The day will start late in the morning, at 11am so you can have enough time to enjoy a nice breakfast, explore the surroundings of the hotel and relax a little before getting started to this amazing time. You will first be picked up to head towards the wonderful La Fortuna Waterfall, if you are not ready you may use the main facilities to change and put on your swimming suit and start the slow paced hike down through 500 steps that open the way to the magnificent waterfall.

On the way down your guide will point out the various species that will be found among birds and mammals, go easy, no rush and take in the gorgeous views you have ahead of you. Once downstairs is time to explore and why not get a unique bath in company of nature and the water sounds.

When you are ready to get back up let us know, we will do it slowly and continue to appreciate the rainforest around you and after a short drive a one of a kind lunch will be waiting for you.

Get ready to meet the Rodriguez Family, they will cook a traditional lunch that you will not forget, you will have a tasteful, relaxing lunch by the side of the river and experience some of our culture and a nice just made cup of coffee.

Once we are ready we will drive towards the imposing Arenal Volcano National Park where you will start a nice hike around its base while learning everything about the eruptions it used to make, you will presence the lava trails and will see the transition of the rainforest growing in it, if lucky can see some great animals too!

The views you will take from above are amazing, is a great way to experience the area and learn what this fantastic being of nature mean to us.

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Tour Includes

Costa Rican Typical Lunch
Waterfall Park Entrance
Volcano National Park Entrance
Local Bilingual Guide
Water
Roundtrip Transportation

Tour Itinerary

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10:15am (approximate) Hotel Pick up!

We will pick you up at the lobby of your hotel to start this great expedition. The exact pick up time will be confirmed on your itinerary once the reservation is confirmed.

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10:30am La Fortuna Waterfall Hike Tour

We start at 10:30am on La Fortuna Waterfall for enjoying all the beauty that offers this magical place, here you can either swim, take pictures or just explore. After that adventure, we must be ready for lunch; which is made for a Costa Rican family on their house, it is all fresh from the day and it is a full meal with a delicious cup of coffee at the end.

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12:30PM Bon Appetite!

A fresh and tasty typical lunch is going to be waiting for you at an outdoor private farm in the country side, allowing for a real contact of Costa Rica cuisine and our popular "casado" which translates to English as "married", it is the basis of our typical lunch and consist of rice, beans, salad, picadillo, meat of your preference (chicken, beef, fish, or pork), and fried sweet plantain. Vegetarian option is always available.

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2:00PM Arenal Volcano National Park Visit

Now that you have your energies on top it’s time to our last adventure; this one will be on Arenal Volcano National Park here you will learn about history and biodiversity. You will be guided along trails, one of which winds through a lava flow that was created in the wake of a 1992 eruption. As you walk through the park’s rainforests, be on the lookout for birds, monkeys, and other animals. You’ll enjoy wonderful views of Lake Arenal and the Arenal Volcano.

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5:00pm Hotel Drop off!

This extraordinary half day is accomplished, leaving a very good taste of what this beautiful area has to offer and allowing for some relaxation time for the rest of the day. We will drop you off back at your hotel.

People Love Us

Hansel was amazing! He’s engaging, friendly, informative and an all around blast to spend the day with. This tour was the highlight of our 10 day trip and we will definitely be recommending this to our friends and family.

Justin Richardson

2019-02-28

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Royner Lopez

2018-03-23

Bernardo and Maynor were both phenomenal. Bernie had an excellent eye seeing so many animals that we missed and made sure we were able to see them. He also was very knowledgeable and answered all of our questions.

Kevin Klima

2017-12-04

The tour guides were amazing . They were so patient and looked out for sloths/toucans and other animals so we could get to see them.

Norma Rojas

2017-11-20

We had an amazing time! Our guide was funny and knowledgeable. We first went to the La Fortuna waterfall. Our guide told us a lot of interesting things about the area and suggested the best places for pictures and swimming. We then had lunch which was so good I almost licked the plate. Seriously, the watermelon juice was incredible. We then did a volcano hike. It was phenomenal. We learned all about the eruption in 1968 and the effects on the community. Our guide even drew little diagrams to help us see how the volcano changed that day. He pointed out volcanic glass. We had incredible views of the volcano. Then we went for a walk through he jungle. He pointed out plants, different insects and animals and talked about the indigenous tribes. On our way back to the resort our guide pulled over so we could see a sloth he saw in the tree! He took pictures for us using his telescope thing. Overall so interesting and beautiful. Would totally recommend this excursion if you want to experience the volcano and really delve into the jungle. Our guide was really fun and cool, the type that you totally feel like he's a friend by the end. Pura vida!

