Walking Travel Guide to La Fortuna, Costa Rica

La Fortuna, located in Costa Rica’s Alajuela province, has a wide range of stunning sights to see and adventures to experience. With plenty of natural trails that run between massive waterfalls and volcanic hot springs, this is a must-visit destination if you are planning a trip to Central America.

Top 8 Attractions in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

  1. Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges Park

Located in front of the impressive Arenal Volcano, this beautiful area features tons of wildlife to check out as you cross its many hanging bridges and marvel at the trees and ravines below. Just be sure to bring your insect repellant and wear suitable shoes, or hiking boots if possible.

  1. La Fortuna Waterfall

Photo by Derek Ramsey via Wikimedia Commons

La Fortuna Waterfall is an absolutely breathtaking sight to behold. Walk down the 400 steps to the base of the waterfall and take a refreshing dip in the emerald-green pool at the bottom.

  1. El Silencio Reserve

El Silencio Reserve has an amazing view of the volcano, including a walk past actual lava beds. There is a ton of wildlife to be spotted in the area and you will get a genuine feel for the majesty of the rainforest.

  1. Lake Arenal

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Lake Arenal is a very gorgeous and calming man-made lake near the volcano. Here, you can take boat trips, enjoy a round of fishing, water-skiing or even travel across to visit Monteverde.

  1. Ecocentro Danaus

Rana de Ojos Rojos en el Ecocentro Danaus
This biodiverse nature reserve is a great place to go birdwatching while spotting sloths and howler monkeys on the way. The beautiful area also has a butterfly garden and is the perfect place for a peaceful nature walk.

  1. Proyecto Asis

Proyecto Asis is a must-see wildlife shelter and environmental education center where you can have a learning experience surrounded by toucans, macaws and baby monkeys. The shelter also offers you the opportunity to join in the feeding and caring of some of the animals.

  1. Arenal Mundo Aventura

Featuring ziplining and waterfall rappelling, Arenal Mundo Aventura is the ideal spot for those seeking a bit more of a thrill during their travels. The area has many panoramic views, a replica native village and you can even ride a horse back to the beginning.

  1. Tabacon Hot Springs

La Fortuna’s many hot springs are naturally heated by the Arenal Volcano. Relax your tired muscles after a long day of walking in one of multiple locations including the river across from the Tabacon resort or, for a more luxurious experience, in the actual resort itself.

Where to stay in La Fortuna

A great family-friendly choice is the The Springs Resort and Spa, which is great for kids and features 18 hot springs, as well a restaurant with splendid views of the volcano. You could also opt for the Tabacon resort mentioned earlier and tie it into your walking trip.

If you happen to be honeymooning with your significant other and are looking for a more romantic experience, Nayara Springs is highly recommended. This adult-only hotel has 16 rustic rooms and features free yoga classes in the morning.

Matthieu Dalant is a French-Canadian blogger from Montreal. He writes on a diverse number of topics including business, technology, travel and culture. You can find some of his other writing about Costa Rica on the Target Car Rental blog.

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