Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

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Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose
from USD $166.10
Experience Costa Rica’s world-renowned Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs on this exciting full-day trip from San Jose. Feel the rush of adrenaline as you visit Arenal Volcano National Park and view one of the most active volcanoes in the western hemisphere! Enjoy a complimentary lunch and spend time relaxing in the thermal region’s rejuvenating hot springs. Then, indulge in a gourmet dinner as you continue admiring the stunning Arenal Volcano – a truly unforgettable experience! Receive personal attention on this small-group tour, limited to 20 people.
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In Brief

San José, Costa Rica
Costa Rica
14 hours
Important InfoInfo
This is a typical itinerary for this product

Stop At: Sarchí, Puntarenas Province, San Vito, Costa Rica

Enroute to the Arenal Volcano, we will stop at the famous town of Sarchi, known as the birthplace of Costa Rica’s Artisans. In Sarchi, you will be able to appreciate many of the art crafts and souvenirs that Costa Rica has to offer. Also you will see the world’s largest ox cart according to the Guinness Book.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Arenal Volcano National Park 21007 Costa Rica

The impressive Arenal Volcano is a magnificent natural wonder that is situated in La Fortuna (The Fortune) of San Carlos, previously assumed to be dormant, until in 1968, when it experienced a major eruption. Now is visited by tourist from all around the world hoping for the opportunity to witness volcanic activity, such as the white plumes of smoke that emanate from the conical shaped behemoth.

Duration: 2 hours

Stop At: Baldi Hot Springs, Ruta 142, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos Costa Rica

Then you will go on to relax at one of the best hot springs in the area where you will revel in the cleansing and rejuvenating effects of the thermal waters, as well as an optional massage or other special treatment, if you choose, that must be reserved ahead of time to ensure availability. Spa treatments are not included and are payable directly at the resort.

The facilities at Baldi provided 25 separate mineral water reservoirs that flow naturally from the volcano. The medicinal waters are certified by L.N.A. (Laboratorio Nacional de Aguas), and the temperatures range from 93, 100, 102, 104, 109, 110, 113, 116, 152, providing visitors with a wide range of options that fit their preferences.

And for a perfect ending, before going back to San José, a wonderful dinner will be served with a great view of the volcano so that you do not miss any opportunity to look at the classically shaped volcano.

Duration: 5 hours


  • Local guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Entry/Admission - Arenal Volcano
  • Entry/Admission - Baldi Hot Springs


  • Gratuities

Departure Point

San José Province, San José, Costa Rica

Traveler pickup is offered
Adventure Inn

Aldea Hostel




Amón Taormina

Apartotel Obelisco

Apartotel El Sesteo

Apartotel La Perla

Apartotel La Sabana


Aurola Holiday Inn

Autentico (Torremolinos)

Ave Del Paraíso


Barceló Palma Real

Best Western Irazú


Boutique Jade

Casa Colón

Casa Roland



Condominio Riverside


Costa Verde Inn

Courtyard Escazu

Courtyard Alajuela

C R .Backpackers

C R. Guest House

C R. Morazán

C. R. Tennis Club

Country Inn & Suites


Crowne Plaza Corobicí

Don Carlos

Double Tree Cariari

Fiesta Casino

Fleur de Lys

Gran Hotel Costa Rica

Grano de Oro

Hilton Garden Inn –Sabana

Holiday Inn Express

Hampton Inn & Suites

Holiday Inn ESCAZU

Holiday Inn Forum

Jade y Oro (1492)


La Amistad

Le Bergerac

Marriott Costa Rica

Park Inn by Radisson


Pensión de La Cuesta

Posada Canal Grande

Posada Nena

Posada del Museo


Quality Real San José

Radisson Costa Rica

Real Intercontinental

Residence Inn

Rincón del Valle

Rostipollos Hampton


San José Palacio

Santo Tomás

Sheraton Escazu

Sleep Inn


Selina Hostel


Suites Cristina


Tryp Sabana


Villa Tournón

Wyndham Garden Escazu.

Windham Herradura

Returns To

Returns to original departure point

Additional Information

  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Each passenger must sign a waiver prior to tour commencement
  • Note: Visibility of Arenal Volcano depend on weather conditions
  • Note: Transfer from San Jose to La Fortuna takes about 3.5 hours each way.
  • Infant meals not included
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Most travelers can participate

Booking Information

You can present either a paper or an electronic voucher for this activity.

Cancellation Terms

This trip is fully refundable up to 96 hours prior to the commencement of your trip.

Booking Terms and Conditions

When you book this trip, you need to read and accept the terms and conditions for booking our day trips in excursions.

Hotel Pickup

When you book, we will ask you to select a hotel to be picked up from. Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you a confirmation voucher with full contact information (phone number, email address) for our local operator in case you need to update or change your hotel pick-up details.

