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Fill your appetite for a culinary adventure with our Taste of Costa Rica Itinerary! Enjoy your stay in the adventure capital of the Costa Rica, in La Fortuna home to Volcano Arenal. La Fortuna was voted by TripAdvisor as one of the Top Ten Emerging Destinations of 2013. Costa Rica is rich with a variety of destinations to fulfill most your expectations of an exotic destination in paradise. This retreat is perfect for foodies who are looking for a quick getaway to satisfy their taste of Costa Rica cravings!
You will be staying at Casa Luna, at the foot of the majestic Arenal Volcano with beautiful swimming pool and lush tropical gardens to give you joy and relaxation during your stay. The location allows you to witness the beautiful Arenal Volcano from a unique vantage point, and quality service will ensure your stay is a good one. Enjoy convenient amenities like cable TV, air conditioning, and hot water showers.
La Fortuna is a small town located in San Carlos in the province of Alajuela. It is located 75 miles from Costa Ricas capital San José, with a drive time of around 2 hours 30 minutes to 3 hours from the airport. La Fortuna received its name after the eruption of the Arenal Volcano in 1968, now one of its most famous attractions. La Fortuna, which means the fortunate, refers to the town's luck during the eruption. The Arenal Volcano is currently active, but is considered to be in a dormant stage. Visitors can visit Arenal Volcano National Park to get up close and personal to the volcano, go hiking, and explore the areas wildlife.
La Fortuna offers a number of hotels in the town center as well as outside of town in the shadow of Arenal Volcano. The hotels that are outside of the towns boundaries are generally more expensive, but they offer great volcano views and many also offer access to volcanic hot springs. La Fortuna has a number of tasty restaurants, sodas, and bars, as well as banks, grocery stores, pharmacies, gift shops, and more. Arenal Volcano National Park is located in the central part of Costa Rica near La Fortuna. Rainforest covers more than a third of the 30,000 acre national park. Deeper into the park, you'll encounter the remnants of the 1968 eruptions lava flow with volcanic badlands that offer a truly unique experience. Standing on top of the lava flow, you can see impressive views of Lake Arenal and the volcano.
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During your stay, you will be able to try several different dishes that will delight your taste buds. Some of the dishes that you may try are:
The La Fortuna and Arenal areas offer a wide range of activities and tours to enjoy, including whitewater rafting, waterfall rappelling, hiking, canopy ziplining tours, horseback riding, cooking classes, chocolate tours, and more. Those who are looking for volunteer work to give back to the local community have a number of causes they can volunteer their time and money.
You can volunteer at animal rescue centers such as Costa Rica Dog Rescue, Proyecto Asis, and the La Fortuna Safehouse for Children - just contact us if you are interested. Visitors enjoy relaxing at the La Fortuna Waterfall or at the areas various volcanic hot springs. La Fortuna is often referred to as the adventure capital of Costa Rica because of its variety of adventure tours and activities.
The Arenal Volcano National Park is popular with birders, as most of the 850 species identified in Costa Rica can be found within the parks borders. This includes one of the countrys most elusive and beautiful birds, the endangered resplendent quetzal. Other animal species living within the park include white-faced capuchin monkeys, jaguar, deer, coati, and snakes like the fer-de-lance and parrot snake.
The park also has a strong showing of plant life, including orchids, heliconias, ferns, laurel, cirri, guayabo de monte, palms, bromeliads, and strangler figs. Although its too dangerous to actually walk up Arenal volcano (poisonous gas is always a deterrent), you can still enjoy more than five miles of trails through the parks many habitats including rainforest, grasslands and volcanic badlands.
Heliconias Trail: This 0.6-mile loop trail is the ideal introduction to the park and volcano, as it passes by the 1968 lava flow site. The trail has access to a longer one-mile trail that leads to an overlook of the volcano and Lake Arenal.
Las Coladas Trail: Mostly flat, this 1.25-mile trail winds around the base of the volcano, offering views of the 1993 lava flows. This trail connects directly with the Toucans Trail.
Toucans Trail: Continues from the Las Coladas Trail another 1.8 miles through dense, tropical rainforest. This is a great place for spotting wildlife, especially howler and spider monkeys in the trees. On the way back to the park entrance (the trail does not loop, so hikers must double-back), enjoy excellent views of the volcano summit.
Lookout Trail: Accessed only from the park headquarters, the Lookout Trail leads down to Lake Arenal. Located at the base of the volcano, the trail offers great views of the 1968 and 1993 lava flows, as well as Cerro Chato and Arenal Basin.
Book your flight to arrive at San Jose International Airport (SJC).
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