Las Hornillas Volcano Hot Springs

Las Hornillas Volcano Hot Springs

Las Hornillas Volcano Hot Springs
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  • CC-CT
    103 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Not as touristy as other locations
    We went here at the suggestion of a local rep ( Max - ‪+506 8479 2945‬ what’s app if you are looking for someone trustworthy in Guanacaste area) that had helped us set up some other things while visiting. He didn’t prebook it, we wanted something off the beaten path and not as touristy. This feels like a family run business, it is missing many things but there is charm in just that. We took a tractor and saw the falls and did the suspension bridge/paths to get to them. We loved it, was a nice hike and we were alone with our guide. We saw people as we came out on horses (we didn’t ride horses). Never ceases to amaze me how different the waterfalls can be. We did the typical lunch - which was great. The service was not very friendly but the food delicious. (For people looking at this, consider we were already 3 days in on resort only food and we were happy for something different) We then walked the volcano area, the mud baths were a bit ick, and then we also tried out the hot baths. This area overall could use some work. The sauna is cool but really dark. The springs had 3 ranging from hot to cold - so there is a process to go through each as others have explained but the water is murky cause people get in after mudbaths. Still a very cool experience, we were happy to not be surrounded by many tourists (off season too remember) and to support a local more family type business.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 August 2023
  • Jon H
    Carmel, Indiana10 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Take the tractor tour, leave the mud bath behind.
    Highlights: Tractor tour worth every single penny. So the hiking around the hot spring was not too exciting--maybe 200 m of trail. Stinky but otherwise nothing to write home about. The hot tubs were also not very hot. The mud bath pond was warmer but only about 20 cm deep and the mud was meh. Showers to get the mud off were cold. That's the unexciting part... The tractor tour was absolutely incredible. These folks own TWO cable bridges with amazing views of two very cool waterfalls. Really impressive waterfalls. You can play in one, but the other one would be way too dangerous. The hikes were short and not too strenuous and we took SOOO many photos. I recommend this place for the tractor tour alone. Superawesome. The food for lunch was really good too. Classic costa rica lunch fare but well prepared and tasty. Definitely one of the highlights of our trip.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 5 December 2023
  • Tricia316
    Raleigh, North Carolina354 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great family experience!
    We wanted to do thermal pools and see waterfalls so we got the combo package per person ($65 per adult foreign). Totally worth the fee per person. We loved the tractor ride to and from the waterfalls. A tour group (a family of six and their guide) joined us and they only did one of the waterfalls. I asked our tractor driver (he spoke no English) if there was another waterfall to see. The family went back to the tractor and we trekked to the second waterfall. It was a much more difficult hike but totally worth it to be so close to a tall waterfall. We did the sauna, mud bath and then thermal and cold pools before having a lovely lunch. We didn't make reservations for the combo. We just showed up at 9:30 before the 10am tractor ride. It runs at 10am and 2pm for the waterfalls. We love supporting small family owned businesses and the four hours we were there we saw about 20 people total. We definitely recommend visiting this place.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 January 2024
  • Gurty
    73 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing tour
    Our tour company @croneononetours took us here yesterday. We had an amazing time. Two different suspension bridges to beautiful waterfalls. After a delicious lunch at the family run restaurant we did a water slide followed by the volcanic mud bath, hot springs and toured up where the source comes from. Excellent day. Certainly recommend.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 26 March 2024
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Gurty
Southwestern Ontario73 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Our tour company @croneononetours took us here yesterday. We had an amazing time. Two different suspension bridges to beautiful waterfalls. After a delicious lunch at the family run restaurant we did a water slide followed by the volcanic mud bath, hot springs and toured up where the source comes from.
Excellent day. Certainly recommend.
Written 26 March 2024
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TravelandLearn_11
Toronto, Canada554 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
We went on a February morning, and were completely disappointed. A small volcanic area, that you can circle on a walkway in 10 minutes, a rundown hot water pool, a mediocre mud pool - and $30 USD per person for that??
Save your money and go elsewhere!
And there are tons of waterfalls that are easily visited. No need for those gauging fees!
Written 20 February 2024
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Tricia316
Raleigh, NC354 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
We wanted to do thermal pools and see waterfalls so we got the combo package per person ($65 per adult foreign). Totally worth the fee per person. We loved the tractor ride to and from the waterfalls. A tour group (a family of six and their guide) joined us and they only did one of the waterfalls. I asked our tractor driver (he spoke no English) if there was another waterfall to see. The family went back to the tractor and we trekked to the second waterfall. It was a much more difficult hike but totally worth it to be so close to a tall waterfall. We did the sauna, mud bath and then thermal and cold pools before having a lovely lunch. We didn't make reservations for the combo. We just showed up at 9:30 before the 10am tractor ride. It runs at 10am and 2pm for the waterfalls. We love supporting small family owned businesses and the four hours we were there we saw about 20 people total. We definitely recommend visiting this place.
Written 13 January 2024
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Jon H
Carmel, IN10 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Highlights: Tractor tour worth every single penny.

