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Rio Chollin

| Next to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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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.
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| Next to Tabacon Grand Spa Thermal Resort, Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

So glad I did this. If you are prissy, skip it! If you want to get away from resort life, this is amazing! Theft is common (like at any tourist place anywhere in the world) so don't be an idiot - leave nothing in your...More

Thank ShawnaCanuck
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Just AMAZING. It is free, beautiful and relaxing. It can be busy but is still worth the dip. The river is rocky wear water shoes and the current can be strong near the tiny waterfalls but it is the most relaxed I have ever been.

Thank Nathan S
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Close to wellness center Tabacon you can just go for free to the hotspring Rio cholin. We really enjoyed it. Wear watershoes....flipflops can be lost easily as my wife noticed!

Thank Jos S
Reviewed 28 July 2017 via mobile

Very nice. Lots of people. Went at night and someone came with disco lights and boombox which was disappointing. During the day it was less crowded.

Thank lileta
Reviewed 26 July 2017 via mobile

People: this is a sketchy place. It's weird that Tabaconcito or Chollin or Free Hot Springs or whatever it's called is a top -10 activity in the Arenal area, I mean, you have to go through a hole in a fence to get inside. There...More

1  Thank Nats B
Reviewed 16 July 2017

Ok so almost skipped this altogether but made a short stop between activities. This ended up being one of my favorite things I did only my eleven days in Costa Rica. I only wish I had allowed for more time to do it. We happen...More

Thank Vacationhope
Reviewed 10 July 2017

this was THE highlight of our time in La Fortuna. Rio Chollin thermal waters was the last stop of our hiking tour and it was the top of the cherry! My husband and I were completely unprepared for the rain storm throughout our beautiful rainforest...More

Thank disalmeron91
Reviewed 9 July 2017 via mobile

As you get to the water under the road bridge you have two choices. Turn left into the tunnel and go upstream or turn right and head downstream. Both are good options. Upstream is calmer and probably better for children. Downstream has some rapid and...More

1  Thank Christopher S
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Quiet. Relaxing. Warm (almost hot). Wildlife. Massaging cascades. Cooling pools. Great conversations. Worth the stop! Oh did I say??? It's free! FYI... there are NO amenities here, be prepared. It is 100% natural

Thank dr917
Reviewed 27 June 2017

Based on the positive reviews, we decided to check out this "free and authentic" activity. The first thing that visitors should be aware of is that there is no parking area. You must basically leave your car on the asphalt and there's really no shoulder...More

2  Thank puravida3
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Derek S
7 March 2017|
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Response from Meganaroundtheworld | Reviewed this property |
It's steep and slippery, there is a small wall you have to climb over as well.
1 January 2017|
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Response from Michiganaki | Reviewed this property |
It's right across the road from Tabacon Resort. You can park at Tabacon (costs $2) and walk down to the river.
28 October 2016|
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Response from CalderonPR | Reviewed this property |
I don't think so. Most of them are in the ground of private hotels. But why would you want others? These are really nice and free.