Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Hot Springs Tour
- Transportation included
- Duration: 10 hours
The guides were absolutely incredible and super accomodating. My husband and I took the trip from Playa Hermosa all the way to La Fortuna on very little sleep - this trip took about 4 hours. We ended up being an hour late to the tour but the guides were incredibly helpful. They picked us up and took us to the tour to meet the rest of the group. Following the La Fortuna hike, waterfall, and lunch, my husband was incredibly tired and still feeling sick from the windy car ride and wanted to go to Tabacon to relax. The guides were super understanding and even went the extra mile of one, dropping us off at our car, and two offered to take us to Tabacon (guide us there in our car.) I was extremely grateful that they would even take us to our car, already going above and beyond, they even offered to escort us to Tabacon! We declined because Tabacon was truthfully a 15-minute drive and pretty easy to find but this is the generosity and helpfulness you can expect from these guides. 10 stars.
This company green vacations did a great job, our tour guide Fabricio was so good and stopped to find us sloths, monkeys, toucans, dart frogs, snakes etc. on the hanging bridge tour. He stuck by us the whole way and made sure everyone got the best out of this trip. We visited La Fortuna falls- gorgeous! Definitely worth all the stairs down and up, then the volcano tour at the end was informative and had gorgeous views of the countryside. The driver drove safe!!! Which was refreshing from everyone else on the rode! I would highly recommend this tour. I booked last minute with fingers crossed that it was an ok tour. I was blown away with the knowledge and detail we all received today. Well done Fabricio and thank you for all the great pics you helped us take with your telescope. He was able to use our iphone to zoom in on all the wonderful critters we got to see today! Thanks, Michelle
Anthony and William made this a fun adventure: Anthony with his personality and drawing the adventurers together --- and William for his love of the outdoors and science which he shared willingly. Both guides showed respect and knowledge of the volcano and environment. Good to know: There are rooms for changing in and out of your bathing suit before and after the Falls hike, so you do not travel the rest of the day in a wet suit. The visit to the little village was a little disappointing as we didn't really see the village and learn about life there. I am 71 and was a bit tired at the end of the day from the steep steps on both hikes, but the tour was doable. We were a little slower than the young folks, but the guides made sure we were not left behind. The hot tub at the end of the day felt wonderful.
Our guide was Eric. He was very knowledgeable, passionate and animated. He found the little things that you would easily pass by. The waterfalls was exhilarating. The return climb was interesting. The Indian village with its history was wonderful. Lunch was a well deserved rest. We toured the lava fields them into the rain forest. The day ended with a much needed dip in the hot springs. I understand why this is the number one rated tour. One thing I would make clear to guess is the fact you will need to wade a creek and you will get wet to at least your knees. Wick away clothing and water shoes are ideal.
We looked at various tours in La Fortuna and this one kept popping up as one of the cheapest. Still not exactly cheap, but ended up being a great choice. A long but excellent day. Guides are knowledgeable and fun. We saw so much and doubt we would have spotted much without the guides. My girlfriend and I loved every minute. Would recommend to anyone. Lunch was great, too.