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La Fortuna

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  • Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Hot Springs Tour

    1. Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Hot Springs Tour

    Escape into the nature of the La Fortuna area. Walk by the river and follow a trail to a panoramic viewpoint. Visit a Maluku Indian village and trek through a forest, lava fields, and farmlands before relaxing at a natural hot spring resort.

    Be collected at your accommodation and be driven to the beginning of the forest walk. Trek on the easy track along the crystal clear La Fortuna river. En route, hop on a tractor cart uphill to a panoramic viewpoint.

    Spot the next location from a distance then begin the return walk down a jungle staircase. Halfway down is a high suspension bridge to cross. The trail leads further down the huge canyon, which was shaped by a volcanic mega-eruption.

    Encounter the spectacular La Fortuna waterfall. Be amazed by the lush vegetation on its 70-meter high walls, the huge volcanic rocks at its foot, and the water s...

    Eric is a great tour guide. He is very knowledgeable, flexible, and exudes positive energy. I love all the photos he took for us. He lets us spend more time on the things we really like like swimming in the waterfall and staying longer on the hot springs for example and accelerate on some areas. We learn a lot from this tour - the history, culture, geography, wildlife, flora and fauna, and biodiversity of Costa Rica plus we really enjoy it. He even gives some tip on great restaurants. Pura Vida!!! Muchas gracias! Beautiful memories indeed!

  • Arenal: 4 Activities Tour with Optional Hot Springs

    2. Arenal: 4 Activities Tour with Optional Hot Springs

    Visit the most important attractions of Arenal Volcano National Park and hike along a mountain trail to get magnificent views of the mighty mountain in safety. Hope for clear skies to see as far as Arenal Lake, the secondary forest, and the area devastated by previous eruptions.  Continue to the impressive waterfall of La Fortuna, where you can go for a refreshing swim in the cool waters or take pictures of its natural beauty. Stop at a restaurant near downtown La Fortuna for a delicious a la carte lunch. Then, head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges to hike the trail high above the tree canopy. Cross 15 hanging and stationary bridges and look for the local wildlife along the way. End the day at the hot springs of your choice, with or without dinner. Get picked up after your meal for the drive back to your hotel. 

    Loved it! Our guide Francisco was super energetic and nice. The meal was delicious at a super nice hotel, and the activities were super enjoyable, our guide was also kind enough to let us go at our own pace for everything so we didn't feel rushed or tired. Would completely recommend

  • San José: Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, & Zip Lining w/ Meals

    3. San José: Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, & Zip Lining w/ Meals

    Admire the beauties of Costa Rica in one single day while doing multiple stops in interesting places across your journey. Travel on the most scenic route to the Arenal Volcano area. While stumbling upon a coffee plantation, you will receive a brief introduction into the world of Costa Rican coffee and you will enjoy a degustation of one of the best coffees in the world. Moving forward, you will get the chance to admire two natural wonders: the waterfalls called "La Paz" and "San Fernando". Have a look at the exotic tropical birds of Costa Rica, including many species of hummingbirds and rare emerald toucanets, while you reach the San Fernando Waterfall observation point. Around the area of "Iguana Bridge", where you will have the chance to see plenty of iguanas but also sloths, monkeys, toucans, etc. Enjoy an authentic Costa Rican lunch in a restaurant located in "La Fortuna". After a ...

    Fernando Moss was an excellent guide, who gave us terrific detail on our trip, sights. He was patient and he clearly loves what he does. I can't recommend this tour enough!

  • La Fortuna: Arenal Rafting Balsa River Class 2 & 3 Rafting

    4. La Fortuna: Arenal Rafting Balsa River Class 2 & 3 Rafting

    Get picked up from your accommodation in La Fortuna and set off for the beautiful Balsa River. Meet your expert guides who are rafting specialists who have competed around the world. After a quick orientation and safety instruction, climb aboard your raft to begin your wet adventure.  Begin your 2.5-hour rafting tour as you navigate thrilling class 2 and 3 rapids. As you paddle downstream keep you eyes peeled for native wildlife including sloths, monkeys, exotic birds, and a lot more.  Halfway through the trip, take a well-earned rest stop on the riverbank. Here, take the opportunity to freshen up with a swim or enjoy some fresh Costa Rican fruit as a light snack. At the end of the trip, use one of the towels provided to dry off, then enjoy a beer with the other group members as you share memories and talk about your thrilling adventure.

  • La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano and Hanging Bridges Combo

    5. La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano and Hanging Bridges Combo

    Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the La Fortuna area, and travel to Arenal Volcano to hike the paths surrounding the mighty mountain. Get back to nature in Arenal Volcano National Park, where most of the 850 species of bird identified in Costa Rica can be found. Look out for other wildlife, such as white-faced capuchin monkeys, jaguar and deer. Marvel at the stunning landscapes of a secondary rainforest at the base of the park, and a primary rainforest with amazing biodiversity amongst the hanging bridges. Walk through the rainforest on a network of 15 suspension bridges of various levels of difficulty in Mistico Park. Then, cool down with a swim in a natural pool at La Fortuna waterfall.

