Secrets of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano

Your TourHero

Winnie

Hello, I’m Winnie! I’m an avid traveler with a mega, MEGA appetite for wandering off the beaten path and getting totally lost in the wild. I’ve always wanted to see Costa Rica and discover the Arenal region, so I've created this super cool itinerary to travel with like-minded individuals who are just as keen to make the journey and get exploring!

Duration

5 days · 4 nights

Travel Date

Dec 29, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

6 – 14

Transportation

Van, taxi

Tour Price

USD 540
/ person

Your Fellow Explorers

Age range

18 – 25

Travel interest

Hiking, adventure, nature, off-the-beaten-path places

Fellow Travelers

AlysTristanSandraJasmineNina

Your Local Guide

Coast to Coast Adventures

Established in 1994, Coast to Coast Adventures is made up of a team of dedicated travel experts based in Costa Rica. Specialized in designing, organizing, and running multi-activity trips that focus on connecting travelers with nature and the outdoors, they are well-equipped with valuable experience and training to help make each adventure as safe, smooth, and unforgettable as possible. Let the passionate guides of ​​Coast to Coast Adventures take care of all the nitty gritty details for you — all you need to do is enjoy your inspirational journey through the wilderness of Costa Rica.

Amazing company! We had such an amazing time in Costa Rica! I hadn’t been abroad in decades and had so many questions and really no idea how to plan a trip. Randall at Coast to Coast was phenomenal! He set up a wonderful trip for us that was a perfect mix of adventure and relaxation. He responded to my millions of questions quickly, reminded us of things we had to do before travel, and helped us every step of the way. Definitely will be using Coast to Coast again!!

Read more
Alexandra V

Great Costa Rican Adventure – We did the 12 day Coast to Coast Costa Rica Adventure trip with five of our friends. It was without a doubt one of the best trips we've ever experienced. We were impressed with the way CtoC took care of us right from picking us up at the airport, to sending us on our way after the trip concluded. They provided top notch equipment, accommodations and meals, which to us is good value for our travel dollars. On the adventure, the five guides made sure we were safe at all times, and gave us excellent assistance. We were a varied group - and all levels of skill were accommodated - we never felt rushed or hurried along. Our favorite section of the trip was staying at the river camps after rafting the Pacuare River. If you like adventure - then hike, bike, raft and kayak across Costa Rica!

Read more
Glen and Joanne S
Costa Rica>Secrets of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano

Cocoon yourself in the lush surroundings of the Arenal Volcano, one of Costa Rica’s best destinations to encounter the most incredible natural sights and geothermal secrets. This is a world of natural pools, hidden rainforest trails, thermal rivers, and exotic wildlife. Experience Arenal’s magic through the best activities: rejuvenate your body at the largest hot springs complex in the world, discover the cascading La Fortuna Waterfall, go off-roading around the base of the volcano, and go white water rafting down the Sarapiqui River!

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

Your TourHero

Winnie

Hello, I’m Winnie! I’m an avid traveler with a mega, MEGA appetite for wandering off the beaten path and getting totally lost in the wild. I’ve always wanted to see Costa Rica and discover the Arenal region, so I've created this super cool itinerary to travel with like-minded individuals who are just as keen to make the journey and get exploring!

Duration

5 days · 4 nights

Travel Date

Dec 29, 2021 – Jan 2, 2022

Activity Level

Moderate

Group Size

6 – 14

Transportation

Van, taxi

Costa Rica>Secrets of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano

Cocoon yourself in the lush surroundings of the Arenal Volcano, one of Costa Rica’s best destinations to encounter the most incredible natural sights and geothermal secrets. This is a world of natural pools, hidden rainforest trails, thermal rivers, and exotic wildlife. Experience Arenal’s magic through the best activities: rejuvenate your body at the largest hot springs complex in the world, discover the cascading La Fortuna Waterfall, go off-roading around the base of the volcano, and go white water rafting down the Sarapiqui River!

