La Fortuna
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Our most recommended La Fortuna Activities with Animals

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

    1. 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!!

  • Arenal: Hanging Bridges Walking Tour

    2. Arenal: Hanging Bridges Walking Tour

    Located near the Arenal Volcano, the Arenal Hanging Bridges is an environmentally friendly network of trails and 16 hanging bridges that take you up into the canopy of the Arenal Volcano area's lush tropical rainforest. Now you can immerse yourself in the area's stunning panoramic nature views as you travel down a web of trails. Your professional guide will tell you about the area's biodiversity. Learn about how this environmentally sound project was constructed, as you enjoy getting closer to the rainforest. View tropical birds in their natural habitat, and get up close to rare flowers and other rainforest vegetation. Listen to frogs echo through the forest and spot interesting insects. If you're lucky, you might even see an ocelot! In addition to the plants and wildlife, the hanging bridges also gives you spectacular views of the surrounding area, including the Arenal Volcano.

    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!

  • Arenal National Park: Hanging Bridges Small Group Tour

    3. Arenal National Park: Hanging Bridges Small Group Tour

    Following pick-up from your hotel in La Fortuna and the Arenal region, journey to a series of suspension bridges in the forest of the Místico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Part of the Volcan Arenal National Park, the area is comprised of 243 hectares of protected forest and is ideal for hikers who want to admire the characteristics of the tropical rainforest. Hike the 3.1-kilometer trail passing impressive bridges of different lengths and heights, some of them suspended over the forest canopy. Marvel at the flora and fauna from a different perspective as you walk through different levels of the forest. Get great views of the forest canopy as you look for the native animals. The terrain is simple, with a few short hard slopes. 

    Our guide was passionate about helping us understand how all the species interact and their importance to the balance of the system. He was knowledgeable and engaged. He also took care to make sure that my husband, who uses a cane, was doing well throughout the trip, which we appreciated.

  • La Fortuna: Half-Day Wildlife Safari Float

    4. La Fortuna: Half-Day Wildlife Safari Float

    This safari float on the Peñas Blancas River offers a relaxing way to enjoy the abundant wildlife surrounding the banks of this lush paradise. Use your hands to take pictures of the rainforest canopy teeming with monkeys or take a closer look of a tropical bird with your binoculars while you float in this oar boat where your expert naturalist will paddle and you will relax like the iguanas nearby sunning themselves on the branches. The trip begins with a twenty minute drive from Fortuna to the river. You will float down the river for the duration of approximately 2-hours during which you will have an opportunity to see much of Costa Rica's famous wildlife and have an interactive conversation with your expert guide. At the end of the river portion of this trip, you will arrive at a local working farm where the owner is a well-known Costa Rican horse breeder and trainer. His wife also ma...

  • Small-Group Arenal Volcano National Park and Lake Eco Tour

    5. Small-Group Arenal Volcano National Park and Lake Eco Tour

    Spend the day in the scenic wilderness of Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano National Park on a combined 4.5-hour walking tour and motorboat cruise, and look for the indigenous wildlife, such as aquatic birds on the shores of the lagoon, and collared peccary in the secondary rainforest. Following the 20-minute transfer to Arenal Lake Dam, board a motorboat to observe the rainforest, islands, aquatic birds, and some of the animals of the area from the water. If the skies are clear, this will be the ideal place to take breathtaking pictures of the volcano. Get a clear understanding of the economic benefits the dam provides for Costa Rica. After about 45 minutes, you will arrive at the National Park Peninsula, where tropical fruits will be waiting to refresh you. Then, hike for 1 kilometer while your guide points out the native wildlife and explains the lush flora. The return transfer vans will ...

  • La Fortuna: Sarapiqui River Jungle Safari Float

    6. La Fortuna: Sarapiqui River Jungle Safari Float

    Experience the abundance of nature and wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer. This Costa Rica safari float is a smooth 2-hour paddle down the quiet, lower section of the Sarapiqui River. Your bilingual nature guide will paddle and steer your boat as you float down the river, whilst pointing out all of the exotic wildlife such as birds, frogs, insects, and monkeys in the Costa Rica rainforest. You will begin going down the river from the Red Eye Frog restaurant, which is located in El Roble de Sarapiqui. Your eagle-eyed guide will begin to show off Costa Rica's amazing wildlife, as they point out a wide array of plant and animal species. You’ll float next to the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (San Juan La Selva Biological Corridor) where there is a good possibility of seeing sloths, howler monkeys, lizards, and even black-river otters. This area is also famous for its incredible amoun...

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What people are saying about La Fortuna

Our guide Uriel was wonderful. This tour was a great opportunity to see so much in one day. We saw the volcano from the observatory and walked to a waterfall. We would’ve swam in it but the waters were too rough after the rain. We were able to take fantastic photos in front of it though. We walked over hanging bridges and relaxed in the hot springs at the end of our long hike. Uriel shared so many interesting facts and history during the tour. It was very enjoyable overall.

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!

I went with Lava Tours and they were spectacular! I enjoyed a beautiful day hiking around Arenal and then finished up at the hot springs! Our guide was attentive, caring, and full of knowledge about the area. Great excursion all around!!

Great experience. Out tour guide was great! Very informative about the animals, bridges and all other questions that we had about the culture.

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