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La Fortuna de San Carlos
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Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna

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Calle 468
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    Rio Celeste
    Stop: 4 hours - Admission included
    You'll then engage in a 4-hour hike that is a bit tough for some but the end result is definitely worth it. After your 4-hour hike you'll get to the Rio Celeste (Blue River). The blue color you'll see is the result of a chemical reaction between two merging rivers containing different volcanic minerals. It's a very rare phenomenon which creates a fairy-tale-like beauty. You'll get to see a waterfall, a lookout point that's great for taking pictures and you'll also get to see the place where the river changes colors.
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You'll return to the starting point
    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Calle 468, Provincia de Alajuela, La Fortuna, Costa Rica

    Traveler pickup is offered
    Pick up is included in La Fortuna area please contact us for have a exact pick up time
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Lunch in local restaurant
    • Professional guide
    • Pickup and drop-off from hotels in La Fortuna area
    • Entry/Admission - Rio Celeste
    • Dinner
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
    • Children must be accompanied by an adult
    • Vegetarian option is available
    • 4-hour medium-tough hike is involved
    • This experience requires good weather. If it’s canceled due to poor weather, you’ll be offered a different date or a full refund
    • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Red Lava did a horrible job of organizing this day hike. Pickup was supposed to be at 7:10. After I called them at 7:30 they advised pickup was now going to be at 8:20. We were then picked up in an employees personal car and then met up with another passenger who said she’d been
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    Response from RedLavaTsc, Owner at Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna
    Responded 21 Feb 2019
    The pick up was going to be later then originally mentioned and we called the hotel the night before so they could let you know. It appears they didn´t pass the massage. As you know there was a truck blocking the road not far from your hotel. The driver had to hike up to and then walk with you to the car. This caused additional delay. We don´t charge extra (like most companies do) for pick ups at the remote hotel you where staying at. To make it somewhat cost effective we send a car while our minibus does the pick up in the other hotels. Although we try our hardest to make the logistics smooth there are times things don't work out as planned. We regret that this caused a bad start of your trip. The thing that worries me most is the behavior of the guide. There was no need for him to rush the hike and I apologize that he made you feel like a burden. This guide came highly recommended to us and got a great response the first couple of weeks. At a certain moment we noticed a decline in work quality and we got several complaints. We no longer work with him because after a first correctional conversation he did not improve. I expect you recognize from personal/professional experience that people can start out very good and show a different face when the honeymoon weeks are over. ps. I will look into the lunch/water situation. There should always be plenty free water,
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    Just had this tour on Dec 10, 2018. Rio Celeste was one of the most amazing things I have ever seen. It was raining a little bit, but I could still see the light blue color water. Our tour guide, Marcos, was awesome! He is very friendly and knowledgeable about the area. They
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    Booked online & unfortunately they were over an hour late to collect me with no communication which caused a lot of stress. My hotel called them after 15mins, to be promised they would be there in 10 mins - but it took an hour. My hotel receptionist said that this was common
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    Response from RedLavaTsc, Owner at Full-Day Rio Celeste Tour From La Fortuna
    Responded 02 Dec 2018
    Hi Sunnylady, Again sorry for the late pickup. As I explained in the personal email I send you it was a mistake I made*. When we corresponded it was at night for me and the next day I didn´t process correctly what we agreed on. Besides the obvious apology I also asked if the effort we made: a private car, driver and guide, was to your satisfaction and if you felt that we had made up enough for the discomfort. Since I got no response I am now kind of surprised that you prefer this way of expressing yourself over the option of direct interaction. The fact that your hotel talks badly over us is not surprising. The hotel offers (over-priced) tours as well and we are in competition. When a person does not book with them they have no problem in smearing that company. I hear stuff about that hotel as well but I try to show the decency to let them handle it themselves. Glad you did like the activity and luckily it is easy for any reader to see that the tours we operate bring a lot of enjoyment to many people. *Just a short reflection. In this 24hour economy and interaction via whats-app, email, live-chat ect. one extends his availability to almost 100% (especially in tourism where you communicate with people in different time zones). I have to secure that things I agree on far outside standard office hours get the same quality follow up as the ones I handle during office hours. It´s 2018 reality of which I hope only this mistake is the result.
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    Great tour and tour guide, Jonathan was super friendly and very knowledgeable of plans and animals. If you can you should ask to have him as your guide. He is the best!
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    We booked two excursions through Red Lava: the 6hr Arenal Volcano Hike and the Rio Celeste Hike. My friend and I were fortunate enough to be the only two people on both tours, likely due to it being the end of summer and not many tourists were traveling in the city. Our guide
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    About the operator
    By: Red Lava Tourist Service Center
    806 reviews
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    Annapolis, Maryland
    I was a part of a large group that did a full day tour with Eric and Santiago; it was absolutely amazing! They
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    Ljubljana, Slovenia
    Excellent is an understatement- Eric is the best guide ever!
    I strongly recommend this tour! Eric, who is the guide, makes the tour really fun and you learn a lot with his
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    Lisa L
    Franklin, Minnesota
    Excellent variety of activities and our guide, Max, was awesome!
    Our tour started with a trip to the waterfall. We went up the mountain via a cart and then started our waterfall
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    Fun and valuable way to spend a day in La Fortuna/Arenal
    The day started a little bit late - we waited at the offices for roughly 15-20 minutes first thing in the morning.
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    Nice guys but average sites
    Competent guides creating a nice vibe. However the sites were very average. The hot springs felt more like a
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    Fun Times!!!
    We had such a great time. The hikes were awesome and the guides stopped, showing and explaining us the little
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    Denver, Colorado
    Incredible experience! Red Lava is the best!
    We had an amazing time on this tour. Our pick-up was right on-time and the staff was super professional and
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    Great Experience
    I had a great time on this hike. The tour guide was very nice and knowledgeable. He showed us a lot of different
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    Baltimore, Maryland
    Incredible Day
    This tour had 4 parts; the waterfall, the volcano & nature hike, the native experience and thermal springs. We
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    Worcestershire, United Kingdom
    Helpful people offering excellent tours
    There are many tour operators based in La Fortuna. We chose Red Lava because the company was recommended in our
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    Great guides/Amazing trips
    We booked three separate activities through Red Lava and each was excellently organised with charming and helpful
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    Sean C
    Vigorous hike but completely worth it!
    Our family of 5 (kids were 8, 12, and 14) did the full-day tour at the end of December 2019. First, the first
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    Westfield, New Jersey
    Great introduction to top attractions!
    A wonderful day spent with a small group. We were picked up from our hotel at Volcano Gold outside La Fortuna.
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    Excellent way to spend the day!
    I had a really good experience with this company and our guide. I had wanted a solid day of volcano exploration
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    Arsenal Tour
    Max did a great job. Coffee break was very nice with homemade bread and simple cup of delicious coffee. Hot
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