Ingrid Renberg

2017-09-28

We had an incredible time with William today and can't imagine having experienced La Fortuna any other way. We saw toucans, monkeys, butterflies, and every plant imaginable. William was informed and experienced beyond compare, and we feel exceedingly lucky to have spent a day with him. We'd highly recommend Rainforest Explorers to anyone looking to visit La Fortuna.

Laura Siqueiros

2017-09-01

Everything was well paced and balanced. Tony, our guide, answered every question that we had. It was a great time.

Laure Berliner

2017-08-21

This was one of the best tours that we were given on our trip. Willam our tour guide was very friendly and patient with us. He was very informative and had many stories to tell! We could tell he loved his job! Edgar our driver was fantastic and super friendly! The food we had for lunch was incredible, the best meal I've eaten on this trip! I would recommend this tour to anyone who comes to visit Costa Rica. Thank you so much to William and Edgar!

Kelly Hernandez

2017-08-09

Hansel, our guide and Benny, our driver, were both fabulous. Great overall experience. We really enjoyed the time that was taken to make the tour special- from stopping to see animals and birds to obvious complete love of the area and the ability to share it with us. Thank you so much!

Shawna Day

2017-07-20

Carlos was a knowledgeable and patient guide. He knew where to look for animals, about the history of the places, and about the trees. And he took invaluable photos for us. The transportation was smooth and clean. Overall it was a great experience.

Silvia Leon

2017-06-25

Had an amazing day! Each event was the perfect length and difficulty - nothing was too long that it became boring and neither was it too short. We were taken care of every step of the way so we were free to enjoy the enjoy experience. Carlos, the tour guide went above and beyond and was knowledgeable on everything we saw. He was a master of spying out wildlife and coaxing animals to come out of hiding. He was a blast to talk to and made the whole awesome trip that much better.

Joshua Noggle Waxenbaum

2017-06-17

William and Edgar were amazing! William (our tour guide) was so knowledgable about the area and you can just tell that he loves what he does for a living! Edgar (our awesome driver) was great, as well, and also taught us a lot during our excursions. We had such a wonderful time today and learned so much. William took a lot of pictures for us today which we will cherish forever :) We would recommend them and this company to anyone! P.S. the food was amazing, too!

Tyson Whipple

2017-04-28

Excellent tour guide. He went above and beyond. He did his best to find the animals that we were interested in seeing. We were very happy with our tour. The tour guide made it an amazing experience. The lunch was delicious.

Lauren Pina

2017-03-25

Tony was the perfect "monkey whisperer"

BILL ANDERSEN

2017-03-23

Tony was a great guide, very knowledgeable-pleasant and took the time to explain the area, foliage, animals and history. Would highly recommend. Minor the driver made sure we arrived safely. Thank you

BILL ANDERSEN

2017-03-23

I booked the Waterfall and Volcano hike. Toni was the guide for the day. He was very knowledgeable and passionate about the volcano, foliage and wildlife. We were very fortunate to see 3 troupes of howler monkeys, birds, spiders and rare one day orchids. He knows the area so well he was able to spot things that most people would have never noticed. I highly recommend this tour. It was flawless from pickup to drop off.

Shaunna Cox

2017-03-21

Could use a beer for the drive back. But the stop for coconut water was really great.Tony was very knowledgeable and friendly. Could have spent more time at the water falls. Thank you for a great trip.

Robin voigt

2017-02-22

Guillermo and Minor (driver, excuse my spelling!) were fantastic. The waterfall and swimming hole were beautiful and refreshing. The Arenal Volcano hike was so full of knowledge and unreal beautiful. We saw a sloth, a toucan and spider monkeys, plus the volcano top because of the perfect weather. Guillermo was very informative with his 27 guiding years of knowledge, yet shared our excitement in every exotic creature we saw, as though it was his first time as well.

Kyle Pigeau

2017-01-20

Fantastic day! Friendly and knowledgeable guide. Highly recommended!

Kelly O'Brien

2017-01-15

Exceptional tour guide Carlos. Great food, awesomr trails..Pura Vida!! overall a great experience. THANK YOU

Anup Krishnan

2017-01-12

Very nice tour with a very knowledgeabke guide (Carlos). He spotted many birds for us to see and our daughters (7 and 8) were thilled. He knew many interesting things, wish the tour could have lasted longer. The van was very nice and clean.

