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Must sees in La Fortuna area?

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Must sees in La Fortuna area?


I have two questions:

1. We will be in La Fortuna for 3 days in April and would like some suggestions on what activities/day trips are not to be missed. Our first day I figured we would go to Eco Termales since they get good reviews and Tabacon seems way overpriced. That leaves two full days. There is such a wide array of options for day trips and activities, what are the must sees?

2. What would be the best way to go from La Fortuna in the morning to SJO in order to catch our evening flight back home?


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1. Re: Must sees in La Fortuna area?

In the Fortuna area, my favorites are:

-The Hanging Bridges, an engineering marvel overlooking primary rain forest and awesome volcano vistas; if you can, do the day hike on your own and then a night guided tour to hear the forest at its loudest magnificence.

-Rancho Margot, an self sufficient, ecological community with great yoga and very frienly Ticos.

-Eco-Termales, simply the best hot springs.

-Horse Riding in Arenal Volcano National Park.

-Arenal Lake fishing on a boat; spectacular scenery!

-Gingerbread House Restaurant, the best in the area with great Israeli-Tropical fusion delights.

-Mystica Pizza, the best view of any pizza restaurant with all organic ingredients.

-The road to Guatuso, a side road from Arenal Lake will take you across the mountains, an almost Africa-Like landscape.

-Tenorio Volcano National Park, with its wondrous Celeste River tinted in flourecent blue.

-The Tico people, make every attempt to engage them in conversation, they are lovely

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The La Fortuna waterfall is a must-see in my opinion. Also the Arenal Volcano National Park was great too!

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3. Re: Must sees in La Fortuna area?

We really enjoyed our hike to the Catarata de La Fortuna. It's a steep hike, but not terribly long. Definitely plan to swim.

We went on a combination zipline/horsebackride/Indian Village tour with a company called Arenal Mundo Adventura, and the zip lines were awesome! One of the cables is over a kilometer long, and you go right over two spectacular waterfalls. There are 12 cables. And for the same price as SkyTours, you get a little horseback ride, and a bit of education about the indigenous people of northern Costa Rica, who might be gone in another generation.

In the main square of La Fortuna, the Soda Parada is great food with cheap casados.

We drove back from Fortuna to the airport via San Ramon, and it took us 2 1/2 hours. The road is freshly paved. I don't know about buses.

Have fun!

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4. Re: Must sees in La Fortuna area?

The Cano Negro trip is a must see. You will see ton of birds and a great variety of other wildlife (monkeys, sloths, lizards, caimans, bats, etc), an nice boat trip along the Rio Frio and a stop for lunch. Takes most of the day so spending the evening at Eco-Thermales is a good way to round out the day.

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Thanks for all the great feedback!

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After the volcano, the Cano Negro daytrip is the real standout. Sunset tours does a good job on this one.

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7. Re: Must sees in La Fortuna area?

Fortuna is a beautiful area with the option of many different types of activities and tours. One of my favorite things I did there was a liquid-lava tour with a company called Desafio. On the tour, we hiked along the base of the volcano where we watched the sunset and even got to see red-rocks falling since it was clear! The tour also includes entrance into Baldi hot springs, which was a great way to end the tour! Check out desafio... they have a lot of different tours to offer as well, like whitewater rafting, kayaking, horseback riding etc.

Hope you find what you´re looking for! Enjoy your trip.

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8. Re: Must sees in La Fortuna area?

As for your question #2, if you are not talking about driving directions, you could check www.interbusonline.com. It looks like they can pick you up at your hotel in the morning and take you back to San Jose by mid-day. Cost is $35pp, I think.

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We decided to fly Nature Air to get back to San Jose and catch our flight. The ticket (we booked in advance) cost was $75 per person (all taxes included) and the flight was only 35 minutes long. We left La Fortuna at 7:55am and got to San Jose at 8:30am. We had plenty of time to go to the Zoo Avenue and get back to the airport at 2pm to check in and go back home.

We were happy with this option since we really did not want to stay 4 hours on a bus on the way back to San Jose. We also wanted to see as many things as we could during our trip there, and ending the journey with a trip at Zoo Avenue right before going back home was perfect for us!

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10. Re: Must sees in La Fortuna area?

Hi. We just came back from La Fortuna on Sun. Definitely go to Cano Negro. We saw lots of wildlife--monkeys, sloths, caimans, birds . . . We went with a company called Eagle Tours. E-mail them and ask for a cash price, cheaper than the others, and they were wonderful. Came with a nice CR lunch.

We also took a taxi one night when the weather was clear with some clouds to the active side of the volcano. We stayed at Silencio del Campo and saw a reddish color coming from the right side of the volcano. The hotel owners told it was a great night for viewing and got us a taxi. The taxi drivers know exactly where to go and will wait for you-about $40. Amazing view, saw orange-reddish lava actually coming down. Well worth it. You don't need to do a tour here.