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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. Then, cool down with a swim in a natural pool at La Fortuna waterfall. Once we are refreshed, will move to the restaurant to taste our delicious typical meal "Casado" 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.

San José: Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, & Zip Lining w/ Meals

3. San José: Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, & Zip Lining w/ Meals

Tour the best locations in Costa Rica and learn about local life and culture from those who live there. Visit a coffee plantation, zip line, and soak in the hot springs at the base of the Adrenal Volcano. Take the scenic route to the Arenal Volcano and visit a coffee plantation along the way. Gain an insight into the world of Costa Rican coffee and taste one of the best coffees in the world. Arrive at the "La Paz" and "San Fernando" waterfalls and admire the exotic tropical birds of Costa Rica, including many species of hummingbirds and rare emerald toucanets. Take in the views at the San Fernando Waterfall observation point before heading to the "Iguana Bridge", where you will have the chance to spot iguanas, sloths, monkeys, and toucans. Stop for an authentic Costa Rican lunch in a restaurant located in "La Fortuna." Then, prepare for a zip-lining adventure in the local rainforest jungles with 9 canopy cables and a 50 meter (150 feet) rappel on the Arenal River. Learn about the culture while listening to a "Maleku" Indigenous tribe presentation from locals. Relax for a couple of hours in the Paradise Hot Springs at the base of Arenal Volcano, surrounded by tropical gardens followed by dinner.

La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano, Lunch, & Hotsprings Morning Tour

4. La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano, Lunch, & Hotsprings Morning Tour

Explore the Arenal National Park on a guided morning tour, see the Arenal Volcano, an emerald lake, and enjoy a local lunch before relaxing in natural hot springs. See all the stunning beauty of the Arenal area on this day tour. Explore narrow jungle trails and conquer huge lava rocks as you explore the natural beauty and landscape of the area. Admire the impressive Arenal Volcano looming as you explore the area at the base of the volcano, and take in the immensity of this now silent giant. Make your way down as a bilingual guide teaches the group about the ecosystem and the wildlife that may be encountered. Reach the bottom part of the trek and take the opportunity to see an emerald green clean lake. Enjoy a typical local lunch, and finish the experience with a visit to a small resort, and relax in natural hot water pools for about an hour.

From La Fortuna: Rio Celeste Full-Day Tour

5. From La Fortuna: Rio Celeste Full-Day Tour

Start your full-day tour with a scenic drive from La Fortuna to the Tenorio Volcano National Park. Head out on a 4-hour hike that will take some effort but is definitely worth it. At the end of the hike you’ll have reached the Rio Celeste. The river’s blue color is the result of a chemical reaction between 2 merging rivers having different volcanic minerals. This rare phenomenon creates a fairy tale-like beauty. Visit a waterfall and a lookout point for great views and see the place where the river changes color. Your guide will point out local wildlife on this adventure as well. After your hike, enjoy a delicious lunch before the drive back to La Fortuna.

Maquique Adventure Canyoning and Zipline Tour Costa Rica

6. Maquique Adventure Canyoning and Zipline Tour Costa Rica

Your tour will begin as you are picked up from your hotel in the Fortuna area. Your guides will provide you with all the equipment to do the tour, and will take a 7-minute 4x4 drive to reach the canyon of Maquique. The tour consists of 5 rappels in which you will experience different forms of descent by touching the wall or free falling. You can also enjoy a beautiful walk inside the river canyon that has small pools in which you can make small jumps, helping you embrace the flora and fauna of the forest. The rappels have heights between 20 meters and 60 meters high, and consist of two ropes, main one through which you will travel and a rope for safety. At the conclusion of your tour, you can enjoy a Costa Rican lunch, before you are returned back to your accommodation.

La Fortuna: Arenal Mundo Aventura Park Zip-Lining Tour

7. La Fortuna: Arenal Mundo Aventura Park Zip-Lining Tour

Discover the thrill of soaring over the canopy of lush forests and waterfalls while on this zip-lining tour in La Fortuna's Arenal Mundo Aventura Park. Enjoy an adrenaline-filled extreme canopy ziplining experience in an ecological park filled with wildlife and jungle. Experience Arenal Mundo Aventura Extreme Canopy Ziplining, the perfect combination of adrenaline and fun great for a variety of ages. Soar over the canyons, lush forests, and waterfalls of the park on this adventure. Explore some of the 560 hectares that make up the ecological park and conquer an 18-meter high tower. Observe spectacular views of the Pino Blanco Waterfall, the Arenal Volcano, and Cerro Chato Volcano while exploring the park. Try seven different exciting canopy zipline cables and zip through the air at speeds from 65 & 70 km/h. Zip along the signature cable, and admire a breathtakingly beautiful canyon with a view of the La Fortuna waterfall on this unique adventure experience.

La Fortuna: Arenal Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall

8. 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.

From La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano & Hotsprings Afternoon Tour

9. From La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano & Hotsprings Afternoon Tour

On this nature adventure, you will see all the stunning beauty of the Arenal area. Right at the foot of the Arenal volcano, make your way into a beautiful park. Enjoy the most impressive primary rainforest where you can admire the huge trees and complex ecosystem that surrounds them. Leaving the forest, get to the lava fields. Here, follow a trail through the enormous black lava rocks that were deposited there by the massive 1968 eruption. The reward is definitely worth the effort. With the impressive Arenal looming over you, you really get an idea of the immensity of this now silent giant and the violent force with which it erupted. All along the way, your bilingual guide will tell you about the history, the ecosystem, and the wildlife you may encounter. After a coffee break, go on the way to get some well-deserved relaxation. End the tour at a small hot spring resort, here you can soak in the soothing hot water while enjoying a complimentary cocktail.

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

10. 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.

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Overall rating

4.6 / 5

based on 199 reviews

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!

Fun guides, beautiful landscape. Walk through streams, repeal down a total of 4 spots. Canyoneering itself was over a little faster than I thought (maybe 4.5 stars bc of that). Food was delicious afterward too. Keep the same clothes on and go to the rope swing for 10 minutes before lunch. It’s right next door.

Every aspect of the tour exceeded our expectations! Our guide (Pepe) provided a great deal of information throughout the day. He was patient (as was our driver, Jorge) and knowledgeable. Our family (teenager included) would highly recommend this tour!

Nous avons eu une superbe journée, avec des guides incroyables. La nourriture était bonne et facile de communiquer avec eux pour la prise en charge.

Excellent guide with comprehensive knowledge of fauna/flora and geological history