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 La Fortuna and then out 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.
Desafío Expeditions ★★ ((tel) 855/818-0020 in the U.S. and Canada, or 2479-0020 in Costa Rica; www.desafiocostarica.com), Jacamar Tours ((tel) 888/719-6377 in the U.S. and Canada, or 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 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.
If you don’t have a car, you’ll need to either take a cab or go on an organized tour if you want to visit the hot springs or view the volcano. La Fortuna has tons of taxis (you can flag one down practically anywhere, or dial (tel) 2479-9605), and a line of them is always ready and waiting along the main road beside the central park. Another alternative is to rent a car when you get here. Alamo ((tel) 2479-9090; www.alamocostarica.com) has an office in downtown La Fortuna.
Each year, starting around February 1, La Fortuna pulls out all the stops for a 2-week celebration of the town’s Fiestas Cívicas, or Civic Celebrations. There are horse parades, bullfights, mechanical rides, food stands, and concerts.
You’ll find several information and tour-booking offices, as well as a couple of pharmacies, general stores, ATMs, and laundry facilities within a few blocks 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.