10 Best Tours In La Fortuna, Costa Rica - Updated 2023

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La Fortuna is a popular tourist town in Costa Rica and is well known as a gateway to the beautiful Arenal Volcano National Park, with its two volcanoes. With its magnificent views of the volcanoes, this sleepy agricultural town has blossomed into a popular destination for visitors from all over the world.

While the town is small and humble, there are many attractions available in the surrounding areas, including hiking, canyoning, white water rafting and zip lining, as well safari boat adventures, rainforest chocolate tours and wildlife rescue centres. The following is a selection of the great tours available in the La Fortuna area of Costa Rica.

1. Costa Rica whitewater rafting class from La Fortuna (from USD 110.0)

Whitewater Rafting - Naranjo River - Costa Rica
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Enjoy an amazing heart-thumping ride on class ¾ rapids, in a tropical river canyon, in the heart of Costa Rica, with an active volcano close by. What makes the experience even more perfect is the beautiful scenic drive through the rainforest to the river. The tour includes transportation both to and from most hotels in town, along with fruit and snacks, cold drinks and lunch.

Costa Rica Whitewater Rafting Class 3/4 from La Fortuna

Duration: 7.0 hour

4 reviews

2. Wildlife rescue centre tour from La Fortuna (from USD 35.0)

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This enjoyable tour gives the opportunity to learn more about the most remarkable creatures of Costa Rica, while meeting some of the species face to face, like the cute little guy pictured above. A naturalist guide will give you a tour of the centre, explaining more about the animals along the way. There is a choice of a morning or afternoon tour, each of which takes around 1.5 hours.

Wildlife Rescue Center Tour in Costa Rica

Duration: 2 hours

73 reviews

3. Costa Rica campesino farm tour from La Fortuna (from USD 80.0)

Campesino Tico
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Enjoy a half-day agriculture and nature tour, to learn more about the traditional farming lifestyle of Costa Rica. After a nature hike through a rainforest reserve, visitors then tour fields full of yucca, banana, vanilla and other typical local crops. Next is the chance to enjoy a taste of the farm-fresh organic produce, at a tasty lunch.

Costa Rica Campesino Farm Tour

Duration: 5 hours

12 reviews

4. From La Fortuna: Zipline and rafting adventure (from USD 136.0)

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This exciting, eight-hour adventure is a combination of two of the most fun and popular activities in the Costa Rican rainforest. First, experience ziplining up in the rainforest canopy before heading to the river for an exciting whitewater rafting experience in the class 2/3 rapids of the Río Balsa. The tour includes drinks, snacks and lunch, all necessary equipment and transfer to and from your La Fortuna hotel.

From La Fortuna: Zip-Line and Rafting Adventure

Duration: 8.0 hour

59 reviews

5. Peñas Blancas safari boat tour in Arenal - La Fortuna

021 Our Playa Blanca boat
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Take off on an exciting jungle safari by boat, cruising down the beautiful Peñas Blancas River. Along the way, spot the local indigenous wildlife, with sloths, monkeys, colourful birds and iguanas. Your guide will inform you about the various species of animals and plants along the way. A delicious tropical snack is included along with transport to and from your hotel.

Peñas Blancas Safari Boat Tour in Arenal - La Fortuna | Viator

Address: La Fortuna, Costa Rica


6. Rainforest chocolate tour from La Fortuna (from USD 30.0)

Costa Rica. On the Chocolate Tour
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This tour is a chocoholic’s dream, taking you from La Fortuna into the rainforest, to experience the hidden secrets of Costa Rican chocolate production. This fascinating farm visit shows how cocoa is grown, then processed and produced. What’s even better is you get to eat as much chocolate as you like, while learning all about the culture, history and traditions behind Costa Rica’s chocolate industry.

La Fortuna Rainforest Chocolate Tour with Cocoa Farm Admission

Duration: 2 hours

823 reviews

7. Two volcano extreme hike in La Fortuna (from USD 140.0)

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This 10-hour tour takes visitors on an extreme hike, through Cerro Chato, one of the Arenal volcanoes. Along the way, participants can enjoy navigating through beautiful landscapes and scenery, while exploring natural craters and jungle trails and ending with a refreshing dip in a natural hot water river. Lunch is included, as well as hotel transportation.

Arenal and Cerro Chato Volcano Hike in La Fortuna

Duration: 10 hours

130 reviews

8. Costa Rica Gravity Falls canyoning adventure from La Fortuna (from USD 142.0)

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This exciting and extreme canyoning adventure takes visitors on a six-hour tour from La Fortuna into a remote canyon in the rain forest. A group of ten participants will then rappel down the cliffs, jump from waterfalls and hike through the surrounding landscape. On this personalized adventure, participants must be prepared to get soaking wet under waterfalls and in jungle pools, in an amazing natural and gorgeous jungle area.

Costa Rica Canyoning Adventure from La Fortuna

Duration: 6 hours

70 reviews

9. Arenal rafting en route from San Jose and La Fortuna (from USD 99.0)

Rafting in La Fortuna, Costa Rica
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This enjoyable day of whitewater rafting can be taken from either San Jose or La Fortuna, on the lovely Balsa River. The tour includes a guide, transport to and from most hotels in La Fortuna, fruit, snacks and lunch.

Arenal Rafting En Route from San Jose and La Fortuna

Duration: 8 hour

3 reviews

10. Horseback riding to La Fortuna Waterfall (from USD 99.0)

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This is one of the most enjoyable ways of traversing the tropical forests and rolling hills of Costa Rica. After collection from your hotel, you will take to the stables to meet your horse and learn riding techniques, then it’s off into the countryside, where you’ll ride with your guide, through the rainforest and learn about the diversity of the ecosystem and spot the many indigenous species, including tropical birds, monkeys, sloths and insects. There is then a stop at the La Fortuna Waterfall, where you can enjoy a swim beneath the falls.

Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall

Duration: 3 hours 30 minutes

3 reviews

Fun and excitement in Costa Rica

Whether your taste is for exciting adrenaline boosting tours or more relaxing pastimes, La Fortuna, in Costa Rica, is an ideal and beautiful destination.

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Anne Sewell was born in England, but has spent most of her life in Africa - Malawi, Zimbabwe and South Africa - and now resides on the beautiful Costa del Sol in southern Spain. She loves writing...Read more

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