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“Great fun with the locals”
Review of Rio Chollin

Rio Chollin
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$125.00*
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Costa Rica Gravity Falls Canyoning Adventure from La Fortuna
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$143.00*
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Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose
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$979.50*
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8-Day Best of Northwest Costa Rica from San Jose: Arenal Volcano National Park...
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Owner description: If you talk with the locals they will tell you to go to Scratch River or the Free hot springs. This is perfect if you are travelling on a shoestring budget as it is FREE! To get there go to the yellow gate next to Tabacon Springs. You can park on the road shoulder and you will definitely see it. Walk down the path behind the gate and in a very short walk you will arrive at a bubbling hot creek. You can go 24 hrs a day but keep your items in your site. Leave your valuables at the hotel and just bring a towel and prepare to relax.
Reviewed January 29, 2013

Just next to the big Spa-Hotel Tabacon there is a free natural spring, where all the locals go. Just park your car at the hotel on the street and then walk a few meters to the bridge. Underneath you will find the hotspring.

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Reviewed January 27, 2013

Why pay for a fancy hotel if you can experience a great time and meet locals who might offer some useful tips about la Fortuna ? Great experience where I met three amigos who helped with getting around: Alberto, Armando, and Emil (Norwegian). Thanks for a great time. BYOCan

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Reviewed January 23, 2013

Don't waste your money on Baldi or other expensive hot springs. This natural hot river is very pretty, and hot. Hot and cold streams come together, so there are pools of varying temperature, and multiple small waterfalls. Easy to get to, just park across from Tabacon and walk down to the river.

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Walked halfway from La Fortuna towards the Volcan (and Tabecon Hot Springs Resort) and got picked up by some tourists I had met in town in a rental car... enjoyed the warm (hot in places!) water in the natural river for HOURS... peaceful and nice to soak in... near the road. Please be respectful of others, and do NOT leave any trash!!

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Reviewed January 17, 2013

Guess hot water is the same for all the hot springs. I'm not a type of person to sit half a day in hot water, however about an hour spent there felt good.
For those planning on going there I would suggest to take a plastic bag for your stuff, as well as a piece of rope and a carabiner to hang it of tree branch. Go upstream, water is cleaner there...

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