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Arenal Observatory and Hiking Tour from La Fortuna

La Fortuna de San Carlos, Costa Rica
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6 hours  (Approx.)
Hotel pickup offered
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Offered in: English and 1 more


Spend an afternoon exploring the vibrant wildlife, explosive history, and inspiring views of Arenal on this hiking and nature tour from La Fortuna. Trek across hanging bridges, past a waterfall, and through the lush rain forest and gardens around the Arenal Observatory Lodge, where panoramic views of Arenal Volcano and Lake await. Unwind with a soak in a natural hot river pool, paired with a volcanic mud facial and refreshing cocktail.
  • Combo nature and hiking tour of Arenal from La Fortuna
  • Take in panoramic views from the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, the only resort inside Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Hike through lush rain forest gardens and across hanging bridges with a guide
  • Learn about the area's volcanic history at the Arenal Observatory Museum
  • Soak in a natural hot water river
  • Unwind with a volcanic mud facial and cocktail
The afternoon adventure begins with pickup at your La Fortuna hotel and a 45-minute drive to Arenal Volcano National Park. Arrive at the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, a beautifully landscaped resort that was originally built as a scientific research station and offers commanding views of the nearby volcano and Arenal Lake.

After this panoramic perspective, get a closer look at the area’s flora and fauna with a hike through the surrounding gardens and rain forest. Along the guided trek, pass two hanging bridges and admire the flowing currents of the Danta River and a tropical waterfall. Learn about the area’s diverse ecosystem and fascinating geologic history from your guide, who will help you spot native wildlife such as monkeys, exotic birds, and red-eyed tree frogs. Back at the lodge, dig even deeper into the ancient history of the volcano at the Arenal Observatory Museum, and watch a memorable sunset over Lake Arenal from the viewing deck.

Finish the day with pura vida–style relaxation courtesy of a soak and swim in a naturally heated river pool. Detox with a volcanic mud facial if you wish, and unwind with a cocktail. After about an hour here, return to your La Fortuna hotel in the evening.


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Low key tour for learning about rain forest and Arenal.
, Sep 2019
Excellent tour. Was our first tour of trip so was a great orientation of rain forest. Easy hike on paved ground and very informative. I usually like more physical activities but it was worth taking time to learn details of the rain forest. Ending in hot springs was also fun, although crowded and a popular stop for tour groups. Tour guide excellent.
Great tour!!
, Jun 2019
Had the best time with our tour guide Carlos!! He showed us many plant and animals species. He was quite knowledgeable and loved to educate. We saw plenty of monkeys, toucans and frogs. By far the most enjoyable experience was relaxing in the warm river with drinks in our hands!!! Would do it all over again.
, Mar 2019
The guides were very friendly and knowledgeable of the surrounding of the park and wildlife. I will certainly take more tours with this guide.
I loved this tour with Red Lava...
, Feb 2018
I loved this tour with Red Lava Tours. It was 100 worth the money. We were lucky to have a clear view of the volcano. The trip to the waterfall afterwards was fun do go into the waterfall!!! It's not that cold, but I'd recommend bringing a good towel and maybe a light sweater to wear afterwards. But the highlight was the hot thermal river at the end, with the provided drink. Magical!!
Danny was the best tour guide ever...
Naidalys R
, Aug 2017
Danny was the best tour guide ever. Made the experience even better. It started pouring very hard so we were not able to go to the hot springs but red lava was very accommodating and let us go the next day.
A nice fairly short tour which takes...
Heather L
, Nov 2016
A nice fairly short tour which takes in some of the views from the Arenal Observatory and an informative guided walk through the gardens and national park. Our guide William was very knowledgeable and provided an interesting insight into the ecology, flora and fauna of the area. The trip ends in the hot springs which are ok but not great. Unfortunately for us the rain and the low cloud obscured the views of Mnt Arenal itself but it was an interesting trip none the less.

Product code: 18265P2

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