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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 forests, 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 reach 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 complimentary cocktail. Afterward, you will be taken back to your accommodation.

La Fortuna or Monteverde: One-Way Boat Transfer

2. La Fortuna or Monteverde: One-Way Boat Transfer

Add a little adventure to your transportation needs between Monteverde and La Fortuna and avail of a transfer that includes an informative boat tour across Lake Arenal. Get spectacular views of Arenal Volcano and the cloud forests of Monteverde as you travel by van and boat. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure in either direction to suit your schedule, and relax in the knowledge that your luggage will be taken care of on every step of the journey. Depart La Fortuna and travel to Lake Arenal by van. Then, take a 30-minute boat ride to the town of Río Chiquito before continuing to Monteverde by van. For departures from Monteverde, travel to Lake Arenal by van. Cross Lake Arenal on an enlightening 30-minute boat ride to the earthen dam, and then continue to La Fortuna by van for drop off at your hotel.

From La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano & Hotsprings Afternoon Tour

3. 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.

El Castillo: Lake Arenal Standup Paddleboard or Kayak Rental

4. El Castillo: Lake Arenal Standup Paddleboard or Kayak Rental

Renting a kayak or a Paddleboard will you give you the freedom to choose the time you spend at Lake Arenal. Set the time that works best for your itinerary, do this vía WhatsApp. This is perfect for those who plan their trip day by day. The equipment rented must be picked-up and drop-off back at our office (boards only). We're located just 50 m from the lake, right across the street. In out office we have wifi, restrooms, showers, lobby, and free-parking. Please confirm your starting time and equipment as soon as you book.

La Fortuna de Arenal: Lake Crossing to Monteverde

5. La Fortuna de Arenal: Lake Crossing to Monteverde

Travel easily between La Fortuna and Monteverde with a van-boat-van transfer crossing over Arenal Lake. On the fastest route between the two towns, you'll experience the beauty of the Arenal Volcano National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Enjoy transportation from your hotel door in La Fortuna to your location in Monteverde or Santa Elena. Your transfer lasts approximately three hours, including one hour of sailing over Lake Arenal. Take in the route's spectacular views of the lake, Arenal Volcano National Park, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. There's also time for a pit stop to stretch your legs, use the bathroom, take photos of the scenery, and buy food. Make use of the free wifi on board the vans. The non-private transfer operates on a pre-set daily schedule, and the private option can be scheduled at any time. Both options include door-to-door pickup and drop-off from within the designated zones.

Monteverde: Lake Crossing to La Fortuna de Arenal

6. Monteverde: Lake Crossing to La Fortuna de Arenal

Travel easy, safe, and fun between Monteverde and La Fortuna De Arenal! Also known as the Taxi-Boat-Taxi or Jeep-Boat-Jeep, this is the fastest and most popular route between Monteverde and Arenal, combining the excitement of an adventure trip with the convenience of a transport service. Experience the beauty of the Arenal Volcano National Park, a boat ride on Lake Arenal, and incredible views of the mountains and villages. Travel easily between Monteverde and La Fortuna de Arenal. This service is provided daily from Monteverde to Arenal. We will gladly pick you up from the door of your hotel, then you will get transported by vehicle to the lake and then board a boat for approximately one hour to cross the lake. Once you reach the other side, one of our professional representatives will help you load the luggage, board the vehicle, and take you to the door of your hotel. The Shared Arenal Lake Crossing operates daily. However, shared shuttles are by no means public bus transportation. Another nice feature of our shared shuttle is that there is at least one stop along the way where passengers can stretch, pose for photographs, use the facilities, and get food. The Private Arenal Lake Crossing can be scheduled anytime you wish and from any airport, hotel, private home, or identifiable landmark in Costa Rica. Another nice feature of our private transport is that it allows one hour of free wait time for the journey, giving your group opportunities to coordinate a road adventure, pose for photographs, take bathroom breaks, or enjoy a meal. Enjoy your way with Wi-Fi inside the vehicles to share every adventure of your trip. Our local drivers and guides who are eager to help your group move safely around the country will show you our amazing country. Trust is earned. Give us the opportunity to earn yours. We will be happy to be part of your next trip!

