• Katrina Julia

One Week Adventures in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

This last week has blown all of 2020 away in every way. In one week in and nearby La Fortuna, Costa Rica, more has happened than all of 2020 in my life. I feel more present, in the moment, and completely free.


So, on my limitless global journey to 7 Continents, I decided on much more than One Day in La Fortuna or in Costa Rica. I decided on a month in La Fortuna, Costa Rica and about three months in Costa Rica! Within the first day, I felt transformation. By the end of this first week, I feel like a whole new woman. The Pura Vida!


You may want to experience transformation and the Pura Vida in Costa Rica. Traveling helps you transform when you travel to Costa Rica. No matter what your 2021 Vision for the year ahead is, you will love the Pura Vida of Costa Rica, whether for this year or your future bucket list of adventures.


La Fortuna, Costa Rica has a lot to offer in and near the city including La Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal Volcano, Danta Waterfall, Lost Canyon, Rio Celeste and Villa Blessed and Farm.


There's plenty to experience a week or a month in La Fortuna, Costa Rica to transform and travel whether you come solo, with a group or your family. There are many reasons why you'll love a day, a week or a month in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.


One Week in La Fortuna, Costa Rica Itinerary to Transform and Travel. It will give you lots of ideas for a week in La Fortuna.. These are my recommendations for the top experiences for your one week in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.


Pura Vida!



Lost Canyon Desafio Adventures


One Week in and Near La Fortuna, Costa Rica

This is my first time in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. Thanks to Costa Rica, Dragon Fly Hideaway Airbnb, and all the adventures, I know it is not my last.


This is my second time to Costa Rica since 2016 with our transformation and travel retreat in Playa Del Coco. I love experiencing an adventure with Airbnb. Each time I come to Costa Rica, I discover more places to see and adventures to experience.


Although I am staying in Costa Rica for about three months, I love to integrate adventure as I create and scale a life, business and community I love. Whether you are somewhere short or long-term, add in adventure throughout your time. It helps stimulate your spirit and soul to create and scale a life, business and community you love.



Costa Rica Retreat in 2016 near Liberia in Playa Del Coco



My travels in Costa Rica include a focus on adventure , nature and healthy travel If you didn't know, I lost over 55+ lbs 7+ years ago, and I haven't drunk alcohol for over 5 years now. I am 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!


Some days, I stayed at the Airbnb the entire day to focus on community, creators, and creatives with media, marketing, business and travel. Other days, I went on an adventure day like Lost Canyon with Desafio. Sometimes, I integrate both adventure and creating a life and business I love in the same day.



Dragon Fly Hideaway Airbnb near La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Dragon Fly Hideaway Airbnb near La Fortuna, Costa Rica


Healthy Travel with Herbalife Nutrition Pool Side

All shots are my own on Canon EOSM100, Sony A330, and/or my iPhone 12 Mini.



La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Let's explore the experiences I recommend for one week in La Fortuna, Costa Rica. In my One Day in La Fortuna, Costa Rica, I share fun facts about the country. Depending on the time you have in La Fortuna, follow or modify your experiences for what works best.


I'm sharing here One Week in La Fortuna. Costa Rica Adventures. I'll be sharing La Fortuna Waterfall, Arenal Volcano, Lost Canyon, Rio Celeste, and Villas Blessed Farm. Coming up will include how I create and scale a life, business and community I love. In addition, after La Fortuna, Monteverde, and Manuel Antonio are coming up. 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. Some ways I did that this week included climbing up and down 500+ steps each way with La Fortuna, hiking in Arenal Observatory, and Canyoning in Lost Canyon.





La Fortuna Waterfall

La Fortuna Waterfall is worth the 1000+ steps round trip to see the majestic falls. Although I workout, it felt like 3-5+ leg workouts combined. Shortly, after you begin the climb, you will hear the sounds of La Fortuna Waterfall.



La Fortuna Waterfall
La Fortuna Waterfall

Shot on my Canon A330 in Sports Action


When I visited La Fortuna Waterfall, I saw about 5-10 people buying tickets, and about 30-40 people during my experience. I spent an hour in total at La Fortuna Waterfall.


