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

  • La Fortuna: Rainforest Chocolate Tour

    3. 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.

  • La Fortuna: Ecocentro Danaus EcoReserve Official Guided Tour

    4. La Fortuna: Ecocentro Danaus EcoReserve Official Guided Tour

    Enjoy a 2-hour guided walk through Ecocentro Danaus Bio Reserve with a naturalist tour guide who will help you spot the local wildlife as well as tell you more about the Costa Rican ecosystem. Discover a wide variety of flora and fauna along the easy trail in the forest reserve.  This biological reserve is located just few miles outside of La Fortuna, near Arenal Volcano. The ecocenter works with conservation programs, with training on environmental education and sustainable use of the land. Trails will take you through a secondary forest, and you will be able to see a wide variety of plant and animal life in a relatively small area. Trails are quite easy, and you will appreciate a diversity of plants, amphibians, mammals, reptiles, insects, among others with the assistance of a well-trained naturalist guide. Trail runs 600 meters in a circular shape and is accessible to all audiences....

    What a wonderful experience! The guide was very knowledgeable and he helped us take incredible photos by putting our cell phones right up against his professional camera. We were able to see a smiling sloth sleeping high up in a tree! After the tour, we were also able to walk around on our own and take more pictures. A great place to visit.

  • Arenal Lake: Kayaking and Bird Watching Experience

    5. Arenal Lake: Kayaking and Bird Watching Experience

    Your Arenal Lake tour starts with a 25-minute drive from your hotel. Throughout the drive, your guide will provide you with a brief idea of the logistics of the tour. Before you start kayaking on the lake, your guide will give you a safety orientation talk and will teach you how to maneuver the kayaks. You will then begin your 2-hour journey kayaking on the lake. Stopping for a snack of fresh local fruit after paddling for 1.5-hours. Experience the inspiring beauty and tranquility as you glide across the mystic waters of the Arenal Lake, Costa Rica’s largest and most breathtaking lake. You can enjoy the spectacular views of the powerful Arenal Volcano. Paddling these calm waters will give you the opportunity to enjoy the wildlife that surrounds the lake such as monkeys, iguanas and a large number of tropical birds. The beauty and energy of this amazing Arenal Volcano will truly penetra...

  • San José: Arenal Volcano, Waterfalls, Coffee and Hot Springs

    6. San José: Arenal Volcano, Waterfalls, Coffee and Hot Springs

    Start your tour in the morning when you are picked up from your hotel in the San Jose area in an air-conditioned vehicle. Travel to Arenal on an alternative route that is more scenic than the regular highway to this popular destination. On the way, stop at a plantation where you will learn about the coffee of Costa Rica. Observe the coffee plants and see the workers picking the ripe cherries during the harvest season. Learn about this important product to the local economy and taste a freshly brewed cup of some of the best coffee in the world accompanied by traditional snacks. Continue the tour at the famous La Paz Waterfall. Stop at the San Fernando Waterfall look-out point and observe many exotic birds including toucans, hummingbirds, and many other colorful tropical species. Visit the iguana’s center, a place where you will see lots of iguanas at eye level resting on the top of numer...

    Un servicio EXCELENTE! Disfrutamos demasiado de esta experiencia. Este tour lo incluye todo, la belleza de la naturaleza, fauna costarricense, gastronomía, aguas termales, cultura y más. Gracias a Kenneth por tan excelente servicio, lo recomendamos al 100%.

  • Arenal Hanging Bridges Half-Day Tour from La Fortuna

    7. Arenal Hanging Bridges Half-Day Tour from La Fortuna

    Discover a natural paradise of walking trails and 6 hanging bridges on the interpretative nature paths of Mistico Park. Get closer to nature and see the flora and fauna from a more intimate perspective as you get the chance to walk on the forest floor, swing from the branches or soar over the tree canopies like an eagle! Take in the amazing views at Waterfall Bridge, and learn more about the rainforest from a naturalist guide. Hear about the animal life, geography and history of the region, and get some breathtaking views of the volcano, depending on the weather.

    Pleasant hike, not strenuous, beautiful views of Arenal, shuttle pickup was on time and our guide was extremely knowledgeable.

  • Combo Cooking Class and Salsa Dance Lesson

    8. Combo Cooking Class and Salsa Dance Lesson

    The best way to learn about a new culture is to learn about what the locals eat. Costa Rica has an amazing cuisine that is healthy, natural, and actually very easy to learn how to cook. Take some of the best local recipes back home with you after this cooking experience. These cooking classes are a great way to get to know other travelers and hang out with a knowledgeable local chef. As soon as you finish cooking, you will be able to sit down to the delicious meal you helped cook up and chat about the "Pura Vida" of Costa Rica. Make sure you have brought your dancing shoes to Costa Rica, because next up you will head to the dance floor to learn how to dance to latin beats. There is no better way to spend an evening in La Fortuna than cooking, eating, and dancing like a local.

  • Two Volcanoes Hike in Arenal

    9. Two Volcanoes Hike in Arenal

    You start your tour at 9:00 AM when you are picked up and transfer to the first park located about 25 minutes away on the north side of the Arenal Volcano. Here you will hike along 3.5 miles (6km) path starting at 1640 feet (500m) above sea level climbing to over 2625 feet (800m) to reach the base of the volcano. There you will find a solid lava field. Then you will go to the green lagoon found right in front of the volcano where you can swim and jump into the water. After your time in the green lagoon, you will be served a typical Costa Rican lunch and drinks.  After lunch, you will go to the Observatory Lodge. There you will find hanging bridges, a waterfall in the middle of the forest where you can swim. Enjoy a tour of the area and its viewpoints where you can wait for the sunset while looking out over Arenal Lake. Then travel to the hot springs of Tabacón to enjoy 1.5-hours in the ...

    One of the best day trips we’ve ever done. So much packed into one day for such good value. Our guide Wilmer “Jungle Man” was fanstastic. He was great fun, knowledgable and made us feel safe the whole way. The hike and views were beautiful, we swam in both the lake and the waterfall and stopped to see lots of wildlife including a special trip to see frogs. We got to go to the natural(!) hot springs in the dark(!) which was a unique experience, much more exciting than our hotel springs. We could not recommended this trip more, the whole day was perfect. Pura Vida!

  • La Fortuna: Danaus Ecological Park and Butterfly Garden Tour

    10. La Fortuna: Danaus Ecological Park and Butterfly Garden Tour

    After pickup in your hotel zone in La Fortuna, head to Ecocentro Danaus, a private ecological reserve where programs for conservation, training, environmental education, and sustainable production are developed. This small ecological reserve regenerated naturally thanks to the efforts of a group of people concerned about environmental conversation and education for children and adults. This wonderful project has greatly contributed to the sustainable tourism development of La Fortuna. Take a circuit path through a secondary forest in regeneration. The trail is suitable for anyone. Along the way, discover a botanical garden with more than 600 species of plants, a butterfly garden with more than 40 species, areas designated to the natural reproduction of frogs, medicinal plant gardens, and a wetland declared as a site of national importance for the nesting and observation of aquatic birds...

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What people are saying about La Fortuna

Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 64 reviews

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.

It was an amazing trip! Carlos knew the things to explain to us. We saw Fortune's waterfall, arenal volcano, some animals, hot spring.The lunch was good. I really recommend it!!!

Our guide Carlos was really cool. He made the tour great! I would highly recommend it. Worth it every penny!

Franklin was great. Funny and very knowledgable. Would absolutely recommend. Great value for the price!