Welcome to La Fortuna


For most of its history, La Fortuna has been a sleepy agricultural town, 6km from the base of Cerro Arenal (Arenal Hill). In 1968, Arenal erupted violently after nearly 400 years of dormancy and buried the small villages of Pueblo Nuevo, San Luís and Tabacón. Suddenly, tourists from around the world started descending en masse in search of fiery night skies and that inevitable blurry photo of creeping lava. La Fortuna remains one of the top destinations for travelers in Costa Rica, even though the great mountain stopped spewing its molten discharge in 2010.


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$156 Day Trips & Excursions

Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Trip from San Jose

After a minivan pickup from your hotel in San Jose, your day trip begins with the 35-minute drive northwest to Sarchí, a Central Valley town famous for its crafts, particularly wood and leather furniture and decorated oxcarts. Pick up a souvenir or two from a local artisan before making the 2.5-hour drive further north to the town of La Fortuna, which sits below Arenal and offers an unobstructed view of the volcán on clear days. On arrival in La Fortuna, head to a local restaurant for a typical Costa Rican lunch of rice, beans, chicken or steak, and plantains, accompanied by a great view of Arenal. Then, continue your tour about 20 minutes down the road to Mirador Arenal 1968, a trail system on the edge of Arenal Volcano National Park (Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal) named for the 1968 eruption. Walk along the paths to find the best photo spots of the volcano and Lake Arenal (Lago Arenal), and watch for glimpses of bright orange lava flowing down the volcano. Finally, head a few miles back toward La Fortuna to the Tabacón hot springs — officially Tabacón Grand Spa Thermal Resort — one of Costa Rica’s biggest and most luxurious hot springs resorts. Enjoy roughly 3.5 hours here to soak in the various pools, which range in temperature from 77 to 102°F (25 to 38°C).The resort is beautifully landscaped with waterfalls and lush vegetation and offers many ways to relax, from secluded pools to a swim-up bar (drinks at your own expense), so sit back and enjoy it until dinner is served. The resort’s buffet dinner lasts about 30 minutes and offers a selection of Costa Rican cuisine, similar to lunch. After dinner, head back to your hotel in San Jose (about 2.5 hours), where your tour ends.

$64 Outdoor Activities

Horseback Riding in Arenal River from La Fortuna

Canyon River Trail Ride: an unstoppable adventure that crosses rivers, waterfalls, jungle, Maleku Village and more. Path designed for nature lovers.A beautiful example of the Costa Rican country site will be found on the road, livestock farms and agriculture, also the opportunity to see some birds such as oropendolas and toucans.The duration of the tour is approximately four hours; from La Fortuna we have to travel 5.5 kilometers to the southeast. Spend 1.5 hours to get to the resting place of the horses.

$150 Day Trips & Excursions

Arenal Volcano and Baldi Hot Springs with Admission and Meals

The impressive Arenal Volcano is a magnificent natural wonder that is situated in La Fortuna of San Carlos, Costa Rica. On your way to Arenal Volcano there will be a stop in the famous town of Sarchi, known as the birthplace of Costa Rica’s Artisans.In Sarchi, you  will see an ox cart known as the largest in the world. The cart is made of wood (cedar) and it is decorated with stunning colors, such as a bright orange. The design is typical and intricate, indicative of traditional oxcarts. The journey will then continue, going through plantations with agricultural products, including pineapple farms, and mango groves, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until arriving to the small town of La Fortuna. You will  stop to enjoy lunch at a cozy restaurant with a spectacular view of the Arenal volcano. After that  you will go on to relax at one of the best hot springs in the area where you will enjoy the rejuvenating effects of the thermal waters. As well as an optional, not included, massage or other special treatment that must be reserved ahead. Before going back to San José, a wonderful dinner will be served with a great view of the volcano.

$153 Day Trips & Excursions

Arenal Volcano and Tabacón Hot Springs Day Tour from San José

The impressive Arenal Volcano is a magnificent natural wonder that is situated in La Fortuna (The Fortune) of San Carlos, Costa Rica.It is important to note that the volcano had previously been assumed to be dormant, until in 1968, when it experienced a major eruption.To get to this natural wonder we must go to the north of the country, and inevitably. We must make a stop in the famous town of Sarchi, which has earned the name of the Birthplace of Costa Rica’s Artisans.As we continue our trip we will go through diverse plantations with agricultural products, ornamental plants and cattle ranches until we arrive to La Fortuna, for lunch in a cozy restaurant right in front of the volcano. This excellent location will allow us the best view of the volcano.Later we will relax in one of the best thermal water places in the area where you will be able to enjoy an optional massage or other specialtreatments that must be reserved ahead of time. Lastly, a wonderful dinner will be served with a great view of the Arenal Volcano. After dinner we will begin our return trip to the city of San Jose.Later we will relax in one of the best thermal water places in the area where you will be able to enjoy.Lastly, a wonderful dinner will be served with a great view of the Arenal Volcano. After dinner we will begin our return trip to the city of San Jose.

$185 Outdoor Activities

Arenal Volcano/La Fortuna Waterfall/Baldi Springs Private Tour

ItineraryThis is a typical itinerary for this productPass By: Arenal Volcano (Volcan Arenal), Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuelabeautiful view of the volcano from the raodStop At: Baldi Hot Springs, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuelabeautiful hot springs complex where you will be able to relax in the thermal pools and enjoy a great buffet lunchDuration: 2 hoursStop At: La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Arenal Volcano National Park, Province of Alajuelathe most beautiful waterfall in Fortuna Town is visited in this tour. free time for explore it or swimming in the chilly waterDuration: 2 hours

$194 Day Trips & Excursions

Full Day Volcano and Hot Springs Tour from Guanacaste

A trip to Costa Rica would not be complete without visiting the Arenal Volcano. Departing from the beaches of Costa Rica’s North Pacific Coast, we head first through the dry landscape of Guanacaste province and continue to the country's northern inland plains.Then, we will drive on a route dominated by the cone of Arenal Volcano; end the day with a well-deserved relaxing dip in the therapeutic hot springs with water heated directly from the volcano, The impressive Arenal Volcano is a magnificent natural wonder that is situated in La Fortuna (The Fortune) of San Carlos, Costa Rica, not to mention the lush vegetation and unforgettable views that make this place one to remember.