La Fortuna is one of the most visited areas in Costa Rica, with visitors and locals flocking to the region to see one of the country’s most famous landmarks, the Arenal Volcano.
Scientists believe that, geologically, Arenal is still a relatively young volcano at less than 7,500 years old, and that it laid dormant for hundreds of years before exploding on July 29, 1968. The explosion lasted several days, burying an area of 15 square kilometers under ash, lava and rocks. 87 locals lost their lives in this explosion. The three local towns of Tabacon, Pueblo Nuevo and San Luis were destroyed It prompted the locals to change the name of their town of “El Borio” to “La Fortuna,” meaning The Fortunate, as it was untouched by the explosion.
Since October of 2010, the Arenal Volcano has slowly seen its activity decrease, with no explosions recorded between December of 2010 and the present day.
Of course, La Fortuna has reinvented itself. It’s not only as a place to visit to see a volcano, but one of the top adventure destinations in Costa Rica, if not the world. Any vacation to Costa Rica is incomplete without a few adventures in this part of the country. You’ll find travelers from all walks of life and from all over the world when visiting the region. The town is family-friendly, with various activities suitable for younger children. It’s also a romantic destination for honeymooners searching for their own private piece of paradise as newlyweds. There’s a wonderful variety of hotels surrounding the town, from low-budget places to extreme luxury accommodations. Many have volcano views from the rooms.
So, what can you expect from a tour of La Fortuna? Here are a few suggestions:
· Whitewater Rafting
· Hanging Bridges
· Guided Rainforest Hikes
· Mountain Biking
· Stand-Up Paddle Boarding
After some adventure, you’ll need to relax. Try a visit to one of the natural hot springs in the area. There are several springs and pools open to visitors, offering therapeutic soaks. This is one of the best ways to top off your visit to La Fortuna before heading to the beach.