One Day In La Fortuna, Costa Rica: Itinerary to Transform and Travel
You want a whole new experience compared to last year. I am right there with you. That's why I am here in Costa Rica. Who doesn't love an overflow of sunshine, nature, and adventure? I know I do.
That's one of the reasons why I decided to spend not just One Day in La Fortuna or in Costa Rica, but about three months! By the end of my first day in Costa Rica, I could feel my spirit and soul shifting.
You may want to experience adventure, nature and the Pura Vida in Costa Rica. Traveling helps you transform in more ways than one when you travel to Costa Rica. No matter what your 2021 Vision for the year ahead is, you will definitely want to experience Costa Rica or add it to your bucket list.
It's easy to see why La Fortuna, Costa Rica speaks to your soul with the abundant beauty, warm weather, and adventure that surrounds you. The city and surrounding areas have a lot to offer including La Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal Volcano, Danta Waterfall, Downtown La Fortuna and Church, and Hot Springs.
There's plenty to experience one day in La Fortuna, Costa Rica to transform and travel whether you come solo, with family, or with a group.. After you read this, you may want to make sure you stay longer in or nearby La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Follow this One Day in La Fortuna, Costa Rica Itinerary to Transform and Travel. It will help you make your travels transformational even it's a short trip. These are my recommendations for the top experiences for your one day in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.
Shot on my Sony A330
My Experiences With La Fortuna, Costa Rica
This is my first time in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Thanks to Costa Rica and Dragon Fly Hideaway Airbnb, I already know it won't be my last.
Although I am staying in Costa Rica for close to three months, I love to create adventure days to share for myself and others whether you are somewhere short or long-term and want to create adventure days too. That's why I created One Day Travel guides.
Costa Rica Retreat in 2016 near Liberia in Playa Del Coco
My travels in Costa Rica include a focus on nature, adventure and healthy travel experiences. If you didn't know, I haven't drunk alcohol for over 5 years now. I feel healthier than High School.
For my first stay in or near La Fortuna, Costa Rica, I chose Dragon Fly Hideaway Airbnb in Sonafluca, which is about 5 minutes from La Fortuna Waterfall, and about 10 minutes from downtown La Fortuna. It is perfect for peace, tranquility, and for creating content like a boss,
I am considering it for a future retreat of ours as well!
All shots are my own on Canon EOSM100, Sony A330, and/or my iPhone 12 Mini.
Fun Facts About La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Travel lights me up in more ways than one. My story includes being conceived in Bulgaria, born in Poland, and in 4 countries by the time I was 2 (including a refugee camp in Italy.)
I love visiting La Fortuna, Costa Rica for many reasons. La Fortuna is one of the most talked about and visited destinations in Costa Rica. Although until 2020, about a million people visit La Fortuna, Costa Rica every year, only about 6,000 people live here.
The town La Fortuna boasts views of world renown Arenal Volcano, Costa Rica’s most active mountainous structure, as well as Lake Arenal which flows through the thermal waters of the country.
Did you know that Arenal Volcano erupted in the headlining eruption in 1968 covering the towns of Pueblo Nuevo, Tabacon and San Luis in ash, rocks and crumbled concrete–leaving 87 people dead?
Out of this tragedy, La Fortuna birthed hope and opportunity for rebuilding and livelihood.
As you walk around the town of La Fortuna, the influence of early Spanish colonizers is seen through the structures and church you see in downtown. La Fortuna is located about 70 miles from San Jose, Costa Rica.
La Fortuna is known to be an incredible jumping off point for your travels to Costa Rica for seeing Arenal Volcano and Arenal Lake, experiencing adventures like hikes, zip lining, and white water rafting, as well as relaxing in Hot Springs like Termalitas del Arenal.
One Day In La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Let's explore the experiences I recommend for one day in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.. Depending on when you arrive in the city, and where you stay, feel free to modify your experiences!
I'm sharing here a full 24 hours for your one day in La Fortuna. I'll be sharing Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio. I'm giving you many reasons you will want to stay longer in Costa Rica!.
Even when I travel, I stay healthy, bring Herbalife Nutrition and workout daily in different ways.
You'll learn about my workout yesterday climbing up and down 400+ stairs to see La Fortuna Waterfall!
La Fortuna Waterfall
The 70 meters, or 230 feet high La Fortuna Waterfall is absolutely the 1,000+ steps round trip (500+ steps each way) descent and ascent. I regularly workout and the climb up definitely felt like 3+ leg workouts combined for me.
When you visit La Fortuna, Costa Rica, make sure you honestly assess your own physical fitness for the experience. The website includes quite a bit of information for CatarataLaFortuna.com
La Fortuna Waterfall is about 5 minutes from my Dragon Fly Hideaway Airbnb. From this location, it is a perfect experience and way to start your One Day in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Usually, Uber is pretty easy to get in Costa Rica. However, I found on Sundays that is not the case. As a result, I researched Airbnb Experiences in La Fortuna and found "Discover La Fortuna in a Private Car" with Jason (Descubre La Fortuna en auto privado)
He is amazing and responded immediately despite my Airbnb experience booking on the same day. He offers various to choose from as your private driver for about $40-$50 total for seven hours. He will work with you to customize the itinerary you want for your transportation. It ends up being cheaper than an Uber and more convenient! You may find him at @villas_blessed_cr on IG, and via Airbnb experiences for La Fortuna.
Once you get your ticket and past the entrance, you go over a hanging bridge.
Before you begin the climb, they remind you it is a 600m hike moderately steep. In addition, the park shares who the hike is not recommended for. When you enter, you will see a bathroom, and gift shop. Once you past the entrance, you will come to a sign and the stairs begin.
The stairs vary in type and steepness. You will find landing platforms and benches to rest as well.
Shot on my Canon A330 in Sports Action
I looked at logistically where La Fortuna Waterfall, La Fortuna Downtown, and Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa are as well as their hours. We left the Airbnb right at noon to head over to La Fortuna Waterfall.
With minimal to no crowds right now, I saw about 5-10 people buying tickets, and about 30-40 people total climbing up and down and at the waterfall to give you an idea. I went on Sunday which normally would be a heavy tourist time I would not recommend.