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La Fortuna: Rainforest Chocolate Tour

1. La Fortuna: Rainforest Chocolate Tour

Visit a cocoa farm in the rainforest with majestic views of Arenal Volcano. See where cocoa is grown, processed and produced and unearth the hidden secrets of local chocolate production. This interactive experience lets travelers eat as much chocolate as they want while learning about the history, culture, and traditions of this popular Costa Rican sweet. In this 2-hour hands-on program, have the opportunity to learn interesting facts about cocoa and chocolate, its origin and history. Participate in all aspects of the production process, from the harvesting of the fruit, drying, and grinding of the seeds.  Discover why the cacao tree was very important to ancient cultures. Find out how cacao was not only used as a ceremonial drink, but its seeds were also used as currency because of its economic value, in many regions of Mesoamerica, including Costa Rica.

La Fortuna: Guided Twilight Wildlife Safari

2. La Fortuna: Guided Twilight Wildlife Safari

You will be picked up from the lobby of your hotel in La Fortuna, and after 25 minutes of driving you will arrive to the Peñas Blancas River. Before you begin your tour, your guide will provide you with an orientation talk about how to conduct yourself while you are seating in the boat. Following this, your tour will begin. You will ride in your raft at dusk, as the sun is just starting to fall, and enjoy the mystical way the light disappears from the sky, leaving you in the peaceful darkness of the jungle. Your bilingual river guide who are trained as naturalists will do the rowing, while you relax and enjoy the abundant nocturnal wildlife of the Peñas Blancas River. With the boat's specially designed lighting system, you will then embark on a magical journey, discovering that most mammals are in fact nocturnal. Upon exiting the river you'll visit the "Hidalgo Family Home”, where you will have the opportunity to experience and appreciate a piece of Costa Rican culture, and get a taste of a traditional Costa Rican snack.

La Fortuna: Sloth Tour in the Wild

3. La Fortuna: Sloth Tour in the Wild

The Arenal area is well known for its diverse wildlife, and as well as the 2 different Sloth species: two-toed sloths and three-toed sloths. Another most wanted species sought for their colors, unique features and history are the multicolored toucan and the blue jeans dart frog. On your search for these three beautiful animals, your knowledgeable guide will drive you around La Fortuna's beautiful spotting areas, where you will search for wildlife together. Birds, iguanas and monkeys are among the animals that you might also encounter whilst on this enjoyable safari. Breakfast and snacks are arranged according to the customers' best interest, and all the animals that you will encounter on this tour will be in their natural habitats. At the conclusion of your tour, you will be returned back to your nearby accommodation.

Arenal Hanging Bridges Half-Day Tour from La Fortuna

4. Arenal Hanging Bridges Half-Day Tour from La Fortuna

Discover a natural paradise of walking trails and 6 hanging bridges on the interpretative nature paths of Mistico Park. Get closer to nature and see the flora and fauna from a more intimate perspective as you get the chance to walk on the forest floor, swing from the branches or soar over the tree canopies like an eagle! Take in the amazing views at Waterfall Bridge, and learn more about the rainforest from a naturalist guide. Hear about the animal life, geography and history of the region, and get some breathtaking views of the volcano, depending on the weather.

San Jose: Arenal Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

5. San Jose: Arenal Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

The day begins with pickup from San Jose, Alajuela, or Heredia and travels to the artistic town of Sarchi. Spend some time exploring and begin to appreciate the many arts and crafts that Costa Rica has to offer. You’ll also see the world’s largest ox cart, according the Guinness Book of World Records. Continue the tour towards La Fortuna, passing through colorful pineapple and plantain plantations, mango groves, and cattle ranches along the way. Arrive in La Fortuna and enjoy a lunch break at a cozy restaurant with magnificent views of Arenal Volcano. Learn about how the volcano was assumed to be dormant until 1968 when it experienced a major eruption. Visit the stunning Mistico Park next which boasts a dense biodiversity with luscious forests and an abundance of wildlife. Take a stroll amongst the treetops on the hanging bridges that line the jungle canopy, and admire the array of plants that surround you. Finally, it’s time to relax in the gorgeous waters of Baldi. Slide into the bubbling hot springs and unwind as the thermal waters cleanse and rejuvenate your mind, body, and soul. At the end of a magical day, chill out on the return journey to San Jose where a delicious dinner will be served against the backdrop of the volcano.

