La Fortuna
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San José: Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, & Zip Lining w/ Meals

1. San José: Arenal Volcano, Hot Springs, & Zip Lining w/ Meals

Tour the best locations in Costa Rica and learn about local life and culture from those who live there. Visit a coffee plantation, zip line, and soak in the hot springs at the base of the Adrenal Volcano. Take the scenic route to the Arenal Volcano and visit a coffee plantation along the way. Gain an insight into the world of Costa Rican coffee and taste one of the best coffees in the world. Arrive at the "La Paz" and "San Fernando" waterfalls and admire the exotic tropical birds of Costa Rica, including many species of hummingbirds and rare emerald toucanets. Take in the views at the San Fernando Waterfall observation point before heading to the "Iguana Bridge", where you will have the chance to spot iguanas, sloths, monkeys, and toucans. Stop for an authentic Costa Rican lunch in a restaurant located in "La Fortuna." Then, prepare for a zip-lining adventure in the local rainforest jungles with 9 canopy cables and a 50 meter (150 feet) rappel on the Arenal River. Learn about the culture while listening to a "Maleku" Indigenous tribe presentation from locals. Relax for a couple of hours in the Paradise Hot Springs at the base of Arenal Volcano, surrounded by tropical gardens followed by dinner.

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La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano Canopy Zipline Tour

2. La Fortuna: Arenal Volcano Canopy Zipline Tour

Take part in one of the most popular canopy zipline tours near the Arenal Volcano. Located near the Arenal and Cerro Chato volcanoes, this tour includes ziplines that give you the very best views of the colossal volcano and thick, green jungles.  You meet at the base camp for your zipline gear and safety instructions and then head up the hill to the first platform. From there it's on to the zipline ride itself! At times, the cables will be 40 meters above the rainforest treetops and between the enormous trees themselves. You will have time to relax, taking in the view of your surroundings, before reaching the top and beginning your thrilling descent on the rest of the cables. The way back down won’t be quite as relaxing. Attached with high-quality safety gear and pulley system, you will soar above the treetops as you zip down a series of 9 different lines and one thrilling rappel to the base of the tree. You won't want to miss out on this exciting Costa Rican adventure!

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La Fortuna: Arenal Rafting Upper Balsa Class 3 and 4 Rapids

3. La Fortuna: Arenal Rafting Upper Balsa Class 3 and 4 Rapids

After being collected from your hotel, you will make your way to the rafting site. Once there you will undergo a brief orientation session, before taking to the river to experience class III and IV white water rafting on the beautiful Balsa River. You will navigate 10 kilometers of white water rapids, stopping along the way to rest a bit. You can also indulge in a little swimming, and enjoy some fresh Costa Rica fruit. Following your white water rafting, you will receive a clean towel and cold complimentary water. You will then be taken to a local restaurant to have a Costa Rica style lunch and coffee, before eventually being returned back to your accommodation.

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From La Fortuna: Zip-Line and Rafting Adventure

4. From La Fortuna: Zip-Line and Rafting Adventure

This special 8-hour rafting and zip-line package provides you with all the fun you are looking for in one action-packed day. This package is designed for extreme thrills, with an incredible combination of whitewater rafting and an exhilarating zip-line adventure. You will first gear up for an exciting zip through the rainforest canopy before spending the second half of the day rafting with a heart-pumping run through the class 2-3 rapids on the beautiful Río Balsa. You will finish up with a visit to a community farmhouse where you can enjoy an organic meal prepared by a local family on a wood stove. Here you will get a glimpse of the rural lifestyle in Costa Rica.

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La Fortuna: Canyoning and Waterfall Rappelling Experience

5. La Fortuna: Canyoning and Waterfall Rappelling Experience

Rejuvenate and energize yourself with a trip to a waterfall in the lush Costa Rican rainforest. Feel the thrill and adrenaline rush of rappelling down the waterfall. There are 4 different abseiling locations to choose from, including 1 rock wall. Enjoy the expertise of your professional instructors. You will be provided with all the latest safety equipment, and get an informative safety briefing before the adventure begins. There is a video playing in the reception area so you know what to expect, and you can read the remarks left by past visitors in the guest book. There are two tours per day: 07:00 and 12:00. Your tour begins at the local partner's headquarters in beautiful La Fortuna. For those on the 07:00 tour, you can enjoy your delicious Costa Rican lunch when you return, and for those on the noon tour, you will enjoy your lunch before the tour.

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From San Carlos: Venado Caves Small Group Spelunking Tour

6. From San Carlos: Venado Caves Small Group Spelunking Tour

After appreciating the natural of beauty of Costa Rica and its rainforests above ground, this activity gives you the opportunity to explore what’s beneath the earth. A certified nature guide will take you on underground trails that lead through grottos and chambers on this half-day spelunking adventure. Enter a labyrinth of ancient underground rivers and sea beds, all accessible now after being hidden for thousands of years. Some of the most common rock formations inside the caves are stalactites and stalagmites, and yet they create the most amazing shapes. A great colony of bats inhabits the caves, as do a multitude of spiders and crabs. Experience a very different side of Costa Rica and get ready to get wet and dirty as you explore the astounding underground world.