Roxana Badin

2017-01-05

Our guide was amazing! He was ver knowledgeable about everything and spoke great English. He was always on the look out for something amazing to see! Hope to come back soon! Thank you

Kolby Weber

2017-01-04

Our guide was amazing! He was ver knowledgeable about everything and spoke great English. He was always on the look out for something amazing to see! Hope to come back soon! Thank you

Kolby Weber

2017-01-04

Carlos was fantastic! He was kind, patient, and informative. He was funny and very pleasant. He answered all of our questions and spotted so many amazing animals. We were very impressed with him. We highly recommend Carlos as an excellent guide!

Carlos Manovel

2017-01-03

Very good experience!

CHIARA LAZZARI

2017-01-01

Carlos and Edgar were AMAZING! My daughters said that this was the best thing that they have done in Costa Rica so far. The 2in1 tour was great. We took our 3 year old daughter with us so it was a little hard at first, but a great workout for the family. If you ever choose to go on an Arenal tour, ask for Carlos to be your guide. The most knowledgeable, exciting, and fun tour guide I've ever come across. We had a very enjoyable time and truly felt like the experience was the highlight of our vacation. And Edgar was our amazing driver who was very sweet and safe!

Basem Hamid

2016-12-28

Very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Made sure our experience was as good as could be.

Pete Clubb

2016-12-28

Very friendly and extremely knowledgeable. Made sure our experience was as good as could be.

Pete Clubb

2016-12-28

This was an amazing tour and tony and the driver were amazing tour guides. They were so knowledgeable about the local history and wildlife. It was very impressive. They also spotted several spider monkeys, a sloth, and several other amazing animals that we never would have found on our own. It was truly an amazing experience.

Sara Ghassemzadeh

2016-12-15

I had an awesome tour with William to the La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano National Park with my sister this last week! We were picked up promptly from our hotel and driven to the waterfall with a group of six more people. We swam in the water at the waterfall and had a blast. William took us to a home for a delicious Costa Rican lunch of choice of beef, chicken or fish with rice, beans, fried banana, drinks and ice cream. Then we went to the Arenal Volcano where William educated us on the history as well as all the flora and fauna of the volcano, plants and wildlife. Saw a toucan in a tree. William is a perfect guide! He dropped us off back at our hotel on time. Everything was wonderful. Thank you!

Nicki Branch

2016-05-22

A pretty awesome day, William was extremely knowledgeable and passionate about this special part of the world, and his sharing of it greatly increased our appreciation and understanding. Would recommend this outing to anyone!!!!!

Chris Green

2015-09-02

The volcano and waterfall tour was a lot of fun! The guides were excellent and knowledgeable, and eating lunch at our driver's house with his family was the best meal of our entire vacation!

Michael

2015-05-28

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

Read some of the most asked questions about 2 in 1 La Fortuna Waterfall and Arenal Volcano Hike.

