From Jaco: Arenal Volcano Hike and Hot Springs Visit
- Small group
- Transportation included
- Duration: 13 hours
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We booked the trip on a recommendation by the front desk staff at Oceano Hotel. We were picked up by a bus from the ranch, arrived to welcoming, organized staff, and soon introduced to our healthy, responsive horses. Gerry, our guide, was exceedingly calm and friendly. He explained how to rein and stop the horses, and allowed those who could trot and lope to do so. After passing through several fields, including one that had a cow and her day-old calf in it, we tied up the horses and hiked ten minutes to the swimming holes, fed by mountain springs. This was heavenly! Gerry chatted with us parents as our children had an experience of a lifetime: jumping into a fresh water pool in the middle of a mountain-side, lush forest. The horses did not push home, but minded their manners on the way back as we asked them to walk, trot, and sometimes wait for gates to be opened. Back at our starting point, we washed up and enjoyed fresh fruit.
Great tour!! Lovely guide - Mao - very friendly, knowledgeable, pleasure to spend the day with. I have never been to a coffee plantation before - was very interesting to see how coffee is made. The volcano was stunning!! We got very lucky as the park was closed in the morning due to some volcanic activity, but it reopened very shortly after we arrived. Would have been disappointing to miss that part of the tour. Last stop was La Paz - which was absolutely beautiful, buffet lunch had good variety and was in the middle of the rainforest. Such a great experience!
The guides are friendly and speak both English and Spanish very well. Everyone is patient and have great attitudes. I recommend this experience to anyone who likes beautiful natural views and has an adventurous spirit.
The guide was very personable and knowledgeable. The tour was wonderfully put together to see lots of wildlife with a nice dip in the ocean at the end. They also provided lunch which was excellent!
We saw all kinds of animals. Monkeys, birds, spiders, sloths. Our guide was wonderful and very accommodating