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La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings

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icon11 hours  (approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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iconOffered in: English and 1 more
Good for avoiding crowds

Overview

Discover the natural beauty of the La Fortuna region on an action-packed full-day tour that is ideal for people who enjoy outdoors activities. Go on hikes through lush rain forest; visit a butterfly garden and Maleku Indian village; take a dip at La Fortuna waterfall; look for wildlife; and view the Arenal Volcano. Top off the day with a cocktail and a relaxing soak in a natural hot water river.
  • Includes lunch and cocktail
  • Hear insightful commentary from the guide
  • Hotel pickup and drop-off provided
  • Small-group tour limited to 10 people
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National Park fees
Beverages
Lunch
Local guide
Hotel pickup and drop-off (In la Fortuna area)
Small-group tour (10 persons per group)
Alcoholic Beverages
Hotspring resort fee
Dinner not included

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7:30 AM
Please contact us for have an exact pick up time in your hotel (Just in la Fortuna Area, not San Jose, not the coast) If your hotel is not on the list please contact us to check the option for the pickup If you have a Airbnb we need a reference point for the pick up (Restaurant o supermarket close to the place)
  • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
  • Not wheelchair accessible
  • Minimum drinking age is 18 years
  • Operated by a multi-lingual guide
  • Near public transportation
  • Infants must sit on laps
  • No heart problems or other serious medical conditions
  • Travelers should have a moderate physical fitness level
  • This tour/activity will have a maximum of 10 travelers
  • OPERATED BY Red Lava TSC
You can cancel up to 24 hours in advance of the experience for a full refund.
  • For a full refund, you must cancel at least 24 hours before the experience’s start time.
  • If you cancel less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time, the amount you paid will not be refunded.
  • Any changes made less than 24 hours before the experience’s start time will not be accepted.
  • Cut-off times are based on the experience’s local time.
  • This experience requires a minimum number of travelers. If it’s canceled because the minimum isn’t met, you’ll be offered a different date/experience or a full refund.

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The answers provided below are based on answers previously given by the tour provider to customers’ questions.
Q:
Is there a restroom and/or place to change into swimwear for the waterfall and hot springs?
A:Yes - there are restrooms at various points along the trail, including at the entrance to the park as well as at the hot springs.
Feb 2021
Q:
What should I bring with me for the Full day visit to Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings?
A:We recommend that you bring swimwear, a towel, closed-toe shoes for hiking, bug repellant, and sunscreen.
Feb 2021
Q:
What is the policy on face masks and attendee health during Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings?
A:The policies on face masks and attendee health are:

  • Face masks required for travelers in public areas
  • Face masks required for guides in public areas
  • Temperature checks for travelers upon arrival
See all safety measures taken by Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings.
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What is the policy on sanitization during Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings?
A:The policies on sanitization are:

  • Hand sanitizer available to travelers and staff
  • Regularly sanitized high-traffic areas
  • Gear/equipment sanitized between use
  • Transportation vehicles regularly sanitized
See all safety measures taken by Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings.
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What is the social distancing policy during Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings?
A:The policy on social distancing is:

  • Social distancing enforced throughout experience
See all safety measures taken by Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings.
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What measures are being taken to ensure staff health & safety during Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings?
A:The policies on staff health & safety are:

  • Guides required to regularly wash hands
  • Paid stay-at-home policy for staff with symptoms
See all safety measures taken by Full day Arenal Volcano, La Fortuna Waterfall and Hotsprings.

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  • "Bring water shoes or something similar for the water fall part!!" See review
  • "The hike to the waterfall is pretty tedious but the views make it well worth it." See review

