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La Fortuna: Guided Twilight Wildlife Safari

1. 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.

Costa Rica: Río Balsa Half-Day Rafting Adventure

2. Costa Rica: Río Balsa Half-Day Rafting Adventure

See amazing wildlife and enjoy plenty of whitewater fun on this half-day rafting adventure, right near the base of the Arenal Volcano! Perfect for families and first-timers! Challenge yourself as you paddle through fun and safe rolling rapids with names like "Congo Loco" and "Rock around the Croc", plus the challenging “Las Dragas” section. Then play around in tranquil river pools in an isolated rainforest river canyon. Your professional, experienced bilingual guides will give you a safety talk and paddling instruction, lifejackets and helmets before you begin. You'll spot wildlife including monkeys, sloths and tropical birds such as ospreys, Oropendolas and toucans. This unique river trip is the perfect combination of adventure and nature. We call this our “Whitewater & Wildlife” tour. Enjoyable for kids and adults alike! After nearly 30, fun, easy-rolling rapids, you’ll have some delicious fresh fruit and end at our private take-out to change into your dry clothes in our dressing rooms. We then take you to have a delicious, home-cooked, traditional Costa Rican meal, which is guaranteed to please!

San Jose: Arenal Hanging Bridges & Baldi Hot Springs Tour

3. 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.

From La Fortuna: Stand-Up Paddle Boarding on Lake Arenal

4. From La Fortuna: Stand-Up Paddle Boarding on Lake Arenal

Experience the best way to explore beautiful Lake Arenal — go stand-up paddling and get amazing views of the colossal Arenal Volcano. You'll feel like you're walking on water as you cross the lake from one side to the next. This activity is perfect for all adventure enthusiasts, including beginning paddlers. Venture to Costa Rica's largest lake and hop on board a private boat. Meet your friendly captain while your adventurous guide provides you with all the necessary gear. As you embark on your journey out to the middle of Lake Arenal, you’ll be blown away by the natural beauty of Arenal Volcano. When you reach the middle of the lake, your guide will give you plenty of safety instructions and plunk your board into the water. Paddle out on your knees, and when you are ready, stand up, find your balance, and begin crossing the calm waters. About halfway through the tour, make a short stop on an island for amazing scenic views.  After 2.5 hours of paddling, finish your day at the new Pedal and Paddle Adventure store located in the small town of El Foforo on the other side of the lake. Change into dry clothes and fuel up with a refreshing and well-deserved snack before heading back to your hotel.

La Fortuna: Jungle Safari Float Sarapiqui to San Jose

5. La Fortuna: Jungle Safari Float Sarapiqui to San Jose

Turn your day of travel into an action-packed adventure with the Safari Float Adventure Connection! Come see the abundance of nature and wildlife that Costa Rica has to offer! This Costa Rica Safari Float is a smooth, two-hour paddle down the quiet, lower section of the Sarapiqui River. Your bilingual nature guide will paddle and steer your boat as you float down the river and point out all of the exotic wildlife such as birds, frogs, insects, and monkeys in the Costa Rican rainforest! You'll be picked up at your hotel in La Fortuna's Area and travel to a beautiful waterfall on the Pozo Azul River of Sarapiqui. Here you and your family can enjoy nature and the cool crystal clear water that the waterfall offers you. Then, head towards the Red Eye Frog restaurant located in El Roble of Sarapiqui while getting yourself ready to fall deeply in love with the 2-hour Jungle Safari float. Your eagle-eyed guide will show off Costa Rica's amazing wildlife as he points out a wide array of plant and animal species. You’ll float next to the Mesoamerican Biological Corridor (San Juan La Selva Biological Corridor) where there is a good possibility of seeing sloths, howler monkeys, lizards, and even black river otters. This area is also famous for the incredible amount of tropical birds such as ospreys, boat-billed herons, parrots, kingfishers and the great green macaw which is on the endangered species list. For those who want to be even closer to nature, you will have the chance to get out of the raft and into the river and refresh yourself. The Jungle Safari Float is great for nature lovers of all ages! To finish your day, return to the Red Eye Frog Restaurant to have a delicious traditional Costa Rican lunch called a “Casado” along with some amazing Costa Rican gourmet coffee. Following this, drive to your next vacation destination in a comfortable air-conditioned van with free WiFi.

La Fortuna: Arenal Lake Airboat Combo Tours

6. La Fortuna: Arenal Lake Airboat Combo Tours

Feel the adrenaline pumping as you embark on an airboat tour across Lake Arenal. Spot the birds and other wildlife that inhabit the area and see the incredible Arenal Volcano from a unique viewpoint. Listen to the history and interesting facts about the lake from your expert guide. Hear the story of the original town of Arenal, which now lies abandoned at the bottom of the lake after it was expanded in 1979. Create your own ideal tour by adding a local activity from the list below: 2-hour Airboat Tour: Enjoy an airboat tour across Lake Arenal 4-hour Airboat and Biking Tour: after the airboat ride, take a 90-minute bike ride through the zone of “El Castillo”. Follow paths close to the lake admire the local nature. 9-hour Airboat, Horse Riding, Trekking, Local Farm, and Lunch Tour: after the airboat ride, go horseriding through the mountains to a traditional house. There you will enjoy a traditional lunch. After lunch, trek through the jungle to 2 beautiful waterfalls and stop to go swimming. Finally, visit a local farm and see animals such as cows. 9-hour Airboat, Trekking, Local Farm and Lunch Tour: after the airboat ride, go horseriding through the mountains to a traditional house. There you will enjoy a traditional lunch. Now that you’re energized, visit a local farm and go trekking through the jungle. Visit 2 beautiful waterfalls and stop to go swimming.

