Alajuela Province
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La Fortuna: Evening Frog Safari

1. La Fortuna: Evening Frog Safari

After beginning your tour at 5:45PM, you will be able to live the experience of the only natural frog sanctuary in La Fortuna by night. This is your opportunity to view colorful frogs and other wild animals of the rainforest when they are more active and more easily observed. At least 28-species of frogs have decided to make the Arenal Oasis ponds their home. The native plants of Arenal are carefully maintained, in order to create the perfect habitat for these amphibious creatures. This unique private wildlife reserve sits inside a rainforest refuge that connects the tropical areas of the Arenal Volcano and the Burio River. Your local guide will prepare you with a flashlight to assist you in finding these unique creatures, and at the conclusion of your tour you will be returned back to your La Fortuna accommodation.

Arenal Hanging Bridges Half-Day Tour from La Fortuna

2. 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.

La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano Hike

3. La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano Hike

Costa Rica has around 112 volcanoes and Arenal Volcano is one of the most active in the country. From 1968 to 2010, there has been plenty of flowing lava, eruptions, and pyroclastic clouds. For years this mountain has been considered the most important attraction in the area. Surrounded by breathtakingly beautiful scenery, take an exciting hike on its trails which will lead you to the old lava fields and some amazing lookout points. Your specialist nature guide will provide you with information about the natural sites you come into contact with during the walk, as well as some insight into the history of the volcano.

La Fortuna: Ecocentro Danaus EcoReserve Official Guided Tour

4. La Fortuna: Ecocentro Danaus EcoReserve Official Guided Tour

Enjoy a 2-hour guided walk through Ecocentro Danaus Bio Reserve with a naturalist tour guide who will help you spot the local wildlife as well as tell you more about the Costa Rican ecosystem. Discover a wide variety of flora and fauna along the easy trail in the forest reserve.  This biological reserve is located just few miles outside of La Fortuna, near Arenal Volcano. The ecocenter works with conservation programs, with training on environmental education and sustainable use of the land. Trails will take you through a secondary forest, and you will be able to see a wide variety of plant and animal life in a relatively small area. Trails are quite easy, and you will appreciate a diversity of plants, amphibians, mammals, reptiles, insects, among others with the assistance of a well-trained naturalist guide. Trail runs 600 meters in a circular shape and is accessible to all audiences. The ecological reserve additionally has another path of about 350 meters of natural regeneration that culminates in a tree nursery. During this tour, you can see a butterflies farm and a natural lagoon, visit the Maleku Indigenous Cultural House, a garden of medicinal plants and orchids, do some bird watching, and have the chance to see and photograph wildlife.

Combo Cooking Class and Salsa Dance Lesson

5. 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.

La Fortuna: Night-Time Arenal Rainforest Walk

6. La Fortuna: Night-Time Arenal Rainforest Walk

Once you have been collected from your accommodation, you will make your way to the Arenal Forest where your tour will begin. Whilst there you will learn that 60% of the fauna in this forest is awake when it is dark. This results in increased sightings of many animals, insects, amphibians, and more, that usually can't be seen throughout the day. The trail you will take is located in the Arenal area near the Arenal Lake. It lies in the middle of 56 hectares of tropical primary and secondary rainforest, which offer fantastic biodiversity. The trail was built from a holistic and responsible approach regarding its impact on the environment, allowing you to enjoy the marvelous world of the night without feeling guilty about your environmental footprint. This nocturnal rainforest walk will give you a different perspective of the ecological interactions that Costa Rican rainforests offer. This will prove a great opportunity to see, feel, and hear the pura vida life at night time. At the conclusion of your experience, you will be returned back to your tour starting point.

La Fortuna: Danaus Ecological Park and Butterfly Garden Tour

7. La Fortuna: Danaus Ecological Park and Butterfly Garden Tour

After pickup in your hotel zone in La Fortuna, head to Ecocentro Danaus, a private ecological reserve where programs for conservation, training, environmental education, and sustainable production are developed. This small ecological reserve regenerated naturally thanks to the efforts of a group of people concerned about environmental conversation and education for children and adults. This wonderful project has greatly contributed to the sustainable tourism development of La Fortuna. Take a circuit path through a secondary forest in regeneration. The trail is suitable for anyone. Along the way, discover a botanical garden with more than 600 species of plants, a butterfly garden with more than 40 species, areas designated to the natural reproduction of frogs, medicinal plant gardens, and a wetland declared as a site of national importance for the nesting and observation of aquatic birds. In addition to these sites, the entire trail provides excellent observation points to see wildlife in rejuvenation; frogs, butterflies, snakes, turtles, alligators, sloths, basilisk lizards, agoutis, and birds are normally seen in this place. End the tour with a quick visit to the Eco Center souvenir shop where you will have a delicious snack of fresh fruit.

La Fortuna: Small Group Family Farm & Sloth Experience

8. La Fortuna: Small Group Family Farm & Sloth Experience

Starting with a 7:30 AM hotel pick up, you will take a short drive to the sloths' territory, a beautiful area just 5 minutes from downtown La Fortuna. The project has a path of 1500m, a little less than a mile, suitable for adults, families, and children of all ages. You will make a tour of approximately 2 hours in the midst of plants and a river bordering the property. The specialized guides are experts in finding them, so you can guarantee a sighting. This sloth observation tour in Costa Rica guarantees the proper management of resources, respecting the space of the species, and preserving its natural habitat. The naturalist guide will supply high-quality optical gear to grant a 100% satisfying observation without any impact to the naturally smiling sloths. After this short hike, learn to milk cows. Next, taste-test homemade liquor, chocolate, and fresh milk as you see the alambique distillation process. Participate in the sugar cane extraction to obtain a delicious juice, and try it alone, with spearmint, liquor, or other of the farm's organic products. Visit a small archeological ranch to see ancient indigenous pieces and put them to work in the artisanal process of making chocolate. Finally, walk through and admire the orchid and medicinal plant gardens. Take a short 20-minute ride to the Peninsula Sector at Arenal Volcano National Park near the Arenal Lake. Take a 1.5-kilometer hike. Enjoy excellent views of Arenal Lake and Tilaran Volcanic Mountain Range from the observation bays along the trail. Walk up to the observation platform for a closer look at the volcano. At the end of the trail, enjoy a fresh tropical fruit buffet, then board your boat along the edges of this enormous man-made lake, observe the rainforest, islands, and aquatic birds. After 45 minutes on the boat, arrive at the Arenal Lake boat station sector.

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What people are saying about Alajuela Province

Overall rating

4.5 / 5

based on 5 reviews

Our guide was very nice and tried to show us all the animals. The park is not very big and there are not many visitors there. That's why it's very, very nice and quiet and you can see the animals well. There are many different colorful birds. We saw 3 sloths, a jesus christ lizard, different types of frogs. Conclusion: beautiful, small, quiet park with many species of animals.

The walking trail isn't long, but wow, there is so much wildlife! We saw a beautiful glass frog, a poison dart frog, and too many others to list. Additionally, we saw some snakes and insects. Our guide was amazing at finding them; we wouldn't have seen any on our own. My kids loved this tour.

Great family time. The facilitator was very nice, pleasant and understanding. Even the children enjoyed this good time. The preparation of the typical Costa Rican dish was very instructive and very good to taste. The salsa steps were a good time

Our guide Levi was amazing, it was so excited about his job, super young energy, we managed to see so many less than 3 hours. We also saw an Ocelot, which it is absolute rare to see. Thanks again

Johnny was our tour guide and we had a great time! Saw so many different frogs, 12 or 13! We were thought about the plants and other animals we saw on the way and it was great!