La Fortuna, Alajuela
Location
8 Hours
Duration
English, Spanish
Languages
All Year Availability
Dates

Experience some of the best attractions of La Fortuna in one day! Start with a hike around the national park of Arenal Volcano, followed by stop at one of Costa Rica’s best natural wonders: La Fortuna Waterfall, and finish off with a spectacular wildlife tour of Mistico Hanging Bridges Park. All of that with hotel pick ups/drop offs and lunch included. This full day tour offers the perfect combination of nature, adventure and wildlife amongst the beautiful back drop of Arenal Volcano.

Your tour begins with a hotel pick up where you will be transported to the entrance of Arenal Volcano National Park. Here we will begin our three and a half kilometer (2 mile hike) around the base of the volcano. Enjoy the many wonders of this national park, including spectacular flora which grows abundantly thanks to the rich soils of this volcanic park. If you’re lucky, you even be able to enjoy some of the incredible Costa Rican animals too which are frequent visitors to this area. Your guide will be sure to explain the natural history of the volcano as well as highlight some its most recent eruptions along with some of the youngest igneous rock formations you may ever see being only a few decades old. The hike will also include a stop at the pristine El Silencio Reserve which offers one of the closest views of the magnificent Arenal Volcano.

With your hike complete, it’s time for a bit of fun and adventure as we travel to one of the most popular attractions in the area: the La Fortuna Waterfall. This 75 meter (246 ft) waterfall is truly a sight to behold and attracts tourists and locals from miles around. Start from the main lookout point of the falls where you can get some excellent photos before descending the steps down to reach the base of the waterfall. Once you have arrived and snapped up a few more excellent photos, you can then enjoy this time at your leisure. Pop on a swimsuit and take a dip in the pools or use this time to relax and take in the stunning surroundings. Once we have made our way back to the entrance, we will head to a local restaurant where you can enjoy a delicious typical Costa Rican lunch.

Finally it will be time for our last activity of the day at the Mistico Hanging Bridges Park where you will begin your wildlife and nature tour. This beautiful protected reserve boasts an incredible 16 bridges, with 6 hanging and 10 stationary, and a network of trails that bends through the valleys and hillsides of a lush, tropical jungle. See towering trees and an array of beautiful flora on this 3 kilometre (1.9 mile) looped hike. Make periodic stops to both observe and learn about not just the plants and trees of this stunning park, but also the abundance of animals that live here too. On any given day, you may be fortunate enough to see monkeys, sloths, agoutis, lizards, snakes, frogs, toucans, parrots, and much more. Your naturalist guide will be able to point out animals you may otherwise missed and give you a closer look thanks to high power viewing scopes. The hike also includes crossings of the famous hanging bridges where you can, on a clear day, enjoy unobstructed views of La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano in the distance as well as a birds-eye view of the forests canopy below.

With the wildlife walk complete, it will be time to head back to your accommodation where you tour will conclude.

DEPARTURE/RETURN LOCATION La Fortuna/Arenal
DEPARTURE TIME 7.00am.
RETURN TIME 2.30pm to 3.00pm.
WEAR Comfortable light clothing, water bottle, long pants (optional), rain jacket during the rainy season, swimsuit, insect repellent, camera and binoculars.
INCLUDED
Professional park guide & flash lights. Park entrance fee.
Return transportation. Typical Costa Rican lunch.
NOT INCLUDED
Guide gratuity (optional)

Pick up and drop off from your hotel is included in the tour price. Pick ups/drop offs are available through most hotels and accommodation in the La Fortuna area – if your hotel falls outside of this area we will advise a meeting point. Please let us know your accommodation upon booking.

This tour operates during rain too so umbrellas and raincoats are recommended during the rainy season.

Children prices are between the age of 6 and 11 years of age. Children younger then 5 are free of charge. Please know a moderate level of fitness is required as this tour is made up of two hikes and a 400 step decent/ascent at the waterfall.

We ask that you follow the instructions of the guides and do not wonder off the trail. Please note that, though our guides will do their best to track down animals, we must play by mother natures rules and observations of particular animals is not guaranteed.

Private tours for groups are available on request – please use the contact form or our contact page to request a quote. Tour is subject to a minimum number of two people before it can operate  – if numbers are not met, then you will be put on stand by until we can confirm or offered an alternative date of departure.

Additional information

Ticket TypeAdult, Child, Infant
1

7.00AM

Meet your guide at your accommodation in the La Fortuna/Arenal area and be transported to Arenal Volcano National Park.
2

7.30AM

After a quick briefing, start your 3.5 kilometer (2 mile) hike through Arenal Volcano National Park. Make occasional stops with your naturalist guide to learn more about the native flora and fauna that populate this area, as well as the natural history of the volcano and its past eruptions. You’ll also make a stop at the beautiful El Silencio Reserve which is provides a fantastic view of the volcano on a clear day.
1

10.30AM

Once your hike is complete it will be time to make your way to the stunning La Fortuna Waterfall. Here you will descend down a small canyon to reach the base of the falls and pools below the waterfall. Here you can enjoy a refreshing swim in the pools or simply take in the beautiful natural scenery.
1

12.00PM

Make your way to a typical Costa Rican Restaurant a short distance from La Fortuna township to enjoy a typical lunch and refreshments.
1

1.00Pm

Arrive at Mistico Hanging Bridges Park to start your wildlife and nature walk. From the entrance, you will make your way along a looped trail which includes several bridge crossings and multiple stops to enjoy the native flora and fauna. Your expert naturalist guide will be sure to use his or her trained eye and viewing scopes to spot animals easily missed in the foliage and canopy. There will also be opportunities to cross the parks famous hanging bridges for a beautiful view of La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano.
2

2.30PM-3.00PM

Arrive back at the national park entrance and head back to your accommodation where your tour will conclude.
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