Arenal Volcano Nature Walk, Waterfall & Hot Springs


The Arenal Volcano Nature Walk, Waterfall & Hot Springs tour is an all-day but low-impact adventure that showcases the best of the Arenal region.

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Tour Description

Arenal is Costa Rica’s most famous volcano, having been famously active for some 40 years, until it fell quiet in 2010. On the drive to this region we’ll be leaving the dry northwest, crossing the continental divide and observing a quick transition to lush tropical rainforest as we drive around the beautiful Laguna Arenal.

On our way, we’ll have a traditional Costa Rican breakfast of gallo pinto, meaning rice and beans with eggs.

Our first activity is a guided walk through a private rainforest reserve, an ambitious reforestation and research project that has earned a lot of appreciation worldwide.

We may spot sloths, agoutis, iguanas, basilisk lizards, caimans, butterflies, tree frogs, poison dart frogs, and we’ll see lots of colorful tropical birds. We’ll learn about the culture of the Malekus, one of the last indigenous groups in Costa Rica to maintain its ancient language and traditions. You’ll have the opportunity to support their community by buying some of their wooden artwork, including their exquisite masks.

Next we’ll visit La Fortuna Waterfall, Costa Rica’s most famous catarata. At 230 feet (70 meters) in height, with a beautiful blue pool at its base, this waterfall is visited by some 100,000 people a year.

There are close to 500 steps carved into the side of the mountain to get down to the base of the falls, and if you think it was hard getting down all those steps, wait till you have to walk back up. But the reward at the bottom, in the base of a canyon, is one of the most gorgeous waterfalls you’ll ever see, with a swimmable blue pool.

We’ll finish our day at the Ecotermales hot springs, relaxing our muscles in a variety of volcanic hot pools. We’ll also eat dinner — beef, chicken, pork or fish with rice, beans, vegetables and more.

Please note that transportation is included with this tour, and we cannot easily accommodate guests who wish to arrive separately. Our drivers and tour guides will be with our guests all day long on this multi-destination tour.

What is Included?

  • Organic breakfast
  • Scenic drive around Laguna Arenal
  • Walk through nature reserve (1.5 hours)
  • Sloths, butterflies, tree frogs, indigenous culture
  • Hike to big waterfall with swimming (1,5 hours)
  • Ecotermales volcanic hot springs
  • Dinner (5–6 p.m.)
  • Entrance fees
  • Bilingual guide
  • Transportation w/AC included

What is Excluded?

  • Gratuity

Know Before You Go

  • This is a full-day tour.

Reviews (05)

Mike Snow
25 Mar 2019
Our January 12 to the 22 stay was our second trip to Villa la Sata. We didn’t think it could get any better but this was a very special time in this extremely special place. For all our experiences here in Guanacaste this Estate cannot be matched. The village of Flamingo provides varied opportunities for dining and entertainment. Whether at Angelina’s, Coco Loco or La Forketta the food was amazing. The in home chef Jean Luc was the BEST! The beauty of the white sand beach of Flamingo is unparalleled. The staff at Villa la Sata was extremely accommodating. There was no better way to escape the cold of Montana. We will return yet again, Michael Snow
Josh Wright
02 Apr 2018
It would be tougher to spend a week in Costa Rica in a nicer home than Villa La Sata. Not only is it centrally located to the “hopping” area of the Pacific Coast side of Costa Rica, it is positioned on the property and Bay perfectly. A view of over 180 degrees of the ocean is breathtaking. The home is beautiful, updated and unquestionably a once-in-a-lifetime vacation home. This will go down as the nicest home we have ever spent time in, on vacation.
T. Meehan
21 Mar 2018
We stayed at Villa La Sata, in Costa Rica for a few days in February. It is a very special place which is beautifully appointed with detail after detail. I can’t imagine a better location in the world to soak up the sun on its terraces, perched on a cliff overlooking a mile or so of wonderful beach. We had magnificent sunsets every night that were among the best I have ever seen. My wife was in heaven as she cannot miss a sunset.
Holden Ogg
23 Mar 2018
Staying at Villa La Sata was an amazing experience! The views were immaculate and the villa was very impressive… I loved waking up to the sound and site of the beach each morning. The fact that you can see the water as the front gate opens and from every room is why I would consider this the Gem of Flamingo. I’ve never experienced anything like the sunsets here as well. As a videographer and photographer it was more than just a paradise it was Heaven.

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