Let me start by saying the only thing I didn't like about La Fortuna was the drive to get there. (3 hours) Now that we got that out the way! Let me tell you why you should visit.
Flying into San Jose International (SJO) is the closest international airport to La Fortuna. From there, pick up a taxi for the drive or arrange transportation with your hotel. I found taxis to be more reasonable as they charge a rate of $35 per person. (rates may vary)
I stayed at the Rancho de Cerro Azul. It is located slightly outside of the town area of La Fortuna but close enough to everything you need. It rained a lot while in Costa Rica due to the rainy season. I managed to get a fair amount of things done.
The first order of business was to get some food. I headed to Soda La Hormiga. It was rated one of the top places to eat in La Fortuna. After filling up on cheap eats at Soda La Hormiga, I tried to book a few tours. Most tours had been canceled due to the rain with the exception of the sloth tour. (No thanks) I loaded up with snacks and returned to the hotel. There was a river behind the hotel where I went for a walk but that was the extent of my outing for that day.
Day 2 and 3 were spent on the room's hammock trying to let the rain get to me. I would take cabs in town to the different Soda's for food and then return to spend the afternoon with Greg. (The man in the Yellow Poncho)
With two days left on the trip, I was racing against time to make the best of it. The rain had given me a chance to relax but now I wanted to see a bit of La Fortuna.
The day started with breakfast at Soda Mima. This is an interesting place to eat breakfast as it brings out your inner kid. Guest are encouraged to make their best part, that gets put up for exhibition in the restaurant. Alvaro and the staff do a great job of making you feel at home and the food is an added bonus.
The first stop of the day was an uber to the Arenal 1968 trail. This is a mountain hike outside of the city. It has two trails and spans roughly two hours. Something about being in nature made La Fortuna feel like home. I then headed to the city to see what it was like on a weekday. After shopping for snacks and taking in the shade from the main square, I took a cab to the La Fortuna Waterfall. You hike down 400 steps and are greeted by lush greenery with a waterfall in the backdrop. This was my second hike of the day and I was now starving. I had dinner at El Chante Verde just steps away from the hotel.
The Next day I venture out to Mistico Arenal Hanging Bridges. It was an experience like no other. Do yourself a favor and pre-arrange transportation back as cell service is spotty in the area. I had to hitchhike back to La Fortuna or to this day I might still be out there.
I got out at the Tabacon Thermal Resort Spa and spent the afternoon in a geothermal pool. From there I took an Uber to the hotel for a quick change and dinner was once again at El Chante Verde.
I loved la Fortuna, especially my stay at the Rancho Cerro Azul. Isaac and Tatiana went above and beyond to make my stay memorable.
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