La Fortuna and Arenal Volcano

"arenal vocano cone"

La Fortuna is a small town located in the northern region of Costa Rica, largely known for its close proximity to the majestic Arenal Volcano. Arenal Volcano is an active stratovolcano that towers over the town, reaching a height of 1,657 meters (5,437 feet).

The town of La Fortuna has become one of the most popular tourist destinations in the country due to its stunning natural beauty and the many outdoor activities it offers, including hiking, horseback riding, hot springs, and adventure activities like ziplining and rafting. The town is surrounded by lush rainforests and natural reserves, home to an abundance of wildlife such as monkeys, sloths, and exotic birds. Have in mind that since the town has become so popular in the past few years it may feel a bit too touristy. For travelers looking for a more authentic and off-the beaten path adventure La Fortuna might not be the best place.

Arenal volcano last erupted in 2010, but its volcanic activity has since diminished, making it a relatively safe attraction to visit. Visitors can hike to the base of the volcano and observe the incredible lava flows and steam emissions from a safe distance.

In addition to its natural wonders, La Fortuna has a thriving tourism industry, with many restaurants, cafes, and souvenir shops catering to visitors. The town is also home to several luxury resorts and spas that are normally partnered with hot springs, offering a relaxing and rejuvenating experience after a day of exploring the area’s natural wonders.


Plan your visit

How to get there:
The easiest way to get to La Fortuna is to take a domestic flight from San Jose. The price of the plane ticket is $100 USD and the flights are managed by Sansa Airlines. You can purchase your tickets online in their official website. For travelers with a more limited budget you can take a bus that departs from San Jose.

Bus option from San Jose:
The bus route is managed by Transportes San Jose San Carlos. Tel:.2255-4318. The cost of a one-way ticket is $5 USD and the journey takes 4 hours total.

Departure time options from San Jose: 8:40am
Return time options from La Fortuna: 2:45pm



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