It is easily doable within an hour to two hours depending on your physical health. I would say La Fortuna Waterfall is one of the Top 10 Activities in La Fortuna, Costa Rica.




Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

The easiest way to see amazing views of Arenal Volcano is by visiting Arenal Observatory Lodge and Spa.


They provide a One Day Pass to enter the park. At the time, I paid $12 for the pass. You may spend the day here, or highlights in about two hours. I ended up visiting the deck, nest, and Danta Waterfall while hiking through the park.



Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa

Photo Credit: Arenal Observatory Lodge


I recommend going to the deck first right behind the restaurant. After visiting the deck, you may walk to the nest to get a view of Arenal Volcano above the trees.


The trial starts to the right of the reception area.




The Nest





Lake Arenal in La Fortuna, Costa Rica
Lake Arenal in La Fortuna, Costa Rica

Arenal Volcano
Arenal Volcano

Shot on Sony A330


Lake Arenal
Lake Arenal

Shot on Canon EOSm100


After climbing down from the Nest, you may hike anywhere from 20 min to about an hour to visit Danta Waterfall nearby.


Danta Waterfall
Danta Waterfall



Lost Canyon with Desafio

For my adventure lovers, you will love a Costa Rica Adventure with Desafio Adventure Company. I went Canyoning and Waterfall Rappelling for the first time with Desafio during my first week in La Fortuna.


It is one of the most exhilarating experiences you will ever have. I rappelled anywhere from 10 feet to 200+ feet canyons and waterfalls. Thanks to my guides, I felt excited and safe all at the same time.






Desafio Adventure Guides

My guides with Desafio Adventure Company - from left to right - Joshua, Ronny, Luis and Gustavo.



Rio Celeste Waterfall

Last time I came to Costa Rica in 2016, I wanted to go to Rio Celeste. However, I stayed near Liberia in Playa Del Coco, and we did different adventures during our retreat. I knew I wanted to go see the heavenly waterfall during my visit this time.


Rio Celeste not only lived up to, but exceeded its name and reputation.

Photos and words do not do the heavenly experience of Rio Celeste justice.



Rio Celeste Waterfall

Rio Celeste Waterfall




Villas Blessed

Before coming to Costa Rica, I knew I wanted to have a farm experience with plants, Cocoa, and Coffee. I met Jason through an Airbnb Experience as a private driver on my One Day In La Fortuna.


Not only did I get to practice Spanish the entire time, I learned about Villas Blessed, their family farm donated from the government 30+ years ago. I loved meeting his mom (Dona Zaida) and dad (Don Gerardo).


Every moment of the experience with the farm including the Costa Rican breakfast; learning about plants; tasting vegetables and fruits; and experiencing first hand the processes of producing chocolate, coffee, and milk is amazing!


I loved tasting fresh Sugar Cane juice, dark chocolate, and drinking straight from a coconut among many priceless experiences. I enjoyed spiritual conversations with Jason and his family about God, blessings all around us. and choosing to walk in faith.


I loved spending a half day at Villas Blessed with the incredible farm experience.


We started off the experience with an incredible Costa Rican Breakfast with eggs, Gallo Pinto, and Plantains.




Costa Rican Breakfast

We continued on learning (and tasting) about plants, flowers, vegetables and fruits.

Basil
Villas Blessed Costa Rica

Villas Blessed Costa Rica - Guanabana

Villas Blessed Costa Rica


Villas Blessed Costa Rica

Villas Blessed Costa Rica

Shot in natural light on my Canon EOS M100



Orchid at Villas Blessed Costa Rica

Afterwards, we headed over to learn about Chocolate and Coffee making. We made Chocolate too!

Chocolate and Coffee Making Villas Blessed
Chocolate and Coffee Making Villas Blessed



Cocoa Plant

Grinder Villas Blessed

Chocolate and Coffee Making Villas Blessed
Chocolate and Coffee Making Villas Blessed

Take Home Dark Chocolate Star Treats

Chocolate and Coffee Making Villas Blessed