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Catarata La Fortuna

Catarata La Fortuna: Our most recommended tours and activities

La Fortuna: Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Tour

1. La Fortuna: Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Tour

Escape into the nature of the La Fortuna on a guided hike. Walk by the river and follow a trail to a panoramic viewpoint. Have a delicious lunch at a Maluku Indian village and trek through forest, lava fields, and farmlands before relaxing at a natural hot spring resort with a drink. 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 splashing down in its massive pool. Bask in its beauty or even take a refreshing dip. Return to the viewpoint then walk down to the little village of the Maluku Indians. Seated in their Palenke (main house), enjoy a rest while listening to an interesting story about their culture, art, and history.  After being active for a few hours, the time has come to relax and enjoy a typical hot lunch. Next to the restaurant is a butterfly garden and frog pond that you can explore until your food is served.  Reenergized, take a 15-minute ride to the park at the foot of the Arenal volcano. Being the trek through the primary forest where you can see huge trees with giant roots. Besides a variety of birds, the forest is host to monkeys, sloths, and coati. Leave the forest and each the highest viewpoint that exists around the volcano and absorb the most spectacular panoramic views of Lake Arenal, the jungle, the valley, the lava fields, and most of all the Arenal that towers over you.  Conclude your tour at the natural hot spring resort. Relax in its soothing warm water for about an hour and enjoy a volcanic mud facial and a complimentary cocktail. Afterward, you will be taken back to your accommodation.

La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano and Hanging Bridges Combo

2. La Fortuna Waterfall, Volcano and Hanging Bridges Combo

Benefit from pick-up at your hotel in the La Fortuna area, and travel to Arenal Volcano to hike the paths surrounding the mighty mountain. Get back to nature in Arenal Volcano National Park, where most of the 850 species of bird identified in Costa Rica can be found. Look out for other wildlife, such as white-faced capuchin monkeys, jaguars and deer. Marvel at the stunning landscapes of a secondary rainforest at the base of the park, and a primary rainforest with amazing biodiversity amongst the hanging bridges. Walk through the rainforest on a network of 15 suspension bridges of various levels of difficulty in Mistico Park. Then, cool down with a swim in a natural pool at La Fortuna waterfall.

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.

La Fortuna: Arenal Mundo Aventura Guided Adventure Tour

4. La Fortuna: Arenal Mundo Aventura Guided Adventure Tour

This combination tour at Arenal Mundo Aventura is a great way to experience some of Costa Rica’s best thrills in just one day. On this La Fortuna tour, you will zipline 12 Canopy cables, the longest and highest in the area, from which you can see beautiful views of the Pino Blanco Waterfall, the La Fortuna Waterfall, Cerro Chato and the majestic Arenal Volcano. Following, you will rappel down a 80 meter high waterfall descent over rocky walls surrounded by crystalline waterfalls. Return to your next adventure via a 100-step hanging latter to continue your journey on horseback enjoying the scenic landscapes surrounding the dormant Arenal Volcano. Unwind after a short hike by taking a refreshing dip in the water pools of the La Fortuna Waterfall. A visit to the indigenous village of the Maleku tribe will conclude your combo experience with a cultural touch. Your visit will support in preserving the Maleku’s cultural legacy, their beliefs and traditions for future generations. To end this fun-filled adventure at Arenal Mundo Aventura get to enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch.

La Fortuna: Hanging Bridges, Arenal Volcano, and Falls Tour

5. La Fortuna: Hanging Bridges, Arenal Volcano, and Falls Tour

Have a wonderful day diving deep into the lush rainforest and follow your guide through scenic trails. Join this comprehensive Costa Rican adventure to discover all of the La Fortuna natural landmarks. Walk across hanging bridges, lava fields, and a jungle staircase to reach relaxing waterfalls. Get picked up from your hotel and start by visiting the Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park. Learn about the local ecosystem from your professional guide as you hike across the tall bridges and narrow trails surrounded by the verdant forest, the Arenal Volcano, and a peaceful lake. Take a short drive to Arenal Volcano National Park. Trek among the big lava rocks from the 1968 eruption and reach a viewpoint with striking views of the volcano, the surrounding lava fields, and the northern valley. Unwind after all your hiking with a lunch break at a traditional restaurant. Finish off your adventure with a short walk into a deep canyon to gaze at the immense La Fortuna waterfall and swim in the refreshing pool. As a final treat, relax in a small hot springs resort and sip on fun cocktails.

Jaco: Arenal Volcano, Fortuna Waterfall, & Hot Springs Tour

6. Jaco: Arenal Volcano, Fortuna Waterfall, & Hot Springs Tour

Tour the best locations of the Arenal Volcano area and learn about the nature of this unique destination. Swim in La Fortuna Waterfall, hike over lava trails, visit a look-out point to get the best views of the volcano on clear days, and soak in the hot springs at the base of Arenal Volcano. Take the scenic route to the Arenal Volcano area and visit La Fortuna Waterfall, the most iconic of Costa Rica. Swim in its refreshing waters and admire the beautiful rainforest vegetation that surrounds this natural wonder, where wildlife can sometimes be observed. Stop for an authentic Costa Rican lunch in a restaurant located near the town of "La Fortuna." Then, prepare to take a hike over the lava trails from the volcano’s big eruption of 1,968. Take in the views at the volcano’s main look-out point and get the best views of this beautiful conic-shaped mountain on clear days. Arrive at “Paradise Hot Springs and Gardens” and relax for a couple of hours in the multiple hot spring pools surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, which also provide great views of the volcano on clear days. Finish this great adventurous day with a delicious dinner on the route back to your hotel.

