La Fortuna Hikes and Trails

Self Guided Tour

What is La Fortuna Hikes and Trails ?

Embark on our self-guided tour along a 1-mile trail. Explore easily accessible paths with lagoons, scenic viewpoints, and hidden spots to observe birds, sloths, and other fascinating wildlife. Join us for an unforgettable adventure!

  • Self-guided tour: Our tour allows you to explore at your own pace, giving you the freedom to fully immerse yourself in the beauty of the surroundings and spend more time observing the incredible wildlife, particularly sloths
  • Diverse wildlife sightings: Along the 1-mile trail, you'll encounter a variety of animals, including birds, sloths, and other fascinating creatures. The specially selected spots along the route provide optimal opportunities for wildlife observation and photography.
  • Price
  • Departure
  • Tips
  • FAQs
  • Included

children: $15

Adults: $25

Seniors: $25

  • At any time of the day between 8:30 am and 3:00 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!

Are there hidden gems or secret spots along the hiking trails in La Fortuna?

  • Absolutely! Venture off the beaten path to discover secluded spots, hidden waterholes, and serene corners where nature’s magic comes alive. These are the treasures that make your hiking experience in La Fortuna truly unforgettable.

Are there evening hikes available, and what makes them special?

  • Evening hikes in La Fortuna are enchanting. Picture strolling under the stars, guided only by the moonlight, as the nocturnal sounds of the jungle serenade you. It’s a poetic and intimate connection with nature.

What tips do you have for tourists to emotionally connect with the nature of La Fortuna?

  • Slow down, breathe in the pure air, listen to the symphony of the forest, and let go of distractions. Embrace the stillness, and you’ll find that La Fortuna’s nature has a unique way of speaking to your heart.


Park entrance
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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