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star-5
Beautiful day with lots of walking!
Susan_E
, Aug 2022
Beautiful day, great guide, and lots of walking! Christian, our guide was knowledgeable, fun, and ready to take photos for us. Not much animal life but lots of plants. Scenery was gorgeous! It rained heavily days before and after but not on our tour day!
star-5
Amazing full day trip at Arenal
Harry_P
, Aug 2022
We had an awesome day, we did all the highlights of Arenal: we hiked up the vulcano, and the Fortuna waterfall, and ended the day at hot springs. We had a very kind guide who knew a lot about nature. It was quite a tough hike so I’d recommend good shoes and extra water.
star-5
Best time
Julia_p
, Aug 2022
This tour was awesome! The tour guides made it even more so, especially our guide Eric! He was extremely knowledgeable, and enjoyed what he was doing as did them all!! It poured just about the entire tour and we didn’t have ponchos nor an umbrella…totally my fault for being unprepared; our guides were able to find us some ponchos near the end of the trip, but then the rain eased up. So if I can make a suggestion, to have ponchos available in the event someone forgets theirs…again, not blaming them for forgetting ours. I HIGHLY recommend this tour company Red Lava!! Thanks for making our trip memorable!!!
star-4
VERY fun, but need more details before going
Benjamin_R
, Aug 2022
Very fun and adventurous experience, however Viator's website should be updated to include a more comprehensive description of the activities or should link to the actual travel company's website. The information about what to bring/wear wasn't great - definitely be prepared to have everything/anything get wet, to have water shoes or sandals with an ankle strap, and to have shoes/boots you're able to do a muddy hike in. Also, the access to the waterfall, currently (8/2022) because of some dispute between companies, is only accessible by climbing over and through rocks (a bit precarious in spots). I recommend looking at Red Lava Tours' website for more info. Hot springs are worth it even if you have some at your own resort. Pura vida!
star-5
Costa Rica Eco Experience
JoseMaria_R
, Aug 2022
Fantastic all-day tour. Great value for money. An absolute must if you only have one full day in La Fortuna area.
star-4
Beautiful work out.
Clarissa_A
, Aug 2022
D own to earth crew. Christian, Marta, and Carlos were fun and easy going. Make sure you take your water shoes to the waterfall, and bring dry clothes for the rest of the day. Better be in decent shape for the 500 steps back and forth to La Fortuna water fall, and the volcano hike. The adventure was well worth it. Don't forget to tip the crew. They work very hard. Pura Vida!
star-5
The perfect getaway for those living the San Jose's busy life
Silvia_V
, Jul 2022
My boyfriend and I had never been to La Fortuna before this trip, we were visiting for three days only and wanted to get the most out of our trip by meeting the most emblematic places in La Fortuna. We also had a couple of stressful weeks at work and wanted to disconnect for a couple of days. This tour was perfect for all of that, not only it was an amazing experience filled with absolutely stunning landscaping but our tour guide Eric made it a thousand times more remarkable. Starting with the fact that my boyfriend and I had no clue that raincoats were necessary so we didn't have any, Eric had some spare in his backpack and very kindly gifted them to us. He is so knowledgeable and shared a lot of information and interesting facts (some between jokes that my boyfriend and I laughed at for the whole trip) he was so attentive to our needs and took a good deal of pictures of us and the whole group. We are so glad we booked this tour and recommend it to anyone visiting La Fortuna even if you already know these places!
star-4
Great and long day!
Esther_J
, Jul 2022
We had a great time! Please take note that you will need some bath clothes and shoes once you arrive to the Waterfall (shoes for walking through the river stones). It was cloudy so we haven't seen the Vulcano. Guides were nice and lunch too despite I miss some coffer after lunch. Be prepared for a long and nice day. Enjoy!
star-5
One of our best days in Costa Rica! Thanks Santiago!
Karen_B
, Jul 2022
Amazing experience! Was definitely one of the best days of our trip! Santiago, our guide, was great and so much fun! He is very experienced and super enthusiastic. Really, we would recommend this tour to everyone! The hot springs were a fun end of an amazing day 🥳
star-5
Fortuna definitely Fortunate
Brett_Q
, Jul 2022
Waterfall journey was fantastic. Be prepared for step up and down. So happy we made the excursion. Definitely recommend.
1 traveler found this review helpful
star-5
Marco and Franklin were...
Anna_L
, Jul 2022
Marco and Franklin were very good! So personable and accommodating! The trip overall was a great experience thanks to our tour guides.
star-5
This was a wonderful day!...
Kenneth_R
, Jul 2022
