Horseback Riding to La Fortuna Waterfall
This tour will take about four hours beginning at the bottom of Zeta Trece -a small town located 1,24 miles away from La Fortuna center-. As you arrive at a modern stable, an expert local guide will pick the right horse according to your experience.
After capacitation, we’ll start our journey through pasturelands, cattle farms, and into the rainforests where no vehicles can get. You will ride across the lands which witnessed the 1968 volcano eruption. On the way, you may have the opportunity to spot different amazing animals like toucans, peccaries, sloths, monkeys, and many others.
As you get to the entrance of La Fortuna River waterfall, the horses will be left behind in a “horse parking.” Then, you’ll walk 500 meters (1600 ft.) to the facilities of La Fortuna River Waterfall. A couple of meters away from the main entrance, you’ll have the chance to explore an open-air butterfly garden full of colorful flowers. Another attraction you can visit is The Orchid Trail -a natural exhibition of 150 different orchid species-. Also, this primary rainforest, part of the Arenal Volcano National Park, might be ideal for the sighting of different animal species.
Later, after witnessing the fantastic view of the waterfall from a lookout, you’ll start your journey to the base of that impressive water body, which jumps from a height of 210 feet, falling in a deep green pond. The landscape is beyond description. The pristine downpour will welcome you with a fuss of white splashings. Once there, you’ll have the opportunity to swim in the fresh waters of La Fortuna River or just let yourself unwind in the beauty of the place, searching a deep connection with nature’s elements.
Please remember that the hike up and down the waterfall is fairly demanding, and not advised for people with limited mobility, physical ailment, or a heart condition. Well, you’ll have to walk along 530 steps.