La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano and Waterfall Tour with Lunch

7. La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano and Waterfall Tour with Lunch

After bing picked up from your hotel, begin your adventure in El Silencio Private Reserve, walking several kilometers through lush secondary forest with your local guide.  Along the way, discover one of the best viewpoints of the Arenal Volcano and observe a variety of regional plants, wildlife, and stunning volcanic rock formations as you pass by Arenal Lake. Learn about the Colossus of Arenal and its direct influence on the economy and local culture. Later on, travel for around 20 minutes to La Fortuna Waterfall and enjoy cooling off in the crystalline waters of this pristine location. After working up an appetite, enjoy a delicious lunch: a traditional Casado made up of rice, beans, salad, mashed potatoes, tortillas, and fried plantain. Choose between fish, chicken, pork, beef or vegetarian and sip on tasty juices before being transported back to your hotel.

La Fortuna: Small Group Waterfall Hike

8. La Fortuna: Small Group Waterfall Hike

This tour begins by descending the trail to the magnificent La Fortuna Waterfall, renowned for its high falls and its crystal clear waters. Along the trail, you will observe plants, trees, and animals, which inhabit the area like sloths, toucans, Orioles, butterflies, and more. You can choose to swim in its refreshing waters, take amazing photographs, or simply relax and take in all of the beauty of the La Fortuna Waterfall. At the end of the trail, we will enjoy a delicious fruit break to recharge your batteries. When you visit the La Fortuna Waterfall you not only get to enjoy this marvelous natural wonder, you will be helping to support the Development Association of the community. 100% of the entrance fee goes towards social projects to benefit schools, nutritional centers, the orphanage, recycling center, roads, security for our visitors and more.

La Fortuna: Arenal Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall

9. La Fortuna: Arenal Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall

Soak up the beauty and biodiversity of La Fortuna by horseback on a ride through Arenal Mundo Aventura's nature park. Enjoy the unique scenery of the only nature reserve with direct access to the La Fortuna Waterfall. Embrace your inner jungle explorer by venturing into the lush rain forest around the Arenal Volcano on an invigorating horseback ride from La Fortuna. Climb atop a tame and trusty steed then follow your guide along a beautiful and scenic trail that runs alongside a stunning river canyon. Next, rest at a stop to admire the mesmerizing cascades of the Pino Blanco Waterfall and the famous La Fortuna Waterfall. Cool off with an optional swim at the base of the falls, and learn about the Indigenous cultures of Costa Rica’s with a visit to the village of the Maleku.

La Fortuna: Chocolate Plantation & Waterfall Tour

10. La Fortuna: Chocolate Plantation & Waterfall Tour

Start the tour with pick up from your hotel in La Fortuna. First, head to the base of the extinct Cerro Chato Volcano, where you will hike down to the bottom of one of the largest waterfalls in the Northern Zone, La Fortuna Waterfall. If weather conditions permit, you can swim in the crystalline pools that flow from this impressive waterfall and take advantage of some beautiful photo opportunities. Admire the incredible natural scenery, birds, rainforest, and enthralling sounds.  After spending a little time here to relax and refuel, set off down the road to the cacao plantation to learn about the chocolate-making process. Find out about how the cacao tree is known locally as the 'Gift of the Gods'. Discover how in ancient times, cacao was used not only as a ceremonial drink but also as currency exchange in many parts of Mesoamerica, due to its high economic value. After learning about the process and history of chocolate making, be impressed to find out what real chocolate looks and tastes like, and its wide range of health benefits. At the end of your tour, return to your hotel in La Fortuna where you will get dropped off.

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What people are saying about Catarata La Fortuna

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 396 reviews

A wonderful experience. Friendly staff that picked us up and guided us to the parking. The walk on the hanging bridges was really great, the guide showed us Al kinds of wildlife. The weather deteriorated but the guides stayed positive and kept the spirit high. I would highly recommend this tour and this organization.

The tour was really amazing. Our guide Issac was fantastic and tell something about the history and culture from Costa Rica. The hot springs are really awesome and definitely the highlight of the day. Thanks a lot for this tour and the guide Isaac.

Great tour! And Erica the guide was very knowledgeable and was super passionate! Just FYI, this tour involves a lot of physical activity (~4-5 miles of hiking and 500 steps down/up to the waterfall).

Super interesting experience with loads of chocolate! I would do it again in a heartbeat and it's really worth the price!

Erica relayed lots of information about the area and we came away with a better knowledge of Costa Rica and La Fortuna