Here are answers to some commonly asked questions about hotel pickup:

What if my hotel is not listed?
That's okay. When you book you can select an hotel from our list and make your way there on the day of departure; or you can contact our local operator directly to make alternate pick-up arrangements.

What if I have not yet booked a hotel?
Once your hotel arrangements are finalised, you can contact our local operator directly with your hotel details.

What if I live locally, am staying with friends or relatives, and/or don't require pick-up?
Once your booking is confirmed, we'll send you complete details and directions to the tour/activity departure point.

Scoring an average traveller rating of 5 out of 5 based on the last 24 recent reviews

simply beautifual and amazing nature it was great LIZ/Miami
• Submitted 18 Oct 2018
Really enjoyed Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs were AMAZING!!!!!
• Submitted 12 Feb 2018
Great trip!
• Submitted 03 Feb 2018
This tour was excellent. I recommend it to everybody.
• Submitted 31 Jan 2018
Exellent guide, nice warm springs
• Submitted 23 Jan 2018
Highly recommend this excursion! Great food, very relaxing, and Eric the tour guide was the best!
• Submitted 28 Nov 2017
The drive was long three hours each way but 100 worth it. On the way up you get great views of different areas of Costa Rica and the tour guide provides lots of information and on the way back most people slept. The volcano was beautiful but be aware that due to the uncertainty of Costa Rica weather visibility can vary. You get about 30 minutes at the look out point to take pictures and soak in the views, then head off to the hot springs, but Baldi had great views of the volcano as well. Lunch is in La Fortuna and dinner is at the resort- both were delicious. I thought Baldi was great but one thing to note is the same tour is offered and goes to Tobacon for only 10 more, which our tour guide said is the nicer resort. 5 people out of our group went there and the rest went to Baldi and we weren't aware that we could have done that option. However, both are probably very similar.
• Submitted 26 Nov 2017
This tour was amazing, will definitely recommend.
• Submitted 07 Oct 2017
• Submitted 16 Sep 2017
Excellent tour with experienced Tour Guide
• Submitted 28 Aug 2017
Amazing Tour.Execellent guide. Food at la Perla was very good and Baldi is a great place to enjoy. Be careful using the toboggan as we learned it the hard way.
• Submitted 27 Aug 2017
This tour was amazing!
• Submitted 21 Aug 2017
This was a really great tour! The drive from San Jose was LONG 3-4 hours but it is worth it to see the countryside and the volcano/ hot springs area! The tour guide made the drive entertaining, and the bus was pretty comfortable. They stopped for bathroom breaks on the way there and on the way back. Stopped at a really nice souvenir shop, lunch was decent plenty of menu options and they had some sort of delicious fresh fruit punch and ice cream dessert. The volcano view was lovely and was a short easy walk. The Baldi Hot Springs Resort was AMAZING- very beautiful, plenty of different pools w/ different temperatures and swim-up bars, and then buffet dinner was delicious!!
• Submitted 07 May 2017
Amazing excurision !
• Submitted 24 Apr 2017
This is the best trip ever. The hot springs and volcano are fantastic. Our tour group was diverse and very friendly. Tour guide and driver were the best ever they take such good care of you. The sites and experience are memorable. I would highly recommend this tour.
• Submitted 16 Apr 2017
This trip was worth every penny! Mario was our guide and he was very knowledgeable about the history and ecology of his country. He is a conservationist and promotes sustainable tourism. He is very funny too! Food was great, Arenal was awesome and Baldi is a must visit!
• Submitted 04 Apr 2017
Excellent trip, I really enjoyed the tour. The guide Hugo was great. Lunch and dinner were outstanding.
• Submitted 24 Jan 2017
The tour was terrific! Our tour guide was so informative, and kept us entertained all day long!
• Submitted 16 Jan 2017
Great tour. Great food. Gorgeous scenery
• Submitted 30 Nov 2016
The tour to the Arenal Volcano was great. Our tour guide was Filander. He started our tour with a great amount of information of Costa Rica. He was very knowledgeable about different topics, and he spoke in Spanish and English all the time. We went to Sarchí, to Arenal and then to the hot springs.
• Submitted 13 Oct 2016
WORTH IT! Hot springs are unique. Excellent for couples in love. You need to spend the night in tabacon.
• Submitted 11 Oct 2016
Great tours love it.
• Submitted 23 Aug 2016
The day of our trip, was extremely clear! It was absolutely beautiful getting to see the volcano. Our tour guide was very educated about Costa Rica and all of the things we saw. I didn't just learn about the volcano I also learned about Costa Rican culture, animals, history, economy, and much more. The majority of the trip is spend in the car due to the long drive. But we made many different stops as well. We also spent 3 hours at the hot springs, which were beautiful.
• Submitted 19 Aug 2016
• Submitted 11 Aug 2016