Catarata La Fortuna

Catarata La Fortuna: Our most recommended tours and activities

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.

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

3. 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.

La Fortuna: Rainforest Chocolate Tour

4. La Fortuna: Rainforest Chocolate Tour

Visit a cocoa farm in the rainforest with majestic views of Arenal Volcano. See where cocoa is grown, processed and produced and unearth the hidden secrets of local chocolate production. This interactive experience lets travelers eat as much chocolate as they want while learning about the history, culture, and traditions of this popular Costa Rican sweet. In this 2-hour hands-on program, have the opportunity to learn interesting facts about cocoa and chocolate, its origin and history. Participate in all aspects of the production process, from the harvesting of the fruit, drying, and grinding of the seeds.  Discover why the cacao tree was very important to ancient cultures. Find out how cacao was not only used as a ceremonial drink, but its seeds were also used as currency because of its economic value, in many regions of Mesoamerica, including Costa Rica.

La Fortuna: Guided Waterfall Hike

5. La Fortuna: Guided Waterfall Hike

La Fortuna waterfall is a perfect opportunity to see exotic nature, but up-close. The tour guide will help you to spot the different species of birds and different kind of plants that you will able to enjoy during the hike. Keep your eye out and bring your camera to take photos of the view. The sounds and the foliage around the waterfall are some simple things that make this visit a unique natural experience. Even if is raining, It is impressive to see the sheer power of the water coming off the rocks. The stairs/trail is in good conditions, making it suitable for most ages. In addition, do not forget your bathing suit! Swimming in the cool crystalline waters of the waterfall pool will be one of the highlights and will cool you off from your hike. It is breathtaking. This is a perfect tour for nature lovers!

Arenal: 4 Activities Tour with Optional Hot Springs

6. Arenal: 4 Activities Tour with Optional Hot Springs

Visit the most important attractions of Arenal Volcano National Park and hike along a mountain trail to get magnificent views of the mighty mountain in safety. Hope for clear skies to see as far as Arenal Lake, the secondary forest, and the area devastated by previous eruptions.  Continue to the impressive waterfall of La Fortuna, where you can go for a refreshing swim in the cool waters or take pictures of its natural beauty. Stop at a restaurant near downtown La Fortuna for a delicious a la carte lunch. Then, head to the Arenal Hanging Bridges to hike the trail high above the tree canopy. Cross 15 hanging and stationary bridges and look for the local wildlife along the way. End the day at the hot springs of your choice, with or without dinner. Get picked up after your meal for the drive back to your hotel. 

La Fortuna: Arenal Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall

7. 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.

Jaco: Arenal Volcano, Fortuna Waterfall, & Hot Springs Tour

8. Jaco: Arenal Volcano, Fortuna Waterfall, & Hot Springs Tour

Tour the best locations of the Arenal Volcano area and learn about the nature of this unique destination. Swim in La Fortuna Waterfall, hike over lava trails, visit a look-out point to get the best views of the volcano on clear days, and soak in the hot springs at the base of Arenal Volcano. Take the scenic route to the Arenal Volcano area and visit La Fortuna Waterfall, the most iconic of Costa Rica. Swim in its refreshing waters and admire the beautiful rainforest vegetation that surrounds this natural wonder, where wildlife can sometimes be observed. Stop for an authentic Costa Rican lunch in a restaurant located near the town of "La Fortuna." Then, prepare to take a hike over the lava trails from the volcano’s big eruption of 1,968. Take in the views at the volcano’s main look-out point and get the best views of this beautiful conic-shaped mountain on clear days. Arrive at “Paradise Hot Springs and Gardens” and relax for a couple of hours in the multiple hot spring pools surrounded by beautiful tropical gardens, which also provide great views of the volcano on clear days. Finish this great adventurous day with a delicious dinner on the route back to your hotel.

La Fortuna: Arenal Mundo Aventura Guided Adventure Tour

9. La Fortuna: Arenal Mundo Aventura Guided Adventure Tour

This combination tour at Arenal Mundo Aventura is a great way to experience some of Costa Rica’s best thrills in just one day. On this La Fortuna tour, you will zipline 12 Canopy cables, the longest and highest in the area, from which you can see beautiful views of the Pino Blanco Waterfall, the La Fortuna Waterfall, Cerro Chato and the majestic Arenal Volcano. Following, you will rappel down a 80 meter high waterfall descent over rocky walls surrounded by crystalline waterfalls. Return to your next adventure via a 100-step hanging latter to continue your journey on horseback enjoying the scenic landscapes surrounding the dormant Arenal Volcano. Unwind after a short hike by taking a refreshing dip in the water pools of the La Fortuna Waterfall. A visit to the indigenous village of the Maleku tribe will conclude your combo experience with a cultural touch. Your visit will support in preserving the Maleku’s cultural legacy, their beliefs and traditions for future generations. To end this fun-filled adventure at Arenal Mundo Aventura get to enjoy a typical Costa Rican lunch.

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

10. La Fortuna: Mistico Bridges, Falls, and Arenal Volcano Tour

Experience starts with A trail of 3.2 km in total allows guests to comfortably enjoy the rain forest attractive with 16 bridges, all bridges have an ideal design to provide a contemplative experience of the rain forest. The strategic position and height of each of the bridges allows you to observe from a favorable perspective the different attractions and thousands of species that inhabit the reserve, trees, flowers, plants, insects, mammals, reptiles, frogs and many others live in an ecosystem in perfect balance. Then we travel to La Fortuna waterfall which emerges from dense jungle greenery before plummeting some 200 feet (65 mts) into an emerald pool below. Those that have brought along swimming suits and a hearty sense of adventure can swim in the chilly water below the fall. Afterwards, enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch. We continue to an unforgettable hiking experience through trails marked with the remains of previous lava flows of the impressive and majestic Arenal Volcano. The main attraction of this place is of course, the Arenal Volcano with its nearly perfect cone shape, and a height of 1633 meters. Along the hike you will discover the abundant flora and fauna which inhabits the rainforest; your guide will explain the surprising history and activity of the Arenal Volcano.

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What people are saying about Catarata La Fortuna

Overall rating

4.8 / 5

based on 570 reviews

Good! Tour guide was very knowledgeable! The only thing was that hot springs is not included in the 4 activities only voucher. It should be more like 3 activities with lunch included. We bought the 4 activities voucher thinking that hot springs is included, but it wasn’t. The activities that we did was the Arenal volcano hike, La Fortuna Waterfall, and Arenal hanging bridges. Which were all fun and beautiful experiences.

Its a long day but totally worth it, our guide Eric was awesome and super knowledgeable. You could tell he really had a passion for nature and teaching others about it. Its not a very physically demanding day the only real uphill is going back up from the waterfall. I would highly recommend bringing water shoes. Overall it was a great day and wouldn't hesitate to do it again.

Our tour was AWESOME!! The guide, Santiago, was EXCELLENT!! He was very informative, helpful and always looking after us. The whole experience was the perfect way to start our Costa Rica vacation. We did hiking, swam on the waterfall, visit an indigenous village, saw the volcano and ended in the hot springs all super!!

This was a great tour. We received so much information on how it is processed. The chocolate tasting was the best! Katherine was our guide and she was wonderful!! Would definitely recommend this!!

I really enjoyed this long day!! We did a lot, we laughed a lot with our guide Franklin, we learned a lot, I definitley high recommend it!!