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Top 5 tourist attractions in La Fortuna

Today, La Fortuna is one of the main tourist destinations in Costa Rica, and along with Tortuguero, Monteverde, Manuel Antonio, Osa Peninsula, is on the route of almost all visitors who come to Costa Rica. Its main attraction today is the iconic and perfect shape of the Arenal Volcano, right next to the town, as well as the impressive nature and the many activities and tours offered in the area, including activities focused on nature, eco-tourism, adventure tours and adrenaline to natural learning.

The Beginnings

La Fortuna became famous in the 90’s, when international tourists began to arrive, attracted by the incessant activity of the Arenal Volcano. Contrary to today’s activity, in the 90’s and early 2000, Arenal Volcano presented non-stop activity with strong eruptions practically every day, and several times a day. Being able to see this spectacle was undoubtedly a unique experience, since especially at night, you could appreciate how lava and huge rocks were thrown miles into the air and then rolled down the slopes.
Today this activity of the volcano ceased, however, the volcano is still active, and you can see emanations of gases and vapors, and in addition to that, the view of the volcano itself, with its perfect conical shape covered up to half by tropical forests, is still a spectacle by itself.


To 5 Highlights of La Fortuna

  1. Arenal Volcano National Park

Arenal Volcano is still the main attraction of La Fortuna. It is part of the Arenal Volcano National Park, which protects not only the volcano, but large portions of tropical rain forests. It can be visited in two ways, entering through the official entrance of the National Park, where there are trails that offer tours of the ancient lava flows, as well as unpredictable views of Lake Arenal and other landscapes. Ot6ra way to visit the volcano is in Lava1968, a private project right next to the entrance of the national park, and like this, offers viewpoints, trails and wonderful views. Canoa Aventura offers tours to both sites, both independently and in combination with other attractions.

  2. Volcanic Hot Water Springs

Volcanic hot springs abound in the area. With their relaxing and healing properties thanks to their minerals, they captivate almost all visitors. What better than to relax and let yourself be pampered in the hot springs after a day of adventure and eco-tourism! There are several facilities of thermal waters, from Tabacón, Ecotermales, Termalitas, Titoku, Baldi and several more. These offer almost always the same service, from entrance and changing rooms, to food and beverage services, and in some cases, massages and treatments with natural products from the volcano, such as volcanic mud. Canoa Aventura offers the best thermal waters within its tour offer, ask for a quote.

3. La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall is located on the slopes of the Arenal Volcano. Without a doubt, those who dream of visiting an impressive waterfall immersed in the tropical forest, with an impressive free fall of water and a lagoon at the foot of the waterfall, then La Fortuna Waterfall is the place for you. In addition to the stunning natural scenery, you will be able to swim in the lagoon at the foot of the waterfall. To get there on your own, you must reach the entrance point on the east side of the volcano. Access is quite difficult and involves certain risks, so we recommend booking with a guide or through a local tour operator. Canoa Aventura offers you the possibility to visit La Fortuna Waterfall as part of a combined tour.

4. Peñas Blancas River

A raft, canoe and kayak trip on the calm waters of the Peñas Blancas River is undoubtedly the number one eco-adventure activity in the area. Look for an epic experience, where you can travel along a river surrounded by tropical jungle full of flora and fauna while paddling downstream on this impressive river ? Then this is definitely your tour. During the tour, there are strategic stops either to see and photograph animals, or to take a break and have a snack. This activity lasts half a day and is suitable for all ages. The Peñas Blancas River tour by raft, canoe and kayak is one of the most popular tours of Canoa Aventura.

5. El Burrito Hiking

Cerro El Burrito is an imposing mountain located next to Cerro Chato. It was recently discovered by our guides at Canoa Aventura as a top-notch hiking destination. The El Burrito trekking tour involves hard walking, breathtaking scenery, visiting two waterfalls in the middle of the rainforest and an unforgettable cultural experience. Ask about visiting El Burrito at our office in La Fortuna or contact us via the web.