Activities in La Fortuna - 4 Tips Edventure Travel

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La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano: An Outdoor and Wellness Paradise

La Fortuna and the majestic Arenal Volcano form a true paradise for travelers seeking breathtaking natural beauty and exciting activities. With an overwhelming array of outdoor adventures and lush rainforests surrounded by a volcanic backdrop, it can be challenging to decide where to start. We often receive inquiries about the best things to do in this remarkable region, so in this blog, we’re delighted to share some of our favorite activities that we wholeheartedly recommend:

Top Activities in La Fortuna:

Walking on hanging bridges in the forest

A visit to the Mistico Hanging Bridges is a must-do! We suggest heading out in the morning, either independently or with a knowledgeable guide. This time offers the best chance to spot wildlife and immerse yourself in the rainforest’s beauty. Alternatively, the Twilight Tour offers a magical experience as you witness the rainforest transform during sunset. We recommend avoiding the afternoon hours (between 12 and 3 pm) when wildlife sightings are less likely. However, these hours are perfect for horseback riding within the same park, providing spectacular views of the volcano and Arenal Lake.

Hiking through Rainforest and Lava Fields

Arenal 1968 Park is another highlight. Here, you can hike through rainforests and over old lava blocks on the volcano’s flanks. The lava blocks stand as silent witnesses to the powerful eruption of the volcano in 1968, adding to the hike’s allure. This versatile walk doesn’t require extreme fitness levels. At the hike’s end, you’ll find a spectacular viewpoint and a cozy coffee shop where you can relax and savor the views of the volcano and the lake. This activity is particularly enjoyable in the morning or afternoon.

Relaxing in the Hot Springs

A trip to La Fortuna is incomplete without a visit to the famous hot springs. The region is renowned for its thermal springs, perfect for unwinding after a day filled with adventure. You can choose to relax in the freely accessible warmwater river or visit one of the many spas. Spas vary in price range and offerings, allowing you to select the one that suits you best. For a tranquil, intimate experience, consider Ecotermales. Families looking for a day of excitement might opt for Baldi Hotsprings, which boasts 18 pools, water slides, and two restaurants.

Adventurous Full-Day Hiking and Swimming

If you’re short on time or eager to combine the above activities into one action-packed day, you can book a tour that combines action and relaxation. These tours typically include rainforest hikes around the volcano, swimming at Arenal Waterfall, and relaxation in warmwater rivers. You’ll be engaged for approximately nine hours, so you’ll likely be hungry afterward. Fortunately, the village of La Fortuna offers numerous restaurants where you can refuel after a day of adventures.

Crafting your dream trip in Costa Rica

In addition to the activities mentioned above, La Fortuna offers a wealth of additional experiences, such as mountain biking, stand-up paddleboarding on Lake Arenal, or visiting a sloth sanctuary. La Fortuna and the Arenal Volcano provide endless opportunities for adventurers and nature enthusiasts. If you need further assistance, the travel experts at Edventure Travel are here to help you create your dream trip. Share your preferences with us, and we’ll gladly craft a customized travel plan just for you!