La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve, La Fortuna de San Carlos

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#21 of 25 in Parks in La Fortuna de San Carlos
Nature / Park · Hidden Gem · Wildlife Area
Meet the colorful critters of the jungle on a guided nature walk through La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve. Within the eastern shadow of Costa Rica's most active volcano, this forest reserve boasts diverse geological and biological wealth. As you pass through the lush foliage of tropical trees and ferns, admiring orchids and other flowers along the way, keep your camera handy at all times and an eye open for green iguanas, chatty parrots, and tapirs. Pack your backpack with plenty of water, energy bars, sunscreen, and bug spray. Using our online itinerary creator, La Fortuna de San Carlos attractions like La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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La Fortuna Arenal Volcano Rain Forest Reserve reviews

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  • We had a great hike and outstanding guide who took the time explain lots, his name was Byron. It was only a few miles but the fog only lifted for a bit till it came back so seeing the volcano was...  more »
  • We booked this tour through Anywhere.com. The tour guide was excellent. Has we climbed up the mountainside, various tropical plants were pointed out such as orchids. We were directed to the leaf...  more »
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  • As others have said, this isn't the most exciting hike that Costa Rica has to offer. It's definitely an easy, mostly flat trail. However, if you are lucky to get a clear view of the volcano it's quite stunning. The famous tree was also more interesting than I expected it to be. In total, the combo of the trail to the lookout point plus the loop to see the tree is about 5k. There's another viewpoint to see the volcano that you can drive to, or it's another 1.2km out and back. That's actually where we had the better sighting of the volcano, but that all depends on luck. There was some construction in a couple of places, looks like they are building a new viewpoint platform that will be interesting when open. We were not able to hike the peninsula section because it is closed for trail maintenance.
  • The trail is very nice and you can find animals on the way. The view to the mountain is great. But don't expect too much to see volcano rocks, it's very small area that you don't get to see a lot. When you buy the tickets you are getting access to another location that the view from there is amazing and you can also see the lake. Very recommend to visit it also.

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