So the hiking around the hot spring was not too exciting--maybe 200 m of trail. Stinky but otherwise nothing to write home about. The hot tubs were also not very hot. The mud bath pond was warmer but only about 20 cm deep and the mud was meh. Showers to get the mud off were cold. That's the unexciting part...

The tractor tour was absolutely incredible. These folks own TWO cable bridges with amazing views of two very cool waterfalls. Really impressive waterfalls. You can play in one, but the other one would be way too dangerous. The hikes were short and not too strenuous and we took SOOO many photos. I recommend this place for the tractor tour alone. Superawesome. The food for lunch was really good too. Classic costa rica lunch fare but well prepared and tasty.

Definitely one of the highlights of our trip.
Written 5 December 2023
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CC-CT
Toronto103 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2023 • Family
We went here at the suggestion of a local rep ( Max - ‪+506 8479 2945‬ what’s app if you are looking for someone trustworthy in Guanacaste area) that had helped us set up some other things while visiting. He didn’t prebook it, we wanted something off the beaten path and not as touristy. This feels like a family run business, it is missing many things but there is charm in just that. We took a tractor and saw the falls and did the suspension bridge/paths to get to them. We loved it, was a nice hike and we were alone with our guide. We saw people as we came out on horses (we didn’t ride horses). Never ceases to amaze me how different the waterfalls can be.

We did the typical lunch - which was great. The service was not very friendly but the food delicious. (For people looking at this, consider we were already 3 days in on resort only food and we were happy for something different)

We then walked the volcano area, the mud baths were a bit ick, and then we also tried out the hot baths. This area overall could use some work. The sauna is cool but really dark. The springs had 3 ranging from hot to cold - so there is a process to go through each as others have explained but the water is murky cause people get in after mudbaths.

Still a very cool experience, we were happy to not be surrounded by many tourists (off season too remember) and to support a local more family type business.
Written 29 August 2023
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Big J G
1 contribution
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
The lady at the reception was very rude and very aggressive in all her responses to any of our questions. The hanging bridges waterfall tour is brief and unimpressive. Do not waste your vacation time at a place that does not appreciate their customers. Spend your time and money elsewhere
Written 24 July 2023
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DebinGrecia
17 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2023
We enjoyed the tractor ride up to the paths leading to 4 waterfalls and some hanging bridges. After a lunch (inedible chicken, I'm afraid, and I'm not picky. Probably just a bad day. Take the fish.) We walked around the natural thermal features and took a splendid mud bath.
I left my hiking stick in the tractor's carriage, but they found it and I'll be getting it back - I live in Costa Rica, so not too hard.
All the guides and service personnel were really good.
Written 28 May 2023
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Ruth Y
7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
It was a phenominal day. We had two of the best guides EVER! Pedro and the driver (Edwardo, we think. Sorry) were beyond courteous, informative and patient. This was one of the best trips, if not the best, that we've done. Thanks guys.
Written 15 January 2023
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JD
Valparaiso, IN3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2022 • Couples
We enjoyed our visit to the Hot Springs and mud baths at Las Hornillas. It took a bit of intestinal fortitude to take the cold shower at the end to “close the pores of your skin” but it was exhilarating. It was interesting to spend ten minutes in a sauna that is heated by a volcanic action 100% natural with no mechanical or other means of generation. It was a unique experience to bathe in the warm natural hot springs. It was amazing to think about how few places exist that allow one to do so safely. There was only one other couple (folks from Denmark) at the hot springs the day we were there. It was enjoyable to visit with them while relaxing in the warm pool, very laid back atmosphere and freedom to explore the thermal features of the volcano. We had a good time making fun of each other at the mud bath before showering off and relaxing in the warm pools. It was something that was noted on the “bucket list” of my sister-in-law so we were glad we could participate in that “check off” experience. Fun day! You can spend as much or as little time as you wish at this attraction.
Written 28 February 2022
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Cheryl A
3 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021 • Friends
Great time hiking, soaking and with mud bath. Lunch was an exceptional Costa Rican meal. Waterfalls were beautiful and everyone so friendly. Thanks Ronald our tour guide for suggesting this. @LiberiaTropicalTours.
Written 6 January 2022
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