From El Castillo: Lake Arenal Kayak & SUP Tour with Snacks

7. From El Castillo: Lake Arenal Kayak & SUP Tour with Snacks

You will learn how to do stand-up paddle boarding or kayak from bi-lingual and trained guides in the lake arenal while you enjoying the stunning views of the Arenal volcano. The tour begins with a 30-minute briefing in which you learn safety tips, paddling techniques, and do's/ dont´s in SUP and kayaking. Your guides are always giving you feedback along the tour. You'll paddle from 2 km to 5km depending on your proficiency level and preferences. You'll experience Arenal volcano and the tropical rainforest in a unique way! Enjoy the stunning views, and the challenging games guides will offer you to participate on. First part of the tour is upwind, and last part is downwind, you don´t even have to do a big effort to get back to the starting point! Once you're back, you'll receive a towel per person. You could request our professional photography service at the beginning of the tour for an extra charge, as well as a la carte lunch service for a few extra bucks! Don´t miss the opportunity to do the most popular water activity in La Fortuna.

Monteverde: Lake Crossing to La Fortuna de Arenal

8. Monteverde: Lake Crossing to La Fortuna de Arenal

Take the hassle out of getting to La Fortuna from Monteverde with this van-boat-van transfer. Enjoy pickup at your hotel in Monteverde, a boat cruise on Lake Arenal, and drop-off at your hotel in La Fortuna. Choose between shared or private transportation options. After pickup at your Monteverde hotel, board an air-conditioned van to Lake Arenal. Once there, hop on the boat and cruise across Lake Arenal enjoying views of Arenal Volcano as you go. Upon arrival at the other side of the lake, disembark the boat. Then, meet your second driver and get taken to your hotel in La Fortuna in an air-conditioned van. Stay connected on both legs of the van transfer with included Wi-Fi.

La Fortuna: Scenic Transfer to Monteverde via Arenal Lake

9. La Fortuna: Scenic Transfer to Monteverde via Arenal Lake

Sit back, relax and take in the views as you enjoy a hassle-free transfer between your accommodation in La Fortuna and Monteverde. Travel via the scenic Lake Arenal and take in the lakeside mountain views. Start with pickup from your hotel in La Fortuna before heading to Monteverde via Lake Arenal. Feel as though you're on a mini tour with this transfer through the heart of Costa Rica. Admire the scenery around Lake Arenal on your way to your next adventure.

Canopy Tour

10. Canopy Tour

Embark on an exhilarating canopy tour and soar through the treetops of the Costa Rican rainforest. Zip line through lush vegetation, over majestic canyons, and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. This adventure is perfect for thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike. Enjoy stunning views of the Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal, and the surrounding rainforest canopy as you glide through the treetops. This tour offers a unique perspective of Costa Rica's natural beauty. Our experienced guides will ensure your safety and provide interesting information about the flora, fauna, and history of the area. Learn about the rich biodiversity of the rainforest as you zip line through it. Rest assured that safety is our top priority. Our equipment is top-of-the-line, and our guides are trained in safety procedures to ensure a fun and secure experience for all participants.

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Lake Arenal: Our most recommended tours and activities

La Fortuna: Waterfall, Arenal Volcano and Hot Springs Tour

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 forests, 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 reach 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 complimentary cocktail. Afterward, you will be taken back to your accommodation.

