guide will then take you on one of the many beautiful trails into the lush tropical rainforest and across the solidified lava trails of the 1968 eruption. Throughout your hike, you’ll see majestic volcano and the stunning Arenal Lake (cloud-cover permitting).
Your naturalist guide will help you search for and identify any animal life, birds or other creatures you may find that live in the forest canopy, as well as tell you the interesting history of this area. This is a moderate hike with gentle elevation. However, many people are thankful that they get to rest their feet and legs relaxing in the hot springs after trekking back to the park entrance!
Next you’ll be driven over to Eco Termales Hot Springs where you will be dropped off to spend time luxuriating in the hot springs and to enjoy a delicious dinner buffet. The lush misty jungle surrounding the pools and intimate environment will likely make you feel that you are in paradise. The well maintained spring fed pools, changing room, stairs and lawn chairs bring a sense of ease and balance to the more rustic natural surroundings. Enjoy a natural shoulder massage underneath a waterfall, or just simply relax and soak in the different temperature pools available.
Hot springs are a remarkable by-product of the Arenal Volcano’s geothermic activity. Hotels and hot spring resorts have tapped into this natural resource to offer tourists and locals the opportunity to take advantage of the warm, mineral rich waters while being immersed in a well-maintained comfortable environment landscaped with the amazing tropical flowers found in Costa Rica.
When you are ready, you can change back into your dry clothes in the available changing rooms and enjoy a delicious buffet dinner in the open-air restaurant that sits adjacent to the pools. You will be picked up after dinner at an arranged time and brought back to your hotel.
This nurturing nature tour includes a bilingual guide, transportation, admission to both the nature reserve hike and hot springs as well as buffet dinner. If you would like to rent a locker at the hot springs, be sure to bring cash for this transaction as they do not take credit cards. Transportation in the La Fortuna area can take between 15- 45 minutes each way, depending on where your hotel is located. Overall combined time of the tour plus round trip transportation can be between 4 and 6 hours, especially if your hotel is located further out. Be sure to wear appropriate hiking shoes as well as bring insect repellent, sun screen, camera, bathing suit and towel.