You Only Have 3 Days in La Fortuna? Here's How You Should Spend It

La Fortuna is the kind of destination that you could spend weeks exploring. Surrounded by lush rainforests, jungle waterfalls and the imposing Arenal Volcano, there are an unlimited amount of adventures to be had here. However, most travellers don't have the luxury of unlimited vacations and you might be limited to a short stay. This 3-day itinerary will make sure time won't limit your potential to have an incredible experience in La Fortuna!

Getting Around La Fortuna

Renting a car is a convenient and affordable way to get around La Fortuna. Most attractions are an easy 15-minute drive from town and having your own car gives you the freedom to explore at your own pace.

Travellers without a car can rent a scooter or bicycle, take the public bus or catch taxis. Staying in La Fortuna will have you central to restaurants, shopping and tour operators. Most tour operators will conveniently pick you up and drop you off at your accommodation before/after your organized tour.

Day 1

Wake up bright and early and spend your first day exploring the two most popular attractions in La Fortuna - the Adrenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall.

Perhaps La Fortuna's biggest tourist drawcard is the Arenal Volcano. The Arenal Volcano is situated within the 200,00ha Arenal Conservation Area - a region teeming with a wealth of geologic and biological diversity. Arenal is Costa Rica's most active volcano. Although its activity in the last 7 years has been limited to slight rumbles and puffs of steam, the peak is still an imposing and beautiful sight. The Arenal National park is home to great hiking trails, waterfalls and hot springs. For one of the best viewpoints, visit the Arenal Observatory observation deck.

The La Fortuna Waterfall is a spectacular 200-ft cascade. The falls emerge from the thick jungle and plummet into an emerald green rock pool below. Spend a few hours swimming in the cool pools, picnicking by the water's edge and taking that perfect Instagram shot. The entrance fee to the La Fortuna waterfall is $15 USD and access is through the Visitors Centre about 10 minutes from downtown.

Why not combine both attractions in one easy day tour? This Arenal Volcano and La Fortuna Waterfall combo tour lets you experience both sights in one 5 hour experience. After a morning exploring the lava channels of the Arenal Volcano and swimming in the crystal clear pools of the La Fortuna waterfall with an informative guide, you will be served a delicious lunch.

After a morning of activity, spend the afternoon relaxing. Why not take an afternoon yoga class at La Fortuna Yoga?

Grab dinner at Soda Víquez in town - a popular local restaurant serving up delicious Costa Rican fare.

Day 2

Get your adrenalin pumping today with one of the many adventure activities on offer in La Fortuna. What better way to experience the natural beauty of Costa Rica than rafting down class 3 and 4 rapids, rappelling down rushing waterfalls, off-roading on an ATV or tubing down river rapids? All these tours include transportation, safety equipment and an experienced guide.

White Water Rafting

Thrill seekers will relish in the opportunity to take a thrilling ride down class III & IV rapids within the Costa Rican rainforest. The Sarapiqui and Balsa rivers offer a fun and exciting river rafting experiences. Suit up with a helmet and lifejacket, grab your paddle and navigate kilometres of adrenalin-inducing raging rapids.

Book your rafting adventure here!

Canyoning and Rappelling

If admiring La Fortuna's spectacular waterfalls from a distance just isn't enough for you why not have an up close and personal experience by joining an exciting canyoning and rappelling adventure. Spend 4 hours rappelling down rushing waterfalls, diving into water holes and climbing through canyons. This adventure is not for the faint-hearted!

Book your canyoning adventure here!

ATV Tours

Experience the scenic Costa Rican backcountry by ATV. This exciting off-road adventure will take you winding through scenic tropical rainforest with the spectacular Arenal Volcano as your backdrop.

Book your ATV tour here!

River Tubing

Spend the morning riding down the Arenal River's crystal clear rapids in an inflatable tube. Cruise through a canyon surrounded by lush jungle and keep your eye out for wildlife! This tour will also visit the Maleku Village where you can learn about the culture of indigenous tribes in the area.

Book your river tubing adventure here!

After an exciting day of adventure, treat yourself to dinner at Cafe Mediterraneo - a cozy restaurant known for its fantastic wood-fired pizzas and views of the Arenal Volcano.

Day 3

Sleep in and begin your last day in La Fortuna in a relaxed way by grabbing a healthy brunch from Organico Fortuna. This health-friendly café sources ingredients for its delicious food locally and makes its own homemade Kombucha.

Learn about the history of chocolate from Choco Museo right in the main street of town. Sample a variety of Mayan and Aztec chocolate or join a workshop to learn how to make your own.

If you're keen to learn more about Costa Rican chocolate production or curious about how coffee is produced why not join a combined tour to a local Coffee Farm and Chocolate Factory. This 2 in 1 tour enables you to learn about the history and processes of production of both coffee and chocolate. Your informative guide will teach you the history of coffee and guide you around a coffee farm and factory and also take you to a chocolate farm where you will participate in the production process and learn about the chocolate industry in Costa Rica. The best part? All the free samples!

Enjoy your last night in La Fortuna with dinner and cocktails at the lively Lava Lounge in town. Enjoy live music while sampling a large variety of international and Costa Rican cuisine.


Varco Travel is the Arenal Container Hostel's onsite travel agency. Any question? Need help planning your Costa Rica adventure? Contact Varco Travel. The Arenal and La Fortuna region is a hometown and we are experts in the area. We can help you develop your perfect Costa Rican vacation tailored to your preferences and budget.

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