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San Jose: Sarapiqui Class 3&4 Rafting to La Fortuna Arena

7. San Jose: Sarapiqui Class 3&4 Rafting to La Fortuna Arena

Bring on the adrenaline and enjoy the “Jungle Run” on the Sarapiqui River, the perfect rafting trip for adventurous paddlers. Join the tour on your way from San Jose to La Fortuna or from La Fortuna to San Jose and spend the day taking on challenging rapids and admiring jungle wildlife.  The day beings with pickup from select locations in San Jose or La Fortuna. Travel through small Costa Rican villages to the quaint town of San Miguel to start your rafting experience, passing La Virgen and finishing up in El Roble de Sarapiquí. Here, your professional guide will give you the 101 on rafting, including safety tips and technical instructions before starting your 3.5-hour journey down the Sarapiqui River on a full-day rafting adventure. Experience over 40 exciting rapids along nearly 22 kilometers of lush, vibrant rainforest. Make your way through exciting rapids like “The Pipeline”, “The Terminator”, and “Dos Locos”, that will be sure to get your adrenaline pumping.  About halfway down the Sarapiqui River, you’ll stop and watch the rapids from the shore, while enjoying tropical fruit and relaxing with the rest of the group. Then, after the second leg of your journey, take out right at the Red-Eyed Frog Restaurant, located on the Sarapiqui River. Savor a typical Costa Rican casado (rice with beans, plantain, and meat) and some gourmet coffee. After lunch, take advantage of the showers and changing rooms on-site before continuing on your journey.

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Arenal Volcano: Lost Canyon Canyoneering Adventure

8. Arenal Volcano: Lost Canyon Canyoneering Adventure

The rugged, mountainous terrain near the Arenal Volcano is ideal for canyoneering. Combine rappelling, down-climbing, river tracing and the huge and breathtaking waterfalls hidden in the Lost Canyon. Start off by doing a fun 4x4 off-road adventure on the “Jungle Limos” as you head about 15 minutes into a quiet mountainside community. Your guides will give you a thorough safety talk about important rappelling and down-climbing techniques. You’ll get high-quality technical climbing gear such as a harness, helmet and gloves, and you’ll get to practice your first descent on a small, 150-foot (45 meter) waterfall. There you are, on a sturdy platform looking down into the depths of a massive tropical waterfall. You’ll rappel down for the thrill of a lifetime! Make your way along the river by down-climbing and rappelling a series of 6 waterfalls that get gradually bigger and bigger. You’ll finish with an exhilarating 200-foot (60 meter) guided rappel! The hike back up takes about 10 minutes, but take your time to enjoy the intense rainforest that surrounds you. At the top, you’ll arrive to the Canyon Café where you can change into your dry clothes and then sit down to your best meal in Costa Rica!

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Arenal Volcano Raft and Canopy Tour Adventure

9. Arenal Volcano Raft and Canopy Tour Adventure

Double your fun and save money with Wave Expedition’s Raft & Canopy Combo tour. This action-packed duo combo tour offers maximum thrills and adventure.  In the morning, get picked up at your hotel for your zip-line adventure.  After gearing up and getting safety instructions from your guide, you will experience the excitement and fun as you zip from tree to tree with the rainforest canyon below. But the fun doesn’t stop here.  Next stop -- the Rio Balsa -- is known for fun-filled, thrilling Class II-III white water rapids including “Magnetic Rock” and “Dredges.”  Your two-hour rafting tour winds through the heart of the rainforest along this beautiful, tropical river.  Enjoy a delightful swim in the Balsa River.  Then, refresh yourself with fresh tropical fruits and a cold drink.  At the end of the tour, enjoy a tasty Costa Rican lunch. The tour is pure fun, great for adults and kids aged 8 and older. 

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La Fortuna: Canyoning and White Water Rafting Experience

10. La Fortuna: Canyoning and White Water Rafting Experience

Get your adrenaline pumping with an exciting adventure in the Costa Rican rainforest. After getting picked up from your hotel in La Fortuna, drive to a canyon located 20 minutes outside of the city. Then transfer to a 4x4 truck for a thrilling short drive into the rainforest to a ranch house to gear up. When you're ready, set out on your morning of excitement and exhilaration. Start the day by rappelling through lush waterfalls, then take on a canyon wall. Afterward, zip line through the rainforest, rock climb and rappel, all in the spectacular rainforest canyon. After a short hike once you get out of the canyon, head to the Balsa River for 2 hours of white water rafting in the middle of the rainforest. Get wet and wild on rapids such as "Magnetic Rock" and "Dredges".  Enjoy a swim in the river and a short stop for fresh tropicals fruits and a cold drink. On the way back to La Fortuna, stop by a local restaurant and enjoy a delicious Costa Rican lunch. Get dropped off back at your hotel at the end of the day.

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What people are saying about La Fortuna

We highly recommend these adventure tours. The Zipline and rafting combo were with 2 different companies. We loved them both! The Balsa river rafting was highly adventurous because the rain had increased the river rapids to a little more intensity than usual. We had a wonderful guide, Jorge, who helped us through with no problems. The fresh fruit snack was refreshing and the lunch was very delicious. We did zipline in the morning but since it was a combo package we didn't complete all the zip lines this company had to offer. The 9 that we did were fabulous. One was almost 1 km and the rain was pelting us. We flew so fast that we could hardly see the guides that were waiting for us on the end. They were very skilled at helping us novices. We would absolutely do this again.

Fernando Moss was an excellent guide, who gave us terrific detail on our trip, sights. He was patient and he clearly loves what he does. I can't recommend this tour enough!

I cant swim but this was one of THEEE BEST. I would do this over and over and over again!!! 10 out of 10! Wave Rafting is AWESOME!!!! ENZO IS THE BEST!

It was amazing. My wife and I really enjoyed ourselves. We're looking forward to coming back. Yordan was an awesome guide.

Totally secure, very well prepared staff & beautiful surroundings.