One of the most famous and iconic areas of Costa Rica is La Fortuna & Arenal Volcano area. La Fortuna and Arenal area has so many activities that you’ll never be bored! Some activities include hot springs, hiking, horseback riding, ziplining and so much more but here are my top 4 recommendations.
1.) La Fortuna Waterfall
It was so amazing having this waterfall to myself!
La Fortuna waterfall is probably the most well known waterfall in Costa Rica. When you first enter through the gates you are greeted by the crispness in the air and the green biodiversity that surrounds you. Then you’ll follow the path to your desired destination. There is a beautiful orchid trail but the waterfall is what we came here for. First, you’ll be able to observe the waterfall from above, from an observation deck. You’ll be able to witness nature at its finest as the water just cascades from the mountain down below. Then the long and yet rewarding 480 stair step trek to the waterfall begins. With every step, the roar of the waterfall becomes more imposing. Once at the landing you’ll be able to observe this wonder of nature up close. You will be able to dip your toes into its chilly water and swim up to it or observe it from a deck. either option won’t disappoint.
Tip: Once you’re on the rocks, walk to your left and climb down a few boulders where you’ll be able to have great photo op opportunites without the crowds.
The Fortuna Waterfall entrance fee is $18 USD for adult foreigners, $5 USD for children. The Fortuna waterfall hours of operation are 7:30 AM to 4:00 PM, open every day. They have a big parking lot and there are bathrooms, a small cafe and souvenir store at the entrance.
Check out their webiste for updated Covid requirments – https://www.cataratalafortuna.com/
2.) Parque Nacional Volcán Arenal
Between 1968 and 2010, the Arenal Volcano was extremely active – it spewed hot rocks, smoke, ash, and lava from its top almost every day. None of the explosions, however, compared to that of 1968. Since then, the locals have taken caution in building their settlements and farms too close to the volcano
Although the volcano took the lives of many men and women, it has given back to the community by becoming one of Costa Rica’s most visited natural attractions. A visit to the Parque Nacional Volcan Arenal is a must to see the lava rocks and get the best view of the Volcano. The cost for entrance is $15 USD for adults and $5 USD for kids.
It’s easiest to reach the park by car or on a tour. If you are lucky enough you may see sloths, coatis and howler monkeys! Make sure to check out the 400 years old Ceiba tree. We did the Las Coladas trail that lead us to the 1992 old lava rocks. The Las Coladas trail loops into La Ceiba, both trails are fairly flat, with the exception of the climb up to the lava flows and viewpoint. http://www.sinac.go.cr/ES/ac/ACAHN/pnva/Paginas/default.aspx
3.) Hot Springs
Can’t visit La Fortuna/Arenal Area without visiting some hot springs. The two that we loved were located at Hotel Arenal Kioro Suites & Spa and The Springs Resort & Spa. If you don’t want to stay at either hotels both offer Day Pass options.
Onsite hot spring pools or ride our complimentary shuttle to Titokú Hot Springs and enjoy 8 different hot springs. Every pool has a different temperature and a different size.
Admission fee: $ 23.10 USD
Admission fee and Meal: $ 48.80 USD
Home to 28 Hot Springs Pools
Admission fee: $77.00 USD
For those who would like to visit just for the day, they have a two-day pass that they offer. You may arrive any time after 8:00 a.m. in the morning and stay until they close at 10:00 p.m. With the two-day pass, you can go back and forth to the property as much as you like during the allotted period.
4.) Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges
You can either take one of their many tours that they offer or an unguided tour yourself. The entrance fee is $26 USD for Adults. $16 UDS for Teens and $21 USD for Seniors, Chidren undeer the age of 10 years old are free. There are 10 regular bridges and 6 hanging ones with the tallest standing at 148 feet. If you are scared of heights, this might not be the activity for you. The views from the bridges are spectacular, especially of the waterfall.
Check out their website for all the tour options http://www.misticopark.com