La Fortuna Hikes and Trails

Night Hike la Fortuna

Night Walk in La Fortuna

Discover the magical wonders that the forest conceals under the cloak of night on our Nocturnal Hiking Tour. Colorful frogs, nocturnal birds, enchanting frogs, and more take center stage in this captivating adventure. Safely tread our expansive trails, where the serenade of the red-eyed frogs, a local favorite in the Arenal region, accompanies your every step. Guided by our experienced naturalist, delve into the nocturnal realm as we locate and revel in the presence of these fascinating creatures on a guided 1km journey. The night becomes an immersive experience, where the forest comes alive with the symphony of nocturnal life. As the tour concludes, indulge in a delightful culinary interlude with a traditional tortilla cooking class led by the esteemed Doña Elith. Revel in the flavors of Costa Rican tradition with a tasting of sugarcane juice. Share a cozy evening before retiring for the night or continue to explore the myriad attractions that the charming town of La Fortuna has to offer. Join us for an evening that transcends the ordinary, where nature, culture, and nocturnal wonders intertwine for an unforgettable adventure.

  • Magical Nocturnal Wildlife Exploration: Immerse yourself in the enchanting world of nocturnal wildlife within a mystical rainforest setting. From vibrant frogs to elusive mammals, the tour offers a magical and otherworldly experience, revealing the wonders of the rainforest under the cover of night.

  • Expert-Guided Adventure: Led by knowledgeable experts, the tour provides a unique opportunity to explore the nocturnal activities of the rainforest. Gain insights into the behaviors and habitats of the creatures that come to life after dark. The expertise of the guides enhances the adventure, making it an educational and unforgettable experience.

  • Family's Commitment to Conservation: Discover the family's unwavering dedication to preserving and restoring the essential rainforest ecosystem. This tour goes beyond exploration, offering a deeper understanding of the conservation efforts in place. It's a meaningful adventure for all ages, where participants actively contribute to the preservation of nature through their experience. This nocturnal wildlife tour is a perfect blend of nature, adventure, and conservation, providing a memorable and educational experience for everyone involved.
  • Price
  • Departure
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  • Included

children: $25

Adults: $40

Seniors: $40

  • Every night 5:30 pm
  • Comfortable Clothing: Wear lightweight, breathable clothing suitable for the weather. Consider moisture-wicking fabrics to stay cool.
  • Sturdy Walking Shoes: Choose comfortable and supportive shoes suitable for the terrain. Sneakers or hiking shoes work well for easy walks.
  • Sun Protection: Bring sunscreen, a hat, and sunglasses to shield yourself from the sun.
  • Water Bottle: Stay hydrated by carrying a reusable water bottle. It’s crucial, even on shorter walks.
  • Snacks: Pack some energy-boosting snacks like nuts, granola bars, or fresh fruit.
  • Daypack or Bag: Carry a small backpack to keep your hands free, where you can store your essentials.
  • Weather Appropriate Gear: Check the weather forecast and bring a light jacket, raincoat, or umbrella if needed.
  • Bug Repellent: Depending on the location and time of day, insect repellent can be useful.
  • Camera or Smartphone: Capture the beauty of your surroundings with a camera or smartphone.
  • First Aid Kit: Include basics like band-aids, pain relievers, and any personal medications you might need.

Remember, the key is to keep it simple and enjoy the walk!

FAQs About the Night Walk Tour in La Fortuna


  • What animals can be spotted during the Night Walk tour? Explore the habitat of various nocturnal animals, including frogs, snakes, insects, and, if you’re lucky, glimpses of night mammals like kinkajous and ocelots.
  • Is the Night Walk tour suitable for children? Absolutely! The tour is family-friendly, providing an educational and thrilling experience for children to discover the mysteries of the night.
  • How long does the Night Walk tour last? The tour typically lasts around 2 to 2.5 hours, allowing participants to fully immerse themselves in the nighttime adventure.
  • Are flashlights provided during the Night Walk tour? Yes, the tour provides flashlights to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience. However, guides may also encourage moments of complete darkness to enhance the sensory experience.
  • Is it necessary to book the Night Walk tour in advance? While walk-ins are accommodated, it’s recommended to book in advance to secure your spot, especially during peak seasons when the tour is in high demand.
  • Can I bring my camera on the Night Walk tour? Certainly! In fact, bringing a camera is encouraged to capture the unique sights and sounds of the nighttime rainforest. Remember to respect the guidelines for flash usage to minimize disturbance.
  • Specialized Tour Guide & Local cook
  • Water bottle
  • Typical Snack
  • Park entrance
  • Parking
  • Explanation of the route and its main hotspots
  • Explanation of our conservation and protection project

Free Cancelation 24 hours Before your Departure Time

Client 1 of La Fortuna Hikes and Trails

Johanna Meier

This tour was one of the highlights of any vacation I’ve been on. Sergio and Don Claudio gave us a tour of the property and showed us a variety of rare animals and plants we would have otherwise missed. They were so knowledgeable and truly personalized the tour to our interests. We love that it felt like a genuinely immersive local experience and it was a wonderful intro to La Fortuna. The baby sloths wegot to capture in their natural habitat was an incredible experience. We also got to make our own tortillas with Grandma Elieth which were delicious. We felt so welcome by everyone and were lucky enough to have a private tour. We couldn’t recommend this experience more!

Ronja Ehmann

Forget any other “sloth spotting” tour. This is the real deal. I booked a spot on the 8.30am tour the day before and as I was the only one got a private tour by guide Sergio and the owner himself, don Claudio. Sergio is crazy knowledgable about the flora and fauna (turns out history as well) and don Claudio has eagle eyes for spotting even the best hidden animal. Saw 5 sloths in total, including ababy. The tour concluded with some freshly pressed cane juice, making my own tortilla with the owner’s lovely wife Eliette, and being served the cooked tortilla together with a full meal and fresh lemonade. Enjoyed my feast while watching the different birds enjoy ripe bananas. The property is so well taken cared of and cherished by the owners, who are the most humble and friendly people you’ll meet. It is and feels like a family business, super warm and welcoming. I cannot recommend this tour enough. Oh, and if that wasn’t enough, the whole 2,5-3h experience only costs US$32.

Rachel Van der Werf

What a wonderful experience! Our concierge recommended this family run business due to the natural environment the animals are kept in. Our guide Andre and his granddad (aka Eagle Eye because he can spot so many animals) were terrific tour guides. So much knowledge about the flora and fauna, we could not have asked for a better tour. We saw different sloths, very colorful andpoisonous frogs, birds and so on. Our tour ended with a very tasty local lunch with tortillas we made ourselves. Highly recommended!

einat cohen

This was definitely a highlight in our trip. We came here because of the rain and were so happy to land here. We saw sloths, frogs, birds, basilisks and a bat. Don Carlos knew all the right places to look at and our guide was knowledgeable and patient to answer all question. He brought a telescope so we could see all animals up closed and all members of the family gave us the most welcoming experience.
Highly recommended!

Erin Obermeier

Wonderful tour with a private, not crowded, authentic experience. We loved our tour — we saw lots of sloths and birds, frogs, lizards, flowers, etc. This is a family-run business and everyone was so kind and knowledgeable, took their time, and made sure my daughter could see out of the telescope each time, etc. We loved making our own tortillas and sugar cane juice at the end, and the food wasdelicious. We would definitely recommend you visit Mariolas!

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