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Arenal Observatory and Hiking Tour from La Fortuna

  • Combo nature and hiking tour of Arenal from La Fortuna
  • Take in panoramic views from the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, the only resort inside Arenal Volcano National Park
  • Hike through lush rain forest gardens and across hanging bridges with a guide
Arenal Observatory and Hiking Tour from La Fortuna
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Observatory afternoon tour with coffee break and cocktail at the hotsprings
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Observatory morning tour with snack included
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Spend an afternoon exploring the vibrant wildlife, explosive history, and inspiring views of Arenal on this hiking and nature tour from La Fortuna. Trek across hanging bridges, past a waterfall, and through the lush rain forest and gardens around the Arenal Observatory Lodge, where panoramic views of Arenal Volcano and Lake await. Unwind with a soak in a natural hot river pool, paired with a volcanic mud facial and refreshing cocktail.
What to Expect
The afternoon adventure begins with pickup at your La Fortuna hotel and a 45-minute drive to Arenal Volcano National Park. Arrive at the Arenal Observatory Lodge & Spa, a beautifully landscaped resort that was originally built as a scientific research station and offers commanding views of the nearby volcano and Arenal Lake.

After this panoramic perspective, get a closer look at the area’s flora and fauna with a hike through the surrounding gardens and rain forest. Along the guided trek, pass two hanging bridges and admire the flowing currents of the Danta River and a tropical waterfall. Learn about the area’s diverse ecosystem and fascinating geologic history from your guide, who will help you spot native wildlife such as monkeys, exotic birds, and red-eyed tree frogs. Back at the lodge, dig even deeper into the ancient history of the volcano at the Arenal Observatory Museum, and watch a memorable sunset over Lake Arenal from the viewing deck.

Finish the day with pura vida–style relaxation courtesy of a soak and swim in a naturally heated river pool. Detox with a volcanic mud facial if you wish, and unwind with a cocktail. After about an hour here, return to your La Fortuna hotel in the evening.
Reviews (28)
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Reviewed 20 August 2018
Amazing hike & hot river experience!

We booked a tour with Red Lava tours after a recommendation from a couple we met at our hotel. Sonia was extremely helpful and responsive at Red Lava when we met her at their office in town and then corresponded with her on WhatsApp. Our...More

2  Thank BML416
Reviewed 4 July 2018
Awesome Adventure

A great hiking adventure after a small mixup. The mixup: travel agent booked the tour for 9 am pickup, but sent wrong info to Red Lava (1:30 pm pickup). Red Lava apologized, picked us up at 10:25 am, and gave us a private tour at...More

Thank Bubba-san
Reviewed 28 June 2018
Eric Rocks

My friend and I loved this tour, and we couldn't get over how great Eric was. We were talking about it for the rest of our trip. He is lively, funny and knowledgeable. His energy is boundless. I don't know how he does it, except...More

Thank Moses321
Reviewed 14 June 2018 via mobile
Enjoyable and informative

Did the observatory, waterfall, hot springs hike today with Daniel as our guide. It was an activity packed day and Daniel was very knowledgeable. Very reasonably priced, would recommend to anyone.

Thank NathwHall
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

We had an AMAZING TOUR WITH ISSAC!! He took our whole party (two families) sight seeing. We saw Sloths, toucans, poison dart frogs and a viper snake! What a great guy and very knowledgeable. We will definitely book with Issac again-best vacation EVER!!

1  Thank misty4seaa
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4 May 2018|
Response from BML416 | Reviewed this property |
I'm pretty sure we got picked up at 1:30pm from our hotel and it was suppose to go until about 7:30pm. Due to a major storm, we were dropped off earlier but offered the hot river part of the tour the next morning at no... More