La Fortuna: 4-Hour Pedal Board Tour at Lake Arenal

7. La Fortuna: 4-Hour Pedal Board Tour at Lake Arenal

Pedal across the water and discover the stunning nature of Lake Arenal. Get picked up in La Fortuna and relax during the 30-minute drive to the lake. After you arrive, your guide will give you a brief introduction and get you set up for the tour. Glide across the calm and peaceful waters at the foot of the breathtaking Arenal Volcano. The board is powered by your legs, the strongest part of your body, and allows you to hold the handlebars for balance, making this activity easy and fun for people of all ages. Your guide will lead you towards Arenal Volcano as they point out interesting wildlife. Halfway through the tour, you’ll pull up on shore and have a break for swimming, taking photos, and to enjoy some refreshments. After a rest, head you back to the start point and get dropped off back in La Fortuna.

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: White Water Rafting Class

9. La Fortuna: White Water Rafting Class

Meet your guide at the convenient meeting point in La Fortuna and set off on your adrenaline-pumping adventure. You will drive to the start of the trail and be shown how to descend the the canyon, accompanied by expert river guides and safety kayakers. There will be two breaks from the heart pounding rapids to refuel. The first stop will be along the river, where you can enjoy some fresh fruit. The second stop will be for an authentic Costa Rican lunch, you’ll also learn about the growing, harvesting, production of chocolate, medical plants, fruits and sugar cane. This trip will also stop in El Salto. This is nature's equivalent of a water park, complete with waterfalls, pools of water and a rope swing. Afterwards, you will proceed to the Upper Balsa, a stretch that is considered one of the most technically challenging commercially run rapids in Costa Rica.

La Fortuna: Arenal Lake Stand-up Paddle Boarding

10. La Fortuna: Arenal Lake Stand-up Paddle Boarding

Your journey starts by traveling from the epic center of La Fortuna with a comfortable transfer accompanied by a friendly driver and knowledgeable guide. Start your unforgettable voyage as you embark on a private boat loaded up with all the necessary gear. You'll meet your amiable captain who will be encouraging you throughout the activity and taking care of your suitcases while your experienced guide teaches you how to stand on the board and provides you with safety instructions. Once you're ready to give it a try your guide will plunk your board into the water and you can start by paddling out on your knees before standing up and finding your balance. You’ll be paddling across the never-to-be-forgotten Lake Arenal and its beautiful bays. The calm water of Lake Arenal is perfect for a smooth and easy experience, allowing you to enjoy the unique scenery. Lake Arenal will offer all of its participants the opportunity to paddle while enjoying an incredible view of the volcano. This is a great activity for people who just want to be out on a freshwater lake while engaging with a new adventure. Your outgoing guide will challenge you with races, games, and even yoga poses, all at the base of the grand Areal Volcano. Later, make a short stop at a fascinating viewpoint which will leave you breathless. You'll paddle for 2.5 hours throughout this stunning adventure, and will later finish your paddling right in front of the adventure store in the small town of El Foforos. There you will have the chance to change into your dry clothes and to fuel up with a refreshing and well-deserved snack. Following that, jump back on board to finish crossing the lake to Rio Chiquito where your reliable and safe vehicle will be waiting for you to take you directly to Monteverde so you can fully relax and enjoy the ride.

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What people are saying about La Fortuna

They picked us up and took us by road about 40 minutes to the river, and that's where the super incredible adventure began! My husband and I went, and our daughters of 14 and 17, we had never had this experience and we loved it!!! Then they returned us to their base and offered us a delicious typical lunch! We would definitely repeat it!

This was such a cool experience. So much came out at night that we'd not seen in the entire week of day activities we'd done. From bats picking bugs off the surface of the water to a baby owl hiding in a tree to a family of monkeys having dinner above my head, this was a great tour.

Calm and magical atmosphere, listening to different sounds of wilderness. Guides were quite knowledgeable. Many wildlife sightings: howler monkeys, opossums, bats, caymans, birds, lightbugs... Great local homemade snacks at the end of the trip. Thanks to all the organizers!

Was a first time rafter and was so scared because I can't even swim...but I thoroughly enjoyed this experience and would def do it again .....and they guy took great pictures and motion videos that I'm still waiting to get soon

The transport was excellent, guides were knowledgeable and fun to be with. Nice local snack at the end of the trip.