From Cahuita we hired a private car to take us to the town of La Fortuna, Costa Rica. The town of La Fortuna’s history is intimately connected with the Arenal Volcano. When the volcano violently erupted on the morning of July 29th, 1968, it spewed ash, rocks and gas for three consecutive days. When the smoke cleared, the villages of Tabacon, Pueblo Nuevo, and San Luis were buried under the debris, and 87 people were killed. Out of this tragedy, La Fortuna (The Fortune) was born as the central town in the Arenal Volcano area. La Fortuna is situated 75 miles (120 km) from the capital city of San José. It is known for amazing views of the Arenal volcano and super hot hot springs. We stayed at one of the nicest hostel I’ve ever seen, Arenal Backpackers Resort, equipped with a bar, pool, and super clean facilities.
Not too shabby for a hostel right? We couldn’t get a private room so we opted for a private tent in the covered tent city. We didn’t get a photo but here’s one from their website to give you an idea. Our tent was actually bigger and more closed in than these, it was perfect for a two nights here!
The running joke about the volcano is that it’s always under cloud cover, which i can say is pretty true, but it was visible upon our arrival. As the night came and the sun set it looked like this, which we thought was absolutely stunning.
My favorite part about this place was the waterfall. just a quick walk down some steps and you are greeted by this awe-inspiring burst of white coming out from the jungle. The water was a bit chilly but we braved it and went for a swim, so worth it!
After the waterfall we walked back into town and stopped at a restaurant for some brick oven pizza. Have I mentioned yet that central America really has their Italian cuisine down? Jon and I were surprised but when our stomachs craved familiarity we were certainly grateful!
Note the minced garlic and crushed red pepper in olive oil, you pour a little over your pizza and it is the perfect addition, so yummy! We are definitely replicating that at home for our homemade pizzas!