Adventure and Waterfalls in La Fortuna - Costa Rica

This post is part of our week in Costa Rica.

After our scenic lasagne-fuelled drive from Tortuguero we arrived into the town of La Fortuna late in the afternoon and checked into our hotel. Over the next few days we were shown some of what the area around La Fortuna had to offer. 

Being at the base of Arenal volcano meant that there were plenty of activities to get involved in; Magnus and the group had fun stand-up peddle-boarding on Lake Arenal while I caught up with some work back at the hotel (the joys of being self-employed!)

In the afternoon we hiked for a couple of hours up the volcano. What we found really interesting was how the flora here started off as sugarcane fields, turned quickly into rainforest and then opened out at the base of the volcano - so much diversity... 

*We were generously hosted by the Costa Rica Tourist Board and British Airways for the entirety of this trip so we would like to thank them for these experiences.*

Hike in Arenal National Park, Costa Rica.
Hike in Arenal National Park, Costa Rica.
Hike in Arenal National Park, Costa Rica.
Hike in Arenal National Park, Costa Rica.
Hike in Arenal National Park, Costa Rica.
Hike in Arenal National Park, Costa Rica.
Hike in Arenal National Park, Costa Rica.
Hike in Arenal National Park, Costa Rica.
Hike in Arenal National Park, Costa Rica.
Hike in Arenal National Park, Costa Rica.

On our second day in the La Fortuna area we had adventure in the morning with some MEGA relaxation in the afternoon...

Magnus enjoyed zip-lining the 7-section course down the side of the steep hillside at Sky Adventures whilst I opted for a walk through the jungle to meet the rest of the group at the bottom and see the trees from on top of the canopy on the suspended bridges. 

Zip Lining and Rope Bridges at Sky Adventures in Costa Rica
Zip Lining and Rope Bridges at Sky Adventures in Costa Rica
Zip Lining and Rope Bridges at Sky Adventures in Costa Rica

Above: we took Sky Trams up to the top. 

Below: a brief version of my (India) route downhill on foot along the Sky Walk.

Sky Walk with Sky Adventures in Costa Rica.
Sky Walk with Sky Adventures in Costa Rica.
Sky Walk with Sky Adventures in Costa Rica.
Sky Walk with Sky Adventures in Costa Rica.
Sky Walk with Sky Adventures in Costa Rica.
Sky Walk with Sky Adventures in Costa Rica.
Sky Walk with Sky Adventures in Costa Rica.
Sky Walk with Sky Adventures in Costa Rica.
Sky Walk with Sky Adventures in Costa Rica.

After all that adrenalin we ate a relaxed meal at the Sky Adventures restaurant, headed back to the hotel to change and then hit Tabacon Hot Springs to get some much needed downtime. 

The water in the many different pools here was heated by the underground volcanic activity and it was definitely a highlight of our trip. We spent a couple of hours hopping from pool to pool, surrounded by lush greenery and the fading light. When it got really dark the rain set in and we were treated to thunder and lightning storm - which we loved. 

As part of the entry fee into the resort an evening buffet is included and we happily tried one of everything. There was a huge range of food to try as well as the Costa Rican classics that we'd become accustomed to (and now really miss now we're back home!) and we particularly enjoyed the tiny desserts - probably because we could eat a million of them. 

Tabacon Hot Springs in Costa Rica.
Tabacon Hot Springs in Costa Rica.
Tabacon Hot Springs in Costa Rica.

We managed to squeeze in one more activity before we left La Fortuna... The next morning we headed to La Fortuna waterfall for one last look at the rainforest before journeying onwards. 

La Fortuna waterfall in Costa Rica.
La Fortuna waterfall in Costa Rica.
La Fortuna waterfall in Costa Rica.
La Fortuna waterfall in Costa Rica.
La Fortuna waterfall in Costa Rica.
La Fortuna waterfall in Costa Rica.
La Fortuna Waterfall LR-15.jpg
La Fortuna waterfall in Costa Rica.