What should you see and do in La Fortuna?

La Fortuna de San Carlos in Alajuela is a small town located at the foot of the massive Arenal Volcano. The district’s unique beauty, its forests, and the wide range of tourist activities available, such as canopy tours, rafting, bird watching, zip lining, and thermal baths, make it one of Costa Rica’s most important tourist destinations. Today I’d like to tell you about what you can see and do in La Fortuna.

It has a total area of 225 km2. You can travel from San José, the capital, in approximately three hours, or from Guanacaste in approximately four and a half hours. You’ll see beautiful landscapes along the way, and you’ll find a smooth path to get there.

Along the way, you can buy palmito cheese and cheese tortillas, which are like a pedacito de cielo and must be tried because they are very characteristic of the area.

When you arrive in La Fortuna, you will notice how active the town is; both visitors and locals have access to a wide range of public services, such as lodging, restaurants of all types, pharmacies, banks, shops, and even a nightlife.

The town provides lodging for all budgets; the ideal location is in the center to enjoy the view of the Volcan Arenal, which is located about 10 kilometers from the town and can be seen in its natural form.

The climate in La Fortuna is very humid, especially in the mountainous areas, and it is not uncommon for rain to fall unexpectedly on a given day, followed by an increase in humidity.

Places to visit in La Fortuna

Arenal Volcano National Park.

As soon as you arrive at La Fortuna de San Carlos, where the natural wonder of Arenal Volcano can be found, we consider the volcano’s impending arrival.

You should not miss out on the 1992 lava flows, an impressive ceiba tree with over 4,000 years of age, and the numerous trails that wind through an extensive and authentic rain forest, where you can see the wildlife and the resources that the park protects.

In addition, each visit directly contributes to the conservation of natural resources, as 100% of the entry fee goes to the National Parks Foundation, which is used in a cooperative manner to fund all of the protected areas in the country.

Visitors to the Volcán Arenal National Park in Costa Rica can enjoy the area’s wildlife as well as the park’s wildlife.

Schedules hours: Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.


Lake Arenal

Every day, people travel back in time to where there was once a town. The Arenal Lake is one of the largest in Central America, with an area of 85.5km2. It is a hydroelectric project that generates nearly 40% of the energy consumed in Costa Rica.

It is now famous for the wide range of aquatic sports that can be practiced there, including windsurfing, fishing, and kayaking, in addition to serving as a transportation route to Monteverde.

La Fortuna Waterfall

This waterfall can be found in the Northern Zone of Costa Rica’s central American country, in Alajuela and the La Fortuna district. The waterfall is about 70-75 feet high and is located at the base of the Chato Volcanic Zone, about 5.5km or 3.5miles from the town of La Fortuna, near the Arenal Volcano and Cerro Chato.

Admission to La Fortuna Waterfall costs $18 for adults and $5 for children. They accept both cash and credit cards, which is a good thing. 

What are the store’s hours of business?

 Every day from 7:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., La Fortuna Waterfall is open to the public.


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