    Excelling amazing . Hector was the wheat guide ever. Jorge was an amazing driver. Totally loved our tour. This is the best guided service in la Fortuna. Thank you Hector for an amazing time. Ruf (Texas, USA)

  • Costa Rica: Río Balsa Half-Day Rafting Adventure

    6. Costa Rica: Río Balsa Half-Day Rafting Adventure

    See amazing wildlife and enjoy plenty of whitewater fun on this half-day rafting adventure, right near the base of the Arenal Volcano! Perfect for families and first-timers! Challenge yourself as you paddle through fun and safe rolling rapids with names like "Congo Loco" and "Rock around the Croc", plus the challenging “Las Dragas” section. Then play around in tranquil river pools in an isolated rainforest river canyon. Your professional, experienced bilingual guides will give you a safety talk and paddling instruction, lifejackets and helmets before you begin. You'll spot wildlife including monkeys, sloths and tropical birds such as ospreys, Oropendolas and toucans. This unique river trip is the perfect combination of adventure and nature. We call this our “Whitewater & Wildlife” tour. Enjoyable for kids and adults alike! After nearly 30, fun, easy-rolling rapids, you’ll have some de...

    Jorge and Randy were very professional and patient with our group of all first timers. Highly recommend this tour with them. If I had more time I would have requested them for class 3/4.

  • La Fortuna: Rainforest Chocolate Tour

    7. La Fortuna: Rainforest Chocolate Tour

    Visit a cocoa farm in the rainforest with majestic views of Arenal Volcano. See where cocoa is grown, processed and produced and unearth the hidden secrets of local chocolate production. This interactive experience lets travelers eat as much chocolate as they want while learning about the history, culture, and traditions of this popular Costa Rican sweet. In this 2-hour hands-on program, have the opportunity to learn interesting facts about cocoa and chocolate, its origin and history. Participate in all aspects of the production process, from the harvesting of the fruit, drying, and grinding of the seeds.  Discover why the cacao tree was very important to ancient cultures. Find out how cacao was not only used as a ceremonial drink, but its seeds were also used as currency because of its economic value, in many regions of Mesoamerica, including Costa Rica.

    This was an educational tour. It’s not a Willy Wonka factory but rather a walk through the history of the Industry and the process of converting the Cacao into Chocolate. You will participate in grinding the seeds, adding the sugar and eating your own creation. There were 15 people in our group. IMO, very interesting see the trees and learning about the process.

  • Arenal Volcano: Waterfall Jumping & Extreme Canyoning

    8. Arenal Volcano: Waterfall Jumping & Extreme Canyoning

    Deep down in the Costa Rican jungle lies Costa Rica's most extreme tour. Gravity Falls is considered one of the best things to do in Costa Rica and it is up to you to find out why. Go beyond the canyoning that you already know and love and join this intense Costa Rican tour. Be picked up from your hotel in the La Fortuna Arenal Volcano area and head deep into the Costa Rican countryside to begin your adventure. Get started with a heart-pumping rappel down an impressive 150-ft tropical waterfall. Drop into a deep crystalline pool before swimming your way to shore and continuing through the canyon.  Jump from a continuous series of 10 to 40ft waterfalls and cliffs into deep canyon pools with the help of your professional and experienced guides. Rain or shine, you are going to have plenty of wild water fun. Finish the day with a delicious Costa Rican meal before hading back to your hotel.

  • La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano Canopy Zipline Tour

    9. La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano Canopy Zipline Tour

    Take part in one of the most popular canopy zipline tours near the Arenal Volcano. Located near the Arenal and Cerro Chato volcanoes, this tour includes ziplines that give you the very best views of the colossal volcano and thick, green jungles.  You meet at the base camp for your zipline gear and safety instructions and then head up the hill to the first platform. From there it's on to the zipline ride itself! At times, the cables will be 40 meters above the rainforest treetops and between the enormous trees themselves. You will have time to relax, taking in the view of your surroundings, before reaching the top and beginning your thrilling descent on the rest of the cables. The way back down won’t be quite as relaxing. Attached with high-quality safety gear and pulley system, you will soar above the treetops as you zip down a series of 9 different lines and one thrilling rappel to th...

    We had such a good time! The guides were funny and patient and the Tarzan swing was terrifying but exhilarating!

  • La Fortuna: 6-Hour Arenal Volcano Observatory & Lake Tour

    10. La Fortuna: 6-Hour Arenal Volcano Observatory & Lake Tour

    Head to the Arenal Observatory on this 6-hour excursion from La Fortuna. Travel to the far side of the volcano and take in views of Arenal from different angles. Hike through gardens and forests with your guide, passing 2 hanging bridges. See the Danta River and waterfall, and learn about the ecosystem and the animals you encounter. Visit the Arenal Observatory and its museum and learn about the volcano and its history. Finish the hike at the observatory lodge and watch the sunset over Lake Arenal. End the tour in a relaxing way at a hot spring resort, where you can soak in the soothing hot springs. Enjoy a volcanic mud facial and a complimentary cocktail.

    This was an excellent tour! Santiago, our guide, was so informative and funny. The views were breathtaking. I definitely recommend it!!

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Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 647 reviews

Our guide Jason was phenomenal!!!! He was so nice, knew a bunch about the local species and made the experience truly special. He spoke both English and Spanish fluently to make our tour even easier because we did not speak fluent Spanish. Full pickup and drop-off and stopping on the road to see some monkeys and a sloth really showed he cared about our time there. Great organization and tour that I would recommend to all. I didn't want to leave!

Loved it! Our guide Francisco was super energetic and nice. The meal was delicious at a super nice hotel, and the activities were super enjoyable, our guide was also kind enough to let us go at our own pace for everything so we didn't feel rushed or tired. Would completely recommend

This was an EXCELLENT tour and I highly recommend it. It was very inclusive and there was even more to the day than what is included in the description. Carlos was an amazing guide and made our group’s experience feel very unique and thorough.

Great experience, with an amazing guide (Erika) and an excellent man behind the wheel (Guillermo). A must this experience

It was a really good combination for the day and we saw a lot of animals and learned a lot