As you enter La Fortuna from the east, you’ll see the massive volcano directly in front of you. The main road into town, CR142, passes through the center of the La Fortuna and then out of toward Tabacón and the volcano. La Fortuna is only a few streets wide, with almost all the hotels, restaurants, and shops clustered along the main street and around the small central park, which fronts the Catholic church.
Desafío Expeditions ★★ ((tel) 855/818-0020 in the U.S. and Canada, or 2479-0020 in Costa Rica; www.desafiocostarica.com), Jacamar Tours ((tel) 2479-9767; www.arenaltours.com), and Pure Trek Canyoning ★★ ((tel) 866/569-5723 in the U.S. and Canada, or 2479-1313 in Costa Rica; www.puretrek.com) are the main tour operators in the area. All of these companies offer most of the tours listed in this section, as well as fishing and sightseeing excursions on the lake, and transfers to and from other destinations around Costa Rica.
Each year, starting around February 1, La Fortuna pulls out all the stops for a 2-week celebration of the town’s Fiestas Civicas, or Civic Celebrations. There are horse parades, bull fights, mechanical rides, food stands, and concerts.
You’ll find several information and tour-booking offices and Internet cafes, as well as a couple of pharmacies, general stores, banks, and laundromats within a few blocks’ radius of the town’s central park and church. If you need assistance, call the Tourist Police at (tel) 2479-7257.
Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.