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How to Spend 2 Days in La Fortuna

How to Spend 2 Days in La Fortuna

La Fortuna and its surrounding areas make an excellent getaway for travelers passionate about nature and adventure. Here you’ll find ample opportunities to hike, zipline, go white-water rafting, and soak in natural thermal hot springs. Here’s how to make the most of two days in this Costa Rican town.

 

Day 1: Natural Wonders

**Morning:**Start your day off with a visit to Arenal Volcano National Park, La Fortuna's most popular natural attraction. Hike one of the park’s large network of trails, with options suitable for all levels of hiking, then take a refreshing dip in the pools at the base of 200-foot-high (61-meter-high) La Fortuna Waterfall, just outside the park.

 

**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, head to Proyecto Asis, a wildlife-rehabilitation center that cares for injured or orphaned animals with the goal of eventual release back into the wild. Here you might see animals such as spider monkeys, peccaries, and caimans, and even volunteer to lend a helping hand.

 

**Night:**As night begins to fall, make your way to Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park, just west of town. This park features 16 hanging bridges that weave through and above the rain forest, affording great views and the opportunity to spot wildlife; guided night visits are particularly interesting for those who want to see nocturnal animals at their most active.

 

Day 2: A Day of Adventure

**Morning:**Spend your second day in La Fortuna taking advantage of the area’s myriad opportunities for outdoor activity. Multiple zipline options are available, most of which offer exhilarating, multiline adventure packages that give travelers the chance to soar high above the rain forest.

 

**Afternoon:**In the afternoon, head out for some white-water rafting, led by a local guide. Most area rafting packages are suitable for guests of all experience levels; while the rapids are the main draw for most travelers, you'll likely also get the chance to spot all sorts of wildlife as you make your way along the river. Some tour packages pair rafting with ziplining or canyoning.

 

**Night:**Wrap up your stay in La Fortuna with a relaxing soak at Tabacon Hot Springs. While many visitors opt to spend the day at this upscale resort, it’s a great place to visit after nightfall, when it’s well-lit but less crowded.

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Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike

Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike

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Combine three adventurous activities in a single tour: a hike to Arental Volcano, visit to the Hanging Bridges, and exploration of La Fortuna Waterfall. This full-day tour from La Fortuna, perfect for nature lovers, includes hiking and swimming amidst Costa Rica's beautiful natural scenery. Hotel pickup and drop-off included.
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  • 9 hours
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Arenal Volcano National Park Walk with Optional Hot Springs
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Arenal Volcano National Park Walk with Optional Hot Springs

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Explore the forests of Arenal Volcano National Park on a half-day walking tour, with the option to soak away the afternoon in the park’s nearby thermal springs. Follow your guide between towering trees, and discover the devastation left by the powerful lava slides and volcanic activity. Enjoy views of Arenal volcano and the Tilarán Range, and learn about the area’s nature, wildlife, and history. Return to your hotel or visit the hot pools of your choice, where Costa Rica’s simmering geology creates a stunning natural spa. 
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Arenal Hanging Bridges Hiking Tour

Arenal Hanging Bridges Hiking Tour

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Explore a protected tropical rain forest on a half-day hanging bridges tour from La Fortuna, and hike a circuit that crosses a series of 15 bridges with extraordinary views of the jungle canopy. Watch for brilliant birds, monkeys, boars, and jewel-toned frogs as you follow your guide through the forest, and listen to the sounds of tropical birdsongs and trilling insects. Experience Costa Rica’s rich diversity and lush habitat in terrain that abuts the Arenal volcano, and discover a remarkable world hidden in thick rain forest canopy.
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Nocturnal Walk in the Hanging Bridges

Nocturnal Walk in the Hanging Bridges

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One of the most popular activities in La Fortuna, a guided hanging bridges tour is a fool-proof way to spot wildlife and learn more about the Costa Rican rain forest. This nighttime hanging bridges tour in Mistico Park puts a twist on the classic excursion by introducing you to the forest's nocturnal residents, such as honey bears, barn owls, and over 4,500 species of nocturnal butterflies (twice the number of daytime butterflies!). This tour includes pickup and drop-off from some centrally located La Fortuna hotels.
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