Timeline

  • Day 1 · San Jose
  • Arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)
  • ~ 30 mins taxi
  • Check-in at Casa Mu San Jose (or similar according to availability)
  • Free time
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 2 · La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano area)
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • Check out of accommodation
  • ~ 2 hrs 30 mins van
  • Check-in at Selina La Fortuna (or similar according to availability)
  • ~ 5 mins van
  • Baldi Hot Springs experience
  • Lunch and dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 3 · La Fortuna (Arenal Volcano area)
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • ~ 20 mins van
  • Visit La Fortuna Waterfall Reserve
  • ~ 10 mins van
  • Lunch (not included in price)
  • ATV activity
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 4 · Sarapiqui River and San Jose
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • Check out of accommodation
  • ~ 2 hrs van
  • Whitewater rafting adventure at Sarapiqui River (lunch included)
  • ~ 2 hrs van
  • Check-in at Casa Mu San Jose (or similar according to availability)
  • Free evening in San Jose
  • Dinner (not included in price)
  • Day 5 · Departure
  • Breakfast (not included in price)
  • Check out of accommodation
  • ~ 30 mins taxi
  • Journey ends at Juan Santamaria International Airport (SJO)

Details

Day 1

Welcome to Costa Rica! Spend your first night in San Jose

Your first destination is San Jose, the capital of Costa Rica. Once you arrive at Juan Santamaria International Airport, make your way to your accommodation in the city. Check into your rooms and take the time to unwind and relax. Spend the remainder of the day at your own leisure — feel free to explore your surroundings and celebrate your first day in Costa Rica. Tomorrow is the start of your epic adventure. We’ll be heading to the scenic town of La Fortuna, the gateway to the majestic Arenal Volcano and its lush wilderness.

Day 2

Arrive in La Fortuna and enjoy a spectacular soak in the thermal waters of Baldi Hot Springs

Good morning! Today, you’ll be whisked away to your accommodation located in La Fortuna. As you get closer, you’ll be able to witness Costa Rica’s iconic cone-shaped Arenal Volcano in the distance, standing at a grand 5,480 feet tall. La Fortuna is the closest town to the volcano. After your long journey, rejuvenate your body with a healing dip in thermal waters! Make your own way to the famous Baldi Hot Springs (entrance fee included), the largest hot springs complex in the world. Drawing on the healing waters from the Arenal region, discover 25 different thermal pools here, surrounded by the inviting sounds of the tropical rainforest. Bathe under crystalline waterfalls, discover the largest sauna in the country, ride water slides, and relax in luxurious jacuzzis!

Day 3

Discover the stunning La Fortuna Waterfall

This morning, you have the perfect opportunity to visit the La Fortuna Waterfall Reserve. Here, we’ll discover the rainforest trail that leads to the stunning 210-foot waterfall. Heavy annual rainfall in the region ensures that the surroundings are constantly lush. As you descend downhill on the trail, you'll get a chance to admire the falls from the very bottom where a natural pool awaits. Here, you are welcome to swim in the natural freshwater of the La Fortuna River!

Go ATV off-roading — explore the incredible surroundings of the Arenal Volcano

In the afternoon, you will be transferred to La Pradera Hotel to begin your ATV adventure. You’ll receive the necessary instruction and training on how to properly handle your vehicle. After some practice, we’ll head to a private farm and rumble through the beauty of Arenal’s impressive nature, surrounded by the thriving wilderness of trees, birds, and animals. We’ll make the journey all the way to a very high point at the base of the volcano — from here, we’ll be treated to sweeping views of the surrounding area and, of course, views of the grand volcano itself. We’ll have a drink and break here, then proceed with the rest of the adventure; we will drive to the Arenal River via the town of La Guaria. Once at the river, you can take a shower and rest for a while before we return to base.

Day 4

Go white water rafting down the Sarapiqui River

Today, we’ll be heading back to San Jose, but not before one last thrilling adventure in the wild! On the way back, we’ll stop at the Sarapiqui River, where you’ll get the chance to embark on an action-packed white water rafting adventure. After a lesson from your professional guide, you’ll journey seven miles down the river across 30 class III and IV rapids. About halfway through the trip, we will take an on-shore break and enjoy some refreshing tropical fruit and a traditional Costa Rican lunch. At the end of your rafting journey, you’ll be transferred the rest of the way to your accommodation in San Jose for a well-earned rest.

Day 5

Time to bid farewell to Costa Rica

We hope you’ve enjoyed your time in Costa Rica. It’s time to say goodbye. Upon checking out, take a local taxi back to Juan Santamaria International Airport for your flight back home. Until next time — we hope to see you again soon! Note: There is a lab at the airport where you can get COVID-19 rapid test results in less than an hour. Make your appointment via this link.

Accommodation

  • Casa Mu San Jose (or similar according to availability)

    Casa Mu San Jose is a perfect choice for groups. Located in the capital city of San Jose, close to shopping centers and restaurants, this shared house provides simple and comfortable accommodation in the form of bunk bed-style rooms with a large living room for communal group activities and an efficient kitchen. Wi-Fi is available on the premises. Room type: Rooms with bunk beds based on quadruple occupancy.