Transportation is included from any hotel in La Fortuna and the Arenal area, some hotels are located further away from the main area, in this case an extra fee may apply. If your place is not on the list just ask us!
Pick up is usually between 10am and 10:30am (it varies depending on the location of your hotel) and takes about 6 hours to complete. By 5:30 pm you will be heading back to your hotel, after both activities have been completed successfully.
Yes, the pristine water at the waterfall is a great place to swim, bring your swimming suit and a towel for this adventure. Changing rooms are available at the park.
A delicious Costa Rican lunch will be provided and served by a local family in a beautiful location next to one of the rivers so you can be in peace with nature and be able to observe some more animals and birds.
Sure they can! Everyone can have a great time at the waterfall and the surrounding of the volcano national park, although we believe is more enjoyable for kids 4 years old and over.
Hiking shoes or sneakers will be ideal for the hikes as well as comfortable clothes: shorts, t-shirts, tank tops. A change of shoes and clothes may be also required if you plan to go for a swim to the refreshing waterfall! Don't forget a bathing suit, there will be changing rooms before starting the hike down to the waterfall if needed or after the hike. Bring also mosquito repellent and sunscreen and a raincoat in case of an usual rainshower.
Sure, keep in mind it will be under your supervision and we highly recommend a waterproof case.
Not entirely, the walk at the volcano is not though, there are different trails that can be explored and go from 2 km up to 3 km (1.2 - 2 miles). Pace is slowed since you will be with a guide giving you information about the volcano, the birds and wildlife found on the way and time to take nice pictures. Depending in the trail chosen a little elevation will be required. The guide will choose with the group the right option. The hike to the waterfall though is a hike down on steep stairs, 520 stairs to be precise and then back up. Is worth the adventure, kids and people of all ages can do it. You can make it slowly at your own pace and enjoy the views, usually takes 20 minutes on the way down and 25 on the way up. We do not recommend the visit to the waterfall to the ones with hip or knee problems, but if you have any of these conditions and wish to be part of the tour you can remain at the main facilities of the waterfall park where there is an observatory, restrooms and a nice restaurant so you can enjoy of a drink or two.
If a shower or rain happens before or during the tour, it continues as planned, remember is the rainforest and it should be expected. Unless there is a tropical storm in sight then the tour may be cancelled or postponed but we will contact you in advance to inform you.
Yes, we offer pick up and drop off to most destinations in the country, please contact us to coordinate it and quote the extra fee.
We are very accessible, with a 24 hour notice you can get a refund, just don't forget to notify us.
We have in Arenal tropical weather, it means is usually hot and humid with some rain always on the sight, not heavy rain, usually sun showers towards the end of the afternoon or late evenings. During the months of January, February, March which are considered to be summer, temperature goes between 28°-32° Celsius or 82-90 Fahrenheit and during the rainy season it varies from 22°-28° centigrades or 71-82 Fahrenheit.
Climbing the Arenal Volcano up to its crater is not allowed, there are only a few trails mostly around the base of the volcano with a little altitude that can be explored, these trails show a combination of rainforest, wildlife, the last footprints of the lava that used to flow and incredible views. That is the closest as someone can get. Some trails will have views of the valley and the Arenal lake. The Arenal Volcano, although has not throwed lava for the last 8 years is still considered active, every once in awhile you can witness the fumaroles coming out of the summit. The terrain is not welcoming for people, on one side there is much forest with wildlife like wildcats, snakes and many wild animals and on the other side is sandy and rocky and unstable.
Yes, it is considered one of the active volcanoes of the country. In 2010 was the last time it throwed lava but it is still active, we can usually observe the fumaroles from its main crater and the rivers are still hot, hence the hot springs.
We consider Arenal to be the epicenter of adventure! Being the number one favorite destination of the world according to tripadvisor it offers pretty much every activity that can be done in the country in one destination. You can stay in Arenal for weeks and will always have something different to to every day. There are main attractions for every one, there are the activities that will bring up your adrenaline such as whitewater rafting, zipline, waterfall rappelling, lake kayaking, biking, strenuous hikes, waterfalls and more. But if are not such an adventure seeker can find other kind of activities like peaceful walks, hanging bridges, gardens, safari and bloat trips to sightsee, cultural events and many more.
That's a great question, there are many different resorts that offer hot springs, some are for guests use only which is fine because are more exclusive and quiet but if wish to explore more options or if you stay at a hotel with no hot springs there are plenty of options to choose from. Tabacon Resort and Spa Being one of the most popular natural hot springs spot in the world most visitors come to enjoy the peaceful surroundings with a variety of pools of different temperatures and sizes all hidden within the most wonderful and attractive tropical gardens that open up the way for relaxing exploration. The pools are filled with water from an actual hot water river that flows all around the property. There is anything more natural than this. Temperatures vary from 22° to 40° Celsius (72-105F) and you can see small natural cascades to soften your body and spirit. 2. Baldi Hot Springs Consider as the largest hot springs in the world it offers 25 pools of all sizes and temperatures amidst the rainforest surrounded by waterfalls and caves so that everyone can enjoy. Is more like a family place, it offers a water playground for the little ones, water slides, caves to explore, wet bars and restaurants so that everybody can spend a relaxing and fun time. 3. Los Perdidos Hot Springs This being part of the astonishing The Springs Resort, you can get a day pass and enjoy amazing panoramic views as well as a relaxing time at the hot springs, make sure you visit the unique little pools at the bottom of the resort that are immerse in the rainforest at the most peaceful place on earth. 4. Eco Termales A great option to relax and explore. Although it is a smaller option, it also is a more exclusive place, is not as crowded as other places get from time to time and also has its pools also filled with the river water, very natural and relaxing ambience. 5. Paradise Hot Springs Another beautiful, little place to enjoy a relaxing time. It's located right in front of the volcano which makes you have a wonderful view too. Transportation is only included with Los Perdidos option, to all other options you can drive or call a taxi from frontdesk. Depending to your hotel location these can be from 5 up to 25 minutes away. Which one do you prefer? You can combine any of these options with any activity you do during the day or you can get a day pass too and enjoy of a nice lunch or dinner, just ask us!