Day trip

La Fortuna: Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Tour

Activity provider: Red Lava TSC

La Fortuna: Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Tour

Activity provider: Red Lava TSC

From US$ 88 per person

Discover the dense forests and volcanic landscapes of La Fortuna on a day trip. Enjoy a guided hike to sights like the La Fortuna waterfall and end your journey with a hot springs soak and cocktail.

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Duration 10 hours
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Live tour guide
Spanish, English
Pickup included
Pickup included from accommodation in La Fortuna city only.

Experience

Highlights
  • See La Fortuna waterfall by treking the nature trails
  • Visit an aboriginal village and have a traditional lunch
  • Hike over the lava fields from the 1968 eruption
  • Reach the best panoramic viewpoints in La Fortuna
Full description

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.

Includes
  • Pickup and drop-off
  • Live guide
  • National Park entry fees
  • Natural hot spring resort fee
  • Lunch
  • Drinks
    Not suitable for
    • Wheelchair users

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    What to bring

    • Comfortable shoes
    • Swimwear

    Know before you go

    • You will receive confirmation at the time of booking
    • You must be at least 18 years old to drink alcohol
    • The tour is operated by a multi-lingual guide
    • Please note that a moderate amount of walking is involved
    • National Park fees and natural hot spring resort fee are included
    • Beverages will be provided
    • Dinner will not be provided
    Customer reviews

    Overall rating

    4.7 /5

    based on 510 reviews

    Review summary

    • Guide
      4.9/5
    • Transportation
      4.7/5
    • Value for money
      4.6/5
    • Safety
      4.9/5

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    This was such a great tour! We got to do so much, but didn’t feel too overwhelming. The waterfall was beautiful! It is a bit of a steep climb down and up (caution for those who may find this challenging), but totally worth it. The lunch was also very delicious with salad, chicken or beef option, and of course rice and beans. The Maluka tribe Time was a great cultural experience. And the hot springs were a great way to end the day! A couple different pools to choose from as well as ending our time with a rum beverage. Our guide Erol was thoughtful, kind, and funny. Our other guide Emanuel really loves his job and you can tell he has fun with it. He would go looking for animals for us and we saw monkeys and sloths. A bonus was that he was a great photographer. Would absolutely recommend!

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    January 2, 2023

    This was super fun; the waterfall and volcano were beautiful. The guides were all very friendly, knowledgeable about the areas, and were great at spotting wildlife for us to look at during our hike and bus rides. You will need to walk through some rocks on the river to get to the waterfall, so I recommend bringing water shoes with you.

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    December 17, 2022

    I highly recommend this experience!! it's an all day experience with some of the best tour guides I have ever had- they were all so nice. the hike isn't the easiest, but they were very patient and helpful. The waterfall, view of the volcano, and the food you get for lunch is all amazing!

    December 12, 2022

    Product ID: 192264