  • Selina La Fortuna (or similar according to availability)

    Selina La Fortuna is located in the heart of the small town of La Fortuna, surrounded by cultural hotspots, restaurants, and sweeping views of the majestic Arenal Volcano. La Fortuna has long been the gateway to Arenal’s natural surroundings. Selina provides a great base from which to explore the lush region. Take a dip in the outdoor pool, sip on cocktails from the hotel bar, and mingle with other travelers at the outdoor common area. The property also features a shared kitchen, movie room, and library. Shared rooms are fitted with bunk beds and amenities include Wi-Fi, air-conditioning, linens, lockers, hot water, and access to shared bathrooms. Room type: Rooms with bunk beds based on multiple occupancy.

Included

  • 2 nights in Casa Mu San Jose (or similar)
  • 2 nights in Selina La Fortuna (or similar)
  • Shared occupancy in accommodation
  • All activities listed in the itinerary with bilingual guides
  • Transportation during the activities and between destinations (except to Baldi Hot Springs)
  • Baldi Hot Springs entrance fee
  • Day 4 lunch
  • 24/7 guest support

Not included

  • Flights
  • Airport transfers
  • Transportation to Baldi Hot Springs
  • All meals (except day 4 lunch)
  • Gratuities
  • Optional add-ons

COVID-19 guarantee

We know many of you are yearning to travel, but also want to do it in a safe and enjoyable way.

To ensure your wellbeing, we’re working with each of our partners to ensure that exhaustive precautionary health and safety measures are in place. This includes reducing group sizes, incorporating more outdoor adventures, and closely monitoring the spread on the ground.

At the same time, we also know that this is a holiday for you and that you want to experience the best of each location, with minimal inconvenience. We’re confident that each of our trips will be both safe and enjoyable, but if we cannot keep to either of those promises, we will defer or cancel the trip if necessary and gladly issue you credit for a future tour to be used towards any tour within 2 years.

Available add-on

Waterfall rappelling with lunch included

Trek through the forest on magical trails that lead to some of the most spectacular waterfalls in Costa Rica. You’ll uncover a place very few people get to experience! Along the way, we will have the chance to discover the secrets that lie hidden deep within the canyon. From the first waterfall, we will rappel down from the top into the beautiful and pristine canyon below. The adventure includes four rappels, three along the waterfalls and one on a dry rock face. Then, after a short trek back out of the canyon, you’ll be transferred back to base camp.

Price: USD 103

Waterfall rappelling with lunch included

Venado Caves exploration

Discovered by the Guatusos aboriginals, the Venado Caves are formed by limestone rocks, stalactites, stalagmites, and coral. Embark on a journey into the depths of these caves for some exciting exploration — it’s the perfect adventure for those who aren’t claustrophobic and don’t mind getting wet and muddy! Climbing walls and crawling through holes are all part of the excitement, but besides the action, you can also spot crickets, spiders, and plenty of bats!

Price: USD 100

Venado Caves exploration

Mountain biking

Enjoy a mountain biking tour to see the natural beauties of the area in a different way. This ride takes us on an old road that connects the Arenal Dam and the main entrance to Arenal Volcano National Park. From here, we’ll bike towards the village of El Castillo, traversing a quiet lane surrounded by dense forest and cattle farms. Along the way, spot howling monkeys, coatis, and unique and colorful bird species like toucans, egrets, and kingfishers. We’ll stop for a picnic on the shores of Lake Arenal where you can take a refreshing dip in the waters. This is an incredibly picturesque place, so don’t forget to snap plenty of photos! You’ll have great views of the volcano and the lake all throughout your bike tour (weather permitting).

Price: USD 85

Mountain biking

Cancellation policy

Refunds for deposits
If you cancel your trip after placing a deposit but before your card on file is charged for the full payment, you can request a full refund of your deposit up to 30 days before the tour departure.

Refunds for fully-paid trips
If you cancel your trip after making full payment, you may change or cancel your trip up to 30 days before the tour departure for a credit towards a future trip. You will receive a credit equivalent to 100% of your trip payment to be used anytime within the next 2 years from the date the credit note is issued.

A full credit will also be issued if the tour is canceled due to COVID-19 travel restrictions (see our COVID-19 guarantee on the tour itinerary page). We suggest buying your own travel insurance for coverage of cancellations within 30 days of the tour commencing for reasons other than a full tour cancellation.

USD 540
Per person