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La Fortuna
Costa Rica

La Fortuna

Greetings from La Fortuna, Costa Rica’s premiere destination for adventure travel. Located in the Alajuela Province of Costa Rica, La Fortuna features the world-famous Arenal Volcano. Ascending to over 5,000 feet above lush rainforest and spreading farmland, exciting adventures call from the volcano’s base.

Holiday Amid Natural Hot Springs

Though there hasn’t been an eruption since 2010, the fiery mantle blazing deep below Arenal Volcano heats the natural hot springs and pools that bubble up throughout La Fortuna. High-end resorts, rustic lodges, and luxury hotels have been built around the most desirable springs, allowing visitors to soak in the rejuvenating waters of on-site hot springs. Hotel reservations in La Fortuna commonly grant guests full access to these warm mineral pools without ever leaving the hotel grounds. Many of the springs are surrounded by spectacular volcano views.

Hike Volcanic Lands

While it is not permitted for travelers to hike to the summit of Arenal Volcano, exploring the diverse contours of Arenal’s lower slopes, and the lush, expansive rainforests with winding jungle rivers that spread from the volcano’s base provide an unparalleled nature experience.

Hiking the Arenal 1968 Trail or Arenal Volcano National Park provide an opportunity to walk amid long-hardened lava flows while taking in glorious views of Lake Arenal and the soaring volcano. A trip to La Fortuna Waterfall is not to be missed, while the most adventurous might chose the gripping adrenaline of canyoning and rappelling, or the sheer thrill of waterfall jumping that takes place near-by.

Adventure to the tranquil setting of a local coffee plantation, or explore natural stalagmites and subterranean rivers on a spelunking expedition of Venado Caves.

Rushing Rivers and Pristine Rainforests

Exploring the lush landscape of La Fortuna on horseback offers a leisurely way to enjoy the area’s rich, natural beauty. For the thrill-seekers among us, a heart-pounding ATV race through the jungle provides sheer adrenaline. Deep inside the rainforest’s vivid, tropical interior, stroll across picturesque hanging bridges that offer the majesty of the jungle from an aerial view.

Fly like a bird over the rainforest canopy on an exhilarating course of high-elevation zip lines. Rafting adventures provide a heart-pumping ride down the Class II and III whitewater rapids of the Piedras Negras or the Rio Balsa Rivers. The wilder Class IV rapids of the Sarapiqui River grant an even more intense experience. If you prefer a tranquil excursion, kayaking or floating down one of La Fortuna’s more serene rivers offer a peaceful way to enjoy your day.

However you chose to enjoy your nature encounters in La Fortuna, keep a look out for monkeys, sloths, rare birds and other native wildlife that call La Fortuna home. They are never far away!

Enjoy Outdoor Dining

La Fortuna has a wonderful climate that lends itself perfectly to open-air dining. Fine dining can be enjoyed at one of the many hotels and resorts, while mid-priced options offer travelers a chance to experience authentic Costa Rican cuisine. Be sure to stop by one of Costa Rica’s many “Sodas.” These popular quick-service restaurants offer “casados,” a traditional Costa Rican meal of fish, chicken, or beef, served with sides of white rice, black beans and fried plantains.

Visit Costa Rica’s La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano, offering spectacular excursions into the great outdoors.

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La Fortuna Balsa River Whitewater Rafting Tour
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La Fortuna Balsa River Rafting Tour

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Is a Costa Rican national park in the central part of the country, forming the Arenal Conservation Area.
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Cano Negro Wildlife Refuge

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Is a Wildlife refuge, part of the Arenal Huetar Norte Conservation Area.
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Arenal Lake

Is a lake which is situated in the northern highlands of Costa Rica. It is currently the largest lake in Costa Rica at 85-square-kilometers (33 sq mi). Its depth varies between 30 and 60 meters (100–200 feet) seasonally.
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How far is it from Jaco to Arenal / La Fortuna?

Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna are approximately 3.5-4 hours from Jaco.