La Fortuna or Monteverde: One-Way Boat Transfer

La Fortuna or Monteverde: One-Way Boat Transfer

Add a little adventure to your transportation needs between Monteverde and La Fortuna and avail of a transfer that includes an informative boat tour across Lake Arenal. Get spectacular views of Arenal Volcano and the cloud forests of Monteverde as you travel by van and boat. Choose from a morning or afternoon departure in either direction to suit your schedule, and relax in the knowledge that your luggage will be taken care of on every step of the journey. Depart La Fortuna and travel to Lake Arenal by van. Then, take a 30-minute boat ride to the town of Río Chiquito before continuing to Monteverde by van. For departures from Monteverde, travel to Lake Arenal by van. Cross Lake Arenal on an enlightening 30-minute boat ride to the earthen dam, and then continue to La Fortuna by van for drop off at your hotel.

From La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano & Hotsprings Afternoon Tour

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.

El Castillo: Lake Arenal Standup Paddleboard or Kayak Rental

El Castillo: Lake Arenal Standup Paddleboard or Kayak Rental

Renting a kayak or a Paddleboard will you give you the freedom to choose the time you spend at Lake Arenal. Set the time that works best for your itinerary, do this vía WhatsApp. This is perfect for those who plan their trip day by day. The equipment rented must be picked-up and drop-off back at our office (boards only). We're located just 50 m from the lake, right across the street. In out office we have wifi, restrooms, showers, lobby, and free-parking. Please confirm your starting time and equipment as soon as you book.

La Fortuna de Arenal: Lake Crossing to Monteverde

La Fortuna de Arenal: Lake Crossing to Monteverde

Travel easily between La Fortuna and Monteverde with a van-boat-van transfer crossing over Arenal Lake. On the fastest route between the two towns, you'll experience the beauty of the Arenal Volcano National Park and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. Enjoy transportation from your hotel door in La Fortuna to your location in Monteverde or Santa Elena. Your transfer lasts approximately three hours, including one hour of sailing over Lake Arenal. Take in the route's spectacular views of the lake, Arenal Volcano National Park, and the Monteverde Cloud Forest. There's also time for a pit stop to stretch your legs, use the bathroom, take photos of the scenery, and buy food. Make use of the free wifi on board the vans. The non-private transfer operates on a pre-set daily schedule, and the private option can be scheduled at any time. Both options include door-to-door pickup and drop-off from within the designated zones.

Monteverde: Lake Crossing to La Fortuna de Arenal

Monteverde: Lake Crossing to La Fortuna de Arenal

Travel easy, safe, and fun between Monteverde and La Fortuna De Arenal! Also known as the Taxi-Boat-Taxi or Jeep-Boat-Jeep, this is the fastest and most popular route between Monteverde and Arenal, combining the excitement of an adventure trip with the convenience of a transport service. Experience the beauty of the Arenal Volcano National Park, a boat ride on Lake Arenal, and incredible views of the mountains and villages. Travel easily between Monteverde and La Fortuna de Arenal. This service is provided daily from Monteverde to Arenal. We will gladly pick you up from the door of your hotel, then you will get transported by vehicle to the lake and then board a boat for approximately one hour to cross the lake. Once you reach the other side, one of our professional representatives will help you load the luggage, board the vehicle, and take you to the door of your hotel. The Shared Arenal Lake Crossing operates daily. However, shared shuttles are by no means public bus transportation. Another nice feature of our shared shuttle is that there is at least one stop along the way where passengers can stretch, pose for photographs, use the facilities, and get food. The Private Arenal Lake Crossing can be scheduled anytime you wish and from any airport, hotel, private home, or identifiable landmark in Costa Rica. Another nice feature of our private transport is that it allows one hour of free wait time for the journey, giving your group opportunities to coordinate a road adventure, pose for photographs, take bathroom breaks, or enjoy a meal. Enjoy your way with Wi-Fi inside the vehicles to share every adventure of your trip. Our local drivers and guides who are eager to help your group move safely around the country will show you our amazing country. Trust is earned. Give us the opportunity to earn yours. We will be happy to be part of your next trip!

