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Welcome to La Fortuna

La Fortuna in Costa Rica’s Alajuela province invites travelers from around the world to experience its host of outdoor activities. Home to volcanic hot springs, flowing waterfalls, and tropical rain forests, La Fortuna offers visitors a true sense of pura vida, the pure life. Guided private and small-group tours help you check off activities on your Costa Rica bucket list in just a day or two. Join a tour to cross the rain forest canopy on hanging bridges or ziplines; swim at the base of the massive La Fortuna Waterfall; horseback or bike ride through the forest with an expert guide; hike the lava slides trail at Arenal Volcano National Park; and soak in the Baldi hot springs and mud baths. Space out your adventure or complete it in a few days on a combo tour; guides provide expert instruction and gear so you can jump right in. Those seeking extra excitement can go white-water rafting down the Balsa River or Sarapiquí River; rappelling down waterfalls on a canyoneering tour; or spelunking through the Venado Caves. Most tours provide thrills for kids and adults alike. Slow down a bit with a chocolate tour of a local cacao plantation, a cooking class, or an educational tour of the Wildlife Rescue Center. And of course, take time to just swing in a hammock and admire the views.

Top 9 attractions in La Fortuna

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

The 16 hanging bridges that line the paths of Costa Rica’s Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park stretch a total of 1.6 miles (2.6 kilometers) across the steep landscape. See the birds, monkeys, sloths, snakes, and frogs that call the forest canopy home by ascending these spans, suspended above gorges and stretched across jungle floors.More
La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall cascades 200 feet (61 meters) down the sheer cliff face of Cerro Chato, the Arenal Volcano’s dormant and thickly forested twin. One of the most impressive and accessible waterfalls in Costa Rica, La Fortuna is a great place to picnic, swim, and photograph the waterfall’s perpetual mists and nearby exotic vegetation.More
Tabacon Hot Springs

Tabacon Hot Springs

Tumbling waterfalls, luxury spa and dining options, and the dramatic backdrop of Arenal Volcano set Tabacon Hot Springs apart from Costa Rica’s many thermal springs. Numerous pools dotting the Tabacon River create a completely natural hot spring experience on a private rain forest reserve, perfect for a day of pure relaxation.More
Venado Caves (Cavernas de Venado)

Venado Caves (Cavernas de Venado)

These ancient caves were carved by tectonic movement and water currents passing over limestone for millions of years. Inside this deep network of tunnels, visitors will find stalactites, stalagmites, rock formations, and subterranean rivers and caverns. There’s also a chance to spot wildlife, including bats, fish, insects, and frogs.More
Proyecto Asis Wildlife Rescue Center

Proyecto Asis Wildlife Rescue Center

Proyecto Asis is a wildlife rescue center focused on the protection and rehabilitation of native animals. Visitors can tour the facilities, take Spanish classes, or volunteer to help care for the animals, whose natural habitats are often threatened by expanding development in the region.More
Los Laureles Hot Springs (Termales Los Laureles)

Los Laureles Hot Springs (Termales Los Laureles)

The hot springs of Termales Los Laureles offer visitors a relaxing experience surrounded by tropical forest. The complex, which comprises thermal baths and cold pools accessible by water slide, is a cost-effective alternative to the more expensive hot springs of Monteverde. Plus, you can see Arenal Volcano from the baths.More
Butterfly Conservatory

Butterfly Conservatory

Nestled in the rainforest of northern Costa Rica, the Butterfly Conservatory lets visitors discover diverse butterflies and flowers via a network of trails and gardens. Dedicated to the preservation of butterflies and other tropical rainforest species, the conservatory has a learning center and educational exhibits.More
Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa

Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa

Far from the tourist center of La Fortuna, the village of El Castillo offers a more secluded place to view Costa Rica’s Arenal Volcano. Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa, one of the few hotels on this side of the mountain, offers impressive views of the volcano, plus well-maintained hiking, horseback riding, and mountain-biking trails.More
Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park

Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park

A relaxing visit to the local hot springs in the uplands of La Fortuna is a must, and Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park offers the chance not only to sit and soak, but also to have some wet and wild fun. Visitors can relax in thermally heated pools near the base of the Arenal Volcano, while enjoying the thrills you’d expect at a modern waterpark.More

Trip ideas

Top Hiking Trails in Arenal Volcano National Park

Top Hiking Trails in Arenal Volcano National Park

Recent reviews from experiences in La Fortuna

Definitely do this tour!!
Drew_D, May 2022
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
Jam packed with 3 memorable activities.
Raul was a great tour...
Amy_R, May 2022
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
The lookout point for the volcano was beautiful and so was the La Fortuna waterfall.
Best Tour
Michael_S, Apr 2022
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
We enjoyed a delicious Costa Rican lunch after our visit to the la Fortuna waterfall.
We had a great time on...
Darren_B, Mar 2022
Wild Life Safari Float
Highly recommended excursion as an alternative to the other adventurous things to do in LA Fortuna.
Put it on your buket list!
Frank_V, Feb 2022
Sloth Watching Trail
Our guide was super knowledgeable and help us to see the sloths!
Wonderful tour with wonderful guides!
Morgan_S, May 2022
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
Waterfall hike, visited Maleko village, wonderful lunch, Arenal volcano hike, coffee and snacks, and then the hot springs with refreshments.
Best trip ever thanks to Natural Adventures!
yasmine_m, Apr 2022
Transportation from La Fortuna to Tamarindo Beach
We had an amazing trip to Costa Rica- getting to see both La Fortuna and Tamarindo and all the beautiful things it had to offer.
A long, but perfect day of tours!
Jacob_C, Mar 2022
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
The La Fortuna waterfall was incredible.
Book this tour - you won’t regret it!
Suzanne_S, Apr 2022
Don Olivo Chocolate Tour
Lastly, we walked through the chocolate side of the farm and got to see the process of making chocolate - from drying the beans to crushing them into paste.
Amazing tour!!!!! Just book it!!
Janine_H, Mar 2022
4-in-1 Arenal Volcano Tour: Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano Hike, and Tabacon Hot Springs
Once arriving at the Fortuna waterfall, check in was easy, the trek down the 500 stairs is a bit tiring on the knees but the waterfall was well worth the walk!!
Great Experience With Amazing Organisers!
Natasha_A, Feb 2022
Safari Float by Inflatable Raft in Peñas Blancas River
We were lucky enough to see sloths, crocodiles, turtles, howler monkeys, and many different species of birds on the way.
This tour was so much...
Chloe_B, Dec 2021
2-in-1 Arenal Volcano Combo Tour: La Fortuna Waterfall and Volcano Hike
The hike and waterfall were great as well.
Rana_K, Aug 2021
Balsa River White Water Rafting class 2/3 in Costa Rica
We did Balsa River White Water Rafting with two kids and it was one of the best activities in La Fortuna.
MUST DO in La Fortuna!
Lyssa, May 2021
Arenal Volcano Horseback Riding
Incredible guides and such a wonderful way to see the volcano!
Best way to see the area
Kristina_H, Mar 2022
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
This tour was a perfect way to see all the top sights in 1 day at a good pace (not too slow, not too rushed) in a variety of activities.
great time
Danielle_O, Mar 2020
Full Day Class II-III Rafting and Zipline Tour from La Fortuna-Arenal
the zipline course went over the la fortuna waterfall!
Rene_L, Feb 2020
Eden Chocolate Tour - The best chocolate tour in La Fortuna
A must do when you plan to visit La Fortuna.
Excellent horseback riding , beautiful scenery and great guide
Arthur_E, Jan 2020
Horseback Ride to La Fortuna Waterfall
He let us trot with the horses and took us on an lazing hike to the magnificent La Fortuna waterfall.
We were glad we went on this tour...
Chad T, Aug 2017
Best of La Fortuna Combo Tour
We got the history and to see the sights but might be a little pricy for what it is.
A Great Day Trip
tj_j, Apr 2022
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings
Tour included La Fortuna waterfall (and cascade), Arenal Volcano and access to a hot springs resort outside of La Fortuna.
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