La Fortuna: Peñas Blancas River Safari Float

6. La Fortuna: Peñas Blancas River Safari Float

Experience the abundant wildlife and undeniable beauty surrounding the Peñas Blancas River as you drift downstream for an enchanting and unforgettable river safari experience. Relax as an expert naturalist guide takes care of the rowing, leaving you free to admire the lush rainforest canopy. Keep an eye out for monkeys, sloths, reptiles and other species. Snap photos of the lazy iguanas sunning themselves on the passing braches or grab your binoculars to catch a closer look at some of the rainforest's native bird species. Upon exiting the river, pay a visit to a traditional Costa Rican family home. Here, get a glimpse into daily life for locals and sample some traditional Costa Rican delicacies before getting dropped off back at your hotel.

Combo Cooking Class and Salsa Dance Lesson

7. Combo Cooking Class and Salsa Dance Lesson

The best way to learn about a new culture is to learn about what the locals eat. Costa Rica has an amazing cuisine that is healthy, natural, and actually very easy to learn how to cook. Take some of the best local recipes back home with you after this cooking experience. These cooking classes are a great way to get to know other travelers and hang out with a knowledgeable local chef. As soon as you finish cooking, you will be able to sit down to the delicious meal you helped cook up and chat about the "Pura Vida" of Costa Rica. Make sure you have brought your dancing shoes to Costa Rica, because next up you will head to the dance floor to learn how to dance to latin beats. There is no better way to spend an evening in La Fortuna than cooking, eating, and dancing like a local.

The Mambo Combo! Rappel + Raft in Costa Rica

8. The Mambo Combo! Rappel + Raft in Costa Rica

Combine the exciting Lost Canyon Adventures Canyoneering and rafting on the beautiful Río Balsa for a full-day of pure adrenaline! This is the perfect blend of canyons, rappelling, whitewater adventure, wildlife, rolling rapids, and vibrant jungle! The Lost Canyon Adventure is an experience of a lifetime - go where very few have had the privilege to roam! Imagine yourself in the midst of a thick rainforest, at the top of a magical canyon, full of tropical waterfalls with surprises each step of the journey! You’ll get to rappel, down-climb, and experience amazing free-falls. Afterwards, head to the river and ride the waves of the Rio Balsa for about 2.5 hours along 10 kilometers of lush Costa Rican rainforest. You’ll finish off this fun-filled day with a delicious lunch at a charming, rural location.

La Fortuna: Juan Castro Blanco National Park Guided Hike

9. La Fortuna: Juan Castro Blanco National Park Guided Hike

Visit Juan Castro Blanco National Park, surrounded by cloud forests at more than 2000 meters (6560 ft.) above sea level. Enjoy a hike with opportunities for birdwatching and beautiful views. Explore a prime location for birdwatching and have a chance to see the spectacular quetzal bird in its natural habitat. See the cloud forest and learn about its significance to the entire northern part of Costa Rica. Finish off your tour with a delicious lunch in the middle of the Costa Rican cloud forest before your return trip.  

La Fortuna: Sloth Watching Tour

10. La Fortuna: Sloth Watching Tour

You will be picked up from your hotel near downtown La Fortuna before being taken to the nature reserve.  Sloths are one of the main attractions at this park. Visitors sometimes see 4 to 5 sloths at varying distances. If they are at a distance, it's not a problem because the guides are equipped with binoculars and telescopes to observe them. Additionally, the guides will talk about the natural environment and you'll learn all about the lazy lifestyle of the sloth. The route is around 2 km and the tour lasts for approximately two hours. During this time you'll also have the chance to see different species of birds, frogs, and reptiles. The guides will keep an eye out for animals during the tour. Afterwards, you will return to your hotel.

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What people are saying about La Fortuna

Overall rating

4.7 / 5

based on 7 reviews

The guide was very knowledgeable about both the plants and animals we were seeing. She carried a spotting scope which was helpful too. In addition, there was one person with limited mobility and they arranged for her to be able to do a portion of the hike. Very acomodating.

Very intimate and fascinating presentation of cocoa beans and their history. Lots of hands on activities during the tour. Yummy chocolate tastings and a good selection of finished bars for purchase in the gift shop!

Was able to see so much wildlife in a short trek. Was traveling with my older mother with limited stamina who was able to navigate the hike easily. No more than 1/2 mile hike. Amazing experience.

Super interesting experience with loads of chocolate! I would do it again in a heartbeat and it's really worth the price!

Exceptional traditional chocolate making and tasting experience.