From El Castillo: Lake Arenal Kayak & SUP Tour with Snacks

From El Castillo: Lake Arenal Kayak & SUP Tour with Snacks

You will learn how to do stand-up paddle boarding or kayak from bi-lingual and trained guides in the lake arenal while you enjoying the stunning views of the Arenal volcano. The tour begins with a 30-minute briefing in which you learn safety tips, paddling techniques, and do's/ dont´s in SUP and kayaking. Your guides are always giving you feedback along the tour. You'll paddle from 2 km to 5km depending on your proficiency level and preferences. You'll experience Arenal volcano and the tropical rainforest in a unique way! Enjoy the stunning views, and the challenging games guides will offer you to participate on. First part of the tour is upwind, and last part is downwind, you don´t even have to do a big effort to get back to the starting point! Once you're back, you'll receive a towel per person. You could request our professional photography service at the beginning of the tour for an extra charge, as well as a la carte lunch service for a few extra bucks! Don´t miss the opportunity to do the most popular water activity in La Fortuna.

Monteverde: Lake Crossing to La Fortuna de Arenal

Monteverde: Lake Crossing to La Fortuna de Arenal

Take the hassle out of getting to La Fortuna from Monteverde with this van-boat-van transfer. Enjoy pickup at your hotel in Monteverde, a boat cruise on Lake Arenal, and drop-off at your hotel in La Fortuna. Choose between shared or private transportation options. After pickup at your Monteverde hotel, board an air-conditioned van to Lake Arenal. Once there, hop on the boat and cruise across Lake Arenal enjoying views of Arenal Volcano as you go. Upon arrival at the other side of the lake, disembark the boat. Then, meet your second driver and get taken to your hotel in La Fortuna in an air-conditioned van. Stay connected on both legs of the van transfer with included Wi-Fi.

La Fortuna: Scenic Transfer to Monteverde via Arenal Lake

La Fortuna: Scenic Transfer to Monteverde via Arenal Lake

Sit back, relax and take in the views as you enjoy a hassle-free transfer between your accommodation in La Fortuna and Monteverde. Travel via the scenic Lake Arenal and take in the lakeside mountain views. Start with pickup from your hotel in La Fortuna before heading to Monteverde via Lake Arenal. Feel as though you're on a mini tour with this transfer through the heart of Costa Rica. Admire the scenery around Lake Arenal on your way to your next adventure.

Canopy Tour

Canopy Tour

Embark on an exhilarating canopy tour and soar through the treetops of the Costa Rican rainforest. Zip line through lush vegetation, over majestic canyons, and enjoy breathtaking views of the surrounding landscape. This adventure is perfect for thrill-seekers and nature lovers alike. Enjoy stunning views of the Arenal Volcano, Lake Arenal, and the surrounding rainforest canopy as you glide through the treetops. This tour offers a unique perspective of Costa Rica's natural beauty. Our experienced guides will ensure your safety and provide interesting information about the flora, fauna, and history of the area. Learn about the rich biodiversity of the rainforest as you zip line through it. Rest assured that safety is our top priority. Our equipment is top-of-the-line, and our guides are trained in safety procedures to ensure a fun and secure experience for all participants.

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What people are saying about Lake Arenal

Overall rating

4.7
(708 reviews)

This was a very enjoyable trip which we would recommend. It was very well organised and the guides were excellent at running the day and explaining everything clearly. It was a full day and good value given the amount of things we did. Thank you for a great day!

Great ! A rich and immersive day to get a complete overview of the culture of La Fortuna. The boys are at the top and offer two courses, one for the more adventurous, with a thirst for adventure, and another more peaceful, so ideal if there are children!

superb excursion but a little long! very nice day on the other hand ☺️ can we advise people that they must be in good shape because we waited 40 minutes after 2 people who got lost going up the stairs of La Fortuna..

Excellent and brilliant surprise visiting the original people from this area it was sad that only 650 survive but amazing that they are so welcoming.

All the additional information about flora and fauna from Carlos, during a hike through the volcanic area... simply priceless.