This was a wonderful day! Christian was our tour guide and he was patient, knowledgeable and very helpful. Here are my top recommendations for this tour: bring snacks for the day! You can keep them in the van so you don’t have to carry them but we were starving by late afternoon. Bring water shoes for the waterfall hike, it is muddy and you will want them to navigate the rocks once you reach the bottom. Bring a towel and set of dry clothes for the end of the day after the hot springs. They have showers so you can even bring soap and shampoo. Each stop during the day is a different location so you can leave unnecessary items in the van when you don’t need them. It is a long, somewhat challenging day but well worth it!
star-5
Highlight of our trip to Costa Rica
kierstengrey
, Jul 2022
I was a little nervous when I heard it was an 11 hour day, but everyone in my family of 4 agreed - this was the highlight of our trip. The van picked us up directly at our resort in La Fortuna, communication was super easy. This tour is run by red lava tour company - sometimes it is hard to tell that from this site. Some specifics about the day I thought I would share for those curious what the full day is like: Took about 1 hour to pick everyone up. Short ride to entrance to the park once everyone was picked up. Walked around the entrance area where there was a little farm with animals, a butterfly garden and little room with frogs. Then we took a tractor ride up a massive hill and took about 25 min. Got to a great view point to overlook a valley then started the hike down the mountain. Definitely treacherous but only 10-15 min down. There is a hanging bridge in the middle that was scary (for me). At the bottom you get to the base of the river and can walk through the water(and lots of rocks) to get a view of the waterfall. You will get wet up to your chest if you get in the water and it is very Rocky and slippery. Wear water shoes! I saw people going barefoot and it looked painful. You can get to a good view point to see the waterfall or go in the water up pretty close to it. It was quite powerful - the waterfall. This was a really amazing experience! The hike back up all those steps was definitely a lot of cardio work but again relatively short - but straight up. Took the tractor back down abd visiting a traditional village and learned some culture and tried their delicious cider drink. Then had lunch - fantastic lunch. Fruit juice, chicken (you could choose beef, fish or veggies)rice, beans, etc - delicious. After lunch we got back in the van and drove to arenal and hiked to a view point to see the volcano better and a green lagoon. Another pretty strenuous uphill hike but pretty short for a great view. Carlos was our guide and he was great, provided us lots of great history and facts about the volcano, Costa Rica and the plant life.
star-5
Strongly recommend this tour
Venkata_N
, Jul 2022
Excellent tour of the critical attractions in La Fortuna. Christian from Red Lava Tours was amazing as a tour guide. The hot springs at the end of the tour are not “natural hot springs” but still a good end to a long day of hiking through the rainforest.
star-5
A Little Bit of Everything
Lauren_B
, Jul 2022
My friends and I had a great time. Marcos was a great tour guide and very entertaining! The walk to the waterfall was a moderate hike, but a little strenuous on the way back since we had to make our way back up. Marcos encouraged everyone to take their own pace which allowed us to personalize the experience for ourselves. The views at the top to see Arenal weren’t as clear as we would’ve liked due to the weather, but still beautiful and worth the hike. This excursion was a great way to experience Costa Rica.
star-5
Memorable Day
Whitney_A
, Jul 2022
Santiago and Marco were lots of fun and very informative. Santiago was always on the lookout for local wildlife and both guides made the trek a great experience.
star-5
Great experience
Zainab_N
, Jul 2022
Marcos and Emmanuel were great! They were really helpful and friendly. We really enjoyed our trip. Would recommend!!
star-5
Henrique the star
Carlos_M
, Jul 2022
A full day in nature with Henrique our great biologist guide that excelled and made the day special with all his knowledge and experience. The day ended in a perfect hot spring that was really nice.
star-5
Great Mix of Activities
Daryl_K
, Jul 2022
Really appreciated the variety of the full day. We were lucky to see the volcano for a few precious moments unobstructed by clouds.
star-5
Erick and Carlos Best Guides on Fab Trip!
Meaghan_F
, Jul 2022
The BEST your with thee BEST guides! We got so much out of this trip, it was worth every penny! There was swimming, hiking, cultural experience with the indigenous tribe, and REALLY good food. All that being said our guides Carlos and Erick MADE the trip! They were both so knowledgeable and had so many interesting things to show us. The were energetic, kind, and are clearly so passionate about what they do. We could not have asked for a better day!

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