Lavas del Arenal

300 Oeste de la Escuela de EL Bosque, La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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How to get around la Fortuna without a car?

by ray_fb

We (party of 3) don't plan to rent a car. What is the best way to go around, say, from the town of la Fortuna to Arenal Volcano National Park and the various hot springs? Is there buses or taxis?

RE: How to get around la Fortuna without a car?

by jacquisuiza

Last August we spent some days in La Fortuna and payed a lot for taxis. There is a bus to near the entrance of the Volcano National Park but then you have to walk some km (not to much). From there we took a taxi (which was quite difficult to call if you don’t have made an arrangement in advance) to the hanging bridges. It was about (I am not sure exactly) 25 $. From town to our hotel some km up the hill it was again more than 15 $. (ok we are a family of 4, but after the prices in Nicaragua and San José it was quite expensive).

RE: How to get around la Fortuna without a car?

by mim95

another alternative is to join a local tour, which you'll find the tour agencies on the main street in town. I'm not sure which is cheaper since you have 3 persons. Maybe worthwhile to arrange for a taxi.

Travel Tips for Fortuna

Book when you get there

by Snipernurse

You may be doing a lot of your travel research online for your Costa Rica trip and feel it necessary to book activities (white water rafting, trips to Arenal and the hot springs and etc.), jeep-boat-jeeps to Monteverde online. Trust me, there is a ton of availability for these activites and you can book when you get there. There is a lot of competition for tourist agencies, and if you barter when you get there you can save a good 10$ or more on an activity.

Catarata La Fortuna

by ABankerMU

The waterfalls of Catarata La Fortuna are an excellent way to kill a couple hours. Near the Arenal area, specifically Fortuna, the waterfalls are a short hike down a well maintained trail. The steps can be slippery when wet. The hike down is a piece of cake, but you may need to take a break or two on the way back up. The waterfall and surrounding rainforest are beautiful. Check out one of the various travel guides or ask around in Fortuna to get directions.

Leave a comment and let me know if there is something that I could add to make this tip better!

Arenal Volcano

by SumTingWong

If you go to Fortuna you must see the Arenal Volcano. The town was made around the volcano, and almost everything dealing with tourist revolves around the volcano. It is very active and at night be sure to look up and some red lava chunks falling out of the rim, looks like fireworks. During the day head over to the Volcan Arenal Parque National and take a hike around the base of the volcano. Be sure to be very quiet and you can hear the rumbeling of the volcano. Also about every three minutes a car-sized chunk of lava falls from the rim and tumbels down the side of the volcano, it appears like a falling cloud down the volcano during the day and a firework at night. Really awesome!

Volcán Arenal

by Pieter11

The most spectacular sight in the area of La Fortuna definitely is the Arenal Volcano. This volcano is the most active one in Costa Rica, with almost constantly some light -hardly dangerous- eruptions. At the crater it reaches an altitude of 1657 metres above sealevel, but this crater is almost never fully visible because it is often surrounded by clouds.

Because the Arenal is so active it is not allowed to enter the "security-line" around the volcano. It is very clear where this line is: a big circle around the crater is empty and black because nothing grows (yet) on the fresh lava. In a bigger circle around the volcano you can still see the damage that was done by it during the huge 1968 eruption, when 87 people were killed by the dangerous gasses. Craters are still visible; this is where large rocks smashed into the earth.

At night you can see the biggest spectacle at the southside of the volcano. From here you have the clearest sight of the crater and you have a good chance of seeing some red-hot lava floating down the mountain. You can book an organised trip from La Fortuna, most of the times in a package. Often a guarantee is given that if you don't see the lava, you can return the next day for free.

Rio Fortuna Waterfall


About 3km south of Fortuna, an impressive 70 meters waterfall comes out of a luxurious green forest in a mist whirl. A steep (sometimes slippery) path takes you down the waterfall and to the basin where you can swim. Up in the green wall, we saw a toucan. Really worth it!

To make the experience as wonderfull as ours, I suggest taking a taxi to go (about 4$) but come back to the city by foot. You'll cross yucca and papaya plantations, filled with all kind of birds. We saw blue-gray tanagers but also Ani and Montezuma Oropendola that we didn't saw anywhere else during our stay in Costa Rica. You'll also get an impressive view of the Arenal volcano, from a side not seen yet. At a really slow pace, we made it back to the city in 1h30. Some people made the trip by horse or hitchiking!

It's around 6$ each to enter, bring good shoes, bathing suit and towel.

Again, see the travelogue in my Fortuna page for more details.


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