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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

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Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

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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
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La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall

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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
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Tabacon Hot Springs

Tabacon Hot Springs

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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
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Venado Caves (Cavernas de Venado)

Venado Caves (Cavernas de Venado)

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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
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Proyecto Asis Wildlife Rescue Center

Proyecto Asis Wildlife Rescue Center

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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
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Los Laureles Hot Springs (Termales Los Laureles)

Los Laureles Hot Springs (Termales Los Laureles)

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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
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Butterfly Conservatory

Butterfly Conservatory

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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
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Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa

Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa

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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
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Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park

Kalambu Hot Springs Water Park

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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

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Top Hiking Trails in Arenal Volcano National Park

Top Hiking Trails in Arenal Volcano National Park

Recent reviews from experiences in La Fortuna

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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MUST DO in La Fortuna!
Lyssa, May 2021
Arenal Volcano Horseback Riding
Incredible guides and such a wonderful way to see the volcano!
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Authentic, unique, and worth leaving the beaten path
Nicole_B, Jun. 2021
Rio Celeste Horseback Riding Tour
The water was quite cool, but not as cold as La Fortuna waterfall.
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Best way to see animals and locals
Nicole_B, May 2021
Safari Float, Fortuna Waterfall and Typical lunch
We finished the float and went to a local family farm for an incredible snack on plantains, cheese, yucca bread, and juice before heading to the La Fortuna Waterfall.
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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.
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Great experience
Alexandra_A, Apr. 2022
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
We only had a short time in La Fortuna so this was the best way to see the most sites in the shortest amount of time.
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Great tour for nature lovers!
Alvin_L, Apr. 2022
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
The waterfall may be the highlight of the entire trip to Costa Rica with a refreshing swim at the bottom (though the hike back up is difficult).
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La Fortuna Trip
krystaltapper, Mar. 2022
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
Levi was patient, very knowledgeable, and made sure everyone in the group had the opportunity to see wildlife.
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La Fortuna all day tour with Randall.
Timothy G, Jul. 2018
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
We saw lots of wild things in the jungle, had a great hike and swim in La Fortuna Falls, an excellent traditional Costa Rican lunch in town, and finished the day off with a volcanoe hike and history lesson.
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Wonderful Experience!
CherylLyn_R, Sep. 2021
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
After we traveled to La Fortuna waterfall.
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10/10 recommend!
Rachel_L, Jun. 2021
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
With only three days in La Fortuna, I wanted to see as much as possible - this tour helped me do that!
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Great full day trip to combine all of the Arenal area attractions
Florence_L, May 2021
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
Continued onto the waterfall for a quick soak.
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Hanging bridges
Peter, Feb. 2020
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
A great day doing the best activities in Arenal.
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The absolute best tour! Do it!
keara_p, Mar. 2019
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
The tour guide told us about some other things to do in town, so my boyfriend and I checked those sites out the next day.
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Erica was such a great guide and...
Pam N, Jan. 2018
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
The time spent at the waterfall and volcano were great and we all enjoyed lunch with Erica and her driver in town.
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This was a fantastic way to learn...
Jennifer_R, Oct. 2017
Hanging Bridges, La Fortuna Waterfall, Typical lunch and Arenal Volcano Hike
Then moved on to visit La Fortuna waterfall which was beautiful.
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