The tour of Arenal Volcano National Park and Tabacón Hot Springs will take you to discover the history of the mighty Arenal Volcano, its destructive power, and the consequences that it brought to the community that has thrived on its base.
You will be walking on volcanic sand, and ancient lava flows, as well as finding one of the best outlook points of the area. From there, you will have a breathtaking view of the lake, the volcano, and the stunning forests and pastures around.
You will also witness the resilience of the tropical rainforest, as you will walk on some of the recovery areas where life is already coming back through rocks and sand.
Your tour of Arenal Volcano National Park and Tabacón Hot Springs starts as your tour guide and transportation pick you up at your hotel.
You will be escorted by a local tour guide throughout the whole tour. As you arrive in the National Park, you will have some time to go to restrooms and get ready for the experience.
The walk is about a 4-kilometer (2,4 miles), and it takes around 2 hours.
Your tour guide, who understands the Arenal Volcano region, biodiversity, and culture in-depth, will give you the most relevant data for a total comprehension and appreciation of the area, its trees, plants, insects, and all the wildlife that lives in the skirts of the volcano.
You will also learn the ancient eruptive history of the Arenal and the adverse and the fantastic results it produced in the region.
This west side of the volcano was the most affected by the violent eruptions of 1968. Towns were destroyed, and there were dozens of casualties. The forest was disintegrated.
You will visit the zone where the forest is just coming back, and your tour guide will explain to you the biological processes of this type of ecosystem.
This trip has excellent occasions to take pictures, as the views of both the lake and the volcano are brilliant.
As you finish the hike, your transportation will take you to the most beautiful thermal water complex in the Arenal region: Tabacón.
Considered and awarded by magazines such as Forbes or Travel and Leisure, Tabacón is a resort of natural thermal waters with a fantastic spa, yes, but so much more!
Anyone who steps in the exotic tropical gardens of Tabacón will feel that heaven is, actually, located on Earth.
The hot river flows from the volcano into this fantastic collection of tropical plants, with a thousand sorts of green and full of heliconia and all kinds of breathtaking blooms. Small ponds are hidden behind huge volcanic rocks, some of them with small waterfalls designed to fall on your back underneath.
This is a part of your vacation that you will want to last forever as the sensations of relaxation, freedom, and beauty will overwhelm your senses.
You can also relish around the big swimming pool with a delicious fresh fruit cocktail from the wet bar.