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La Fortuna de San Carlos
Trish Rohrer ,
Desafio Rios y Montañas
300 meters above sea-level, the laid-back town of Fortuna is a
great hub from which to explore the surrounding waterfalls,
caves, hot springs, whitewater rivers, and of course Fortuna’s
most famous attraction, the spectacular
The once dormant volcano exploded for the first time in 1968,
killing more than 70 people in a matter of minutes. From that
day on, Arenal Volcano has erupted daily, emitting smoke and
red-hot lava to the delight of residents and travelers. On May
5, 1998, Arenal Volcano blew its top again with a major eruption
that changed the classic shape of the volcano, opening a new
fissure on its northwest side. Fortunately, no one was harmed
during this eruption, though all were reminded of the
impressive, yet unpredictable, power of Costa Rica’s most active
Just 5.5 kilometer from the town of Fortuna is the Fortuna River
Waterfall; a must see for anyone visiting the area. Easily
accessible by car, taxi, horse, or on-foot, this impressive
waterfall is the perfect setting for a morning swim in paradise.
Entrance to the park is 500 colones.
Looking for more action? Try a day of white water rafting on the
Toro or the Penas Blancas rivers.
rivers will thrill both the beginner and experienced rafter or
kayaker with their technical rapids and exotic tropical scenery.
Just a little over an hour from Fortuna, these rivers are not
only world class, but convenient, as well. Half- and full-day
class III and IV excursions are run daily
Desafio Rios y Montañas in Fortuna.
Venado’s Caverns are an underground adventure-land. Located just
a short drive from Fortuna near the town of Venado, these caves
were discovered a few years ago when a farmer fell into one of
the caves while walking around his property! The caves offer an
exhilarating adventure as you explore a cool underground river
and fascinating grottos. This alternative ½ day trip is
relatively inexpensive at 1,500 colones for admission, including
helmet, flashlight, boots and a guide. Dive into this
underground world on your next visit to the area.
course, once you’ve spent a busy day exploring the area, you’ll
want to take advantage of the delicious and varied cuisine found
at one of Fortuna’s numerous bars and restaurants. Favorites
include Tabacon Hotspring’s Resort and Restaurant or the
excellent meat and fish at El Novillo. Despite its small size,
Fortuna offers a wide range of accommodations to satisfy the
budget conscious backpacker or the luxury-seeking traveler –
drop by the office at Desafio Rios Y Montanas for more
you’re a "birder" seeking a peaceful get away in paradise or a
high action thrill-seeker looking to test your limits, the
Fortuna area offers something for everyone.
through Fortuna on your way to Monteverde to visit the Cloud
Rainforest? Why not take the traditional route and go by boat
and horse? It’s the fastest way to travel between the two towns,
and the most adventurous! This door-to-door service offers
spectacular views of the Arenal volcano, lake and valley. With
qualified guides, over fifty horses, and first class equipment,
this adventure tour is the perfect way to set out on the next
stage of your vacation. Contact Desafio Rios y Montanas for more
information, including rental car shuttle service.